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...Read More
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...Read More
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’...Read More
Just recently, Nikkei has ranked 25 Japanese growing medium-sized firms that also have abundant cash reserves. These companies are expected to lead the Japanese economy to the targeted growth and to be sort of unsung heroes supporting large enterprises. The remarkable point is that a majority of the firms are concentrated in the medicine, semiconductor and nursing care industries, which are regarded as growing sectors in Japan. They have generated profits steadily, succeeded fund-raising, invested an abundance of money on R&D and accelerated the growth speed. All of them are listed companies. So, if you are looking for growing...Read More
The other day, I introduced 2018’s biggest IPO in Japan and how to apply for it. Yesterday, Mercari finally went public and it resulted in a great success. While the public offering price was ¥3,000, the opening price was ¥5,000, which showed how this IPO got a lot of attention. Since Mercari has been really popular with Japanese people, even people who had never owned a stock tried getting Mercari’s IPO stocks. At the end of the day, the domestic competition reached 50 times. You could tell how challenging it was. It increased the opening price substantially and the trading...Read More
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