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Thomson Reuters collaborates with Finatext to analyse social media content

By Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of a new investment information service in collaboration with Japanese FinTech firm Finatext. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Japan

March 30, 2017

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Robo-advisor ‘Chloe’ launches in Japan

By Finextra

Hong Kong-based social trading startup 8 Securities has launched a mobile-only robo-adisory service targeting the millennial generation that constructs portfolios with exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Wealth management

February 18, 2017

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After surge in transactions, Philippine central bank regulates Bitcoin

By  for TechInAsia

The Philippine central bank has decided to regulate virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin, with more and more people using it to transfer money across borders. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan, Philippines

February 11, 2017

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Rakuten, JAFCO co-invest in Japanese fintech startup FOLIO’s US$16M Series A

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

FOLIO, a startup offering an online security brokerage service in Japan, has announced that it has raised 1.8 billion yen (approximately US$16 million) in Series A round from a slew of investors, including JAFCO, Monex Ventures, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, and Rakuten Fintech Fund. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Wealth management

February 8, 2017

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Japan Could See 20,000 Bitcoin Accepting Merchants in 2017

By Samburaj Das for CryptoCoinsNews

As Japan prepares to enforce regulations upon bitcoin exchanges in the country, a development that was encouraged by the local bitcoin industry, the number of merchants accepting the cryptocurrency is expected to quintuple to 20,000 this year. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan

January 31, 2017

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Rakuten moves into European banking market

By Finextra

Japanese e-commerce conglomerate and prominent fintech investor Rakuten is to launch a commercial banking operation in Europe from its Luxembourg headquarters. (more…)

Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, Payment processors/providers/gateways

January 12, 2017

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Report: FinTech Slow to Take Off in Japan

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

FinTech is growing in Japan, but, unlike the rest of Asia, it’s doing so at a much slower pace. With the Asian market tapping into the industry, Japan is establishing itself as a late adopter, falling significantly behind. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan, Marketing Report

December 23, 2016

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6 fintech startups from Asia that excited us in 2016

By  for TechInAsia

Fintech is going strong in Asia as the year draws to a close. According to the Pulse of Fintech Q3 2016 report by global audit and advisory firm KPMG, venture capital funding in Asian financial technology companies increased, reaching US$1.2 billion – outpacing even the US, where VC investment totaled US$0.9 billion. (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, China, eWallets, Fintech news, India, Japan, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, Philippines, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Remittances, Singapore

December 17, 2016

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Android Pay is now available in Japan

By  for TechCrunch

Android Pay continues its international rollout with a launch in Japan today, some six weeks after Apple’s own mobile payment service reached Japanese shores. (more…)

eWallets, Fintech news, Japan, Mobile payments/banking

December 13, 2016

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He’s building robo investors to fill a trillion-dollar hole in Japanese society

By  for TechInAsia

“Individual investors in Japan, especially those above 60 years of age, prefer to keep their savings in the bank,” exclaims Kazuhisa Shibayama, founder of WealthNavi. “There’s over 17 trillion dollars of personal wealth lying idle, sleeping.” (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, PFM/PFP services

December 9, 2016

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“Fintech” poses challenges for banking-sector stability: BOJ’s Kuroda

By The Business Times

[TOKYO] New financial technology, or “fintech”, poses fresh challenges for central banks in maintaining banking-sector stability, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday. (more…)

Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities, Japan

December 5, 2016

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Asia’s Largest Stock Exchange Operator Forms Blockchain Consortium in Japan, Trials in 2017

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

A number of companies have joined the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) To form a consortium that will develop a proof-of-concept blockchain solution for capital market infrastructure. (more…)

Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan

December 1, 2016

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Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange to Establish Blockchain-based Stock Exchange

By

Daiwa Securities Group, a Tokyo-based securities brokerage, will be working with Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to establish a Blockchain-based stock exchange by integrating Daiwa’s equity trading into the Yangon exchange platform. (more…)

Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Myanmar

November 17, 2016

Apple Pay launch in Japan stumbles at the start line

By Fastcompany

Apple Pay’s Japan debut has train riders in the region flummoxed. On Tuesday, Apple rolled out its support for a tap-to-pay technology called FeliCa, which is allowing train riders in Japan to buy tickets with their phone. (more…)

Fintech news, Japan, Mobile payments/banking

October 25, 2016

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Mizuho opens Tokyo innovation lab

By Finextra

Japan’s Mizuho is the latest banking giant to set up an innovation lab as it bids to nurture a fintech ecosystem and build up relationships with startups. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Japan

October 24, 2016

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Japanese asset management startup WealthNavi raises $15M

By  for VentureBeat

Tokyo-based WealthNavi, the company offering a technology-based asset management service under the same name, announced on Wednesday that it has fundraised 1.5 billion yen (about $15 million) in a series B round. Participating companies in this round were SBI Holdings, SBI Investment, Mizuho Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, DBJ Capital, and Infinity Venture Partners. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, InspirAsia, Japan, PFM/PFP services

October 16, 2016

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Japanese fintech company Money Forward grabs another $11m

