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There is plenty of risk capital in Japan and, by all measures, the amount is increasing.

Japanese venture firms raised more than US$2.5 billion in 2017, which is more than a 400 percent increase from 2012.

The biggest effect of this increased funding is that it has made founders a lot more confident and aggressive – and a lot less stressed.

You are far more likely to grow a billion-dollar company with this attitude.

From dozens of newly minted founders who are explaining how they are going to disrupt their industry to the likes of iSpace, which raised over US$90 million to commercialize the moon, Japan’s startups are finally dreaming big.

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