This article showcases our top picks for the best Japan based Content & Publishing companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of Content & Publishing solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Japan Content & Publishing Companies
Nexon is an entertainment software developing company that creates free-to-play online games. Nexon is a pioneer in the world of interactive entertainment software.
They introduced the world to the first graphic MMORPG, The Kingdom of the Winds, back in 1995. Since then, they’ve become the industry leader in massively multiplayer online games, continuing to redefine the genre with each of their innovative titles..
UZABASE is home to Japan’s largest industry and corporate database, backed by an in-house team of specialised analysts. Their flagship service, SPEEDA organizes company and industry information and intelligence allowing for more efficient management in the workplace.
NewsPicks is a product that uses content provides insight into the discussions and decisions vital to business in Asia.. .
Raksul.inc is a fabless B2B platform builder. It aims to redesign and simplify value chains in legacy industries.
It has enabled the “sharing economy” business model in printing, logistics and advertising, by connecting SME customers directly to excess capacities of existing players in various industries at a low cost.. .
Tokyo Otaku Mode
Tokyo Otaku Mode™ (TOM) delivers the latest news on Japanese anime, manga, games, and more through its Facebook page, which is loved by over 10 million fans, as well as its website, Tokyo Otaku Mode. TOM’s mission is to be the world’s premier source for the latest on Japanese pop culture.TOM also actively supports and promotes top creators on Tokyo Otaku Mode, bringing their works to a worldwide audience.
Starting with English translation support for creators’ works and rofiles, TOM also features creators’ works on its Facebook page, produces international portfolios for creators, conducts creator interviews, exhibits at overseas events, sells otaku goods to overseas customers, and more. With the inclusion of its e-commerce site, TOM aims to close the gap between Japan’s otaku goods and worldwide otaku fans, being a place where such goods are readily accessible to otaku fans all over the world..
SmartNews is the award-winning news app loved by millions. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.
Our algorithms evaluate tens of millions of articles, behaviors and social interactions to deliver only the most interesting and important stories on a global scale—a fascinating engineering challenge that has attracted a world-class data science and engineering team. SmartNews won numerous “App of the Year” awards and has been downloaded by more than 35 million people and has over 10million monthly active users.
SmartNews has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York. Join our international culture—smart work, smart people and a global mission to bring quality information to the world.
Travel between our amazing offices in the U.S. and Japan, and collaborate with coworkers from around the world..
Square Enix develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment titles worldwide. It publishes online games, mobile entertainment, music, and DVDs.
The company’s products include Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tomb Raider, Heroes & Generals, Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s cut, Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack, SaGa Frontier Original Soundtrack, Xenogears Original Soundtrack, Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack, and Space Invaders. The company also provides PlayOnline, a cross-platform online community; and multiplayer online role-playing games for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Square Enix was founded in 1989 and is based in El Segundo, California.. .
Spectee is a online news agency that specializes in curating and publishing real-time social media UGC video. By using artificial intelligence patented by Spectee, It is able to reduce the time taken to analyze and sort social media news content, giving you faster access to the very latest UGC video.
Expect video covering both Japanese and worldwide news from accidents and disasters to lifestyle and entertainment. it newsroom is verifying and acquiring licenses of those contents for broadcasters and publishers.. .
Fujifilm develops and sells consumer products and business products related to photography. Fujifilm Holdings Corporation is a Japanese multinational photography and imaging company.
The company serves various industries, including medical, graphic arts, optics, enterprise storage, motion picture, and photography. The company’s consumer products are categorized as digital cameras and accessories, film photography, instax photography, and binoculars.
Its business products are categorized as medical systems, Fujinon endoscopy, microfilm, data storage, graphic arts and printing, professional video, optical devices, specialty chemicals, printing imaging colorants, and more. Color films, digital cameras, photofinishing equipment, color papers, photofinishing chemicals, medical imaging equipment, graphic arts equipment and materials, flat panel displays, and photocopiers and printers are some products developed by Fujifilm USA.
Fujifilm USA is based in New York, United States.. .
Kakao Japan is a free smartphone calling and messenger application. Kakao Japan is a Japanese corporation of Kakao Corp., a Korean company known for its message app KakaoTalk.
Kakao Japan’s vision it so provide the value of fun to customers’ daily lives, delivering smiles to customers, and impressing their hearts.. .
The JX PRESS Corporation is Japan’s“virtual news agency.” JX PRESS’s “FASTALERT” service provides breaking news bulletins for urgent information on accidents, natural disasters, and other incidents detected by AI to all six of the major television broadcast stations in Japan, including NHK, and the majority of the 100+ local broadcast stations. FASTALERT works with more companies than any other service that utilizes information gathered from social networking sites for news reporting in Japan.
