Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan introduces you to some of the Japanese innovators that will be household brands in a few years and explains what it’s really like to be an innovator in a society that values conformity.


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How I Made $8,000 per Month Podcasting, and Why You Probably Don’t Want To

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Live from Stanford: Where are Japan’s Unicorns?

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DJ Selects: IoT, Japan, and the Uncertain Future of Poop

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How Govemment Money is Hurting Japanese Startups

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What You Need to Know to Raise Money in Japan

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DJ Selects: The Myth of the Successful Startup Failure

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Live: What You Need to Know to Work at a Startup in Japan

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The Unexpected Profit Plan for Emotional Computing

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Why Your New Smart-Home Won’t Really Belong to You

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DJ Selects: What You Need to Know To Sell Services (and Saas) in Japan

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Why Wind and Solar Energy Make Sense in Japan

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The true reason for Japan’s critical developer shortage

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DJ Selects: How to Sell Without Salesmen in Japan – Daisuke Sasaki

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Silicon Valley has Chatbots all Wrong. Here’s How They Really Make Money.

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You need to Ignore the Worst Advice being given to Female Founders

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DJ Selects: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan

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An Inside Look at Japan’s Curious Coding Bootcamps

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Is There (Finally) a Practical Way for Foreigners to Live in Japan?

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DJ Selects: Japan’s Airbnb for Satellites – InfoStellar

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Can capitalism ever allow us a good night’s sleep?

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The Secret to Making E-Payments Work in Japan

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How a Rumor Can Destroy Your Business in Japan

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What This 330-Year-Old Company is Learning from Startups

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Disrupting Japan Trailer

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Live & Unleashed – How to Run a Startup as a Foreigner in Japan

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How Dancing Satellites from Japan Will Clean Up Outer Space

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The App Store for Medical Devices Is Being Tested Right Now

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Men and Women Watch TV Differently. Here’s how to make money from that.

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Foreign Startup Founders Have Secret Advantages in Japan

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How Japan’s Unique Relationship with Robots is About to Make it #1 Again

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What They Never Teach You in Language School – Peter Galante Japanese Pod 101

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How Japan’s evocative machines are quietly creating new startup unicorns

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Japan’s Business Card Giant Explains Why Business Cards Are Disappearing

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How to Solve Japan’s Innovation Bottleneck in Healthcare

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This Startup Just Built Japan’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

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A Japanese MBA Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

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This Japanese Startup Is Using Your Phone to Make Insurance Social

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Japan’s Secret Strategy for Global Drone Domination

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How Startups Can Attract, Retain, and Develop Staff in Japan

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A Successful Kickstarter Campaign Almost Bankrupted This Startup

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This Japanese Startup Is Bringing The Human Genome to The Mass Market

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Japan Announces Plans to Land on The Moon by 2020

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Why Artificial Intelligence Is The Key to Fixing Japan’s Rigid Education System

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How Startups Can Compete In The New Energy Markets

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Why Your Freemium Strategy Might be Hurting Your Sales

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What Every Foreigner Needs to Know about Hiring Staff in Japan

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This Japan Startup Is Changing the Way Your Kids Buy Fashion

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Why Japanese Design Is So Different & What You Should Learn from It

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How Machine Learning Is Changing The Way We Watch Video

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Asia

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This Japanese Startup Beat Out NASA to Create Affordable Bio Jet Fuel

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The Hard Thing about Hardware Startups in Japan – Logbar

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Live & Unleashed – Japan’s New Wave of Hardware Innovation

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How You Can Prepare for Japan’s Coming Wave of Cybercrime

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Why I Turned Down $500k, Shut Down My Startup, And Joined the Enterprise

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What You Don’t Know about Japan’s Sharing Economy – Anytimes

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This Startup is Turning Investing into a Lifestyle Brand

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This Is Why Japanese Startups Can’t Pivot

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Why Japan is Already Becoming the World’s FinTech Leader

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Why Nerds Need to Stop Reading Tolkien

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How This American Got The Japanese Government to Fund His Startup – enTouch

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How Micro-Retail Shops Are Changing Japan – Nokisaki

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The Fastest Way to Start a Startup in Japan – Mobingi

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The Little Startup from Japan That Took Down NTT – TownWiFi

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I Was Wrong. Startups Are Not the Future of Innovation in Japan

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How this Musical Shoe Startup is Helping Hospitals – No New Folk Studio

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How One Good Idea Emerged from Japan’s Nuclear Disaster – Safecast

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How You Can Build American Startup Culture in Japan – OpenTable

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How This Startup Makes Money from Children’s Old Notebooks – Arcterus

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Why Only the Uncomfortable Succeed in Japan – Jeff Sandford – Wovn.io

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Can This Founder Solve Japan’s Hidden Mental Health Problem? – Hikari Labs

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Beneath the Cherry Blossoms with Dave McClure – 500 Startups

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These Japanese Bio-Hackers Are Growing Affordable Meat in A Lab – Shojinmeat

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How Virtual Reality is Changing Surgery in Japan – Holoeyes

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Japan’s Laundry Folding Robot Is Taking Over Your Closet – Seven Dreamers

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How A Failing Music Startup in Japan Pivoted to Global Success – Nana

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The Missing Link in The Internet of Things Ecosystem – Soracom

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How This Startup is Getting Japanese Moms Back to Work – Waris

