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Japan's startup funding more than doubles in 5 years

Funds that home in on fields like AI or drones attract investors

Yusuke Horie, left, head of cooking video provider Dely. The Tokyo-based company raised 3.35 billion yen from SoftBank and others. (Photo by Manami Yamada)

TOKYO -- Japan's startup investments soared about 150% in the last five years as companies seek innovative technologies and create specialized funds to zero in on specific fields like artificial intelligence.

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