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101 Top Japanese Internet Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Internet companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Internet industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japanese Internet Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

SoftBank

SoftBank

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SoftBank provides fixed-line, mobile telephony, internet, telecommunications, and digital television products.

Rakuten

Rakuten

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Rakuten is a provider of e-commerce, fintech, digital content, and communications products and services.

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CAMPFIRE

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Campfire engages in the planning, development, and operation of a crowd funding platform.

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PayPay

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PayPay is an online payment app.

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Mercari

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Mercari is a community-powered shopping app from Japan allowing anyone to buy and sell anything from anywhere.

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Stake Technologies

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Stake Technologies is a technology company that provides blockchain solutions to enterprises.

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Nature

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Nature offers a product that enables its users to save money by controlling the use of their air conditioners.

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Ceres inc.

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Ceres is a company providing internet marketing services and is engaged in the planning, development, and operation of smartphone media.

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SORACOM

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SORACOM provides IoT (Internet of Things) platform of data communication to connect all the people and things in the society.

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Preferred Networks

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Preferred Networks develops real-world applications of deep learning, robotics and other latest technologies.

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Monstar Lab

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The core consultancy arm of the company engineers awesome solutions that perform for clients around the world.

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KIOXIA

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KIOXIA is a group strategy formulation and management company.

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Coincheck

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Coincheck operates a bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange in Japan.

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Nulab

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Nulab is a team of fun-spirited creators dedicated to creating software the improves team collaboration.

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Cluster

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Cluster that allows anyone to hold events such as live music and conferences in a virtual environment.

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CrowdWorks

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CrowdWorks provides Internet services operations centered on Japanese crowdsourcing platform.

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Andpad

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Andpad provides a construction management application for users throughout Japan.

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Zaiko

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Two way marketplace connecting event organizers with media companies as sales channels. Ticketing as a service.

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Plaid

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Plaid is a tokyo based software company.

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Zehitomo

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Zehitomo is an Japanese online platform that enables user to hire local service professionals, from photographers to personal trainers.

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Uhuru

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Uhuru is a technology service company that provides cloud and social services to companies such as Salesforce.com and many others.

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GREE

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Gree is a Japanese internet media company that provides mobile social networking, and mobile technology services for its users.

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BizReach

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BizReach is Japan’s foremost job site exclusive to the high class executive jobs.

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ASOBIMO

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ASOBIMO is a developer of mobile MMORPGs with the goal to be [The No.1 online game company in Japan]

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DeCurret

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DeCurret is Providing the optimal rate of digital currency, instantly processing a large amount of currency transactions stably.

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MediBang

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MediBang is a communication internet company to help people connect through art.

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UUUM

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UUUM is a YouTuber-focused management production services company.

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WOVN Technologies

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WOVN Technologies offers website localization service that translates a website into multiple languages.

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Coconala

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Coconala operates a website to buy and sell knowledge, skills and, experience from users who are willing to teach.

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Plasm Network

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Plasm Network is a decentralized application platform that scales itself via implementing layer 2 solutions such as Plasma, State Channels.

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bitbank

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Bitcoin wallet, payment processing, bitcoin reward service and news media

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TableCheck

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TableCheck is a world-class reservation platform that centralizes reservations from third-party reservation sites.

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Infostellar

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Infostellar is a space communication infrastructure firm.

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NETSTARS Japan

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NETSTARS the purpose of delivering services combining Japanese technologies with Chinese technologies through the internet to the world.

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CANDY HOUSE

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CANDY HOUSE is a design house catering simple and smart services and things that are enjoyable and fun like candy.

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Mynet Inc.

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Mynet offers community games to the Japanese and Asian markets.

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KAKEHASHI

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KAKEHASHI, have a strong sense of responsibility and a sense of duty to seriously think and act actively in the future of medical care.

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RareJob

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Rarejob is an online platform that offers English learning services for individual and corporate needs.

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ARAYA

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ARAYA is an AI services provider that utilizes machine learning algorithms including deep learning to meet the diverse needs of customers.

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Edgematrix

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EDGEMATRIX is a startup spun out from the AI ​​project team of a global venture company .

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Idein

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Idein seeks to enable all real-world events to be handled by software.

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Luup Japan

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Luup is an Internet Company.

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A*QUANTUM

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A*QUANTUM is an quantum computer software.

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Schoo

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Schoo is a Tokyo-based massive open online course startup providing live-streamed lectures on the internet.

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Aidemy

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Aidemy is a web service where you can learn AI programming online.

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Yoriso

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Yoriso is a Japanese startup that connects families to funeral homes and other end-of-life service providers.

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Aroma Bit

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Aroma Bit is a develops compact odor sensor and innovative services and products using the sensor.

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APB Japan

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APB provides next-generation lithium-ion batteries and all-polymer batteries that solve these battery problems.

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iRidge

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IRidge offers solutions related to O2O, app development, and marketing support.

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Milleporte

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Milleporte is a fashion and lifestyle focused EC site based in Japan.

