Japanese, Malaysian HRtech company Grooves raises US$3M in funding

Grooves enhances the recruitment process for candidates, recruiting agencies and companies using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data 

Japan plans to increase internal security in crypto exchanges

Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced the move following the country's plan to boost economic growth through fintech industry 

iflix gets funding from Japanese entertainment giant Yoshimoto Kogyo, establishes JV

Prior to its partnership with iflix, Yoshimoto Kogyo has begun expanding its reach to Southeast Asia by establishing MCIP Holdings in Indonesia 

Cryptocurrency platform Liquid.com closes the first part of Series C funding, seals unicorn status

The Japan-headquartered company’s now among the two tech unicorns with operation in Japan 

Today's top tech news, March 29: LINE names Founder Jungho Shin as Co-CEO

In addition to LINE, we also have updates from BigBasket, WeWork, and Lightspeed 

Gobi Partners names ex-Sony Chairman as advisor for Japan

The appointment was part of Gobi Partners' “Crouching Panda, Hidden Tapir” strategy 

SoftBank to inject US$500M fund to back early-stage startups

Joining to back the fund are South Korea’s National Pension Service and other companies and asset management firms 

New retail startup Yo-ren raises US$11 million

Yo-ren is working to become the go-to platform for international people trying to buy Japanese fashion 

Founders of 500 Startups Japan launch new VC fund Coral Capital

Coral Capital will focus on seed-stage startups in Japan, and will continue to work with 500 Startups on its existing funds 

Today’s top tech news, February 20: Gobi Partners and Sonae IM invest in AI company ViSenze

Also, Sony welcomes any ideas to finance, and Entrepreneur First closes US$115M for this year's investment plan