Tag - crowdfunding



Hisashi Takazawa, the fifth-generation owner of Takazawa Candle, has put up messages of support from crowdfunding backers on the window of the temporary shop for his business in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Noto Peninsula earthquake caused the roof of its original storefront to collapse.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 8, 2024
Crowdfunding boosts post-quake rebuilding efforts in Noto
Some 330 projects related to the Noto Peninsula earthquake had been launched on three platforms by the end of May, raising a total of around ¥1.39 billion ($8.7 million).
The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo's Ueno district
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 6, 2023
Japan's national science museum holds record crowdfunding campaign
The institution has raised ¥920 million through the 90-day campaign, with 57,000 members of the public chipping in.
A popular dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 9, 2023
Crowdfunding success at Japan science museum sends mixed message
While such initiatives provide much-needed cash, they are also a sign of limited government funding for science.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2023
Doctors in Japan turn to crowdfunding to continue stroke treatment trial
The trial for the drug to treat acute stroke sufferers has hit a snag due to surging import costs, with the price of a vial going from ¥300,000 to ¥1.6 million.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2022
Crowdfunding helping plug gap in government funding for academic research
The fundraising mechanism has also come into wider use in the nation's medical community, with some cases of research gathering pace after collecting large amounts of financial support.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 20, 2021
Fans chip in to help Paralympic dreams come true
Crowdfunding platforms are helping athletes afford the specialized equipment they need to realize their full potential.
Japan Times
May 18, 2021
Singapore bloggers turn to crowdfunding to pay defamation bills
Blogs provide an avenue for government criticism in a country that ranks among the worst in the world for press freedom.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 1, 2021
Tokyo’s restaurants have a story to tell. Somekind Japan’s ‘Take away Tokyo’ series helps them do it.
With the purchase of a book written by and about their favorite restaurants, foodies can support local establishments and learn more about the people behind them.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2021
Virus-hit aquarium taps crowdfunding to feed record-setting shoal of jellyfish
The sharp decline in visitors due to the pandemic has left the aquarium in Yamagata Prefecture tight on funds to purchase plankton needed to feed its collection.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2020
Museum and train line seek crowdfunding cash to wrap train in art
Under the crowdfunding scheme organizers aim to collect at least u00a52.5 million ($24,000) by Dec. 18 to fund the work on the Ibara Railway.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2020
NPO Animator Supporters seeks to ensure anime talent get their fair share
After seeing his friends struggle in the anime industry, founder Jun Sugawara opened a dorm for rookie animators and started crowdfunding projects to provide fair wages.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2020
Japan's virus-hit businesses seek solutions in crowdfunding
Industries from cinema to farming have been adopting new measures of raising money during the pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
May 23, 2020
Crowdfunding campaigns offer hope to ailing firms facing COVID-19 insolvency
Communities rally behind their favorite establishments, but can they save them all?
Japan Times
May 14, 2020
Kazuhiro Soda shows how streaming could help save cinema with online release of 'Zero'
With COVID-19 having hit Japan's independent film industry hard, filmmakers such as Kazuhiro Soda are looking for new ways to reach their audiences.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
May 8, 2020
Live music needs structural change to survive COVID-19
With footfall having dropped dramatically at Japan's live music venues, many are turning to crowdfunding. But whether this will help mid-sized spaces remains to be seen.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2020
Independent cinema campaign meets donation goal
A crowdfunding campaign to save art houses reaches its donation goal as Japan's film industry grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2020
The race to save Japan's independent cinemas
As Japan's film industry feels the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, campaigners take to crowdfunding to help save smaller cinemas.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2020
Crowdfunding aids restaurants crippled by Japan's coronavirus measures
Crowdfunding projects are spreading nationwide to help restaurants in crisis cope with drastic declines in business caused by social distancing and other precautions being taken to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 31, 2020
Japanese turn to crowdfunding to pay for public-interest lawsuits
When a Nagoya-based citizens group calling for the decommissioning of an over 40-year-old nuclear power plant kicked off a crowdfunding campaign in October to cover costs for ongoing litigation, it successfully raised about ¥3.7 million, 1.5 times the target amount, in about two months.
Japan Times
Nov 4, 2019
Crowdfunding drive in Japan to help rebuild Okinawa's Shuri Castle raises over ¥250 million
A total of more than ¥250 million has been donated by more than 18,000 people to a crowdfunding campaign set up by the city of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to help rebuild Shuri Castle after it was destroyed by fire last week.


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