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  • Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, has opened two new branches of its research center in Boston and Singapore. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, the organization already has branches in New York, Tokyo, and Paris that not only support the company’s research and development, but also its efforts at worldwide expansion. Read More

  • Sony Mobile Gets Into The Drone Business

    Sony Mobile Gets Into The Drone Business

    Sony is looking to drones to find new business opportunities. Specifically Sony Mobile, the division of Sony responsible for mobile phones, telecommunication and small imaging sensors, founded the company along with Tokyo startup ZMP Inc. But don’t expect to buy a Sony drone anytime soon. These drones are not for the general consumer. Called Aerosense, this new company will open new doors… Read More

  • Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup Crunch Network

    Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    While the atmosphere outside the store was generally similar to previous launches, a glaring difference was the fact that I wasn’t waiting outside of an Apple Store. I was sitting on the sidewalk outside of the upscale fashion boutique Maxfield, on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Read More

  • Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Sansan Inc., a cloud contact-management service, has raised $14 million in funding led by DCM. The Tokyo-based startup plans to use the capital to break into the U.S. market this month, as expand in other international markets. Other participating investors include the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Nikkei Digital Media, Energy and Environment Investment, Inc, and GMO Venture Partners. Read More

  • ReShare App Offers International News Articles Translated Into 11 Languages

    ReShare App Offers International News Articles Translated Into 11 Languages

    ReShare is targeted at news junkies who are tired of relying on Google Translate to read articles from foreign-language publications. Instead, the app offers articles translated into 11 languages by humans. The iOS and Android app was created by Conyac, a crowdsourcing translation platform. After raising a total of $1.1 million to date, Conyac grew its base of translators from 10,000 to… Read More

  • Sunnycomb Forecasts How Each Day’s Weather Will Make You Feel

    Sunnycomb Forecasts How Each Day’s Weather Will Make You Feel

    Tokyo-based Weathernews Inc (WNI) already makes Japan’s top weather app with over 10 million downloads to date. So why does the company, one of the largest weather service providers in the world, want to enter the English-speaking market with a new iOS app called Sunnycomb that will vie for users against a hoard of other weather apps? Read More

  • Zendesk And Japanese SaaS Provider Cybozu Announce Product Integration And Marketing Deal

    Zendesk And Japanese SaaS Provider Cybozu Announce Product Integration And Marketing Deal

    Cloud computing providers Zendesk and Tokyo-based Cybozu have announced a strategic partnership to integrate and market each other’s products in the U.S. and Japan. The deal underscores the rapidly growing adoption of cloud computing in Japan, and is also a potential harbinger of further product integrations between software-as-a-service companies based in different countries. Read More

  • Videos: A Visit To Tokyo-Based Tech Company AITIA

    Being based in Tokyo has many advantages, and one of them is to be able to visit awesome tech startups like AITIA: the Tokyo-based startup consists of just two people (a CEO and a CTO), having hired a third person (to run the business side of things) just three months ago. What’s more important is that they have developed pretty impressive mobile technology: the company’s CTO… Read More

  • Photo Report: CrunchGear Visits Tokyo-Based Tech Company Ubiquitous Entertainment

    Tokyo-based Ubiquitous Entertainment creates many things: applications for the iPhone and iPad (iTunes), cell phone games, websites, SDKs, and even hardware. Reason enough for me to pay them a visit a couple of days ago in their brand new office, which is located a stone’s throw away from Akihabara, Japan’s tech and Otaku capital. Read More