Nippon Life Insurance Company

Nippon Life Insurance Company, part of the Nissay Group, is the second largest life insurance company in Japan. In addition to its life insurance products, the company provides asset management services and administers pension plans and medical coverage plans. Through its affiliates and subsidiaries, Nippon also sells auto and other property/casualty insurance in Japan, and has some international life insurance operations, as well as select real estate and financial service assets. Nissay Asset Management oversees all investments in Asia Pacific, NLI International specialises in US investments and NLI International PLC covers the European portfolio. The company changed its name from Nippon Life Assurance in 1947.

Connor Gavey

Assistant Director


Shu Kawai

Director, Private Equity

13 past transactions


Seed Round in 2020
SHAREDINE owns and operates an online platform, through which it offers nutritional guidance and cooking experience. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Minato, Japan.


Venture Round in 2021
MICIN, Inc. develops software solutions for health care companies and organizations using artificial intelligence technology. The company offers smart clinic platform application that allows users to receive doctor's prescription anytime. It also develops and offers disease management tool utilizing artificial intelligence technology for enterprises and medical institutions; machine learning and data business for private and public insurers using deep learning; and consultation recommendation program based on medical examination for companies and health insurance. It also offers consulting on management and finance of medical institutions and general corporations. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Grand Guardian Insurance Public Co.Ltd. provides general and life insurance services. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Yangon, Myanmar.


Venture Round in 2019
Sensely is a developer of avatar and chatbot-based platform designed to assist insurance plan members and patients. The company's platform leverages conversational interfaces and provides virtual assistant solutions to insurance companies, pharmaceutical clients, and hospital systems worldwide, enabling enterprises to converse with their members in an entirely new way, combining the empathy of human conversation with the efficiency and scalability of the technology.

Best Doctors

Venture Round in 2011
Best Doctors provides an innovative employee health benefit that is improving the quality and cost of healthcare. When faced with important medical decisions, Best Doctors members have access to world-class medical expertise, so they can be absolutely sure they have the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

TCW Group

Private Equity Round in 2017
TCW is a global asset management firm with more than four decades of investment experience and a broad range of products across fixed income, equities, emerging markets and alternative investments. Through the TCW, MetWest, and TCW Alternative Fund Families, TCW manages one of the largest mutual fund complexes in the U.S. TCW’s clients include many of the world’s largest corporate and public pension plans, financial institutions, endowments and foundations, as well as financial advisors and high net worth individuals. TCW is headquartered in Los Angeles, and has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Onedot Inc.

Venture Round in 2020
Onedot Inc. develops and operates an online platform that offers easy-to-understand baby food recipes and one-minute videos relating to childcare. It offers childcare know-how, baby food recipe, handmade goods making method, introduction of childcare products, and educational toys. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

MitsuiLife Insurance

Acquisition in 2015
Provides individual and group life insurance products in Japan


Corporate Round in 2000
En-Japan has been relentlessly engaged in providing an overall solution for the success of employees and for the performance improvement of organizations. The key to achieve this consists in the affinity between optimal recruitment, effective training and highly-comprehensible evaluation. Within the recruitment field, we manage six recruiting websites and a briefing site for management and HR professionals. Our aim is to always be the No.1 service provider for both job seekers and organizations. In recent years, amid the growing tendency on the market for selective, careful screening processes, we have focused on contingency fee-based recruiting services. In order to ensure a high precision in sourcing the optimal candidates that best match the companies' needs, we are actively expanding our business.

SalivaTech Co., Ltd.

Corporate Round in 2019
SalivaTech Co., Ltd. offers cancer examination services using saliva test. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Tsuruoka-shi, Japan.


Series D in 2016
freee is automated online accounting software that syncs with your bank accounts and automatically categorise entries to create financial reports. freee was launched on Mar 19, 2013 and is offered to SMBs operating under the Japanese taxation system. It takes freemium model and its paid plan begins at 980 JPY (~10 USD) per month per business. The company, formerly named as “CFO K.K.”, was founded in July 2012 led by Daisuke Sasaki, who previously headed up Google’s SMB marketing in Asia Pasific region. freee is the winner of Invinity Ventures Summit Launch Pad 2013 Spring, the most prestegious demo event in Japan.