Startup Opportunities in Japan

AI

Spotlight on the AI Market in Japan

One of the most promising tech trends of the near future is AI, or Artificial Intelligence. Definitions of what exactly AI is varies, but generally the term refers to computer systems’ technologies that are able to perform functions that replicate human intelligence and thought. As research and development of AI technology grows stronger, companies are constantly finding new potential applications, but also face the risks of overly intelligent machines that have long been the subject of dystopian sci-fi films. The U.S. and China are seen as the two leading countries for AI technology and development. The U.S. leads the development side with over 1,000 AI-related companies including Google, Amazon, Microsoft,…

Challenges

Mistakes that big brands made when entering Japan

If your company decides that it wants to enter the Japanese market, that’s great news! You’ve taken the first step towards expanding your business and seeing success in Japan. However, before going forward, it is important to be aware of the traps and pitfalls of previous Japanese market entry strategies. There have been many giant global brands that tried to take on Japan and failed. Some wait for many years and try again successfully, while others remain notably absent in the minds of Japanese consumers. Here are some of the reasons for the failure of large companies’ entry into Japan. Consumer mistrust and lack of confidence One of the many…

Challenges

Our Top 5 Best Selling Products and What You Can Learn About the Japanese Market

Since Gloture launched in 2015, we have released a large number of products on our Japanese e-commerce website, allowing Japanese consumers to enjoy a variety of the latest gadgets, accessories and lifestyle items from across the world that have been made possible with crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Naturally, some products are more successful than others. Our best performing items are those that effectively cater to Japanese people’s interests, improve their lives, offer innovative and unique products, that are well-designed, simple and WORK. To best illustrate these points, this post will look at Gloture’s five best-performing products from our e-commerce site and explain what each product does right, and what…

Crowdfunding in Japan

Want to enter the Japanese market with free PR service?

If you are a product maker who have set your sight on expanding to the Japanese market, there are 2 important steps that will help reaching your goal: Being connected to the Japanese consumers Having your product featuring on the Japanese local media How can you achieve this easily? We are Gloture – a Japanese crowdfunding agency, experienced in supporting oversea campaigns to be launched in Japan. At the end of 2018, we developed our own E-commerce platform! We are particularly interested in quality gadgets and life-hack items, targetting the 25-45 years old people in the prime period of their life who have interest in improving their lifestyle. So, how can…

Startup Opportunities in Japan

SMACHZ Enters into Japan with Successful Exhibition at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2018

20th – 23rd September 2018- Chiba, Japan: SMACH Z provides gamers the newest way to play PC games, radically redefining portable gaming by bringing your favorite PC games with you.  Anywhere, anytime. This year SMACH Z partnered with Gloture to take part in the 2018 Tokyo Game Show that was hosted at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The 2018 Tokyo Game Show had a record-breaking amount of attendees. Over 298,000 people in attendance, which is an amazing improvement over last year (254,311 attendees). At the SMACH Z booth it was nonstop action!  A big thank you to all of the backers from Kickstarter, people who heard about SMACH Z through previous press…

Marketing in Japan

Opening a Business Bank Account In Japan is Easier Than You Think

Everyone knows that a bank is the place where money is saved for future purposes. It is a financial institution that accepts money for people for the purpose of lending and investment and also withdrawal which can be done by cash, check, or a draft. Banks can be used by individuals, a group of people, or businesses. Banks in all countries in the world operate business bank accounts, but we will be focusing on business bank accounts within Japan. Individuals who wish to start a business in Japan often wonder if they should use their personal bank accounts for their businesses or not. The advisable thing is to open a…

Startup Opportunities in Japan

2018 | 3 Biggest Tech Events In Tokyo That You Cannot Miss

Are you a potential entrepreneur or a career driven individual seeking to establish a business in Japan? Then this article is for you. Japan is currently an investor’s haven laden with lot opportunities for startup and multinational businesses to explore. The year 2018 has a lot in stock for businesses, no doubt, the Japanese economy is revolving and new businesses are springing up. In the Japanese tech ecosystem, for instance, there are many tech events that are expected to hold this year. However, this article will highlight the 3 biggest tech events in the city of Tokyo that you cannot miss. The tech industry in Japan is a goldmine for…

Marketing in Japan

The Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Japan

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, systems, platforms and applications that contain embedded technology to communicate and share intelligence with each other, the external environment and with people. The IoT market is supported by various growth drivers, surging a demand of collaborative robots and boosting economic growth. The rise of Lower Power Wide Area (LPWA) network technology, rising IoT platforms, as well as application and security spending are factors that are driving the IoT market. The global IoT Market is a fast growing one. According to a recent study published by Market Research Future, it is forecasted to see slow, steady growth by 2020. During…

Startup Opportunities in Japan

5 Top Japanese Startup Accelerators And VC Firms in Japan

When perusing the Japanese startup space, you will quickly discover that there are a significant number of venture capital firms and startup accelerators. Before partnering or doing business with any of them, you’ll need to carry out your own due diligence. Coincidentally, Gloture can help with that. In this article, we’ll briefly outline our top five picks of Japanese startup accelerators and VC firms, including a short introductory description of each.   OPEN NETWORK LAB This startup accelerator is similar to VC firm groundbreakers like TechStarts and Y Combinator. Based in Tokyo, Open Network Lab was established by the trio of kakaku.com, Netprice.com and Digital Garage. Their objective is to…

Crowdfunding in Japan

Successfully Crowdfund Your Product Again – In Japan!

Detailed planning and a forward thinking strategy are paramount when starting a business; it requires mapping out a targeted market that is guaranteed to be profitable in both the short and long term. When it comes to establishing a business, one of the most significant factors to consider is location. Nowadays, E-commerce and E-marketing have made it easy to establish and launch a business just about anywhere in the world. This has allowed a lot of new startups to grow quickly and successfully launch their products and services across the globe. But there is an untapped resource that can guarantee rapid business growth: Japan. Japan is the third largest economy…