15 Oct '11, 2am

Japanese IT start-ups moving to Singapore

Japanese IT start-ups moving to Singapore

Monstar Lab CEO Hiroki Inagawa. By Kwan Weng Kin, Japan Correspondent TOKYO - Japanese IT start-ups are flocking to Singapore as a hub from which to enter China and other Asean markets. They are drawn by its strong technology infrastructure, effective copyright protection, and multilingual workforce. Significantly, they are also looking for alternative hubs as the United States struggles to climb out of its financial crisis and economic power moves eastwards. Background story SOLID INFRASTRUCTURE 'Infrastructure is very important for our music distribution service, which is also available on smartphones. As Singapore has the highest penetration of smartphone usage in South-east Asia, we see Singapore as our gateway to the region.' Monstar Lab CEO Hiroki Inagawa MULTILINGUAL WORKFORCE 'The biggest factor in the choice of Singapore is the presence of people who speak English...

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