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Top 50 Transportation Angel Investors in Japan

A list of 50 angel investors that invest in Transportation startups based in Japan. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Transportation companies from Japan. We update this investor list every month.

Top 50 Transportation Angel Investors in Japan

Investor Transportation Japan investments
Yu Akasaka 3
Nobuhiro Ariyasu 3
Kazuma Ieiri 2
Masao Ito 2
Yusuke Sato 2
Mamoru Taniya 2
Takao Ozawa 2
Daisaku Harada 2
Kensuke Furukawa 2
Marco Valta 1
Suzuki Tamon 1
Yu Yamaoka 1
Yuya Taketani 1
Shinji Yamamoto 1
Noguchi Keito 1
Keisuke Wada 1
Akiyuki Minami 1
Kiyohiro Sugashita 1
Soichiro Kawai 1
Koji Yamada 1
Minoru Moriya 1
Hidetoshi Takano 1
Nobuyuki Idei 1
Nagatsuka Masayoshi 1
Hiroaki Watatani 1
Jun Nishikawa 1
Yusuke Murata 1
Masaru Tange 1
Makoto Takano 1
Masahiko Homma 1
Ryosuke Matsumoto 1
Toru Yoshikawa 1
Ken Soga 1
Takeyuki Aritomi 1
Bart Joseph Broadman 1
Kenji Kasahara 1
Shintaro Tabata 1
Yasuyuki Kin 1
Kotaro Yamagishi 1
Kataoka Shinya 1
Shoji Miyata 1
Shuhei Morofuji 1
Kiyoshi Nishikawa 1
Jun Ogawa 1
Kotaro Chiba 1
Koya Arikawa 1
Yuto Nagashima 1
Soga Takeshi 1
Koichiro Yoshida 1
Yuki Sugigami 1
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Yu Akasaka Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
During Hosei University student, and intern at Hakuhodo C & D. After joining the Image-net, I do media monetization of EC site as a media planner. Then, new business, engaged in Alliance. Launched a crowdsourcing site "MILLION DESIGNS" of design in the individual, sold to Ransazu Corporation. Established the Eureka Co., Ltd., wasappointed Representative Director CEO.
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Investment focus
  • Food and Beverage, Content, Internet
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Australia, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • RE — RE specializes in smartphone application design and development.
  • Vitalogue Health — Vitalogue Health offers Canvas, a home-based hormone testing service for women.
Nobuhiro Ariyasu Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Nobuhiro Ariyasu is the CEO at Coach United.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Content, Finance
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Issues — Issues provides development and management of web service issues that solve the problems.
  • Jiraffe — jiraffe focusses on Internet service planning, development, and management.
  • Collectest — Collectest specializes in integrating AI into trading card appraisal procedures that show current market pricing and verify authenticity.
Kazuma Ieiri Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Born in 1978 and raised in Fukuoka prefecture, Kazuma founded paperboy&co. inc. (currently GMO Pepabo) and went on to become the youngest CEO ever (at the time) to take a company public in Japan by taking paperboy&co. public on the JASDAQ Japanese stock exchange. After leaving paperboy&co, he continued his startup trail by foundingBASE, CAMPFIRE, and XIMERA. Kazuma also dabbled in the food services industry via the founding of On The Corner (a cafe) and is active in the startup investment scene. He also started the Liverty-house project which attempts to create shared housing for young people in need.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Fashion, Recruiting
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Taliki — Taliki is a Coworking Space Operates Social Entrepreneurs Development Support for Intrepreneur Development.
  • ONE NOVA — One Nova (ワンノバ) is a lifestyle brand and online platform that offers a range of innerwear products, such as men's boxers.
  • vivid garden — vivid garden is an Agriculture company.
Masao Ito Angel · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Masao Ito is a Founder & CEO at User Local.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Information Technology, Social Media
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Illusil — Illusil is a service that makes it easier for anyone to generate slide materials and reduces the amount of time needed to do it. Additionally, presentations can be automatically generated from text input by AI, and over 1,000 design templates can be used to build original slides.
  • Aruya Umu — Aryaum supports "regional revitalization through NFT" by offering local governments all around the nation hometown tax and tourism NFT solutions.
  • Driver Technologies — Driver Technologies is a cloud logistics platform provider. It provides a solution for driver matching and cargo vehicle demands.
Yusuke Sato Angel
Yusuke Sato is the Co-Representative and Co-Founder of Pulit.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Content, Food and Beverage
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan, Indonesia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Kaymak — Kaymak is a recruitment platform that focuses on creating a recruitment website, planning a recruitment strategy, and managing candidates.
