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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Blockchain(23)

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  • 1 BitFlyer

    URL
    https://bitflyer.jp/
    Service/Product
    bitFlyer Lightning, Blockchain LAB, chainFlyer, BTC News, fundFlyer, BITCOIN DONATIONS, bitWire SHOP, Echo, adFlyer, miyabi
    Total Equity Funding
    Approximately 4 billion/C
    Investor
    Shinji Kumura, Incubate Fund, East Ventures, Digital Currency, Group, RSP, GMO VP, GMO Payment Gateway, Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Venture Labo Investment Co.,Ltd., MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital Co.,Ltd., QUICK, Dentsu Innovation Partners Inc.
    Description
    bitFlyer operates a Bitcoin exchange whose volume of monthly transactions exceeds 13 billion, and whose user base numbers over 150,000. The company consists of a blockchain angel fund that creates blockchain business and provides training support, and is active in the area of developing a new blockchain to enable the operation of payment service between banks, in cooperation with DTT, Miziho Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. In April 2016, the company was able to collect a total of 3 billion in funds, the largest amount in Japan. Furthermore, in December 2016, the company announced a private blockchain, miyabi, and is planning to provide Blockchain-as-a-service.
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  • 2 Eyes, JAPAN Co. Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.nowhere.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Eyes, Japan provides a service saving medical information utilizing blockchain technology. The company accurately stores medical information emphasizing 3 major elements of the data: authenticity, visual readability, and conservation. Data from their early cancer diagnosis system, that analyzed cytokines from a patient's saliva using AI technology, was added to, and strengthened, the accuracy of their blockchain. The company also operates substantive experimental blockchains in various fields other than medicine.
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  • 3 iBeed.Inc.

    URL
    http://ibeed.jp/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    iBeed has developed software and services in the IoT industry, as well as blockchain-based software. Its service utilizes a P2P autonomous-decentralized network. In the future, the company is planning to profit from sales, support, and consulting businesses.
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  • 4 Keychain Pte. Ltd.

    URL
    http://keychain.jp/
    Service/Product
    Keychain
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Keychain provides a PKI Decentralized Authentication Platform (tm) called Keychain, that allows clients to solve concrete business problems related to authentication and access control. The platform enhances and cleanly integrates into existing systems and processes by adding a small bit of code. It provides secure transaction messaging over varied networks, audit procedures and regulations, and simplified compliance check through their company's intranet authoritative management.
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  • 5 Nayuta Inc.

    URL
    http://nayuta.co/
    Service/Product
    HAWKER, Project IoM
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Nayuta is currently developing a web display system, HAWKER, which can analyze people-flow and objects in space, in real time, using BLE. The company is aiming to design products combining IoT technologies and IoM. In January 2016, the company invented a power socket prototype utilizing blockchain that can control user rights. With this, usage hours and total use can be limited, as even if the outlets are set up in an open space, they enable operating the pay-to-use power socket. Additionally, the company participates in various operational experiments and has core blockchain skills.
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  • 6 Omise Holdings

    URL
    http://www.omise.co/
    Service/Product
    Omise
    Total Equity Funding
    USD over $25,000,000/B
    Investor
    SBI Investment, SMBC Venture Capital, East Ventures, Siar Mas Digital Ventures, 500 Startups, Tuk Tuk, True Group, Golden Gate Ventures
    Description
    Omise Holdings provides a payment management platform, Omise. Utilizing an API, it can be installed on e-commerce sites by adding a small amount code to the website. It has expanded from Japan to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Whether providing a service for someone across town, or selling an item to a customer overseas, with Links, users can request payment from anyone, anytime. They simply need to copy and paste the generated link to their preferred platform, then email, SMS, Line, Messenger, or WhatsApp the payment link of their product and send it to their customers. It was installed as a platform by over 3000 companies, including a major e-commerce corporation, and an airline company in Thailand. Currently, the company is planning to develop services utilizing blockchain. In 2016, the company was chosen as one of the most remarkable startup companies by TechCrunch.
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  • 7 Orb

    URL
    https://imagine-orb.com/
    Service/Product
    Orb 1, SmartCoin
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 274 million/Seed
    Investor
    Cyber Agent Ventures, SBI Investment, Ceres, United, Adways Co., Monex Ventures
    Description
    By utilizing the decentralized cloud computing system Orb, developed by the company of the same name, users can build their own virtual currencies and associated payment networks. Through Orb, the company provides SDKs and web APIs through Smart Coin, which lets users develop their own e-money easily. In February 2016, the company paired up with NTT Docomo Ventures, Orix, ORIX Bank Corporation, and Shizuoka Bank, with the aim of procuring overseas remittance, along with a payment system. The company collaborates with several local financial institutions, and was featured as one of the 10 up-and-coming ventures in "Great Predictions for 2017" by Toyo Keizai.
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  • 8 Payward Japan

