Japan also has many startups, and some of them scaled to Unicorn.

Then 3 unicorn startups are listed in this article, they will be helpful to find your successful case in Japanese market.

Preferred Networks

Preferred Networks, Inc. (PFN) is a tech company with their goal to build the real world by adopting deep learning and other up to date technologies to solve complicated real-world problems. Since their foundation in March 2014, the company has applied their technologies to manufacturing, life sciences, transportation systems, and later to plant optimisation, robots, and other industry sectors. Preferred Networks develops their own software, supercomputer and processor to help their deep learning accomplishment.

Company Profile

HQOtemachi Building, 1-6-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founded26 March, 2014
BusinessResearch, development and sales of software, hardware and network technologies that incorporate deep learning and other advanced technologies
SubsidiariesPreferred Networks America, Inc. (U.S. subsidiary), Preferred Robotics, Inc.,Preferred Computational Chemistry, Inc.
EmployeesApprox. 300
Fundraised Amount$16.5B


SmartNews is an app to provide various kind of news locally by 50+ million readers in 150+ nations. This app is analysing millions of articles daily to provide the top trending news stories influencing the world right away. SmartNews is providing breaking news from leading news publishers : Reuters, VOX, NBC News, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Buzzfeeed and more.

Company Profile

HQShibuya, Tokyo
Founded15 June, 2015
BusinessDevelopment and operation of smartphone apps and internet services
SubsidiariesSF, Palo Alto, NY, Shanghai, Beijing
EmployeesApprox. 300
Fundraised Amount$410, 3M (Series F)


SmartHR is the top HR cloud software developed for labour management solutions. This software does not exclusively focus on administration and employee management, but also efficiency and growth. Their clients can accelerate DX (Digital Transformation) of HR manual processes such as year-end-tax adjustments, new employee registrations, payslips, employment contracts, and more. Also, SmartHR is providing management functionalities for talents. This is for contributing to staff productivity and their engagement. Therefore, SmartHR is one of the leading company for cloud-base HR solutions.

Company Profile

HQSumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower 3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6207, Japan
Founded23 January, 2013
BusinessDevelopment and operation of smartphone apps and internet services
SubsidiariesOnly HQ
Employees625 (as of 1 May, 2022)
Fundraised Amount$142.5M (Series D)


Their company name “Triple-1” has various meaning, but the top of them is their 3 business fields(Engineering Business, System Business, and Products Business). Their greatest strength is probably their own synergy-effect system of cooperation without obstacles.

Company Profile

HQ29F, Triton square z, 1-8-12, Harumi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-6229 JAPAN
FoundedApril 1995
BusinessDevelopment and operation of smartphone apps and internet services
SubsidiariesHQ, Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, Fukuoka
Fundraised Amount$410, 3M (Series F)


Spiber has been established in September 2007. The company is a startup of biotechnology making use of cutting-edge artificial biology, material science, and polymer for for the development of their novel Brewed Protein materials. Made through microbial fermentation and using agricultural feedstocks as main raw materials, Brewed Protein polymers are positioned to produce massive contributions well to plastic- and animal-free initiatives in kind of fields such as the automotive and apparel industries. Spiber is building a second large-scale productions facility with partner ADM in lowa, the US, which is scheduled to operate in 2023 at the earliest

Company Profile

HQ234-1 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0052, Japan
Founded26 September, 2007
BusinessNew-generation biomaterial development
SubsidiariesPrototyping Studio in Yamagata, Japan
Employees268 (as of April,2022)
Fundraised Amount$910.9 M


TBM is a company that develops, produces and sells plastic and paper replacement products made from a limestone-based material known as “LIMEX”.

Company Profile

HQ15F Toho Hibiya Building, 1-2-2, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Founded30 August, 2011
BusinessResearch and development, manufacturing and sales of environmentally friendly materials and products, resource of circulation business
SubsidiariesOsaka, Kyoto, Hanoi(Vietnam), West Hollywood(US)
Employees253 (as of June, 2022)
Fundraised Amount$910.9 M

clean planet

Clean Planet has developed Quantum Hydrogen Energy, which is a clean shape of energy generating heat by hydrogen quantum diffusion. The diffusion is convinced by soaking a minuscule quantity of hydrogen on nano material configured from inexpensive copper and nickel. The heat density is at the minimum 10,000 times higher than that of natural gas, and that is CO2 emission free. Quantum Hydrogen Energy is clean energy for the upcoming generation, which can alternate thermal and nuclear power generation.

Company Profile

HQ10th Floor, Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6510 JAPAN
FoundedSeptember 2012
BusinessResearch and development
SubsidiariesKawasaki, Sendai
Employees253 (as of June, 2022)
Fundraised Amount¥996.2M

Mobility Technologies

Mobility Technologies(MoT) provides a taxi-booking service called “GO”. The company develops both hardware and software in the sector of mobility and transportation on its JapanTaxi system. MoT develops not exclusively taxi system, but also the infrastructure for advanced public transportation systems.

Company Profile

HQ16F, Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower, 3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
FoundedApril 2020
BusinessDevelopment and operation of smartphone apps and internet services
SubsidiariesOnly HQ
Fundraised Amount$159.93M