  • Paytner — yup is providing services to support freelance people's funding.The freelance population in Japan has been shown to continue to increase in many Chosa. While working styles are diversified, they are not able to respond to the development of the working environment, and they will develop their business to change the situation where problemssuch as funding, credit, sexual harassment, and power harassment are accumulated.
  • Meetscare — Meetscare provides correct information and supports the self-awareness of all people involved in care. The company provides a wealth of information to ensure optimal care and create a mechanism for the realization. Users can make a telephone consultation and web diagnosis and search for free information using the system.Meetscare was founded on2016 and is headquartered in Arakawa, Tokyo.
Mamoru Taniya Angel · Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo, he joined Solomon Brothers, where he became the youngest managing director in Asia, where he was in charge of Asian investment. After that, he created one of the largest independent Asuka assets. He also launched Japan's first independent online life insurance company,LifeNet Life Insurance, and inspired Japan's first International.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Content, FinTech
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, Singapore, Spain
Portfolio highlights
  • Revorf — Revorf analyzes data and develops AI-related to infectious diseases and healthcare.
  • abillion — Find tips for plant-based food & products near you. Join the community to share reviews of restaurants & brands. Raise funds & drive sustainability!
  • RIMM Sustainability — RIMM Sustainability provides a SaaS platform that enables companies of all sizes to optimise their sustainability management effort. It builds tools for sustainability management, reporting and optimisation.
Takao Ozawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Takao is the former CEO of YJ Capital. He is also the President of Shopping Company at Yahoo Japan. Prior to Yahoo, he founded Bizseek, Inc. in 1999 which was acquired by Rakuten, Inc. in 2001. He joined Rakuten after the acquisition and was the Corporate Officer in charge of auctions. During his career in Rakuten, he was engaged in projects suchas formation of Rakuten Eagles. He left Rakuten in 2006 and founded Ozawa Research Institute where he enhanced business in areas such as investments to start-up companies and consulting. In 2011, he founded Crocos, Inc. which was sold to Yahoo Japan in 2012. As an angel investor, he invested/founded companies like nanapi, Appgrooves, STARFESTIVAL, Crocos, Netage and many others.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, News, B2B
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Tokyo — Tokyo provides consistently-designed signage and projector installation, as well as maintenance company support. All customers need is “product selection” considering installation. This is a service that does not take time and effort!
  • Astroscale — Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
  • Driver Technologies — Driver Technologies is a cloud logistics platform provider. It provides a solution for driver matching and cargo vehicle demands.
Daisaku Harada Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Daisaku Harada is the Director of Management Strategy at Mercari. Daisaku attended Chuo University.
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Investment focus
  • Finance, Tourism, Automotive
  • Seed, Pre-Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Carstay — Carstay Comfortable Overnight in car or tentdo itCar tripWith guests who want to enjoy.
Kensuke Furukawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Furukawa was born in June 2, 1981. He graduated Waseda University majoring Political Science and Economics, and in 2000, he launched "Milkcafe", a student community, which has grown to a site with 10 million PV per month. In 2004, he became the CEO of Media Clip, which operates a rental bulletin board service "ShitarabaBBS". After that year, he had transfer "Shitaraba BBS" to Livedoor, and took charge of starting up the Consumer Generated Media sector. In 2006, he joined Recruit, and took charge of starting up a new business at Business development sector. In June of 2009, he left Recruit, and became the CEO of nanapi (formerly Rocket Start), which operates the How-to Site "nanapi".
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Investment focus
  • Content, Media and Entertainment, Social Media
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Plott — Plott producing youtube animation platform under Vision “Become a Content holder from YouTube”. In August 2019, the company name was changed from Fabo to Plott. Plott, the new company name, is derived from the plot that you make before writing novels, etc., and the idea that “I want to make content all the time” is put in the company name.
  • Now Do — Now Do provides online growth revolution platform.
  • Neighbor — The creative universe of Fortnite is infinite. To give an example , building fantasy and science fiction worlds, creating simple games and full-scale battle games can all be completed with Fortnite. Is the world of Fortnite, played by 350 million users worldwide, is it real or unreal? We will try to combining the vast world of Fortnite with the real world.