The version offered to ordinary consumers, an app called “NewsDigest,” is the biggest news bulletin app in Japan, boasting over 1 million downloads. It is gaining popularity because of its ability to use AI to automatically detect and deliver news bulletins on information worth reporting.
Alongside FASTALERT, it is also gaining more widespread use by news reporters as a standardized service for information. Stakeholders in the JX PRESS Corporation include KYODO NEWS, the leading news agency in Japan, two of the leading commercial broadcast stations (TV Asahi and Fuji TV), and the Nikkei Group.
We are a new kind of news agency that provides computerized news reporting to all of the major media groups in Japan. Bloomberg – This Media Startup Is Beating the Competition With a Newsroom Run by Robots https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-27/the-airline-geek-trying-to-build-a-media-giant-with-no-reporters.
Moi Corporation was founded to deliver on the promise of the Twitcasting social live streaming platform. We developed Twitcasting to enable people to stream and share live video anytime, anywhere – connecting the world in real-time.
TwitCasting provides a live streaming social platform that enables real-time chat between broacasters and viewers, through apps or desktop. Users can follow their favorite broadcasters and receive notifications when new a new live stream is about to start.
Broadcasters can save and publish their live streams for later viewing. In early 2014 we added “Collabo” to Twitcasting, enabling as many as 6 users to broadcast together, in a single display.
Viewers can join a broadcast that is already streaming live and broadcast together. It is the first app to support multi-device broadcasting in a single stream on mobile and PC.
Our user base has doubled every year, and hit 7.5 million in September, 2014. While the largest part of our base is in Asia, users in US, Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American countries are now growing rapidly.
About 70% of our users are under 25 years old, & approximately 95% of broadcasters shoot on mobile.. .
Scientific community is facing the exponential growth in academic literature. Researchers are publishing high quality research in journals and conferences, but most of the research papers goes uncited or undiscoverable.
Our mission is to make the research work easily understandable and save the time invested by researchers in reading the complete papers to understand the concept. They provide a platform to researchers (to present) and students (to watch) the research published in any journal or conference or even pre-published work in the video forms..
Lovegraph (Love graph), photographer to accompany a couple of their dating, is a service that leaves two people talking to are wearing and natural smile in the photo. Photos of the natural appearance of two people at a time when you do not leave the only two people of memories in its own birds and photo booth, which takes you decorate more memories.
Anniversary is not also recommended to surprise wedding movies and lover as well. Couples like, of course, they also offer a request from your couple-like and family-like..
QUADRAC is a develop, manufacture, and sell telecommunication devices as well as payment servers for public transportation systems. The company aims to improve user convenience through a variety of payment methods, and to contribute to the realization of a cashless society.
QUADRAC’s thin-client type high-speed server “Q-CORE” is able to consolidate all of the fare calculation, payment, and security functions carried out by train station ticket gates and payment.. .
Kamelio has adopted a new concept that differs slightly from conventional news curation apps. While many apps present selected articles based on what articles are trending on social media or which media you subscribe to, Kamelio picks up articles based on topics you are likely to be interested in using a bespoke algorithm to go beyond the keywords you’ve entered in your preferences.
Besides news, users can follow specific industries, artists and entertainment, and sports.. .
Nikon Corporation is engaged in the manufacture and sale of optics and imaging instruments. It operates in three segments: precision equipment, imaging products, and instruments.
The precision equipment segment offers IC/LCD steppers and scanners that are used for manufacturing integrated circuits, liquid crystal display panels, and organic electroluminescence panels for smartphones and tablet computers. The imaging products segment provides products and services such as digital SLR cameras, compact digital cameras, interchangeable camera lenses, film cameras, speed lights, binoculars, sport optics, photographic accessories, and software.
The instruments segment offers biological microscopes, industrial microscopes, stereoscopic microscopes, measuring instruments, surveying instruments, and semiconductor inspection equipment. Nikon Corporation also engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of customized optical equipment, space-related equipment, astronomy-related equipment, encoders, ophthalmic lenses, optical components, and glass material technologies.
In addition, it focuses on the field of health and medical-related areas. It operates in Japan, Europe, the United States, China, and internationally.
The company was formerly known as Nippon Kogaku K.K. and changed its name to Nikon Corporation in 1988.
Nikon Corporation was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.. .
Brangista is an e-magazine publishing company that provides web promotion support business and more. The digital magazines are free and anyone can read it without subscribing or downloading.
The company also provides solution services such as EC Tencho, for companies operating e-commerce stores. Brangista was established in November 2000 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan..
Now, online is too crowded to increase conversions for online service providers. Although we tend to believe that searching with keyword is general way to capture the target content for everyone, however Google’s survey says over 50%+ smartphone users don’t utilize Google search even once per day in this mobile first world.
It’s complicated for majority. (Please note that WE are minority as tech-geek.) For businesses, like online service providers, it’s hard to differentiate from competitors because traditional online channels are already crowded.
