Reward-based crowdfunding giant Kickstarter announced on Tuesday it has officially opened to creators in Japan. The funding portal stated that artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, designers, and creators of all types may now launch projects and find support from its backer community.
“Japanese culture embodies a spirit of creativity and a tradition of innovation — characteristics that run deep within Kickstarter, too. Since our launch eight years ago, more than 300 creators in Japan have worked with collaborators in other countries to run Kickstarter projects, including a documentary about sake production, an action platformer from a legendary video game designer, and a toy robot that connects family members through voice messages. In the same time frame, nearly 100,000 backers from Japan have supported Kickstarter projects from all of our creative categories and from all over the world. Today we’re honored to build on this strong foundation by officially welcoming all creators from to Japan to join our community.”
Kickstarter also revealed that it has made its platform and mobile apps available in Japanese. It is also providing customer support and project review in Japanese as well.
“Kickstarter is dedicated to support the need of Japanese creators, and we will continue listening and improving the experience for the local community in Japan. We can’t wait to see what Japanese creators bring to life on Kickstarter.”
Besides Japan, project creation on Kickstarter is currently available to individuals in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mexico.
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