Marco Valta Angel · Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Marco Valta is an Entrepreneur and Investor with over 12 years experience in the tech/web industry. As an internet investor, Marco has a portfolio of more than 150 companies including Appnexus, Soldo, Revolut, Prima, Bolt, Flexport, Deliveroo, Space X, Brex, Fabfitfun, Cloudkitchens, Raya, Playco, Public, Coinbase, Pacaso, Relativity, Monthly.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Internet, Marketplace
  • Seed, Series A, Secondary Market
  • United States, Germany, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • MIRA BEAUTY™ — KASIRJUDI Situs Togel Online Pasaran Hk,Sgp,Cambodia Dan Toto Macau Lengkap dengan Prediksi Togel Online Hari ini
  • SmartPrice — SmartPrice specialize in the sale and certification of electronics, which was once used. They are a team of entrepreneurs who build business on the culture of ReCommerce. This culture suggests that in the world there are so many things that can be reused without losing quality.
  • Salty. — Salty Dot, Inc. is the Embedded Insurance® technology company. Salty removes existing consumer impediments to buying the right policy and having the proper coverage. The company’s platform is a proprietary Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that enables carriers and distribution partners to offer a customized policy to insure a product orservice in real-time during the purchase process. Salty uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze unique data sources about the buyer and the purchase. It then sorts through multiple carriers to seamlessly offer the right insurance. Salty is licensed in all 50 states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wearesalty.com.
Suzuki Tamon Angel
Suzuki Tamon
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Automotive
  • Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Seibii, Inc. — Transforming traditional car maintenance, repair, after-parts installation, road service industry of Japan by leveraging Technology.
Yu Yamaoka Angel
Yu Yamaoka
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Investment focus
  • Travel, Transportation
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Somewhere — Somewhere is engaged in the travel and transportation business.
Yuya Taketani Angel
Yuya Taketani - Chief Executive Officer @ Gunosy
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Investment focus
  • Apps, News, Mobile
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Gunosy — Gunosy is a news curation application that covers a wide range of news from entertainment news to political news. The application finds its news from multiple web sources and presents them according to how hot the topic is. Gunosy’s features include categorized tabs; the ability to customize the categories that users need to follow and create theirown personal magazine; instant access to a wide variety of news; and push notifications to remind users of news updates.The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Japan.
  • Telescope Japan — Telescope Japan Internet Company
Shinji Yamamoto Angel
Shinji Yamamoto - Strategic Advisor @ BLINCAM
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Investment focus
  • Software, Logistics, Service Industry
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • sunblaze — sunblaze is a android-based smartphone users begin to experience stability issues after one to two years of use. For example, their device may get slower or they encounter unexpected app crashes. These stability issues also lead to security vulnerabilities.SUNBLAZE OS features essential functions only, meaning it does not have any unnecessaryfunctions. This allows the system to be more stable and secure, and users are able to use it for a longer period of time.
  • New Revo — New Revo is a logistics start-up company that provides "strategic logistics".
Noguchi Keito Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Noguchi Keito - Founder @ Vapes
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Marketing, Financial Services
  • Seed, Angel
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • DOFA — Dofa aims to develop services that enrich the way of life and work of human resources that are active mainly in sales.
  • Alliance Cloud — Alliance Cloud primarily engages in the Sales Tech and BtoB Sales Outsourcing Business.
  • Cloud Franchise — Cloud Franchise is a cloud kitchen model that aims to maximize the kitchen occupancy rate of restaurants.
Keisuke Wada Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
After graduating from Kyoto University, Future Venture Capital Co., Ltd., CyberAgent Investment: through the (now Cyber ​​Agent Ventures), established Selene Venture Partners (now representative partner). Then, has engaged in incubation activities of Internet ventures, including the establishment of the Corporation Pokerabo. The established:(typical current partner), you are doing investment and incubation activities with a focus on social apps field incubator fund bait in 2010.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Apps, Human Resources
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan, The Netherlands
Portfolio highlights
  • Meleap — HADO is a new sport utilizing the leading AR technology with players wearing a head mounted display and an armband sensor to compete against each other by using the ‘energy ball’ or ‘shield’ and earn points in a three-on-three, eighty-minutes game between two teams.
  • M-INT — M-INT is a life science company that offers medical infrastructure and medical IT system.
  • Ark Edge Space — Ark Edge Space provides design, manufacturing & operational services for micro-satellites along with software solutions and consulting.
