#Asia 6 rising startups in Japan


The Japan funding roundup is in! Investors picked up a wide variety of firms last week, ranging from game developers to wearable tech designers.

Preferred Networks

Preferred Networks uses real-time machine learning algorithms for devices, especially in the industrial, manufacturing, transportation, and biomedical spaces.

The company received a whopping US$94.8 million from Toyota last week – making it one of Japan’s most funded companies. Check out our dedicated coverage of the investment here.


Sansan provides customer relations management solutions.

The service lets users scan business cards from associates, allowing companies to store and easily share contact info among staff. This kind of software is particularly convenient in Japan because of the volume of business cards exchanged in the Japanese business world.

Sansan received just under US$38 million in funding from three investors, reports The Bridge. In addition to Preferred Networks’ funding, Toyota invested in Sansan as well.

Hamon by Mitsufuji

Hamon by Mitsufuji makes clothes with built in biometric scanning capabilities.

Silver fiber allows a small scanner attached to the outfit to take biometric readings and relay them in real time to your smart phone or the cloud. The readings taken by the scanner include heart rate, respiration, temperature, gyroscopic readings and more.

Mitsufuji raised just over US$27 million in funding in funds last week.


Tranzax uses software to simplify the normal processes of accounting. Companies can use the service to electronically transfer invoices and account changes, cutting costs such as paper storage and delivery throughout the supply chain.

The company raised roughly US$9 million in funds last week at the hands of investors including advertising giant Dentsu.

Crash Fever by Wonder Planet

Wonder Planet is the developer of the popular mobile game Crash Fever. By solving puzzles in the game, players can make their characters deal damage and perform moves in simulated battle. The game has been downloaded over 8 million times. It has also been doing well outside Japan, with the game reaching the number one rank on both the Taiwan and Hong Kong App Stores.

Last week, Wonder Planet received a US$9 million investment from venture capital firm Eight Roads Ventures.

Timetree by Jubilee Works

Jubilee Works’ Timetree is a calendar sharing app for families and friends.

Users can make an event on their calendar and share it with a link. Since being published over 5 million users have made accounts on the app.

The company raised just under US$4.8 million in its latest round of funding, reports TechCrunch.

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Editor’s Note: These startups are featured because they have acquired funding, and are not necessarily attending Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017.

Thanks for checking out this week’s funding roundup for Japan. As always, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. To get a closer look at the Japanese startup ecosystem, sign up for our very own Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 happening on September 27-28 at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden.

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