To solve these double-sided issues, we provide much better alternative solution and free from googling. We developed SmartPlate as the Hyperlink of Things™ which associate physical things with a variety of online content or services with ease.
You can slide your smartphone over the plate, then capture the target content at the micro-moment. Since SmartPlate is completely browser-based, no apps needed to access.
What a frictionless! It’s easy to activate by patented technology, easy to setup, easy to reuse, and enable to work without battery. Everybody can make bookmark to physical things on their hand.
This reinvention of the hyperlink has a huge potential with every industries. We connect the world search-less, opens the door to the boundless synchronicity between physical and cyber spaces on your palmtop, then accelerate IoT Connected Life..
Ceres is a company providing internet marketing services and is engaged in the planning, development, and operation of smartphone media. The company’s registered members earn reward points when they take actions at their website such as purchasing products.
It also provides temporary staffing services online. The business includes internet media under the name moppy and mobatoku, and job media under a moppy job.
In 2005, the founder Satoshi Takagi headquartered it in Roppongi, Tokyo.. .
Utagoe is a web company specializing in video and communication technologies. It is headquartered in Tokyo with a branch office in San Jose.
The company name means “singing voice” in Japanese. Utagoe was established in 2001 by Tom Sonoda, at that time still a PhD candidate at Tokyo’s Waseda University.
The company’s first product, a search engine for music has been available for cell phones in Japan since 2004. Utagoe owns a number of proprietary video technologies.
Utagoe’s newest service is called [Utagoe Live 100](http://live.utagoe.com/login), a hub for video communication, streaming and broadcasting.. .
Since its inception, cyber step, the belief that “afloat entertainment for fun around the world”, we are working to business development. Aim is, mechanisms and content that people around the world, the difference of language, enjoy to overcome the physical distance.
We are convinced that it is a tool that what network game to allow for it, we are working on the development by utilizing the latest network technology, the 3D technology.. .
Context is a simple, fun way to text your close friends and family with photos. Compose text messages like you are used to, and Context will attach a photo of you or your surrounding to your message.
Create group messages with your friends, and see what everyone is up to!. .
Pixta company’s goal is to assist graphic professionals in the transfer, tracking and collaboration of digital media over the Internet. We build Internet “Cloud”-based applications that provide a great customer experience, easy-to-use, secure and reliable.To assist our customers in transferring large-files simply and securely across the Internet, we built PixtaSynapse.
Using PixtaSynapse, the sender needs only a web-browser to send files. To make the service super-reliable, we built the servers and core-technology for our custom file processing pipeline.
We then located those key-servers one-hop off the Internet backbone to reduce latency. Our core file pipeline is physically located in a secure Class A co-location facility.
We have setup secure, automated, off-site backups to safeguard our customers data in case of a catastrophic emergency.. .
Typical video ad networks for mobile use the CSS Sprites format to display in-line ads in a mobile web browser. The format makes sense in terms of allowing users to stay in a web browser while viewing video ads without switching to other video viewer apps.
However, it displays a video clip consisting of independent still images in a manner similar to playing a flip book animation, its data volume being typically larger than that of QuickTime or MPEG video format because frame-to-frame delta compression is not applied.. .
Dai Nippon Printing
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), established in 1876, is a Japanese printing company. Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) operates in two main businesses : Printing and Beverages.
In the printing segment, DNP operates in three areas – Information Communications, Lifestyle and Industrial Supplies, and Electronics. DNP is involved in a wide variety of printing processes, ranging from magazines through to shadow masks for the production of displays, as well as out-coupling enhancement structures for LCD displays and scattering for display backlights.
In the beverages business, DNP operates through Hokkaido Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd.. .
Metropolis is a Japanese magazine and online platform that provides information related to global events, travel and tourism, music, art, and more. It provides users and readers with arts and entertainment, travel and tourism, classifieds, news and features, and related categories.
It publishes its magazine which is read by over 70,000 readers from up to 1000 distribution points throughout Tokyo, Yokohama and Chiba. 30,000 copies of Metropolis are distributed every second week.
Metropolis has 250 clients in each issue, and has a further 30,000 regular internet readers. It was established in 1994, based in Tokyo, Japan..
Lute is an Instagram Stories media that produce and deliver video content specialized for mobile to deliver edgy content to the digital native generation worldwide. In order to realize the above, lute pays tribute to the historical backgrounds and past works that have had a great influence on the artists and their works that are currently active, their appearance and development, cultural We will produce video works with value and contextual appeal.
The vision of lute like this is to protect the rights of authors, etc. while keeping in mind the fair use of cultural property (= content), contributing to the development of culture “, the 1st Copyright Law No.
1 It is in keeping with the objectives stipulated by the Article. Therefore, lute will actively use / quote contents such as voice, images including pictures, video etc..
