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101 Top Japanese Retail Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Retail companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Retail 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 Retail Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Marelli

Marelli

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Marelli is a supplier of automotive components including cockpit systems, thermal systems, exhaust systems and advanced electronic products.

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Virtusize is a virtual fitting solution that enables online fashion retailers to illustrate size and fit for consumers.

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AWL

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AWL provides AI camera solutions to solve retail store issues and increase value.

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FamilyMart

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FamilyMart is a convenience store franchise chain that sells basic grocery items like magazines, snacks, drinks, and more.

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SODA

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SNKRDUNK / Japan’s largest sneaker media and C2C marketplace

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Spotlight

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Spotlight provides an application that automatically detects visits to stores and rewards users with points that are exchangeable.

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Trende

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Trende is an online renewable energy retailer Company.

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VAAK

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VAAK operates human analysis platform with behavior recognition for retail and security: crime prevention and checkout-less systems.

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DIGITAL GRID

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Digital Grid is a retail supply contract or a power supply contract with a service provider using the digital grid platform.

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Creema

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Creema operates an online marketplace for handmade products.

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Ubiregi

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Ubiregi offers a point-of-sale (POS) system for iPad devices.

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Energia

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Energia is engaged in the research and development of renewable energy sources.

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Kyoto Fusioneering

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Kyoto Fusioneering is a research & development, design, and manufacture of parts related to fusion reactors.

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ROYAL GATE Inc

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Royal Gate us a tech company that offers mobile payment devices, technologies, and solutions.

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Minna Electric Power

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Minna Electric Power is an Electricity retail service for corporations and individuals company.

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Panair

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Panair is a power supply and demand platform that uses artificial intelligence and big data to build a core system for energy.

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Fez Japan

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Fez is a new business development department for various people in the retail industry.

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Greenspoon

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Greenspoon offers fruit and vegetable-packed frozen smoothies that provide proper nutrients to consumers.

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Clipline

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ClipLine is to provide a mechanism that enables the communication between multi-store.

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Active SONAR .Inc

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Active SONAR .Inc is a subscription e-commerce company for the Japanese market.

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Orosy

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Space Engine, Inc. provides wholesale platform “orosy” that connects D2C brands and retailers from Japan.

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Locoguide

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Locoguide is an Operation of leaflet / shopping information service

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naturacart

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naturacart is a natural and organic CtoC / BtoC marketplace that sells products.

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Prop Tech plus

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Prop Tech plus provides system development and web construction specialized for the real estate finance industry.

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FullDepth

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FullDepth is a drone development company.

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Gift Pad

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Gift Pad is a web catalog gift that allows recipients to choose their favorite products.

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Cart

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Cart allows you to purchase wellness products from all over the world while in Japan.

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NORMEE

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NORMEE is a developing a vein authentication system using smartphone and tablet terminals.

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Yourniture

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Yourniture is developing custom-made furniture services as the main axis of its business.

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Yuwaeru

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Yuwaeru is a Direct-to-Consumer company

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Spika

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Spika operates Nailbook, a photo-sharing service that offers a wide range of photos of nail art designs.

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Konica Minolta

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Konica Minolta is an Innovative Company and continues to create inspiring products and services in the field of imaging.

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Premier Anti-Aging

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Premier Anti-Aging is a healthcare and beauty products wholesale company.

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Rakunew

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Rakunew is a new type of mail-order service that introduces gadgets.

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Roboken

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Roboken is a Robotics AI and SES Company.

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LINK-US

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Link Us is Contract sales of various devices applying ultrasonic combined vibration and powerful ultrasonic technology

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Aquabit Spirals

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Free from Googling. Hyperlink of Things® Connects the World Search-Less

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On The Slope

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On the Slope deliver vegetables without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

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Personize

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Personize is a live Video Shopping for Hair and Beauty Products.

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Renesas Electronics Corporation

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Renesas Electronics provides semiconductor solutions, including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and analog and power devices.

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LUXA

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Luxa is a Japanese group coupon buying site focusing on higher-income demographic by listing only premium items such as branded cosmetics.

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itsumo.

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Itsumo is a company which attract customers by consulting online shopping and e-commerce sites .

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AQUA STAGE

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AQUA STAGE engages in the aquaculture business of tiger puffer and flatfish.

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IROYA Japan

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IROYA is an apparel IT venture company that aims to create a new market in the world by connecting consumers.

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WORLD

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WORLD is a manufacturer and retailer of men’s and women’s clothing.

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Smart Solution Technology Japan

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Smart Solution Technology is a License sales of smart sound touch technology

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TANGOYA

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Tangoya is the Management of specialty stores such as order suits and shirts and sales of clothing.

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WAGOON

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WAGOON is an online retailer of fashion and apparel accessories.

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All Yours

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All Yours is engaged in the development and sales of the original wear brand.

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Amadana

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Amadana specializes in providing creative general trading services.

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HAMURE

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HAMURE is a Chain development of stores specializing in work clothes and work supplies.

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ARTQ ORGANICS

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ARTQ ORGANICS is a skin care products company.

