Mercari, Japan’s first unicorn, files for $1.1B Tokyo IPO

Mercari, the eBay-like service that is Japanese first tech startup unicorn, has filed to go public in an IPO that could raise as much as $1.1 billion. The company is scheduled to list on the Toyko Sto

The dinner that destroyed Gawker

This is an excerpt from Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, available now. Peter Thiel’s vague idea to do something about Gawker, the

Accelerator program Zeroth wants to find Asia’s top AI and machine learning startups

Zeroth is an accelerator program that is out to fix the lack of talent, and investment options, for artificial intelligence (AI) in Asia, and it has just opened applications for its second program wh

Rakuten invests $2.8M in ‘Airbnb for business travel’ startup MetroResidences

Rakuten is getting into the Airbnb for business sector after it invested SG$4 million ($2.8 million) in Singapore-based MetroResidences. MetroResidences was founded in 2014 by James Chua and Lester

Google launches its Cloud Platform region in Tokyo

Google today announced the launch of the Tokyo region of its cloud computing platform. With this, the Google Cloud Platform now features two regions (Tokyo and Taiwan) and a total of six availabilit

Virtual reality in Japan

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Spotify restarts Asia expansion with Indonesia launch, eyes Japan and India

Spotify is finally kicking back into expansion mode in Asia. Nearly two years after its last country launch in the region and close to four years after it first stepped into Asia, the music streaming

Fitness Wearable Developer Lemonade Lab Scores $5.8M From Foxconn Unit

Lemonade Lab, which develops sensors for athletes, has scored $5.8 million led by a Foxconn subsidiary. The Boston- and Tokyo-based startup will form a strategic partnership with FIH Mobile, which pro

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 bran

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 com

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 ou

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 o

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 h

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

Tokyo-based <a target="_blank" href="">Weathernews Inc (WNI)</a> already makes Japan's top weather app with over 10 million downloads to date. So why does the company, one o

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

Cloud computing providers <a target="_blank" href="">Zendesk</a> and Tokyo-based <a target="_blank" href="">Cybozu</a> have announced a strategic partn

Videos: A Visit To Tokyo-Based Tech Company AITIA

<img src="" /> Being based in Tokyo has many advantages, and one of them is to be able to visit awesome tech startups like <a href

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

<img src="" /> Tokyo-based <a href="">Ubiquitous Entertainment</a> creates many things

Bar Android: Tokyo Now Has A Drinking Place For Android Geeks

<img src="" /> Yesterday, we reported that <a href="

Bandai To Sell Mini Figure Of That Awesome Life-Size Gundam Statue

<img src="" /> I am sure by now every CrunchGear reader knows about that 60-foot <a href="

Mini Robot Powered By Panasonic EVOLTA Batteries To Travel 500KM

<img src="" /> Panasonic has apparently enjoyed quite a bit of success with its previous, rather unusual promotion campaigns for its
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