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Rakuten, JAFCO co-invest in Japanese fintech startup FOLIO's US$16M Series A

FOLIO is an online security brokerage service aimed at those interested in investing but have never tried, have been put off by the complexities of financial products, or are afraid of the risks involved 

Softbank's 'Trump talk' fund makes first investment, expected to generate 3,000 jobs

The US$1 billion investment will go to OneWeb, a company using satellites to bring internet to the world's poor communities 

Japanese Astroscale aspires to be the first outer space cleaning company

Japanese Astroscale aspires to be the first outer space cleaning company 

Taiwan's travel marketplace KKday nabs US$7M to expand to more Asian countries

KKday has already expanded its presence into Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea and Japan, besides Singapore 

Looking for the next big opportunity? Here are 5 Asia Pacific consumer insights to keep in mind

Rethinking your marketing strategy? Look toward emerging markets, mobile, and growing digital commerce in China 

Horsepower races to the top as TiA Jakarta 2016 startup pitch battle winner

The Philippines-based startup beats five other finalists at the recent Tech in Asia Jakarta 2016 event -- which includes an Uber-for-tailor and the sharing economy's answer to space communications 

Ratan Tata-backed Crayon Data eyes new round of funding by year-end

The Singapore-based data analytics startup is also beefing up its product line with two new variants of its flagship product Maya 

Japan's LPixel raises US$7M to help scientists and doctors with their research

The money will go towards enhancing LPixel's R&D tech and accelerating global expansion 

MatahariMall scores US$100M equity round from Mitsui Group

The investment will consist of several tranches over a 12-month period 

3 tips for entering the Japanese startup ecosystem from a local investor

Hint: Mobile Internet has been around much longer in Japan than anywhere else 

LINE is shifting its focus to media and news post IPO

LINE's Chief Strategy and Marketing officer also explained how the company plans to take over Southeast Asia 

Masayoshi Son's brother leads US$2.5M financing in India's foodtech startup InnerChef

The funding was led by Mistletoe, which is funded and owned by Taizo Son, a serial entrepreneur and the youngest brother of SoftBank's Chairman Masayoshi Son 

Rakuten acquires Fablic, a Japanese beauty, fashion and motorcycle flea market apps provider

Rakuten is currently planning to allow users to use their Rakuten member ID to log into FRIL, and implement point campaigns utilising Rakuten Super Points 

Truck accident fatality is first death attributed to Pokémon Go in Japan

Two women were struck by a truck driver who admitted being distracted while playing Pokémon Go 

Japan’s Geniee invests in AdPushup to expand into SEA adtech space

AdPushup is an ad technology company that provides a product, which helps optimise revenue from display ads on the Internet 

Japan’s M3 form JV with HealthCare atHOME to launch a news platform for Indian doctors

HCAH is backed by Burman family, the promoters of Dabur, and the founders of the Health Care at Home UK 

India's GHV Accelerator partners with Japanese VCs to launch US$52M startup fund

The fund will look to invest in 10-15 startups in the health-tech, fintech, Internet of Things, consumer-tech and agri-tech sectors 

SoftBank, Honda to develop cars that can read driver emotions

The new technology will use SoftBank’s Pepper robot to help drivers with advices when parking the car and will also give them company during long trips 

Japan's Rakuten revises definition of 'spouse', extends benefits to same-sex partners

It also announced today a host of LGBTQ-friendly initiatives and highlighted the diversity programmes within the company 

Coming Home: Pokémon Go officially launches in Japan

The game returns to its homeland, with the winds of two-weeks worth of excitement and build-up at its back 

Guess which country had the most users who clicked on malicious links in 2015?

Web attackers have now become more selective of their targets and have changed the technologies they use 

Slew of investors help KL fintech startup Jirnexu raise US$3M Series A

PropertyGuru Co-founder and CEO Steve Melhuish was a private investor in the deal 

Rakuten sells Tarad.com, moves one more step away from Southeast Asia

Tarad.com says it will be adapting its business model and specifically cited a desire to target businesses in Thailand