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March 20, 2019

Meet Japan’s ‘Mr. Ferrari’, Who Drove His F40 At 197 MPH On a Motorway To Prove a Point

Japan has long been one of Ferrari’s strongest markets. But within the car community here, many attribute much of the Italian brand’s success in the Land of the Rising Sun to one man: Toru Kirikae. Kirikae-san is regarded as the godfather of Ferrari in Japan and is called by his friends as “Mr. Ferrari.” Quite the…

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March 20, 2019

Japanese Arcades Light Up The Night

In cities across Japan, arcades are beacons of the night. They are a place to take refuge, escape, and unwind, which is what makes them so special.

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March 19, 2019

Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital.

The Shenzhen-based camera maker declines to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services in its key international markets including the United States and Japan, which are the company’s second and third-largest markets behind China.

Some of its past backers include IDG Capital, Qiming Ventures, home appliance maker Suning Holdings Group and file sharing service [...]

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March 19, 2019

Simulations, SAFEs, and China beats America in AI patents

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