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Gauss, a Japan-based e-commerce-oriented artificial intelligence technology developer spun out of University of Tokyo, has collected an undisclosed sum from printing, data mining and desktop publishing company Nishikawa Communications, eight months after raising a series B round featuring Isetan Mitsukoshi Innovations and Nagoya TV Ventures, the corporate VC subsidiaries of retail group Isetan Mitsukoshi and broadcaster Nagoya TV, in addition to IT transformation firm Change, fashion item manufacturer Armagnac and business investment and incubation firm Edge Labs. The company had secured ¥170m ($1.5m) from clothing business operator Anap, recruitment firm DIP Corporation and an undisclosed corporate in December 2017.