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Last time we talked about Japanese industries that are challenged to keep up globally, like cellphone and car navigation producers.
But there is also innovation in Japan.
Healios is a new venture based on the Induced Pluripotent Stem cell technology developed by 2012 Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka. Their equity fundraising is in USD 8 digits, further the Japanese government research funding backs iPS research to the tune of 10 digits figures (billion dollars), and is also fast-tracking clinical trials of the first product, for regeneration of the retinal function (read: treat nearly blind people). Dr. Yamanaka is an interesting story – he received his M.D. in 1987 but failed as a surgeon. Instead he turned to research and achieved great success.
 
LINE is an online chat service like Whats App, very popular in Asia. It was incubated in a Korean/Japanese company, and zoomed to popularity after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake as people sought to connect.  Today LINE has more than 200 million users - 45 million of them in Japan and 140 million around Asia.  It is monetizing by selling “market research space”, a connected commerce portal, games, etc.
 
Social gaming has been popular in Japan for some time. Companies like GREE and DeNA are hugely successful, but there are many smaller companies active in this space, too. The success is driven by $4-5 ARPU, apparently a business model noone has been able to duplicate outside of Japan.
 
 
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