Japan Digest: Yaskawa invests $15m in Transphorm; Fenox backs AOS Mobile

Yaskawa Electric Corp has invested $15 million in US-based Transphorm Inc, while Fenox Venture Capital led the completion of a $2.6 million funding round into Japanese business mobile communication solutions company AOS Mobile Co.

Yaskawa Electric invests $15m in US-based Transphorm

Yaskawa Electric Corp has invested $15 million in Transphorm Inc, a US-based company engaged in the design and manufacturing of 650V gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors.

Transphorm intends to allocate the funds to product development. Yaskawa made the investment a few weeks after announcing its integrated S-7 F servo motor uses  Transphorm’s high-voltage (HV) GaN product.

The technology serves automotive systems, data center and industrial power supplies, renewable energy and other broad industrial applications.

Founded in 1915, Yaskawa is a provider of core technologies focused on motion control, robotics, and system engineering.

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Fenox leads $2.6 million round for AOS Mobile

Japanese business mobile communication solutions company AOS Mobile Co has raised $2.6 million (Y300 million) in a funding round led by Silicon Valley-based Fenox Venture Capital.

Other investors who participated were Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Accord Ventures, Voyage Ventures, Ibis Capital Partners, and Evolable Asia.

Founded in 2015, AOS Mobile is a developer of work efficiency applications and platform services. Its business chat integrates SMS solution, e-mail, chat, and IVR, among others.

The Tokyo-based startup intends to use its fresh capital to incorporate AI (artificial intelligence) for further enhancement of its chatbot function, and development of data analysis function on interaction between users and the chatbot.

AOS Mobile also plans to establish stronger managerial structure and sales team for public offering and overseas expansion strategy in Asia.

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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.