#Asia 6 rising startups in Japan


After a short delay we’re back with our weekly roundup of funded startups in Japan! Check out our picks for this week.

Yoropay by Popshoot

Yoropay is an app for taking notes on money borrowed from or lent to friends by Popshoot.

Do you ever have trouble keeping track of who paid for dinner? Or how much your friend owes you for picking up their groceries? Yoropay tries to make it easy to keep track of who owes who. Users can make notes to keep track of small debts, and send the requests to their friends. Users can also pay debts immediately over the app via credit card or by a virtual wallet on the app.

Popshoot received US$3.6 million in funding during a series A round according to The Bridge.

Moge Check by MFS

Moge Check is a mortgage comparison and analysis app by Mortgage Financial Solutions.

After inputting as few as seven entries of personal info, the app will give users detailed estimates of how much they can expect on a home loan or what their options for refinancing are. If users would like to know more than just what the app tells them, they can schedule a consultation at the company’s brick and mortar store Moge Check Plaza. The company also recently formed partnerships with real estate website Home’s and personal finance company Zaim.

The startup announced receiving just under US$2.3 million in investments last week.

XZ Closet by Standing Ovation

XZ Closet is a fashion app developed by Standing Ovation.

According to Standing Ovation, there are several billion articles of clothing that never leave the closets of young Japanese women. The startup aims to change this by letting users upload their wardrobe onto the app where they can try to coordinate different items to make outfits. To date, over two million items of clothing have been uploaded onto the platform.

The startup received over US$1.6 million last week, reports The Bridge.


Suvaco is a matching service for home building specialists and homeowners who want to renovate or build a home.

Users can select from a wide array of projects and can browse specialists in different areas of home design and construction. Rather than automatically matching users and professionals, users can browse the site’s registered building specialists and select the ones they want for their project. The website also offers many resources for people considering new projects, such as Q&A’s for renovation and postings for home design events.

The company announced US$1.6 million in funding.


Shelfy is a service that matches businesses with interior designers or construction professionals.

Business owners who want to update or tailor the look of their shop can make requests and describe what they ideally want out of the process. The service then selects a chain of construction, design, and product specialists to deal with the client’s request. The company has 500 client companies so far, as well as 300 partnered construction companies.

The company announced raising over US$900,000 in funds last week.

Autok by Regulus Technologies

500 Startups Japan partners and the Regulus Technologies team. Photo credit: 500 Startups Japan.

500 Startups Japan partners and the Regulus Technologies team. Photo credit: 500 Startups Japan.

Regulus Technologies develops Autok, a personal assistant chatbot.

Autok integrates with the user’s calendar to help them organize their schedule. Users can text Autok with new appointments and Autok will suggest available time slots or moving around other appointments to make space for the event. Autok Biz, a business-oriented appointment maker and assistant, is also available.

Regulus Technologies announced receiving several hundred thousand US dollars from investors including 500 Startups.

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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.

That’s the week’s roundup! As always there is a lot going on in the Japanese ecosystem. But it’s hard to bring it all to you over the web. That’s why we recommend the full experience at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017, where you can have a hands-on, personal interaction with the Japanese startup scene.

The conference isn’t good just for outsiders and observers. If you run your own startup, you might want to join in too. Getting a booth at Bootstrap Alley can be a great opportunity, whether it be to find partners, grab the eye of the public, or just to test out your product. If any of those sound appealing, go ahead and sign up for a booth today.

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