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.
Cheq, a NYC-based cybersecurity company, raised $5M in Series A funding.
Plaid, Inc., the Japanese company that provides the CX platform KARTE for digital marketers, raised 2.7 billion JPY in funding.
Trigence Semiconductor, Inc., a Tokyo, Japan-based audio IC design and solution provider, offering pure digital audio products for the consumer and IT markets, closed its Series C funding.
GetMyBoat, a San Francisco, CA-based boat rental and water experience marketplace, secured up to $10M in funding.
Aisin Group, a Japan-based automotive components and systems manufacturer, is launching a $50m venture fund with US Silicon Valley-based Fenox Venture Capital.
Japan is a technological and economic powerhouse whose industries reverberate across the world, as events in the Japanese industry have the power to affect other global economies in a major way.
Panasonic Corporation (TOKYO:6752) is teaming up with Scrum Ventures, a San Francisco based early-stage venture capital firm, to launch a new initiative aimed at enabling a new generation of products.
Genesis Healthcare Co., a Tokyo, Japan-based genetic testing and research company, raised 1.65 Billion Yen.
Authlete Co., Ltd., a Tokyo, Japan-based OAuth 2.0 server & OpenID Connect provider, closed a US$3m Pre-Series A funding round.
KKday, an Asian travel-experience platform, raised US$10.5m in funding.