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Simclear

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Simclear is the Fukuoka-based traveled bag provider.

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Muse & Co

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Muse & Co. is a Japanese fashion startup catering to young professional women.

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FAST RETAILING CO

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Fast Retailing is a Japanese holding company that designs, manufactures, and distributes casual wear for men, women, babies, and children.

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Tosa Brewing Company

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Tosa Brewing Company is a Shopping & retail based platform.

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Chia

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Chia helps online creators and online brands with their web publishing platform and powerful marketing technologies.

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Culture Convenience Club (CCC)

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Culture Convenience Club (CCC) is a holding company out of Japan whose main business is the Tsutaya chain of book and media retailers.

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Muji

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Muji is a Japanese retail company which sells a wide variety of household and consumer goods.

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istyle

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Istyle is an online portal that offers individuals with a portfolio of cosmetics and beauty-focused products and media content.

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Cash

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Cash is an app that automatically appraises an item’s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance with it as collateral.

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Enhanlabo

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Enhanlabo is Planning, development and sales of eyewear type Wearable devices

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Mitsui Fudosan

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Mitsui Fudosan is a real estate services offers real estate brokerage and consulting services.

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Glory Global Solutions

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Glory Global Solutions is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of money handling machines and systems.

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Kao Corporation

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Kao Corporation is a chemical and cosmetics company, developing consumer product business that targets general consumers.

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AEON RETAIL

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AEON is a retail network that comprises convenience stores and supermarkets to shopping malls and specialty stores, including Talbots.

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Fuji

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Fuji specializes in the retail sales of food, clothing and daily necessities.

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Seiyu Group

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Seiyu is a nationwide supermarket chain that offers customers a broad assortment of fresh food, general merchandise, and apparel products.

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Comme des Garcons

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Comme des Garcns is a Japanese fashion label.

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Amazon Japan

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Amazon Japan is an online e-commerce retail store with a focus on the Asian market.

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A Bathing Ape

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A Bathing Ape operates as a streetwear brand.

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Daiwa Securities Group

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Daiwa Securities Group provides services which include brokerage, trading, underwriting, advice, and product development.

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Seven & I Holding

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Seven & I Holdings is Holding company engages in the planning, management, and operation of its group companies.

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AEON

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AEON manages the business activities of retail, finance, services, and related companies.

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Unicharm

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Unicharm is a provider of baby and child care, feminine care, health care, cosmetic, household, and pet care products.

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Dental Assist

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Dental Assist is a laboratory that manufactures and sells aligner orthodontics.

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Wacoal

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Wacoal is a manufacturer of women’s lingerie and underwear, founded in 1949 in Japan by Koichi Tsukamoto.

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LIFE

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LIFE owns and operates supermarkets that retail food products and clothing.

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Otsuka Kagu

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Otsuka kagu ltd is a company that engages in the retail sale of household furniture and interior accessories.

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MARUI GROUP

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MARUI GROUP web-site provides company information such as Group companies, as well as IR and Sustainability information.

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Cosmo Bio

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Cosmo Bio provides products and information to laboratories, research institutes, life-science education and testing organizations.

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I-AUC

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I-AUC is an online used car auction agency that provides buying, selling, and transportation services.

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Parco

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Parco develops and manages PARCO shopping centers, with a business model that combines retail businesses and real estate.

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Golf Digest Online

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Golf digest online is an online golf store that sells golf gear, apparel, and accessories.

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Adastria

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Adastria is a Tokyo-based multi-brand apparel company.

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Start Today CO. Ltd

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Largest Fashion Maal.

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Jupiter Shop Channel Co

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Jupiter Shop Channel is a direct marketing company.

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Autobacs Seven

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Autobacs Seven is an Automotive parts and accessories stores company.

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Ho-O

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At Ho-O we offer new ways of viewing key markets and industry with the desire to move businesses forward.

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Carpaydiem

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Carpaydiem specializes in selling and transporting Japanese used commercial vehicles and trucks.

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The Plant

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The Plant offers a “full stack” of solutions and services with the technology, e-commerce consultants, and integration engineers

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Kikkoman

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Kikkoman is a food manufacturer that makes the brand of spices uses in cooking.

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Valor

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Valor engages in the processing and retail of food and other lifestyle-related goods.

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HobbyLink Japan

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HobbyLink Japan is an e-commerce platform.

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GLADD

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GLADD is an invitation only online retail marketplace offering discounts on branded designer products and lifestyle services.

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Sendico

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Sendico.com is a Fast, Reliable & Affordable Buying Service from Japan! Lowest Service Fee on Market!

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Workman

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Workman is a company mainly engaged in the operation of franchise stores and directly-operated stores.

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Sogo & Seibu

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Sogo & Seibu Company, Limited is a Japanese retail company that operates 4 retail franchises.

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Daiwa

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Daiwa is a department store industry.

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Toyobo

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Toyobo is a manufacturer and seller of natural and synthetic fibers.

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Bic camera

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Bic Camera is a consumer electronics retailer chain that offers digital home appliances.

Written by Mark Fitz

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