Japan Digest: Fast Japan secures $2.5m in seed funding; Fuller raises $4.2m

Fuller's App Ape

Fast Japan, an online chat concierge service, has secured 25 million yen while Japanese startup Fuller raises 420 million yen in Series C funding.

Fast Japan raises Yen 25m

Fast Japan, the online chat concierge service for visitors, announced this week that it has secured over 25 million yen in funding with TLM and KLab Venture Partners as lead investors.

The startup provides consultation services on any number of Japan-related topics through Facebook MessengerLine and its own chat function on its website

The chat service, which is currently free, comes in English. For example, users can sieve through a wide array of categories including “shopping,” “things to do”, “culture” and “food.” Proceeds from the funding will go towards constructing a chat operation system and developing a scalable model.

Japanese analytic service provider app secures $4.2m yen

Fuller, Japan’s leading mobile app analytic service provider, has raised another $4.2 million in Series C funding from two pre-existing and four new investors.

Investors for this round included SEGA Games Co., Ltd., Voyage Ventures – the venture capital arm of Voyage Group,, Global Catalyst Partners Japan, the Asahi Shimbun Company, and two other funds supported by the Japanese government.

Fuller, which specialises in mobile application services and technology, created the mobile app analytic service App Ape, which has been used by over 2,000 mobile app publishers and developers across Japan. “App Ape” also expanded into South Korea earlier in May.

Fuller’s product lines also include Mr. Mobile and AppQuarium, two battery-saving apps. Capital from the funding will go towards Fuller’s overseas expansion.

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.