Oct 24, 2016

Elderly make up a third of Japan's entrepreneurs

As Japan’s entrepreneurial spirit fades, the elderly make up a rising share of people going into business for themselves. About a third of new entrepreneurs were 60 or older in 2012, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Small and ...

Oct 13, 2016

Mizuho exploring alliance with IT startup on settlement services

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. has entered talks with information technology startup Metaps Inc. about forming a business alliance on settlement services using advanced financial technology, Jiji Press learned Thursday. Metaps is a leading provider of fintech services, which use artificial intelligence and big data. ...

Aug 4, 2016

Fidelity invests in Japanese printing startup RakSul before IPO

RakSul Inc., a Japanese printing startup that’s seeking to go public, has raised about ¥2.1 billion from investors, including Fidelity. FIL Investments (Japan) Ltd. mutual funds and five other investors including Development Bank of Japan Inc. and advertising agency OPT Holding Inc. bought new ...

Aug 3, 2016

Mercari mulls additional funding after clinching U.S. foothold

Japan’s first startup unicorn is considering a new fundraising round to maintain momentum after a spike in U.S. downloads for e-commerce company Mercari Inc. The company’s free mobile app, which matches individual buyers and sellers, jumped to No. 3 in the U.S. download rankings ...

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

Mar 22, 2016

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

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No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality — that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting. Glance, and a video-game character ...