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12 February 2016

IMJ Investment raises one third of JPY6bn target for Japan Fund I

shinto-154572_1280 Japanese venture capital firm IMJ Investment Partners has raised JPY2bn ($17.8m) for its first fund focused on investments in local startup businesses.

4 February 2016

US, Japan-focused Geodesic pulls in more than $300m for debut fund

sunset-129503_1920 Geodesic Investments, a late stage venture capital fund aiming to bridge Silicon Valley and Japan, has registered more than $310m towards the $400m target for its debut fund.

28 January 2016

Rakuten Ventures reveals new $84m Japan startup fund

cherry-301250_1920 Corporate venture capital investor Rakuten Ventures has launched a new JPY10bn ($84m) fund aimed at Japanese tech startups.

27 January 2016

PE heavyweights KKR, Bain Capital eyeing Toshiba Corp’s medical unit

heart monitor medical healthcare PE majors KKR and Bain Capital are reportedly in the bidding race for a stake in Toshiba Corp's medical equipment subsidiary, which is valued at around JPY400bn ($3.4bn).

25 January 2016

JC Flowers to buy Chi-X Australia, Japan and Chi-Tech HK

money US private equity firm JC flowers has purchased Chi-X Australia, Chi-X Japan and Chi-Tech Hong Kong.

20 January 2016

Asian business chat app ChatWork bags $12.5m Series B investment

balloon-381334_1280 Asian business chat platform ChatWork has picked up a $12.5m Series B financing round from investors including Jafco.

18 January 2016

J-Star buys nursing care services provide Platia

Nurse Plus Japanese private equity firm J-Star has purchased nursing care services provider Platia for an undisclosed fee.

15 December 2015

Japan’s GPIF piles up infrastructure cash as it moves into alternative investments space

bonsai-316573_1280 Japan’s JPY 135trn ($1.1trn) national pension fund has raised infrastructure investments considerably over the past few quarters, boosting the capital allocated to infra projects more than ten times.

8 December 2015

J-Star backs energy saving company ESCO

electricity energy power Japanese private equity firm J-Star has backed ESCO, a provider of energy saving products and services, with an undisclosed investment.

26 November 2015

Global Brain, Dentsu Digital, Mitsui Sumitomo back Japanese startup Kabuku with $6m

Japanese flag pole Global Brain Corp, Dentsu Digital Holdings and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital Co have led a ¥750m ($6.1m) Series A round in Japanese 3D printing startup Kabuku.

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