    URL
    http://kraken.com/
    Service/Product
    Kraken
    Investor
    SBI Holdings
    Description
    Payward Japan operates a virtual currency exchange, Kraken, which is the largest Bitcoin exchange, by volume and liquidity, in the world. Kraken was the first Bitcoin exchange to have trading price and volume displayed on the Bloomberg Terminal, the first to pass a cryptographically verifiable proof-of-reserves audit, and is a partner in the first cryptocurrency bank with the German bank, Fidor. Additionally, the company is in process of developing a payment system utilizing blockchain.
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  • 9 QUOINE Pte. Ltd.

    URL
    https://www.quoine.com/
    Service/Product
    QUOINE EXCHANGE
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 1.94 billion/unknown
    Investor
    Angel Investors, JAFCO Fund, VC
    Description
    QUOINE Japan operates a virtual currency exchange, QUOINE EXCHANGE, and also provides a virtual currency exchange platform based on blockchain. The company conducts the exchange across Asian countries, making it safe through security that is strengthed by compliance methods such as KYC/AML, and maintained by engineers from financial institutions throughout the world.
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  • 10 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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  • 11 Zerobillbank Japan Inc.

    URL
    http://www.zerobillbank.com/
    Service/Product
    ZEROBILL-CORE, Z-WALLET
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    Samurai Incubator, Several Angel Investors
    Description
    ZEROBILLBANK developed a cloud digital asset management service API that creates a coin economic area utilizing blockchain, with one click. The company operates ZEROBILL CORE, issuing the coin and setting up the coin ownership conditions, and Z-WALLET, which gathers information about people's behaviors, and exchanges the coins. The service analyzes connections between human actions and several factors, such as weather, time, and location, helping owners manage their businesses by, for example, giving extra coins on rainy days to customers when they come to the store, or to employees working an earlier shift.
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  • 12 Currency Port

    URL
    http://www.ccyport.com/
    Service/Product
    Deals4
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Currency Port provides a blockchain business back-end API, called Deal 4, and another API which can be used for several types of payments, developing electronic wallets, consulting services, and the experimental operation of blockchain. From Feburary 2016, the company partnered with Information Services Int'l -Dentsu, Ltd., and Microsoft Corporation in order to improve efficiency in desk work syndicated loans.
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  • 13 Consensus Base Inc.

    URL
    http://www.consensus-base.com/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Consensus Base Inc. has been developing its business as the first company specializing in blockchain technology in Japan. In addition to conducting blockchain verification experiments, the company has experience and know-how from many field trials, mainly with top-class large enterprises in the industry. For that reason, it is familiar with many problems and solution methods that occur when adopting new technologies, so the company can design and implement more quickly without wasteful trial-and-error. It has done business with a number of companies, including SoftBank Corp., Daiwa Securities Group, and Seven Bank, with whom it has accumulated much experience and achievement in actual business problems and application methods through development and demonstration experiments.
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  • 14 Sealed Value

    URL
    http://www.sealedvalue.jp/
    Service/Product
    unknown
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Sealed Value plans, lays out, develops, operates, and maintains a cryptocurrency exchange system utilizing blockchain. The company is planning to develop a cryptocurrency product using paper sources such as magazines.
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  • 15 Sivira Inc.

    URL
    http://sivira.co/
    Service/Product
    Proof log, Broof
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    Blockchain Angel fund
    Description
    Sivira developed a block chain that is exchangable with Bitcoin, and possesses the reliability and speed necesary to be utilized by a business application. "Broof," Sivira's proprietary blockchain, is a log storage service. When users use Broof for storage, it secures the data, making it impossible for others to access it. One example of its application involved an experiment working with Information Services Int'l -Dentsu, Ltd. and Guardtime in Aya, Miyazaki. Farmers in Aya recorded all the details of growing crops, including planting, harvesting, types of fertilizer, pesticide and other chemical use, the quality of crops, and entered them into Broof, with permission from Aya town. From this, consumers were able to see where the crops are really from, and learn how the products were produced while avoiding the rigorous setup standard online.
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  • 16 Janom LLC

    URL
    https://janom.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Coin Gift, Coin Tip, Monatore, ASICpool info, Anshotukachoshabanuzke (Cryptocurrency wealth tabulation)
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Janom provides services utilizing virtual currency and blockchain technologies, as well as its consulting service. Their product Coin Gift is a web service used to purchase several types of gift vouchers with Bitcoin. There is no bothersome registration process, rather, it makes it easy to exchange virtual currency into gift vouchers in no time. CoinTip is a nagesen (money offered up by spectators/donations) service operating through SNS such as Twitter, and is co-developed and operated with Serece, Inc. Additionally, the company operates a virtual currency exchange, Monatore, and conducts other business in the virtual currency industry.
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  • 17 Sekai Inc.

