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32 Best Journalism Startups Headquartered in Japan

This article showcases Boove’s top picks for the best ‘Journalism’ startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating in the Journalism’ industry, but are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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1. SmartNews

The idea behind this startup: SmartNews helps users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Apps, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, News

Founders: Kaisei Hamamoto, Ken Suzuki

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2. AWA Japan

The idea behind this startup: AWA is a Music Distribution platform

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Music, Publishing

Founders: Unknown

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3. Virtual Cast

The idea behind this startup: Development, operation and planning of VR system (virtual cast)

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Video Editing

Founders: Unknown

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4. NHN comico

The idea behind this startup: NHN comico is a content publishing Company

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Content Delivery Network, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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5. No9

The idea behind this startup: Number Nine is a digital distribution agency business, EC business, manga production business and media mix business.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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6. Meily

The idea behind this startup: Meily is Creating a base for the minds of people who struggle with appearance.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content Discovery, Journalism, SNS

Founders: Unknown

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7. Theoria

The idea behind this startup: Theoria is a marketing team that brings together practical knowledge.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Journalism, Multi-level Marketing

Founders: Unknown

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8. Gloture

The idea behind this startup: Gloture is a start-up that supports both global market advancement of gadget products into the Japanese market .

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Blogging Platforms, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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9. Video Market

The idea behind this startup: BtoC Multi-Device Video Delivery Service (Video On Demand)

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Video Editing

Founders: Takahashi Toshiki

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10. nohana

The idea behind this startup: nohana is a marketing support company.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Publishing

Founders: Omori Kazuyoshi

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11. SlowNews

The idea behind this startup: SlowNews is a Support and development of journalists and journalism media

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Information Technology, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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12. Legend Baseball

The idea behind this startup: Legend Baseball is a completely new type of next generation baseball game.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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13. NIZIGExN

The idea behind this startup: NIZIGExN is a Fortune-telling business.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Publishing

Founders: Unknown

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14. Niils

The idea behind this startup: This era in which THEY live has infinite possibilities on the wisdom and achievements of many predecessors.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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15. HIFUMISHOBO

The idea behind this startup: Matters related to identity verification.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Internet, Journalism, Printing

Founders: Unknown

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16. NIZISTA

The idea behind this startup: Operates voice actor and anim

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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17. THReee entertainment

The idea behind this startup: THReee entertainment is a Planning and production of music live content

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content Discovery, Digital Entertainment, Journalism, Music

Founders: Norio Sato, Tetsuro Kouda

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18. Wolfgang japan

The idea behind this startup: Planning, operation, and distribution of smartphone apps

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Gaming, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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19. HIPSTERGATE

The idea behind this startup: Hipster Gate is a educational and training company.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Blogging Platforms, Content Discovery, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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20. Ace Technology Tokyo

The idea behind this startup: Ace Technology has focused on predicting the latest technological trends.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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21. SFIDANTE

The idea behind this startup: SFIDANTE is a software company.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Software

Founders: Unknown

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22. IDR Japan

The idea behind this startup: Planning, production, Advertising agency, magazine editing, publishing, planning, production and sales of original products

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Advertising, Journalism, Publishing, Social Media Advertising

Founders: Unknown

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23. Re-solution

The idea behind this startup: We will propose solutions for renewing and renovating the mature Internet.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Creative Agency, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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24. NIPPON.JP

The idea behind this startup: NIPPON.jp is a curation site that disseminates Japanese tourism information both domestically and internationally.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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25. Seven Shuffles

The idea behind this startup: A collaborative work between artless Inc.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Journalism, Photography

Founders: Unknown

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26. HiganWorks

The idea behind this startup: PodCast and its community are talking about cloud services and IT infrastructure.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Affiliate Marketing, Journalism, Publishing

Founders: Unknown

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27. Sha Rapport

The idea behind this startup: Sha Rapport is a cloud-type research tool for acquiring new knowledge by collecting and analyzing images.

Headquarters: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Industries: Content, Journalism

Founders: Unknown

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28. AIM Japan

The idea behind this startup: Ai is unified data environment using dictionary data

Headquarters: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Content, Journalism, News

Founders: Unknown

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29. Helte

The idea behind this startup: Light up the world

Headquarters: Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan

Industries: Content Discovery, Journalism, Publishing

Founders: Unknown

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30. PLANS

The idea behind this startup: PLANS provides photography, photo libraries and news services.

Headquarters: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Industries: Journalism, News, Photography

Founders: Unknown

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31. HAKOBUNE

The idea behind this startup: System contract development business

Headquarters: Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Industries: Content Delivery Network, Journalism, News

Founders: Unknown

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32. source Japan

The idea behind this startup: Website planning, production and operation

Headquarters: Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Industries: Journalism, Web Apps

Founders: Unknown

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