The following startup list was provided by "Nikkei FinTech database 2017-2018 publication (Nikkei BP company)" and translated by Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ). Some members of Fintech Association of Japan(FAJ) are included. (These information are as of the end of March 2017.)
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  • 1 BANQ

    URL
    http://banq.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Hobohibaraikun (almost daily salary)
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    BANQ provides a welfare program that enables users to withdrew a partial salary from what you have worked for without waiting for their payday. Whenever necessary, users can access their earnings as needed. Users who are registered employees can easily access the system with a phone. The program is also beneficial in recruiting people.
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  • 2 freee K.K.

    URL
    http://www.freee.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Cloud accounting software Freee, Cloud payroll accounting software Freee, Company formation Freee, Opening business Freee, My number management Freee
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 9.6 billion/C
    Investor
    Mirai sousei fund (SPRAX Group), DCM Ventures, SBI Investment, Salesforce Ventures, Nissho Electronics Corporation, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Japan Co-Invest Fund, Recruit Holdings
    Description
    freee K. K. is aiming to create power-saving services for challenging back office operations such as cloud accounting, software for income tax reporting, and a management application for My Number (The Social Security and Tax Number System in Japan), for small and medium businesses. The Cloud accounting system, Freee, was released in March 2013, and currently has over 700,000 account members. Additionally, the software successfully collected total funds of JPY 9.6 billion. Its collaborative services in financial data, including credit card services, number over 3630 cases. The company’s software has been spotted at several business competitions.
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  • 3 Misoca Inc.

    URL
    https://www.misoca.jp/
    Service/Product
    Misoca
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 70 million/(Subsidiary of Yayoi)
    Investor
    SMBC Venture Capital, Incubate Fund
    Description
    Misoca operates a billing management service on the Cloud, Misoca. The service provides not only billing, it also creates estimates, orders, invoices, and receipts. It is expanding in use among small and medium businesses, since it enables them to link with other accounting software, and provides billing sent automatically. The basic fee is free, it only charges for additional services, such as sending a bill and for quotes by fax. It provides an additional service allowing the collecting of accounts receivable insurance for billing. In February 2016, a major accounting software company, Yoyai, acquired Misoca.
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  • 4 Zenport Inc. (Sendee)

    URL
    http://sendee.jp/
    Service/Product
    Zenport, Chainfy, Smart Contract News
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Sendee provides a series of software services on the Cloud for traders (importers and exporters) called Zenport, which explains the concepts of trade regulations, fills out necessary documents through online forms, explains bureaucratic procedures, and gets automated estimates from delivery companies. Additionally, the company provides an electronic certification service utilizing blockchain called Chainfy, a media-related service called Smart Contract News, consulting about blockchains, and operates contracted development of blockchain.
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  • 5 Accounting SaaS Japan Co., LTD.

    URL
    http://www.a-saas.com/
    Service/Product
    A-SaaS Accounting System, A-SaaS Cloud Tax system, A-SaaS Cloud payroll system, A-SaaS cloud depreciation system, Maina Security, Maina Drive
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 192.5 million/B
    Investor
    Ventures, Salesforce.com, GREE Ventures, Mobile Internet Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, OPT Holding, Inc., i-mercury Capital, Inc.
    Description
    Accounting Saas operates an accounting service on the cloud for accounting offices. One feature of the service is that there is no charge for their clients, since the service was created at the initiative of accounting firms. As of July 2016, A-SaaS provided service to over 21,000 accounting offices. Over 120,000 projects have been registered, and the number of registered employees tops 400,000. In July 2015, the company made a business partnership with Cloud Payment, and started linking Keiri no Mikata (On Behalf of Accounting, in Japanese) and A-Saas. In November 2015, the company made a business affiliation with Kakko, and started developing a management analytic service. In January 2016, the company became a business partner with a PFM company, Moneytree.
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  • 6 Kyriba Japan

    URL
    http://www.kyriba.jp/
    Service/Product
    Kyriba Enterprise
    Total Equity Funding
    USD $21 million/B
    Investor
    MUFJ Capital, Mizuho Capital, HSBC
    Description
    Kyriba Japan developed "Kyriba Enterprise," which consist of a cloud-type financial affairs and treasury management system, SaaS, and provides consulting on its implementation. The system enables users to be effective in fluidity managemet, payment, remittence, and risk management which are required for every CEO and financial manager. The solution has been implimented by over 1300 companies around the world, inluding Konika Minoruta, Nissin Foods Holdings, and Nomura Research Institute.
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  • 7 Crowd Cast

    URL
    http://crowdcast.jp/
    Service/Product
    Staple, Staple Team, Staple Reader
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 2.5 million/B
    Investor
    Yayoi, IMJ Investment Partners, Sezon Ventures
    Description
    Crowd Cast provides an expense reporting app for individuals, Staple, and one for corporations, Staple Team, as well as Staple Reader, which can read a driving record into a traffic IC card. The price for individual use is free, and JPY 600 for enterprises. At the Yayoi smart phone app competition in 2011, the company won the grand prize, and at the point, they were founded with JPY 25 million. After that, additional funds were offered by Saison Ventures, and IMJ Investment Partners. At this time, the company primarily provides advertisement, HR, and real estate for SME throughout Japan, and those services are used by over 150 companies and organizations. It offers complimentary trials for its services.
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  • 8 STREAMED

    URL
    http://streamedup.com/
    Service/Product
    STREAMED
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    STREAMED provides an expenses accounting app on the cloud, where people can take a photo of a receipt and upload it so that an operator can enter the data. In the free plan, for the first time, 10 receipts are entered for free, and 5 receipts per month are automated free of charge. There is a storage period limit of 90 days. However, for JPY 300 per month, not only are 5 receipts automatically entered for free, from the 6th receipt, it will cost only JPY 30 per receipt, and additionally, the storage period becomes unrestricted. Up to 100 receipts are automatically uploaded at JPY 1950 per month, and with this plan, after the 100th receipt, it will cost only JPY 20 per receipt, and the storage period is unrestricted. The company partnered with other companies, including MF Crowdfund Accounting, Yoyai Kaikei, and Freee. In April 2015, the company and Tsuji/Hongo certified tax accountant corporation made a contract for a capital business alliance.
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  • 9 KOKOPELLI incubate inc.

