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Author: Ochimusya

The scale of the sharing economy in Japan reached $5B

According to the Cabinet Office, the scale of the sharing economy in Japan reached ¥470B ~ ¥525B in 2016 and has still expanded substantially. In addition, they also mentioned that ¥95B ~ ¥135B were not included in Japan’s GDP. Therefore, they will keep conducting the study of the sharing economy and aim to include it in the GDP when a revision of GDP standard is implemented in 2020. Space, Transfer, Goods, Skill and Money The Cabinet divided the sharing economy into 5 different types such as space, transfer, goods, skill and money. Here is their examples. ・Space: Private home...

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Is this Hawaii? No, this is the Takeno Blue

Did you think that this photo was taken in Okinawa? Well, while my friends go to Okinawa, Phuket, Bali, etc, I went to Takenohama Beach in Toyooka, Hyogo. Toyooka is not so far away from my hometown Himeji and it takes about 2 hours by car. It is widely recognized that beaches located on the side of the Sea of Japan are much more beautiful than beaches located on the side of the Pacific Ocean. However, even among the Japan Sea beaches, Takenohama is regarded as one of the best beaches and based on my experience, I would say...

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Nikkei, a Japanese business newspaper, will be launching a new project “Startup@Nikkei” in which they introduce startup companies screened by them in terms of the originality of technology and business model. This is aimed to support young startups to build business relationships with existing firms and financial institutions. The theme is ”Fintech”  and they are looking for fintech startup firms having new technologies for settlement, biometric authentification, etc. As long as it is a venture business associated with fintech no matter if you work on a project in a company or just by yourselve, you can apply for Startup@Nikkei. It might...

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Japan’s IPO fund-raisings increased by 250% in 2018

As of June 30, Japan’s fund-raisings through IPOs have reached ¥83.4B, which is a 250% increase compared with a year earlier. The total amounts were significantly increased by the Mercari IPO (¥54.4B), which accounts for 65% of the total. From January to June 2018, the number of IPOs decreased to 36 from 40 (January ~ June in 2018). Nevertheless, the total sum exceeded ¥50B for the first time since 2016. On the other hand, the average amount of fund-raising per firm was below ¥1B in 2017, which was the first time in 10 years. Moreover, it has decreased from ¥900M...

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Japan’s attention-grabbing IPOs in the second half of 2018

Last month was like an IPO festival for Japanese people only because Japan’s sole unicorn startup Mercari went public. As I discussed, even people who had never owned stocks tried to get Mercari’s IPO shares and luckily some succeeded it. No matter Mercari’s stock price goes up or not, their IPO impacted the society a lot, as people realize that IPO is a big chance for us to increase assets easily. Obviously, a number of Japanese people have started to consider owning companies’ shares, which is beneficial for the country. This is because the more people own Japanese firms’...

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