Akiyuki Minami Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
After graduating from Keio University in April 1999, it joined the Sumitomo Bank (now Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). After experiencing such as transportation and food service industry analyst business, joined Advantage Partners, a pioneer in corporate acquisition fund in January 2004. Of 5 in charge of the investment projects, managementimprovement activities and as an officer of the investee companies, contributing to the realization of a good investment return. In 2009, it completed the Oxford University School of Management (MBA). I met with local other, who led the Japanese corporation (NPO) the establishment of the blast beat youth social entrepreneurship program with music, such as participating in NPO corporation handsome business cards Oxford of synchronization has been established, individual actively participate in activities to support the independence and autonomy. He left the Advantage Partners in June 2011 in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Ltd. was established well self (now Corporation Kokonara) himself as a representative.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Freelance, Logistics
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Sollective — Sollective is an invite-only freelancer network where companies can directly hire talent inside and outside of Japan. Sollective connects freelancers and companies that are ready to work together to maximize each's potential and lead the business to success.
  • Best Beer Japan — Best Beer Japan provides a barrel tracking software for craft beer and barrel sharing. The company was founded in 2018.
Kiyohiro Sugashita Angel
Mr. Sugashita joined Polaris as Advisor in May 2011. He is Director and CEO of Sugashita Partners, Ltd since 1998 and provides consulting services to financial institutions and ventures in and outside of Japan. Prior to that position, he was CEO of Lazard Japan Asset Management from 1991 to 1998. His business career also includes positions at DaiwaSecurities and Merrill Lynch Securities, Tokyo Branch. On the academic front, Mr. Sugashita received a BA in Economics from Ritsumeikan University and since 2009 is Special Advisor for the Dean of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
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Investment focus
  • Marketing, Travel, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • G NEXT — G NEXT is an Information Technology based company.
  • Fun — Fun is a sightseeing entertainment company that makes the world even more of a fun place.
  • Tabinaka — Tabinaka is a Japanese booking & reservation platform for overseas tours and travel activities.
Soichiro Kawai Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Soichiro Kawai - CEO @ ReBoost
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Information Technology, Internet
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Villio — Villio provides talent experience SaaS which helps companies with human resource development and recruitment of talented engineers.
  • HarvestX — HarvestX manufactures fully automatic robots which contributes to the shortage of agricultural human resources and stable food production
  • SPeak Corporation — SPeak Corporation operates JPort Match that is involved in direct recruiting service. It is a global career platform for budding new talents.
Koji Yamada Angel
Participated in the management of a student venture company while attending Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management. After graduation, he worked at Accenture Co., Ltd. for consulting services for companies in different industries such as media, apparel, finance and entertainment. In 2012, founded boundary spanner Co., Ltd. He alsoserved as a project manager for JAPAN CON-TECH FUND and a director of the Japan Home Party Association.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Logistics, Food Delivery
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Best Beer Japan — Best Beer Japan provides a barrel tracking software for craft beer and barrel sharing. The company was founded in 2018.
Minoru Moriya Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Minoru Moriya is a director at AuB.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Nursing and Residential Care, Internet
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • M-Box — M-Box provides IT solutions to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and operates web services.
  • HANOWA — HANAWA is a matching platform between freelance dental hygienists and dental clinics.
  • Willbox — Willbox is an international logistics company providing an international logistics digital platform for shippers and logistics companies. The company's platform "Giho" connects shippers and logistics companies (transportation, packaging, warehousing, customs clearance, etc.) with a direct contract. It visualizes the three elements of[lead time, money, and safety], which have been regarded as a black box, and supports comparative examination and decision making. Willbox digitizes the packing technique of wooden boxes and steel, mandatory for international logistics, and incorporated them into their system. Their mission is to solve the logistics issues focusing on the large cargo of industrial products.The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa.
Hidetoshi Takano Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Joined Intelligence in 1999. Established Key Players Inc. in 2005. Consultation with more than 3,000 managers and career counseling for more than 10,000 individuals. In addition, we have invested in more than 55 outside directors, advisors and angels in Silicon Valley and Bangladesh in Japan. Over 100 lectures on careers, entrepreneurship andstartups.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Kaymak — Kaymak is a recruitment platform that focuses on creating a recruitment website, planning a recruitment strategy, and managing candidates.
  • Rayout — Rayout is a business consulting company that provides creative content development, recruitment videos, and web production services.
  • ElevationSpace — ElevationSpace offers high quality & well equipped workspaces giving tenants a nurturing environment .
