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Chinese tech startups eye Japan's real estate and tourism sectors

Entrepreneurs develop savvy AI and VR apps for investors and foreign visitors

He Shumian, founder and CEO of NeoX, is a data scientist and former executive officer of Japanese online retailer Rakuten. 

TOKYO -- A Chinese tourist in Tokyo last month pointed her smartphone camera at a condo, aiming not for a quick snapshot but at a potential purchase.

The woman was using an augmented-reality app that identifies buildings and returns specifications about them in Chinese -- namely, age, price and yield. The app, developed by He Shumian, founder and CEO of Tokyo-based tech startup NeoX, has made a name for itself among prospective Chinese buyers of Japanese properties.

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