    URL
    https://www.kokopelli-inc.jp/
    Service/Product
    SHARES, Tokyo Keiri (Tokyo Accounting), Kyuyo Keisan Daiko Center (Payroll agency center)
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 100 million/unknown
    Investor
    SBI Investment, Yokohama Capital, Adways, TIS
    Description
    Kokopelli Incubate provides a service platform, SHARES, where people can confer with professionals such as lawyers, qualified accountants for SME, and a representative service for accounting and payroll needs, Tokyo Accounting representative service center. The number of registered companies for SHARES is over 1000. SHARES has a service utilizing AI that, when given certain data, can analyze business challenges for user companies.
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  • 10 SmileWorks Inc.

    URL
    http://www.smile-works.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    ClearWorks, SECURE FOLDER, NET FORUM, Smile CMS
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 700 million/A
    Investor
    YJ Capital, Globis Capital Partners, Daiwa Corporate Investment, DBJ Capital, Mizuho Capital
    Description
    Smile Works provides accounting-payroll-sale-buying management on the cloud with its system ClearWorks; online data storage, called Secure Folder; a web conference system, Net Forum; and an automated homepage development product, SmileCMS. Recently, the company started awareness-building activities for SMEs that don't know how to respond to the new social security system in Japan, My Number. The company is also actively affiliating with other companies such as ASKUL CORP. and Yahoo! Japan to provide joint services.
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  • 11 Diamond Media Co., Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.diamondmedia.co.jp
    Service/Product
    Centrl LMS, Diamond Tail
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Diamond Media provides a homepage creation service for real estate business owners, Diamond Tail, and leasing management software, Centrl LMS. By using Centrl LMS, customers can receive analyses of trendy properties, learn how to attract clients within a short amount of time, and get recommendations from real state business owners about the properties they might potentially like.
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  • 12 Make Leaps

    URL
    http://www.makeleaps.jp/
    Service/Product
    Make Leaps
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    Rakuten Ventures, 500 Startups, Naval Ravikant (the founder of AngelList), Dave MacClure, Angel investors
    Description
    Makeleaps provides a management service providing quotations, orders, invoices, bills, and receipts online. The app is used by over 20,000 companies in Japan. Because Makeleaps supports foreign currency and multiple languages, it is used internationally?another feature of the app. In 2016, the company collaborated with Rakuten bank in order to provide "Rakuten Bank Partnering Just Match."
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  • 13 MerryBiz Inc.

    URL
    http://merrybiz.jp/
    Service/Product
    MerryBiz (Accounting processing acting system for small and medium corporations)
    Total Equity Funding
    over JPY 100 million/unknown
    Investor
    Mitsuisumitomo Insurance Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Opt Ventures
    Description
    Merry Biz provides an outsourcing accounting entry service called "Everyone's Accounting Group." It delivers the appropriate data within 1 week after clients send accounting documents and receipts enclosed in an envelop. The process is completed by entering the information delivered into the accounting software. There is an option to work with a partner licensed tax accountant to create financial statements and a zero balance check list. The company has all its staff members under strict confidentiality agreements and is careful about the security used in communications. The receipts sent by clients are entered only after being double-checked. The CEO of the company, Mr. Kudo, also served as the representative of The FinTech Association of Japan (FAJ).
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  • 14 Unicorn Inc.

    URL
    http://unicorn-cf.com/
    Service/Product
    VB series, UnicC, ReCS, FN series
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Unicorn provides support tools for restaurants, hotels, and the funeral business, called "BV series," "ReCS," and "FN series." BV series features support for the hotel industry, such as sales support and table plans for wedding ceremonies. UnicC is a unified management system for purchasing departments to make efficient orders that provide better service and support business plan strategies. FN series is a support tool for basic funeral affairs that analyzes various information, such as business expansion.
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  • 15 Lognote Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.log-note.jp/
    Service/Product
    iReceipt
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    Adway Ventures
    Description
    Log Note provides remitting customer solutions utilizing BLE Beacon, along with the development and operation of an electronic receipt platform, iReceipt. In particular, iReceipt provides a variety of functions around e-receipts by: interlocking with the POS, delivering them to a smartphone's apps, holding promotions utilizing them, and other solutions that make O2O marketing seamless.
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  • 16 Robot Fund Co., Ltd.

    URL
    http://fundrobo.net/
    Service/Product
    Telephone automated response system, investment trust analysis, asset management BOT
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 100 million
    Investor
    Incubate fund
    Description
    Robot Fund has developed RPA (Robotic Process Automation), which features the effective optimization of asset management, including a 24/7 telephone automated response system, and an automated financial outflow estimate of publicly offered investment trusts. The telephone automated response system can provide daily standard prices, net assets, and dividends on shares from Investment Trusts Association, Japan through artificial voice. Clients can confirm information about dividends of investment trusts and advance-decline ratios implemented by the Securities Firms and Banks over the phone. The service enables elderly investors who are unaccustomed to handling internet searches and smart phones to confirm the information by phone, interacting with an artificial voice. It was produced after Robot Fund’s first product, a seed accelerator program called Supernova, which the VC jointly runs.
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