Nobuyuki Idei Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyuki Idei has served as our independent director since June 2007.Being an experienced director, Nobuyuki Idei currently also serves as director of Accenture, director of FreeBit Co, Ltd., director of Lenovo Group, and chairman of the National Conference on Fostering Beautiful Forests in Japan.Nobuyuki Idei is the founder and chief executiveofficer of Quantum Leaps Corporation, a specialist consultancy that advises private and public institutions on the changing role of technology in the 21st century.Nobuyuki Idei is also the founder and chairman of the board of Asia Innovators’ Initiative, a private non-profit organization that he established in 2011 to serve as a catalyst for social innovation in Asia by bringing together a diverse range of individuals and promoting knowledge sharing.Nobuyuki Idei was chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation from 2000 to 2005, chief corporate advisor from 2005 to 2007, and chairman of the advisory board from 2007 to 2012.Prior to that, Nobuyuki Idei held a range of leadership positions at Sony including general manager of the audio division, senior general manager of the home video group, and president and representative director.Nobuyuki Idei has also served in a number of other advisory positions including as counselor to the Bank of Japan, member of Japan’s national IT Strategy Council, and vice-chairman of Nippon Keidanren.Nobuyuki Idei received a bachelor of science degree in economics and politics from Waseda University in Tokyo.
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Investment focus
  • Information Technology, Manufacturing, Internet
  • Seed, Funding Round, Corporate Round
  • Japan, France, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Pyrenee — Pyrenee is a hardware startup that creates devices that protect people's lives.
  • Antescofo — Antescofo is the mariage of world-class R&D and Business endeavours. Their technology is the result of 7+ years of R&D in the world’s largest laboratory dedicated to Music and Technology, IRCAM in Paris, and public experience with the most important musicians and orchestras around the world. The principle? Through Intelligent MachineListening, they recognize how humans perform music in real-time and use that information to synchronize content and provide an immersive experience! Antescofo was incorporated in July 2016 and based in Paris, France.
  • Stake Technologies — Stake Technologies is a technology company that provides blockchain solutions to enterprises.
Nagatsuka Masayoshi Angel
Nagatsuka Masayoshi
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Automotive
  • Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Seibii, Inc. — Transforming traditional car maintenance, repair, after-parts installation, road service industry of Japan by leveraging Technology.
Hiroaki Watatani Angel
Hiroaki Watatani is the president of ASAKASHINKAN GROUP.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Software, Logistics
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • TunaGate — TunaGate is a circle community site that boasts the largest number of registrations in Japan.
  • Best Beer Japan — Best Beer Japan provides a barrel tracking software for craft beer and barrel sharing. The company was founded in 2018.
Jun Nishikawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Jun Nishikawa - Co-founder, Executive Vice President, COO @ eureka, Inc.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Mobile, Content
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • FamiOne — FamiOne is creating a society that will support the future of couples who want to receive children.
  • Petokoto — Petokoto is a media created with pet specialists such as certified veterinarians.
  • Reiwa Travel — Reiwa Trave is a digital travel agency intended that optimizes overseas travel. The company's platform uses online travel booking tools that provide digitalized contracts along with trip management, thereby enabling its customers' vacation and leisure experiences.
Yusuke Murata Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
In 1999, he founded SaaS startup (towards financial institutions). After exited, he joined the NIF Ventures (now Daiwa Corporate Investment) in 2003, and mainly dealt with investment for internet-related startups and fund management. In 2010, founded Incubate Fund as one of co-founder and general partner, and works on investment and incubation inmedia, gaming, digital health, and frontier-tech areas. He won #1 prize of Forbes JAPAN’s MIDAS LIST 2017. Since 2015, he is on the Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA) as General Manager of planing department and Chairperson of Fund Eco-System Committee and Director of LP Relationship department.
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Investment focus
  • Nursing and Residential Care, Software, Artificial Intelligence
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Fager — Fager is an agriculture firm specializing in promoting decarbonization projects, agricultural carbon production, and sales.
  • Ark Edge Space — Ark Edge Space provides design, manufacturing & operational services for micro-satellites along with software solutions and consulting.
  • Woodstock — Woodstock is an investment app that allows to invest in US stocks.
Masaru Tange Angel
Masaru Tange graduated from Kyoto University and joined Incs Inc. in 2000 where he started their IT business and strategy consulting group with only 2 members and developed it into the company's main business with a team of 140 consultants with annual revenue of $50M in 5 years. He then founded SHIFT Inc in 2005 in his studio apartment. He wasthe only employee. The business world wasn't very kind to him - he made no revenue for a while but he kept experimenting with the business model listening to the needs of customers. In 2009, he finally found traction in the "software testing industry." In 2014, Masaru successfully IPO'ed the company. Shift now has 500 employees.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, E-Commerce, SaaS
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Timee — Timee is a Planning, development and management of Internet media company.
