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Japanese women crowd into startup lists

Cate Xie, Co-founder SkyREC, winner of Slush Asia 2016 pitch contest, making pitch on May 14, 2016 (Photo by Lucy Birmingham)

TOKYO -- Futuristic red laser beam lighting and hundreds of Japanese lanterns illuminated the pulsating energy at Slush Asia 2016, a two-day event in mid-May that attracted more than 4,000 entrepreneurs, investors and business startups. The pitch event, held at the cavernous Makuhari Messe exhibition center just outside Tokyo, reflected a growing focus on enterprising risk-takers, particularly women.

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