Nikkei is a media conglomerate that publishes the influential financial newspaper Nikkei, as well as English-language Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Asian Review is a business publication that brings insights about Asia.
Nikkei was founded in 1876 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.. .
Casio is a multinational consumer electronics company that offers calculators, mobile phones, cameras, musical instruments, watches, electronic keyboards, digital diaries, electronic games, film cameras, illuminators, portable televisions, cash registers, and more . It also provides DJ products, such as XW-DJ1 DJ controllers and XW-PD1 groove centers for dance music fans to create, mix, and play or produce their favorite tracks.
Casio was founded by Tadao Kashio in April 1946 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.. .
The Bullion Desk
The Bullion Desk is a free website whose mission is to provide first-time and regular visitors alike with live gold, silver, platinum and palladium spot prices, together with informative charts and their highly regarded precious metals news and research. The Bullion Desk is owned and operated by FastMarkets Ltd, whose in-house team of specialist journalists and analysts report on the metals markets around the clock.
They are passionate about metals and proud of their editorial independence – they tell it as they see it. If you need access to more advanced information on precious metals, they sell a professional version of The Bullion Desk (contact us here to request a free trial).
This provides access to all of their precious metals news and analysis and their advanced market data service, all delivered on their highly regarded and fully configurable subscriber platform. Their full range of editorial content and market data, covering non-ferrous, precious and minor metals, is available to subscribers of their FastMarkets Professional product.
FastMarkets provides vital market intelligence to companies in more than 80 countries worldwide.. .
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. provides commercial printing and related services worldwide.
It operates in three segments: Information & Networks, Living Environment, and Electronics. The Information & Networks segment provides commercial printing services for posters, catalogs, pamphlets, flyers, calendars, pop materials, and gifts, as well as offers design and event services, sales promotion planning, multimedia related activities, and database and network system design and operation services; and publications printing services magazines and books, as well as CDROMs, DVDs, and other electronic publications.
It also offers securities, such as stocks, bonds, gift certificates, and product coupons; cards comprising magnetic cards and prepaid cards; and develops and designs IC card systems, IC tag systems, and security management systems. This segment supplies various business form services, including direct mail, integrated slips, data print services, cards, envelopes, catalogs, and sales and maintenance of equipment.
The Living Environment segment offers a range of packaging services, such as packaging planning, development, and production; development and production of packaging materials; design and production of packaging related system equipment; filling services; and packaging consulting. It also provides decorative paper/film, wallpaper, flooring materials, interior materials, and exterior materials.
The Electronics segment offers display products that include color filters for LCDs, shadowmasks, screens for micro-display rear projection TVs, and functional films; and semiconductor products comprising photomasks, leadframes, printed wiring boards, substrates for semiconductor packages, design of printed wiring boards, LSI circuits, printed wiring, and performance assessment software. The company has a strategic alliance with AU Optronics Corp.
Toppan Printing was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.. .
The Visiting users are around 200 Million in a month. Hatena also provides a SaaS IT-infra monitoring service, Mackerel (https://mackerel.io/)..
Kodansha is the largest publisher in Japan and produces the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen Magazine, as well as more literary magazines such as Gunzō, Shūkan Gendai, and the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. The company has its headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo.
The Noma family—relatives of the founder—continues to own Kodansha Source: [Wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodansha). .
PrimeAgain works to innovate ways for users to connect with each other over mobile devices. Established in Dec.
2010, the company has released a mobile photo decorating diary app, “DecoAlbum”, which allows users to save, organize, and share photos easily and privately.. .
Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment develops, manufactures, and publishes electronic entertainment products. The company offers video games, games software products, and toy and hobby related products as well as mobile games, wallpapers, and ring tones.
Its popular titles include METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution, and Castlevania, among other top sellers. Konami Digital Entertainment was founded in 1982 and is based in El Segundo, California with an additional office in Redwood City, California.
Currently, it operates as a subsidiary of Konami Corp.. .
Rocket News 24
Rocket News 24 is a Japanese news website that features articles about worldwide interesting news, entertainment, technology, video games, animals, and more. Rocket News 24 has over 50,000,000 monthly page views and nearly 10,000,000 unique users.
It currently contributes articles to a number of sites, including Yahoo! Japan, Microsoft MSN, Livedoor, Excite, and NEC BIGLOBE. Nominated for the 2010 Japan Alphablogger Award, Rocket News 24 is ranked 2277th in the Alexa World Rankings list and 147th in the Japan Rankings list.
Rocket News 24 was launched in 2008 in Tokyo, Japan.. .
Weathernews Inc. is the world’s largest private weather service company headquartered in Japan.
It is the only global weather content maker that employs over 700 staff (including more than 400 meteorologists) in offices in 40 cities in 15 countries and region, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Taiwan. It offers a full range of weather content using “man-machine shareware system” In November 2003, Weathernews became the first weather service company ever listed in the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (4825)..
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