Japan

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By Dean Koh 01:37 am July 30, 2020
Japan-headquartered SOMPO Himawari Life Insurance Inc., recently announced a business partnership with Swiss-based digital health tech company dacadoo to launch its health engagement app called Linkx score. The Japanese life insurance company said “it is transforming itself into a health support company with the aim of motivating customers to lead a healthier lifestyle and support their health...
By Dean Koh 02:25 am July 3, 2020
South Korea-based medical AI solutions development company VUNO announced last month that it signed a license agreement with M3, one of Sony's subsidiaries, to distribute its AI solutions in the Japanese market.  This agreement allows VUNO to strategically approach and make inroads into the conservative Japanese medical market, harnessing M3’s sizable body of data. M3 is Japan’s largest medical...

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By Dean Koh 05:43 am June 4, 2020
Founded by a medical doctor and an engineer in 2017, Japanese medtech startup Ubie which focuses on AI-based applications announced that it has raised $18.7M (JPY2 billion) in Series B funding led by SUZUKEN CO., LTD., a listed pharmaceutical distributor company in Japan. The pharma company has also entered into a strategic partnership with Ubie. The startup will use the fresh funds to scale up...

Above image: A screenshot of the PainChek pain assessment app.

By Dean Koh 10:31 pm February 9, 2020
According to a paper titled Pain Management in the Elderly Population: A Review published in The Ochsner Journal in 2010, pain may be underreported because some elderly patients incorrectly believe that pain is a normal process of aging. In addition, caregivers and relatives are often the most reliable source of information. However, assessing pain levels is usually not straightforward – it can...

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By Dean Koh 10:14 pm January 9, 2020
Medirom, a healthtech company based in Japan, has announced that at CES 2020 it will be working with MATRIX Industries, a Silicon Valley material science company, to deliver the world’s first health monitoring smartband named MOTHER that never requires charging. This will enable users in the US and Japan to monitor their health activities 24/7.  HOW IT WORKS Medirom provides the software or app...
By Dean Koh 01:41 am January 6, 2020
Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Japan since 1981 and this is compounded by the fact that the country has a hyper-aging society, which means that Japan will face a substantial increase in the number of elderly cancer patients, according to a review article by Matsuda and Saika published in the Annals of Cancer Epidemiology in 2018. Prof Yasushi Goto of the National Cancer Center...

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By Dean Koh 01:11 am September 30, 2019
Fitbit and Taiwan-based diabetes management app Health2Sync announced last week that Fitbit health, sleep and fitness data can now be integrated with the Health2Sync app to support Health2Sync’s 360,000 users in Taiwan and Japan to better manage their diabetes. The voluntary integration of Fitbit data with the Health2Sync platform gives users who have a Fitbit account access to an in-app...

Above photo: Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit. Credit: Fitbit

By Dean Koh 12:00 am September 6, 2019
At the sidelines of the launch of the Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Aria Air in Singapore yesterday, Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit, shared its sleep insights on Singaporeans, who have an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 5 minutes are the third most sleep deprived after Japanese and Indians (who get an average sleep of 6 hours 47 minutes and 7 hours 1 minute respectively). Based...

Above: A graphic that demonstrates how the smartphone virus scanner works. The virus-containing cavities are 4.5 micrometres across and 9 micrometres apart. Credit: © 2019 Minagawa et al.

By Dean Koh 11:16 pm August 4, 2019
Most of us are similar with ‘viruses’ and malware relating to our computers or smartphones, but Yoshihiro Minagawa, a researcher from the University of Tokyo has taken it on literally – he has invented a portable, low-cost, battery-powered device that pairs with a smartphone, which was tested with viruses but could also detect other biological markers. His initial findings, together with other...

Above photo: Tomoko Inoue, CEO of OMRON Ventures. Credit: OMRON Ventures

By Dean Koh 01:45 am July 16, 2019
With a background in biomedical science and rich experience in medical device venture capital investment, Tomoko Inoue possesses the technical, operational and business knowledge of what makes medtech startups successful – a role perfectly suited for her current role as the CEO of OMRON Ventures.  She believes that in a hyper aging society like Japan, there is a big need for smart infrastructure...