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With startups getting into nuclear technology, it’s no surprise to see more fundraising happening. Now, Kyoto Fusioneering, a fusion energy startup based out of Japan but increasingly expanding abroad, has…

Kyoto Fusioneering secures $11.7M to build out its fusion reactor technologies

The 500 Startups Japan crew is going independent. The VC firm announced a $30 million fund in 2015, and now the follow-up is a new $45 million fund called Coral…

500 Startups Japan becomes Coral Capital with a new $45M fund

American Express made an acquisition in Japan by picking up restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge in an undisclosed deal. The acquisition was announced in Japanese and in English by James Riney, the head…

American Express acquires Japan-based restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge

SmartHR, a startup helping Japanese employers run HR and staffing smarter — because that’s of course its name — has raised a JPY 1.5 billion ($13.3 million) Series B round…

Japan’s SmartHR raises $13.3M led by 500 Startups

500 Startups has announced the close of its fund for Japan, more than 18 months after it was first unveiled. The effort is backed by the Japanese government, which has…

500 Startups closes $35M Japan fund with the backing of the Japanese government