Monthly Update, June 2020 (Tokyo)

1. Fintech firm AlpacaJapan (Season 2) completes Series B round fundraising

Japanese expert in the development of financial products utilizing AI and big data technology AlpacaJapan Co., Ltd. announced the execution and completion of its Series B round fundraising totalling over 1 billion yen (10M USD) through third-party allotment to SBI Group and Minkabu The Infonoid, Inc.

“In addition to our existing Artificial Intelligence (AI) centric B2B Capital Market Solution Business, we are also in the midst of preparation to enter into a new financial platform business for Independent Financial Advisors (IFA) where we will further explore the potentials of AI and strive to be a technology company that can cut through the collaboration platform of Human x AI in the financial market/system,” Morifumi Yotsumoto, Co-Founder & CEO of AlpacaJapan said.

2. Wassha (Season 5) established a joint venture with Daikin to launch air conditioner subscription business

Utilizing Daikin Industries’ ability to build a highly durable, highly efficient and environmentally friendly air conditioner and service network, and WASSHA’s expertise in fee collection technology via mobile money and business development in East Africa, Baridi Baridi Corporation, the joint venture company will commercialize a subscription system in which users pay daily, weekly and monthly fees via their smartphones and use the air conditioner only when they want to use it. (in Japanese)

3. Holoeyes (Season 8) launched Holoeyes MD, 3D medical image display service with controlled medical device (Class II) certification

Holoeyes MD is a service that allows users to experience and share 3D data exported from CT/MRI with diagnostic imaging equipment workstations as XR in a 3D space. With the advancement of medical care, accurate diagnosis and treatment planning using digital medical images such as CT and MRI are essential. However, a flat monitor screen without any sense of depth is insufficient for a three-dimensional spatial understanding of the human body. Therefore, by utilizing XR technology, we are able to intuitively understand the anatomy and pathology from a three-dimensional spatial perspective, which is the true state of the human body. It will also help to solve issues such as asymmetry of information and regional health care disparities between doctors, between doctors and patients, and between medical staffs and students, which is a common global challenge. ( (in Japanese)

4. NetCONNECT (Season 1) launched “Smart Space Solution,” the sharing industry’s first operational automation solution

NetCONNECT, an IoT service planning/building company, has begun offering the Smart Space Solution, an operation-automation solution service aiming at preserving the environment of the sharing space in the Corona disaster utilizing used smart phones supplied from Keitai Ichiba.

Automation of operations with the one-packaged solution including on/off of equipment, ventilation and noise control for sharing spaces is the first attempt in the sharing industry. and also by utilizing used smartphones, which can be purchased cheaply, it contributes to cost savings. (in Japanese)

5. Amegumi (Season 9) launches a company smartphone business with a rental fee of 500 yen per month

Amegumi develops company smartphone, Sunblaze Phone. It can be used as a contact device for remote work. There are three strengths as below.

1. much lower cost
Compared to iPhone, which is widely used as a company phone, the running cost is a lot less expensive.

2. operating stably and secure
Super-cheap Android smartphones become unstable about a year to a year and a half after you buy them. For example, tapping is slow and the app shuts down suddenly. We created our own app store to screen only the apps we use for work and education, and to ensure security and safety by keeping the security software updated in-house. This allows us to keep the system running consistently and crisply for at least three years.

3. Android apps are available
Speaking of cheap and stable phones, there are PHS and landline phones. But you can’t use any apps on them, and you can’t use sensors such as cameras and GPS. Because SUNBLAZE Phone’s OS is developed based on Android 8.1, it runs Android apps and has sensors such as camera and GPS. (in Japanese)