Mar 14, 2014

Cabinet OKs bill that would push crowdfunding

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved a draft law revision Friday to promote crowdfunding that would enable startups to raise funds more easily via the Internet, financial services minister Taro Aso said. A pillar of the revision to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law ...

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

Mar 4, 2014

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

by Ayako Mie

More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments to beef up their businesses, although they lag far behind the buyout sprees of global tech giants such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. ...

Jan 29, 2014

Venture investment biz booming

Interest in unlisted startup firms among Japanese venture investors is increasing on the back of revived momentum in the stock market and the economy as a whole. Moves to launch funds are gaining momentum among venture capital firms, while the government-backed Innovation Network Corp. ...

IT startup barters its way into niche

Oct 2, 2013

IT startup barters its way into niche

by Tomoko Otake

At around noon on a recent weekday, the Roppongi branch of Shamrock by Abbot Choice, a Tokyo-based Irish-style pub chain, had a bustling lunchtime crowd. Koichiro Tawa reached for a menu and ordered a hamburger special — with melting cheese, a green salad and ...

Venture manufacturers on the rise

Mar 29, 2013

Venture manufacturers on the rise

by Hiroko Nakata

Surrounded by fields and houses on the outskirts of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, few people would recognize this office as the headquarters of an electronics company. But this is where Keita Yagi runs Bsize Inc., making, designing and selling products all on his own.