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The Real Reason Japan Can’t Innovate & What to Do About It – Xenoma

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Japan’s Return Path to Innovation – Tim Rowe – CIC

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Foreign Tourism is Reinventing Hiking in Japan – Yamap

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How to Create a Micro-Startup in Japan – Patrick McKenzie

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Japan’s Toys to Life is the Future of Gaming – PowerCore

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What You Need to Know To Sell Services in Japan

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This Low-Tech Japan Travel Startup is Going Global – Bed & Art

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In Japan Partnerships are a Two-Edged Sword – Doug Chuchro – Fastly

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How Japanese Startups are Breaking into Silicon Valley – Ramen Hero

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Why Ride-Sharing is Different in Japan – Ryo Umezawa – Hailo

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The Global Niche Startup Strategy – Cerevo – Iwasa Takuma

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How U.S. FinTech Stripe Broke into Low-Tech Japan – Daniel Heffernan

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How to Make Startup M&A Work in Japan – Naoki Yamada

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Dealing with the Bad Things First – Expedia Japan – Hidemaru Sato

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What Airbnb’s Japan Problem Can Teach Your Startup

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How to Build a Market in Japan Without Localization – Derek Sorkin – GitHub

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Will Japan’s Geisha Survive the Digital Age? – Disrupting Japan

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How to Win Over Japanese Regulators – Jonathan Epstein – PayPal

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Why The Sharing Economy is Different in Japan – Spacee

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Taking Control Back from the Distributors – Allen Miner – Oracle

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Making Money in Other People’s Closets – Rie Yano

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Japan’s Airbnb for Satellites – InfoStellar

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Startup Fundraising in Japan – Live & Unleashed

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Brick-and-Mortar is Japan’s New E-Commerce

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Why AirCloset is Not Afraid of the Fashion Box Curse

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Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba

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The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan

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IoT and the Future of Poop – Atsushi Nakanishi

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The Business Model Behind Startup Events – Antti Sonninen

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The Dark Side of Japanese Crowdfunding – Ryota Matsuzaki

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Crowdsourcing My Career

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Pivot Till It Hurts: Making Mobile Video Profitable – Pocket Supernova

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Japan’s Unfair Advantage in Driverless Cars – Yuki Saji

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What’s Wrong With BioTech in Japan – Molcure

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How a Startup Went Global in Only 4 Seconds – Miku Hirano

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What’s Holding FinTech Back in Japan – Paul Chapman

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Winning When Everyone Tells You to Quit – Yuki Ito

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Japanese Startups, This Must Change Now!

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Why Gay Rights Are Good Business in Japan – Koki Hayashi

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The Hard Truth Behind Japan’s Cute Robots – Shunsuke Aoki

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Disrupting the Final Frontier – Yuya Nakamura

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Creating Japan’s Open Internet – Kaneto Kanemoto

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The Happiest Company in the World – Yuka Fujii

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How Startup Thinking is Changing the Japanese Government – William Saito

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The Myth of the Successful Startup Failure – Hiroshi Nagashima

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How Japan Can Get Her Innovation Mojo Back – Sorato Ijichi

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Why Japanese VCs are Losing Out – James Riney of 500 Startups

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Why Japan Will Thrive on Disruption

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How to Sell Without Salesmen in Japan – Daisuke Sasaki

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Turning a Toy into a Data Platform – Akinori Takahagi

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Live & Unleashed – Our One-Year Anniversary

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Marketing in Japan is Broken. Here’s The Fix. – Sunao Munakata

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Design in Japan is Different and That’s About to Change – Brandon Hill

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Why Your Startup Accelerator is Going to Die – Hiro Maeda

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Can Mario Survive Japan’s New Gaming Disruption? – Rintaro Oyaizu

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The High Profits of Low Tech in Japanese Startups

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Why Men Need Women Founders – Ari Horie

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Japan’s Startup Renaissance – Creativity, Risk & Process

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A Startup Changes CEO: How Open is Too Open? – Gengo

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Crowdfunding in Japan is Not About Startups – Ryotaro Nakayama

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Japan’s New Agency Model for Innovation – Yuta Inoue

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From Salarymen to Freelancers – Japan’s New Economy – Koichiro Yoshida

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Innovating by Asking for Help – Eiko Hashiba

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Tea Ceremony in Blue Jeans & Startup Lessons

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Bursting the Filter Bubble – SmartNews – Atsuo Fujimura

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The Japan Startup Factory – Casey Wahl – Red Brick Ventures

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Music, Maids & Startups in Japan – Hiroshi Asaeda – Beatrobo

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Japan’s Seeds of Disruption

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Japan’s Accidental Entrepreneur – Yusuke Takahashi

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The Hardest Working Slacker in Japan – Masanori Hashimoto

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The Indirect Way a Startup is Disrupting Japan – Akiko Naka – Wantedly

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How a Startup is Making Ticketing Pay – Taku Harada – Peatix

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Breaking Open Japan’s Closed Business Culture – Tadashi Tanimoto – Realcom

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Founding a Startup as a Foreigner in Japan – Jason Winder – MakeLeaps

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What Japan’s Startup Ecosystem Needs to Grow – Ikuo Hiraishi

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Why Japan Needs to Change Its Communication Strategy

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Exporting Japan’s Business Card Culture – Chika Terada – Sansan

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Japan’s Coming Startup Boom