    URL
    http://sekai-go.jp/
    Service/Product
    Japan Realestate Guide
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 450 million/unknown
    Investor
    Jig-Saw, Angel investors
    Description
    Sekai provides a cross border real estate transaction settlement support utilizing blockchain, and provides a "Japan Real Estate Guide Efor investors from Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as a “Japan Real Estate Guide for the Middle East Efor investors from Dubai. Using blockchain technology, the information on JPY 1 billion in real estate enables more reliability, safely protects the secrecy of the guides, and makes them less costly.
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  • 18 Social Minds Inc.

    URL
    http://www.socialminds.jp/
    Service/Product
    Reality Keys
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 30 million/unknown
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Social Minds provides a smart contract service using blockchain, Reality Keys, which uses publicly available information with cryptographic keys that facilitate distributed-trust smart contracts in decentralized virtual currencies. In December 2016, the company started doing experiments and demonstrations of self-authentication on blockchain for certificate authority, in collaboration with GMO GlobalSign and Consensus Base.
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  • 19 Soramitsu Co., Ltd.

    URL
    http://www.soramitsu.co.jp/
    Service/Product
    Iroha
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Soramitsu contributed the initial codebase for Hyperledger Iroha as part of the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project. Iroha was adopted the 3rd most in the world, after IBM and Intel., and is now receiving a lot of attention.
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  • 20 Descartes Search, LLC

    URL
    http://descartes-search.com/index_en.html
    Service/Product
    Satoshi's Collar
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Descartes Search, LLC is a Tokyo-based scouting/headhunting agency that specializes in high-class IT/Web engineers for companies who want to strengthen their IT manpower through Hacker Sourcing. In addition, the company operates a blockchain manpower recruiting service for the Japanese market, called Satoshi's Collar. Additionally, the company provides recruiting internationally for various industries, using data on over 214,0000 people in Japan. The targeted engineers recruited by the company are in the areas of software & computational engineering, web, voice authentication, search, mobile/computing, augmented reality, photo-editing, social apps, major e-commerce, cloud computing, and cryptocurrency.
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  • 21 Tech Bureau, Corp.

    URL
    https://zaif.jp/
    Service/Product
    mijin, Zalf Exchange, Zaica, BitGirls, Retokabu
    Total Equity Funding
    JPY 700 million/A
    Investor
    Japan Technology Ventures, Arara, Infoteria, Okwave, Hiroshima Venture Capital, FISCO, Money Partner Group SJI. etc.
    Description
    Tech Bureau provides a private blockchain it developed, Mijin, as well as a Bitcoin/Mona coin exchange called Zaif Exchange, a Bitcoin/Mona coin ATM, and a Bitcoin/Mona coin payment service called Zaif Payment. The company developed a new core engine, Catapult, and added it to Mijin in order to strengthen connections with the public blockchain NEM. The company also made a business alliance with Sumishin SBI Bank to optimize their crucial banking and business systems. Additionally, the company went into partnership with Sakura Internet, iRidge, Inc., Okwave, and many other companies outside of the financial industry that also utilize Mijin.
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  • 22 Bicrements inc.

    URL
    http://lemuria-trade.com/
    Service/Product
    Lemuria
    Total Equity Funding
    non-disclosed
    Investor
    Takeshi Ueno, other Angel investos
    Description
    Bicrements Inc. started operating a Bitcoin exchange, Lemuria, in March 2016. Lemuria adopts a Bitcoin wallet, BitGo, that is rated highly for its security. Trades start from JPY 100, and the quickest time to start a trade is 10 minutes. By simply registering with an email address, customers can start buying-selling with Bitcoin. The company is planning to expand its services, and provide payable plastic cards, Lemuria Debit, and Lemuria Payment, which customers can use to pay in Bitcoin exchange straight at the store, at over 2.7 million shops throughout Japan.
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  • 23 Haw International

    URL
    http://www.haw.co.jp
    Service/Product
    Chaintope
    Total Equity Funding
    unknown
    Investor
    non-disclosed
    Description
    Haw International is one of the first companies to develop blockchain technology in Japan. Following their mission to promote the blockchain technology, the company is planning to release various products, including Chaintope.
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