KK Fund announces second fund for early-stage startups in Southeast Asia

 Good news for early-stage startup founders in Southeast Asia: KK Fund just completed the first close of a new fund for seed stage investments. Read More


Pokémon Go finally goes live in Japan with McDonalds the first sponsored location

 Pokémon Go has finally launched in Japan, the land where Pokémania first began. McDonalds is the game’s first sponsor in a deal which, as we reported earlier this week, turns … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go will launch in Japan tomorrow with game’s first sponsored location

 Pokémon Go will finally launch in Japan tomorrow, with McDonalds set to become the game’s first sponsored location. Read More


SoftBank’s $32 Billion Deal for Chip Designer ARM Is Britain’s Biggest Since Brexit

The deal gives the Japanese company access to chip designs for phones and other small devices.


SoftBank to Buy ARM, a Mobile Chip Designer, for $32 Billion

The deal, the biggest for a British firm since “Brexit,” gives the Japanese company access to chip designs for phones and other small devices.


SoftBank Buys ARM, a Mobile Chip Designer, for $32 Billion

The deal, the biggest for a British firm since “Brexit,” gives the Japanese company access to chip designs for phones and other small gadgets.


SoftBank is reportedly bidding to buy chip giant ARM for $31 billion

 SoftBank is bidding to buy chip giant ARM, one of the world’s most influential technology companies, according to multiple media. Read More


Line’s share price jumps 50% on Tokyo debut as IPO raises over $1.1B

 Fresh from a positive listing in New York on Thursday, messaging company Line saw its share jump as high as 50 percent after it listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange … Continue Reading →


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Line Is the Biggest Tech IPO of the Year. It Sells Stickers

Line’s hardly the only messaging company. But it seems to have figured something out: how to make money. The post Line Is the Biggest Tech IPO of the Year. It … Continue Reading →


Understanding Line, the chat app behind 2016’s largest tech IPO

 Line, the mobile messaging app from Japan, is going public today in a dual Japan-U.S. IPO that is set to be the largest of a tech company this year to … Continue Reading →


Emperor Akihito of Japan Plans to Abdicate Throne, Broadcaster Says

According to the country’s public broadcaster, the emperor told close aides that he intended to pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, before he dies.


Emperor Akihito, in First for Japan Since 1817, Plans to Abdicate

According to the country’s public broadcaster, the emperor told close aides that he intended to pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, before dying.


Japan Election, a Landslide for Abe, Could Allow a Bolder Military

Voters have strengthened the hand of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to revise the pacifist Constitution — a prospect likely to add to regional tensions.


Japan Vote Strengthens Shinzo Abe’s Goal to Change Constitution

Whether Prime Minister Abe will be able to pursue his ambition of overturning the clause that calls for the complete renunciation of war remains to be seen.


Coinbase eyes Japan expansion after landing investment from Bank of Tokyo

 Coinbase, one of the world’s largest bitcoin companies, has set its sights on Japan after landing funding from a range of Japanese investors, including one firm that helped Twitter set … Continue Reading →


Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

 Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was the $300 million it invested in the FASTER cable between Japan and … Continue Reading →


Japan’s e-commerce leader Rakuten gets into agriculture tech

 Rakuten may be cutting back its e-commerce business in Europe and Southeast Asia, but, at home in Japan, the internet giant is stepping into a new field — quite literally … Continue Reading →


SoftBank President Nikesh Arora Plans to Step Down

The former Google executive disagreed with the Japanese company’s powerful chairman on when he might take over the technology conglomerate.