  • Smart Shopping — Smartmat is an eco-friendly IoT purchase system for on-demand, no-hassle grocery with cost-effective shipping.
  • Launchable — Your test results suck. We make them better.
Makoto Takano Angel
Makoto Takano is CEO of atomixmedia, inc., publisher and editor-in-chief of Forbes Japan and Rolling Stone Japan since June, 2014. Prior to joining Atomixmedia, Inc., he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd. Before joining PIMCO in 2001, he was head of marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Makoto's prior experiencealso includes work at Daiwa Securities where he was head of the strategists team at Daiwa Institute of Research. He has published extensively on the capital markets. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He has also given lectures on asset management at Waseda University and Kyoto University. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University. Makoto serves as Director of Nippon Finance Association and Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Sports, Apps
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Japan, Philippines
Portfolio highlights
  • BeatFit — BeatFit is a fitness-tech startup based in Japan.
  • PROGRIT — PROGRIT is an English-related media management company.
  • Luup — Luup is an Internet Company.
Masahiko Homma Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
After graduating from Keio University, in the overseas investment arm of JAFCO, to carry out investments in Internet companies in Israel and Silicon Valley, JV establishment, the Japanese market business. From 2001, he worked in venture capital and corporate development department of Accenture. Works in the capital of Mitsubishi Corporationsubsidiary, to experience an IPO from venture capital MonotaRO, of Benchari public than in 2003. funds in 2007, specializing in seed stage investment of the net business, core People Partners establishment. He was appointed representative partner. is performed establishment phase of Pokerabo and gumi, the development of business investment in the establishment phase, significantly grow. 2010, incubate bait Fund No. 1 Limited Partnership establishment. Representative appointed partner.
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Investment focus
  • Manufacturing, Software, EdTech
  • Seed, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • SoftRoid — SoftRoid provides a software robot that patrols and collects data for analyzing the construction site.
  • Ark Edge Space — Ark Edge Space provides design, manufacturing & operational services for micro-satellites along with software solutions and consulting.
  • Blossom Energy — Developed advanced nuclear reactors that are able to produce clean energy, Blossom Energy manufactures nuclear reactors for the nuclear energy industry. The focus of the company is on providing affordable, stable, and sustainable energy for the world. The company utilizes HTGR, which is a fourth-generation nuclear reactor.
Ryosuke Matsumoto Angel
Ryosuke Matsumoto is the founder and CEO of Community Factory Inc.Ryosuke is born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1981. He joined launching of the publication venture company, and ran a cafe while he was attending Chuo University in Tokyo. Since he joined launching the social media venture company in 2004, he has been in social media business. In2006, Ryosuke founded Community Factory Inc. which specialized in planning and operating social media and blog services.Community Factory started to specialize in social application for mobile from 2009, and Community Factory draw investments of around 4.5 million US dollars from venture capitals and mixi inc. then the biggest social media in Japan. DECOPIC, Community Factory's one of the apps for smartphone, has been downloaded 6 million times in the 6 months since its release, and it is rapidly gaining users mainly in Asian countries.In Sep 2012, Ryosuke and other stock holders sold Community Factory to Yahoo Japan Corp., and he remains as CEO of Community Factory.
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Investment focus
  • Art, Reservations, Software
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • 6curry — 6curry is a brand that creates a new community around “curry”, one of the world's best Japanese foods. The concept is to mix many people and ideas like curry made by mixing various ingredients and spices. Original menu development, weekly events are held in the central kitchen, open only to members. We design and produce communication bornfrom food, such as event catering for over 500 people and communication proposals within the company.
  • TRiCERA — TRiCERA is a contemporary art global platform management company.
  • vivid garden — vivid garden is an Agriculture company.
Toru Yoshikawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Toru Yoshikawa - CEO @ mybest Japan
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Education
  • Angel, Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Seibii, Inc. — Transforming traditional car maintenance, repair, after-parts installation, road service industry of Japan by leveraging Technology.
  • Leading Mark — Leading Mark, a rising human resources startup in Japan. Leading Mark is branching out into mid-career and international hiring. It currently has a one-man team in China working to bring the top Japanese-speaking Chinese students to domestic companies. He also touts his startup’s focus on the average job seeker. “We want to make sure that the usersget the info that he or she needs the most,” he says. Large scale, legacy players can sometimes prioritize the needs of the hiring company, and their commission, over the needs of applicants themselves. This leads to frustration and short-circuited careers.
