SuperReturn will host its annual Private Credit and Venture Capital Japan Conference at the Conrad, Tokyo, in early December.
Toyoda Gosei Co., a Kiyosu, Japan-based specialty manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive parts, will establish a corporate venture capital department in January 2019.
Taiho Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Taiho Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd., increased its investment pool by US$250m from the initial US$50m to US$300m.
Inkonova AB, a Swedish aerial robotics for underground mining startup, received a significant stake investment from Japan-based commercial drone technology company Terra Drone.
Trende, a Tokyo, Japan-based online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan, closed a JPY 730m Series A funding.
Whill, Inc., a Yokohama, Japan-based company behind Personal Electric Vehicles (PEVs), raised $45m in funding.
Cocos-BCX, a blockchain game development platform created by the founding team of Cocos2D-x, an open-source game development platform, raised $40m in financing.
Beacon Platform, a global financial technology company, closed its Series A funding of undisclosed amount.
MusicLife, a blockchain music exchange ecosystem operated by Singapore-based non-profit organization MusicLife Foundation and Japanese company MusicLife Co. Ltd., raised $5m in Series A funding.
Paidy, a Tokyo, Japan-based instantly-issued post-pay credit provider, received an investment from Visa (NYSE:V) as part of a Series C funding.
freee, a Tokyo, Japan-based accounting tech company, raised $60m in funding.
Tokyo, Japan-based pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503) has acquired Quethera Limited, a Cambridge, UK-based gene therapy company focused on developing novel treatments for ocular disorders, such as glaucoma.
Modulus Discovery, Inc., a Tokyo, Japan-based early stage drug discovery company, raised a total of 800M Japanese Yen (approximately US $7.2M) for its series A funding round.
Paidy, a Tokyo, Japan-based instantly issued post-pay credit account linked to mobile phone number company, raised a Series C funding round of US$55m.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), the largest utility in Japan, has established Tepco Ventures, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary charged with turning new businesses into venture companies.