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SORABITO

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SORABITO is an eCommerce marketplace for used construction equipment and machinery.

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Inagora

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Inagora constructed and operates the Chinese Beijing cross-border e-commerce platform “Wando Platform.”

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Research & Innovation

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Research & Innovation is a japan based market research company.

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Live Smart

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Live Smart is a start-up to develop a service platform in the living space.

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Pretia

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Pretia is a Internet service planning, development and operation business.

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TVISION INSIGHTS

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TVISION INSIGHTS Inc. is a company that measures the “viewing quality” of television.

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PLANTIO

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PLANTIO offers AI and IoT based plantation services, enabling customers to get sustainably harvested food.

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EventHub

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EventHub is an event technology company on a mission to connect people.

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minma

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Life Market is an internet shopping company.

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Amazia

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Amazia specializes in Internet engineering services for clients in Japan.

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Creators Match

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Creators Match specializes in planning and production of Internet advertisements.

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SYN

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SYN develops an internet and software business that aims to brings out the goodness of Japanese food.

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Peraichi

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Perichi is a web service that allows anyone to create a one-page homepage quickly and easily.

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EPARK

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EPARK develops and operates real time platforms for rating, searching, and booking various consumer services

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Planet Way

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Planetway is a Individual data driven social innovation company.

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Hmcomm

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Hmcomm is a provider of AI technology-based voice recognition and abnormal sound detection services for business applications.

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Smart Shopping

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Smartmat is an eco-friendly IoT purchase system for on-demand, no-hassle grocery with cost-effective shipping.

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Techtouch

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Techtouch is a service that allows overlaying the explanation guidance on an existing web system.

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Laboratik

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Laboratik mission is dynamically driving human creativity and productivity by changing the way people work

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CLEAR

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CLEAR is an educational note-sharing platform.

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Orphe

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Orphe is a smartshoes platform that uses motion sensors to track user’s movements for wellness improvements.

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VACAN

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VACAN is a vacant seat information platform such as restaurants and cafes and parking lots.

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MOSH Japan

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MOSH is a web page creation services for individual business owners.

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ChatBook

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ChatBook is a SaaS platform for marketers who work in B2B area to automate acquiring leads and evaluate leads in your absence.

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Spider Labs

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Spider Labs offers solutions to help fight ad fraud and ensure data security.

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i3Systems

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i3Systems provides cloud and mobile solutions, focus on the development and provision of the enterprise mobile management service.

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aptpod

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aptpod has been in pursuit of frameworks that optimize all layers of data gathering.

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obniz

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obniz is a cloud based IoT system provide realtime and bi-directional access to real hardware form the cloud.

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TENTIAL

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TENTIAL analyzes detailed purchasing behavior and attributes online and aim to deliver products based on information.

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Deep Insight

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Deep Insight is an artificial intelligence technology company.

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Caulis Inc.

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Caulis is a cybersecurity startup which is building the open security platform for every single device.

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Moff

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Moff is a Wearable Internet of Things (IoT) platform and solutions.

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Visional

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Visional develops various businesses that support business productivity.

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Showcase Gig

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Showcase Gig is a Tokyo-based digital marketing startup company.

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Leading Mark

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Leading Mark, a rising human resources startup in Japan

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Square Enix

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Square Enix develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment titles worldwide.

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Rei-Frontier

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Rei-Frontier Inc. is the Japanese company which provides the mobile application using augmented reality technology.

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FABRIC TOKYO

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FABRIC TOKYO is a Japanese startup provides a direct-to-consumer custom-made apparel brand. (former-company name Lifestyle Design Co., Ltd.)

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Receptionist

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Receptionist is a company that develops and operates the cloud reception system.

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AI CROSS

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AI CROSS is an internet company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help enterprises communicate through mobile with their customers.

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Oh My Glasses TOKYO

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Oh My Glasses TOKYO is a lifestyle brand that offer high quality made in Japan eyewear at an affordable price.

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Pocket Concierge

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Pocket Concierge is an online reservation and payment service for selected restaurants.

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Nextremer

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Nextremer is a research and Development of AI Dialogue System and Open Innovation Services.

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Noin

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Noin specializes in cosmetics and delivers content that accurately captures trends like videos that solve girls worries.

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Nanapi

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Nanapi is a web system development company based in Japan, and it provides life hacking website or app.

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atta

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Flight and accommodation metasearch that leverages big data and AI to predict future prices of flight tickets and accommodations

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Fringe81

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Fringe81 is a company engaged in internet-related business. Fringe81 operates in internet advertisement and human resources technology.

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Vegetalia

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Vegetalia provides sensor network application systems with a focus on agriculture.

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STUDIO

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Studio is a web design & development platform that enables users to build websites from scratch without coding.

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ASOVIEW Inc.

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ASOVIEW Inc. is an online booking website that provides booking services for weekend leisure activities like skydiving and rafting.

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GRCS

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GRCS provide GRC solutions that visualize the risks surrounding a company and use it for management.

Written by Mark Fitz

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