Ken Soga Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Ken Soga is an individual investor.
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Investment focus
  • Content, Service Industry, SNS
  • Seed, Series D
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • UNIVRS — UNIVRS is a popular market and entertainment platform.
  • Jiraffe — jiraffe focusses on Internet service planning, development, and management.
  • Mono.un — Mono.un provides users with opportunities to meet authors and collaborate on tales and specializes in bringing exciting experiences full of stories of Japanese culture to the world.
Takeyuki Aritomi Angel
Takeyuki Aritomi
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Investment focus
  • Travel, Transportation
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Somewhere — Somewhere is engaged in the travel and transportation business.
Bart Joseph Broadman Angel
Bart Joseph Broadman
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Investment focus
  • Robotics, Machine Learning, Autonomous Vehicles
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Ascent Robotics — Ascent is a Tokyo-based AI and robotics company developing cutting-edge software with the goal of helping create a more autonomous future.
Kenji Kasahara Angel · Shibuya, Kanagawa, Japan
Born in 1975, Kenji Kasahara grew up in Osaka Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Tokyo. Inspired by the case studies of IT business he studied in a university seminar on management strategy and by the rapid rise of Internet business in Silicon Valley in the USA, he started up “Find Job !”, an online jobinformation site, in 1997. In 1999 Kasahara established eMercury, Inc. (mixi, Inc.) and assumed the post of representative director.
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Investment focus
  • Aerospace, Information Technology, Robotics
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Series B
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Atmoph — A smart digital window that opens to beautiful scenery from around the world. By simply putting it on your desk or hanging it on the wall, Atmoph Window will open up a whole new world before you.
  • Age well Japan — Age Well Japan is a conference and festival aimed at understanding Japan's super-aged society and defining new values for the future. The purpose of the gathering is to bring together young people and the elderly to exchange ideas.
  • Firstcard — All-in-One Student Credit Builder. Build credit. Earn cashback. Grow your deposit.
Shintaro Tabata Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Shintaro Tabata - Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Sales @ Line
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Investment focus
  • Sharing Economy, Audio, Content
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Voicy — Voicy is a mobile platform that recruits both media personalities and news organizations; the entertainers read the news so users can get the latest info from their favorite voices.
  • Carstay — Carstay Comfortable Overnight in car or tentdo itCar tripWith guests who want to enjoy.
  • Telework — Telework is a multi-location workspace that utilizes vacant seats and rooms.
Yasuyuki Kin Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Yasuyuki Kin
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Information Technology, Career Planning
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Onepair — Onepair is a job consulting and recruiting company. Onepair is to co-creating careers by talking about real-world ace with active ace.
  • Strainer Co., Ltd. — Strainer Co., Ltd. is an information distribution platform that conveys corporate information centered on financial data. Although there are not a few media to deliver financial information, the company's strengths are strong to be easily viewed, including financial information of overseas companies.
  • LAMILA — LAMILA develops system that improves the creation of retail stores.
Kotaro Yamagishi Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kotaro Yamagishi is the Director at GREE. Additionally, Kotaro Yamagishi has had 4 past jobs including Vice President at GREE.
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Investment focus
  • Robotics, Aerospace, Space Travel
  • Series A, Series B
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Astroscale — Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
  • Modulus Discovery — Modulus is dedicated to accelerating the discovery of new medicines for patients and their families through the innovative synthesis of computational intelligence, biological inspiration, and global integration.
Kataoka Shinya Angel
Kataoka Shinya - Director @ Strategic Decision Initiative
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Investment focus
  • Logistics, Service Industry, Professional Services
  • Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Ascend — Ascend is a logistics company.
Shoji Miyata Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Shoji Miyata is the CEO of SmartHR.
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Investment focus
  • Travel, Software, Transportation
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • sunblaze — sunblaze is a android-based smartphone users begin to experience stability issues after one to two years of use. For example, their device may get slower or they encounter unexpected app crashes. These stability issues also lead to security vulnerabilities.SUNBLAZE OS features essential functions only, meaning it does not have any unnecessaryfunctions. This allows the system to be more stable and secure, and users are able to use it for a longer period of time.
  • Epicbase — Epicbase is an AI-based automatic voice transcription service based on voice recognition technology.
  • Somewhere — Somewhere is engaged in the travel and transportation business.
