How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry

Apr 7, 2017

How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes. Despite ethical and safety concerns, investors are attracted by synthetic biology’s wide ...

Nomura bets on startup to help Japan's smokers kick the habit

Feb 9, 2017

Nomura bets on startup to help Japan's smokers kick the habit

Nomura Holdings Inc. and Keio University are investing in a startup that’s seeking to revolutionize how smokers quit the habit. CureApp Inc., which develops mobile applications to treat ailments including tobacco addiction, received ¥380 million ($3.4 million) this month from investors including Nomura and ...

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. ...