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70 Top Japanese News Companies and Startups of 2021

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

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Ceres inc.

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.

Gunosy

Gunosy

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Gunosy is a news curation application that covers a wide range of news from entertainment news to political news.

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Uzabase

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Uzabase provides information infrastructure supporting decision-making in business activities.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode

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Tokyo Otaku Mode delivers the latest news on Japanese anime, manga, games, and more through its Facebook page.

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SmartNews

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SmartNews is a news app that helps users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

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GameWith

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GameWith is an online game information community that provides its users with hints and tips for smartphone games.

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Square Enix

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

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PoliPoli

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PoliPoli is a next-generation politics co-creation platform where you can participate like a game.

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Nikkei

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Nikkei is a media group that publishes the financial newspaper Nikkei, as well as an English-language news platform.

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Spectee

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Spectee is a start-up company that specializes in analyzing various data especially on social media.

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JX PRESS

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JX PRESS provides breaking news bulletins for urgent information on accidents, natural disasters, and other incidents detected by AI.

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NEW STANDARD

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New standard is a company that recreates value with new standards, creates creativity and communication using our unique methodologies.

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Huber

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Huber aims to be a tourist information center for travelers and locals as well as a hub for travelers and the area.

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Strobolight

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Strobolight provides consistent support such as production, construction and maintenance by staff with expertise.

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MANSION MARKET

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MANSION MARKET is a news and media based company.

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Socialwire

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Socialwire offers news wire services for proofreadng press releases, selecting media, releasing contents, and investigating.

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Nobollel

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Nobollel is a planning, development and operation of game applications utilizing Unity Planning, development and operation of game app.

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shiroyagi Japan

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shiroyagi offers Kamelio, a news curation application that focuses on the readers’ preferences.

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GoodLuck3

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GoodLuck3 propose and produce TV drama, commercials, corporate promotion videos, music videos, etc.

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Kamelio

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Kamelio has adopted a new concept that differs slightly from conventional news curation apps.

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rocketa

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Rocketa is a news curation and social media platform.

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Curazy

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Curazy has been focused on curating funny news topics from around the world

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Amanek Telematics Design

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Amanek Telematics Design provides broadcasting and other television solutions for clients in Japan.

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Weathernews

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Weathernews is a private weather service company that provides weather news and bulletins 24/7 365 days.

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Impress

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The Company has captured such environment as an opportunity, in order to become a “true professional media company”.

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Rocket News 24

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Rocket News 24 is a Japanese news website that features articles about worldwide interesting topics.

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Weblio

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Weblio is a Japan-based curated encyclopedia.

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The Asahi Shimbun Company

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The Asahi Shimbun Company is a publishing company that offers daily Japanese-language newspaper.

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Kyodo News

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Kyodo News is a non-profit cooperative news agency that provides international news.

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Metropolis

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Metropolis is a Japanese magazine and online platform that provides information.

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NHK World

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NHK World is Japan’s sole public broadcaster that provides its latest information through radio and online to a global audience.

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Timeout

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Timeout is a publishing company

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Rentracks

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Rentracks provide suitable information and convenience for people, making full use of internet.

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Social Game Info

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Social Game Info operates various news media such as social game info and social VR info services.

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Nikkei BPnet

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Nikkei BPnet is a comprehensive website that offers information for business professionals.

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The Japan Times

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The Japan Times is the oldest and the only independent English language newspaper in Japan.

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Individual Company Inc

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Individual Inc. provides news services.

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The Bridge

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Tech News Media

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ITmedia KK

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ITmedia is the largest online IT publisher in Japan, offering numerous forums on various subjects, technical articles and case studies.

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MOBY

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MOBY is an automobile information media company.

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Japan Today

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Japan Today is an online newspaper published in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Yomiuri Shimbun

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The Yomiuri Shimbun is a Japanese media group specializing in newspaper publishing.

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TV Asahi

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TV Asahi is a Japanese television network covering drama series and high-quality variety shows.

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Nikkei Asian Review

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Nikkei Asian Review is an English-language publication that brings insights about business, finance, economic, and political news in Asia.

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NNA JAPAN

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NNA JAPAN is a news publishing company that provides economic and business information services.

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AIM Japan

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Ai is unified data environment using dictionary data

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JIJI PRESS

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Jiji Press is an online portal that features news, information, and data.

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The Okinawa Times

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The Okinawa Times is a provider of newspapers for news, gourmet foods, gifts, and event information.

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SPORTS NIPPON NEWSPAPERS

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Sports Nippon Newspapers is a sports newspaper publisher that features newspaper-type weekly manga.

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BCN Ranking

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BCN Ranking is a nationwide consumer electronics retailer that delivers news and selling rankings of digital consumer electronics.

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e-talent bank

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e-talent bank delivers news about entertainment and beauty that will color and enjoy a little time in your life.

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KENTSU SHIMBUNSHA

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KENTSU SHIMBUNSHA publishes news related to the construction industry.

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Hokkaido Shimbun Press

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Hokkaido Shimbun Press is a newspaper publisher that features Hokkaido Shimbun morning newspaper and evening newspaper.

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Japan Information Service

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Japan Information Service offers public relations and advertising services.

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dox Japan

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Dox is a Media/news company.

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Recruit Communications

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Recruit Communications is a company that plays a role in creating a competitive advantage for the Recruit Group.

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Nikkei Business Publications

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Nikkei Business Publications is a cross-media company that provides business people with high value-added information.

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TechWave

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TechWave is a global and local blog media that provides IT and social media relevant information and much more for its users.

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K-1 JAPAN GROUP

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K-1 JAPAN GROUP provides information and news about sports and tournaments.

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K.Sense

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K.Sense is a newspaper and magazine publishing company.

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oricon ME

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oricon news is a Production and operation music distribution service.

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Japan Daily Press

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Japan Daily Press is a news provider that provides information on Japanese politics, economy, society, culture, and more.

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Tokyo Creative News

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Tokyo Creative News is a trip planner fuelled by an online community.

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Wano

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Wano is the provider of video advertising and web marketing services.

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Senken Shimbun

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Senken Shimbun is a Japanese fashion newspaper.

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Globalway

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Globalway is a social web media company that provides and develops business applications.

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Kyodo News Digital

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Kyodo News Digital distributes news and builds systems in the digital field such as news sites and signage.

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The Home Living

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The Home Living is a newspaper for furniture and home furnishing.

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Robots forever

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Robots Dreams features general robotics, hobby and educational robots, robot contests, FIRST, RoboCup, combat robots.

Written by Mark Fitz

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