Shuhei Morofuji Angel · Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
Shuhei Morofuji is the CEO of Reapra Japan.He Previously worked at SMS Japan as the Founder and CEO.Shuhei Morofuji attended Kyushu University in 1997.
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Investment focus
  • SNS, Robotics, Aerospace
  • Angel, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Astroscale — Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
  • SMS Japan — The corporate website of SMS Co., Ltd. We disclose a wide range of information, including company overview, investor relations, and sustainability.
Kiyoshi Nishikawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
After working at KDD Corporation (Currently known as KDDI Corporation), Kiyoshi Nishikawa next went to work at Arthur D. Little Inc. in the United States, where he became inspired to start his own company. After returning to Japan, he established a Japanese corporation of the world’s largest Internet company, America On Line, LLC. Later andbased on this experience and the relationships he developed, he founded the first Internet business incubator, NETAGE, Inc. After serving as the President and CEO of NETAGE Group, he later became and still serves as the Chairman of ngi group, inc. Kiyoshi was one of the main entrepreneurs responsible for proposing and realization of “Shibuya Bit Valley Concept” and is well known for his various speeches and writings. He is a graduate of the Department of Education at Tokyo University.
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Investment focus
  • News, Social Media, Big Data
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • PoliPoli — PoliPoli is a next-generation politics co-creation platform where you can participate like a game. Politicians from all over Japan post their policies in an easy-to-understand manner, and those who sympathize can enjoy working on the "missions" necessary to realize the policies.
  • Astroscale — Astroscale is the first private company with a vision to secure the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
  • TECHFUND — TechFund is a venture capital firm specializing in incubation and seed stage investments. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Jun Ogawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Jun Ogawa is the Managing Director at Pixie Dust Technologies. He was a former Country Manager at Kaizen Platform.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Education, Information Technology
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Qurate Inc. (Japan) — Plan, create and manage all your content, across all your channels with all your teams. Try for free now.
  • Kakedas — Kakedas specializes in the development and operation of web services.
  • noFRAME schools — noFRAME schools is an EdTech startup is a mission to reinvent a textbook.
Kotaro Chiba Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kotaro Chiba is the founder of ChibaDojo Fund. Kotaro Chiba attended Keio University.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Drones, Software
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • MI-6 — MI-6 is a research, development, consulting, and project management for material development using IT. We will promote materials informatics in the field of material development with our technological capabilities and a wealth of project knowledge that challenge the world's most advanced technologies .
  • ELESTYLE — ELESTYLE are promoting mobile payments and providing high value-added services for users to realize a cashless society.
  • Luup — Luup is an Internet Company.
Koya Arikawa Angel · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Koya Arikawa is the Representative Director and Founder at Hotspring.
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Investment focus
  • Media and Entertainment, Content, SNS
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Gracia Japan — Gracia is an EC business and media business that provides coloring precious moments and enriching human connections.
  • Syukatsu Labo — Syukatsu Labo is a leading company that solves various problems in an aging society.
  • Somewhere — Somewhere is engaged in the travel and transportation business.
Yuto Nagashima Angel
Yuto Nagashima is an individual investor.
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Investment focus
  • Logistics, Transportation, Business Development
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Driver Technologies — Driver Technologies is a cloud logistics platform provider. It provides a solution for driver matching and cargo vehicle demands.
Soga Takeshi Angel · Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
Soga Takeshi
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Investment focus
  • Music, Mobile, Content
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • UNIVRS — UNIVRS is a popular market and entertainment platform.
  • SAKELOGY — SAKELOGY is a platform enables restaurants and retailers to easily create cloud-based sake menus.
  • Best Beer Japan — Best Beer Japan provides a barrel tracking software for craft beer and barrel sharing. The company was founded in 2018.
Koichiro Yoshida Angel · San Francisco, California, United States · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Founder and CEO at CrowdWorks.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Human Resources
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, Hong Kong, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Kaymak — Kaymak is a recruitment platform that focuses on creating a recruitment website, planning a recruitment strategy, and managing candidates.
  • Recipio — Recipio is an receipt management platform specialized in providing digital receipt solution. Their innovative digital receipt solution and breakthrough receipt-scanning technology.
  • Mairu tech — Mairu tech that enables traveling by private ambulance and welfare taxi more convenient.
Yuki Sugigami Angel
Mr. Sugigami is a Part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo & Angel Investor
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Investment focus
  • Medical, Taxi Service, Public Safety
  • Seed
  • Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Mairu tech — Mairu tech that enables traveling by private ambulance and welfare taxi more convenient.
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