Where does a startup start in Asia? Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand all say here

Hong Kong and Taiwan are great for a startup looking to enter greater market; but if you are looking for a more self-sufficient market, you should consider Japan 

Japan’s Recruit Group invests in online financial matchmaking platform Rubique

Built on an Artificial Intelligence-based recommendation engine, Rubique’s platform has been integrated with financial institutions’ systems for real-time processing and providing online approvals to customers 

[Exclusive] Singapore blockchain firm ELECTRIFY takes major step to bring its P2P electricity marketplace to Japan

Singapore's ELECTRIFY has signed an MOU with TEPCO and hopes to make Japan a major market for its P2P electricity marketplace 

Fenox VC joins Japanese electric vehicles firm Terra Motors's US$10M Series B funding

Terra Motors manufactures electric scooters and three-wheelers for markets such as India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar 

OmiseGO, Global Brain launch co-working space for blockchain startups in Tokyo

Christened Neutrino, the initiative aims to assist the growth of the blockchain community in Japan, and also to connect innovators and projects to the global ecosystem 

SoftBank leads US$61.6M Series E round in Indian online super market Grofers

As per some reports, Grofers is in merger talks with Alibaba-backed hyperlocal grocery delivery company Big Basket 

Today's top tech news, March 9: Toyota plans AI-based, Uber-like services for taxis in Japan

Twitter gets new CTO while startups in China are raising funding and planning their expansions 

Japan’s AISIN, Fenox VC to launch US$50M fund to invest in automotive tech startups

The fund will target startups operating in autonomous driving, zero-emission, connected vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, and AR/VR 

Today's top tech news, March 2: Meituan Dianping to expand ride-hailing service nationally

In addition to Meituan Dianping, we also have updates from Booking.com, Facebook, and cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan 

eBay acquires e-commerce platform Qoo10.jp to expand its presence to Japan

Global e-commerce major eBay is already an investor in Qoo10, which has nearly two million active users in Japan