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Japan Startup Podcasts >> 113: Japan Announces Plans to Land on The Moon by 2020 (Startup)

We startup founders and investors like to talk about “moonshots”. It points out startups that have huge dreams, those that are solving hard problems, and those that will actually change the world if they succeed. Usually, the term moonshot is used metaphorically, but today I’d like to introduce you See more >> Startup: Unique Japanese Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 36: The Happiest Company in the World (Startup)

Yuka considers Famarry to be the happiest company in the world, and looking at who her customers are, I think she just might be right. But behind this happy company is an aggressive plan to disrupt a cartel of photo studios that have dominated the market for decades. The post 36: The Happiest Comp See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 40: Why Gay Rights Are Good Business (Startup)

Koki Hayashi of Letibee is walking a difficult path by combining a startup business with social activism, but he just might pull it off. Japan is very rapidly becoming more accepting of those who are openly gay, and 2015 was a year of extremely rapid progress for gay rights. Letibee has plans to ca See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 50: IoT and the Future of Poop (Startup)

Startup founders claiming their company is going to “change the world” has become a cliche. But rarely do we see a product that could clearly and significantly make someone’s life better. D-Free is one of those products. However... The post 50: IoT and the Future of Poop – Atsushi Nakanishi a See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 69: How Japanese Startups are Breaking into Silicon Valley (Startup)

More and more Japanese founders are moving their startups to San Francisco. It’s easy to see why. There is more venture capital, more startup know-how, and more startup energy in that city than anywhere else in the world. In fact, there is a small, close knit Japanese startup community in San Franc See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 71: This Low-Tech Japan Travel Startup is Going Global (Startup)

Today we are going low-tech. Sledgehammers and paint brushes low tech. Keigo Fukugaki has started his own hotel brand, BnA, which stands for Bed & Art. It’s not a platform. It’s not an online marketplace. There isn’t (yet) even a meaningful e-commerce component. BnA is a new kind of hotel that See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 108: This Japan Startup Is Changing the Way Your Kids Buy Fashion (Startup)

Japanese fashion is unique, and so is the entire Japanese fashion industry. Today I would like to introduce you to a Japanese fashion startup with a genuinely unique business model. Tsubasa Koseki and his team at Facy, have created a fashion marketplace based on instant messaging and relationship b See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 77: The Real Reason Japan Can (Startup)

From the transistor radio to the Walkman to the Gameboy and the Playstation, Japan has always been both a leading force in hardware technology and a Mecca for gadget geeks. Over the past ten years, however, Japanese dominance in consumer hardware has been slipping away. The falling price of not jus See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 78: How This Startup is Getting Japanese Moms Back to Work (Startup)

Miwa Tanaka, CEO of Waris, is working to make things better for working women in Japan. Although things are slowly changing, most Japanese women still must leave the workforce when they have children. The Waris platform helps them get back on track, either as a freelancer or by restarting their car See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 80: How A Failing Music Startup in Japan Pivoted to Global Success (Startup)

It’s hard to make money with music apps. The competition is intense, and most people simply are not willing to pay much for music apps; either because music is something they only do casually or because if it’s something they do professionally, they probably don’t have money. Akinori Fumihara of Na See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 85: Can This Founder Solve Japan (Startup)

Seeking help for even minor mental health problems still carries a stigma in Japan. This is particularly unfortunate because clinical research shows that a significant portion of Japanese adults suffer from depression or other mental illnesses. Ayako Shimizu, the founder of Hikari Labs, has an inno See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 87: How This Startup Makes Money from Children (Startup)

Education is one of the hardest sectors to disrupt — or even improve upon — and most EdTech startups struggle. Today we sit down with Go Arai and we talk about how his company, Arcterus, is taking a bottom-up approach to improving education. Arcterus has developed a service called Clear See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 89: How One Good Idea Emerged from Japan (Startup)

After the March 2011 earthquake and the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, TEPCO and the Japanese government tried to assure us that everything was just fine. The repeatedly insisted that there was no serious danger posed by the radiation. Not very many people believed them. Reliable See more >> Startup: Foreign Founders
How this Musical Shoe Startup is Helping Hospitals

japan startup podcasts >> How this Musical Shoe Startup is Helping Hospitals (Startup)

Most great startup ideas don’t grab your attention right away. It takes a while before the founder’s vision becomes obvious to the rest of us. On the other hand, the startups that immediately grab all the press attention often go out of business shortly after shipping their first pro See more >> Startup: hardware startups

The Little Startup from Japan That Took Down NTT

japan startup podcasts >> The Little Startup from Japan That Took Down NTT (Startup)

It’s rare for a Japanese startup to challenge NTT and come out ahead. But that’s exactly what Takehiro Ogita and his team at TownWiFi have accomplished. TownWiFi is a mobile app that automatically detects and logins into available WiFi hotspots. Since TownWiFi was very modestly funde See more >> Startup: uncategorized