As the most populous metropolitan area in the world, the greater Tokyo region is home to a myriad of startups looking to provide innovative products and services to its vast consumer base. Japan is of course no stranger to technological innovation; now, a new generation of entrepreneurs are continuing this tradition of excellence.
From social networking apps for couples to platforms for sharing technical knowledge, the following are 13 tech startups from Tokyo you need to know about in 2016.
Gengo provides fast, affordable, and quality translations by native speakers from around the world. Clients order content to be translated via its website or API and certified translators get to work on the translation within minutes using the platform’s online tools.
One of most popular money managing sites in Japan, Zaim is a social networking service that revolves around how people spend their money. Using the app, users can visualize their spending habits easily.
Qiita is a technical knowledge sharing and collaboration platform for programmers. With over 156,800 posted articles, the platform is a prime resources for getting developer feedback and contributing code.
MakeLeaps is a bilingual invoicing app for freelancers and organizations/enterprises. The platform simplifies previously complex work tasks, ultimately saving users time and money.
Videogram is a powerful tool for consuming, sharing, and monetizing online video. Videos are automatically analyzed and packed in a visually pleasing format reminiscent of a comic strip.
Goodpatch is one of the few companies in Japan that specializes in UI design. The firm handles all things front-end related, from web services UIs to smartphone application interfaces.
Between provides a private sharing space for couples, enhancing relationships by removing the “networking” aspect of existing social services while enhancing and simplifying mobile interactions.
Revolver is an alternative social network for people dissatisfied with current social network offerings on the market. Revolver unites users sharing similar interests in brands, artists, and more.
Treasure Data provides the first cloud service for automating data collection and processing. With its full suite of tools for managing the entire data pipeline—including collection, storage and analysis—the platform enables organizations to get value from big data in days, not weeks or months.
Voyagin aims to provide the best travel experiences in Asia by facilitating greater interaction with the locals, allowing customers to experience culture, natural beauty, and personality through locals’ eyes.
Taking unpleasant surprises out of monthly utility bills, Sassor’s Energy Literacy Platform enables users to determine how much electricity is being used in their homes and shops for better overall energy literacy and management.
Compath Me is a app developer focused on building software products for families. For example, its One Shot Photo Diary is a popular app for parents to keep track of their children’s development.
This headset connects to smart devices via wifi to transmit live images of what the wearer sees and hears. Telepathy’s makers believe the solution is the next step in the evolution of smartphones.
In short, Tokyo is poised to become a leading center of global tech innovation and—with the Japanese government’s recent publicized intentions to make the country more tech startup-friendly—will certainly play an instrumental role in boosting the country’s economy.