By Peter Rothenberg for TechInAsia

Japan’s Money Forward, a personal financial management and cloud-based accounting software service, today announced a series D round of funding today for roughly US$11 million. (more…)

Deals, Japan, PFM/PFP services, SME

October 5, 2016

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Stripe payments exits beta in Japan, adds Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company as investor

By Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch

Stripe, the company that lets app publishers, online merchants and other digital businesses include payments features via a few lines of code, is expanding in Asia. After launching inSingapore two weeks ago, the startup is now officially opening for business in Japan. And alongside the Japan launch, Stripe is announcing a new investor. Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company, the largest credit card provider in the country, is taking a stake in the startup. (more…)

Fintech news, Japan, POS/mPOS and online acquiring

October 4, 2016

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Japan’s fintech market is booming but people are still too happy with their banks

By Michael Tegos for TechInAsia

Japan’s relationship with fintech has blossomed in 2016, said Natalie Shiori Fleming during a keynote speech at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016. Natalie leads US financial services companyPayoneer’s regulatory and banking infrastructure strategy in the country. (more…)

Fintech news, Japan

September 23, 2016

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Takeaways From the Bank of Japan’s Policy Decision

By WSJ Staff

The Bank of Japan disappointed investors with its limited expansion of monetary stimulus Friday. Here are five takeaways from the central bank’s policy decision.

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Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Japan

July 29, 2016

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Deals: Personal finance website partners OCBC to offer home loan with a rate of 1.63%

By Rachel Boon for StraitsTimes,

SINGAPORE -Personal finance portal MoneySmart.sg will offer an OCBC Bank home loan for a limited period. (more…)

Banks, Deals, Fintech news, Japan, Mobile-first banks, SME

February 12, 2016

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Moneytree broke business barriers in Japan by speaking the language of fintech

By J.T. Quigley for TechinAsia.com

Starting a new business is hard. Starting a new business in a different country can be even harder. Starting a new business in a different country that requires the vast majority of domestic financial institutions to support it is damn near impossible. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan

January 24, 2016

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Deals: Beacon Technology Company Estimote Raises $10.7 Million Series A

By Sarah Perez for Techcrunch.com

Estimote, a beacon company whose small, wireless sensors and accompanying software provide indoor location technology to some of the largest retailers as well as 65 percent of the Fortune 100, has now closed on $10.7 million in Series A funding. The round will help the business scale to meet the needs of its current customer base, around half of which is retail, as well as fund R&D efforts related to what’s next. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, Japan

January 15, 2016

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GMO Raises $65M From Japanese Megabank To Strengthen Online Payments, Help Startups

TECH IN ASIA:  Japan’s GMO Internet is often in the news as an investor, but today the Japanese internet service and online payment provider was the one receiving funds. The firm announced a JPY 8 billion (US$65 million) investment by multinational banking giant Mitsui Sumitomo to strengthen its GMO Payment Gateway e-commerce payment solution and aid the startups that it serves.

(more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Japan

June 10, 2015

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The Fast Rise of Nikesh Arora at SoftBank

FORTUNE: Former Google executive Nikesh Arora joined SoftBank last year to oversee the Japanese company’s investment strategy, a task overseen so far by the legendary SoftBank founder, Masayoshi Son. Before joining SoftBank, Arora had been the top business executive at Google, having risen in the search giant’s ranks after running its highly profitable European business. He started his career as an investment analyst and also worked at Deutsche Telecom, making him a fit in all sorts of ways for SoftBank, a communications and Internet company. (more…)

InspirAsia, Japan

May 13, 2015

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SoftBank’s New President Is Former Google Head Of Business Nikesh Arora

TECHCRUNCHSoftBank, the Japanese telecom giant that is also one of Asia’s most prolific startup investors, has named Google’s former chief business officer, Nikesh Arora, as its new president and potential future chief executive officer. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

May 12, 2015

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A glimpse inside LINE’s adorable Bangkok office and the global effect of its messenger culture

The Next Web: Japan-based messenger app LINE is one of the biggest apps in Asia, but many in the western markets may not know it as well in light of other heavyweights like Facebook MessengerWhatsAppGoogle Hangouts and Skype.

(more…)

InspirAsia, Japan

May 8, 2015

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Ticketing Platform Peatix Bags US$5M In Series B Funding

E27.CO: Global online ticketing platform Peatix has raised US$5 million in Series B funding led by DG Incubation, the investment subsidiary of Digital Garage. SPH Media Fund, the corporate venture fund of Singapore Press Holdings and Japanese media company Sunny Side Up also invested in this round. Existing investors from the Series A round Fidelity Growth Partners Japan and Draper Nexus also participated in the round. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

March 17, 2015

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Rakuten To Put Its Bitnet Investment To Work And Accept Bitcoin Worldwide

TECHCRUNCH: Rakuten, Japan’s largest online retail firm, has announced that it will soon accept bitcoin across its global marketplaces. The company is putting its investment in Bitnet — a startup that raised $14.5 million last October — to work with this development. Bitnet, which was founded by ex-Visa execs and is rivaled by Coinbase and Bitpay, will initially be integrated into Rakuten’s U.S. marketplace to allow customers to pay in BTC.

(more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

March 17, 2015