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WHY TOKYO? 50 REASONS

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People from companies that have launched business in the special zones tell us what makes Tokyo so attractive.

  • Q1
    Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
  • Q2
    Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
  • Q3
    Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
  • Q4
    Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
  • Q5
    What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
  • NextDrive KK
    Representative Director
    Mr. Shawn Shih
    • #47
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      The Tokyo tower is the place which I can get inspiration for my work. It's almost 60-year-old and every time I see it in TV or magazine I know it's Tokyo. Tokyo tower = Tokyo is already well imprinted on my brain. I can see it from my office window every day now.
    • #48
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      The cherry blossom(Hanami) season is the most unforgettable experience for me. My first time to see the cherry blossom was at Ueno park which is a very famous hanami sopt in Tokyo . The cherry blossom scene surprised me very much.
    • #49
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      I think the "aging society" and energy problem give us a very good opportunity in Japan. NextDrive KK is a solution provider based on IoT technologies. We provide variety of solutions like elderly care services and energy management systems. The model we created in Japan will be expanded to worldwide in the near future.
    • #50
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the center of the Japanese politics and economy. Further, Tokyo has a large number of universities and other higher educational institutes, which offers us excellent human resources to develop new applications.
    • #51
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      Tokyo has potential to be the most international city in Asia. I feel that the city is moving toward the future. The 2020 Olympic game makes Tokyo growing faster and faster. I believe Tokyo should become a city that is full of surprises.
  • AIC Inc.
    Sales Division Deputy Manager
    Mr. Ichiro Lin
    • #42
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      I love Japanese professional baseball, so I often watch games at Tokyo Dome and Jingu Stadium. But I am a Hanshin Tigers fan (laughs).
    • #43
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      It would definitely be the crowded trains. I often commute by train in Taiwan, but I think it is not so crowded as in Japan.
    • #44
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      I think that Japan is the most trustworthy country in the world and that Tokyo is the most global city in Japan. I also think it is very convenient for major companies all over the world to interact and collaborate in Tokyo. I can’t think of any reason why foreign-owned companies would not want to invest in Tokyo.
    • #45
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Since we are a manufacturing company mainly focusing on cloud servers and broadcast equipment, our equipment is often used by major overseas businesses, in particular at the Olympic Games in London and Brazil. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games coming up, we definitely want to take part in the competition for customers.
    • #46
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      As a foreign-owned company, I am impressed by the support provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for companies like mine. I feel that Tokyo will become even more open to the world in the future. Although there may be an effect on Japanese companies and citizens, I realize that there should be more publicity on the good points of Japan to share with the rest of the world, with Tokyo as the window to Japan. In this way, I think Tokyo will become the most livable international city in the world.
  • Imageous Inc.
    Chief Operating Officer
    Mr. Dennis Hsueh
    • #37
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      Among all places in Tokyo, the most inspiring area is Asabujuban. Being living around there for a short period of time, it is a lively place where you can find anything you are looking for. The area is also emerged with multiple cultures, and creative small stores hiding in off-the-main-street alley. It inspires me in many aspects, including thinking, working and even life style.
    • #38
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      In Tokyo, you are exposed to people from not only all over Japan but around the world. The city chooses you, and you don't choose the city. My most unforgettable experience in staying in Tokyo is to be able to share experiences and chatting with people from various cultures.
    • #39
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      The aging society will result in fewer labor supply for the industry and also increase the senior care burden. Our core business is to use Articifical Intelligence (AI) to assist the companies, including the senior care home to automatically learn how to add value to the products or enhance the quality service of senior care. Therefore, it becomes strong demand wave for our business.
    • #40
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Tokyo is the information center of Japan, and also a gateway to the world. There are lots of resources, which can enhance our business development. In addition, the people and companies here are also quite acceptable to new technology, especially in Artificial Intelligence (AI) field. It also an attractive point for us to set up our company in Tokyo.
    • #41
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      From my personal perspective, I feel like the society atmosphere is changing in Tokyo. More and more young and energetic talents choose their career paths as entrepreneurs. I believe it will gradually shape Tokyo to new appearance - a great city with mixing tradition, modern, and creativity.
  • Nessa Hearing
    Co-founder & CEO
    Mr. Olivier Carnohan
    • #33
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      Since June 2016, I commute from Singapore to Tokyo each week. I call Shimbashi my second home now. The diversity of restaurants, each with their specialty is exciting. One could eat each night out for months and never taste the same flavours twice in a row.
    • #34
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      Nessa Asia believes that hearing is a right for everyone. We settled in Japan to make hearing aids accessible and affordable for the 85% of Japanese elderlies who have hearing loss, yet do not wear hearing aids. We won't rest until all Japanese elderlies can enjoy conversations with their loved ones, colleagues and friends. We are investing in remote-testing and remote-calibrating technologies so elderlies can enjoy premium home-delivery of hearing aids.
    • #35
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Tokyo is home to a high concentration of elderlies with disposable income. The public transport infrastructure is excellent so our audiologists can visit our customers in the comfort of their home. Retail shops are daring to try innovative activities to attract shoppers, which is excellent news for the elderlies who can benefit from a hearing assessment in 10 minutes in malls and stores without the long wait and stigmas of the traditional avenues.
    • #36
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      Tokyo will be ready for the Olympic games in 2020 ! The Tokyo residents will welcome the visitors with warmth and efficiency. I sincerely hope our gracious hosts will be curious to ask questions of the visitors to learn how we approach solutions overseas. Finally, please remember that for your overseas guests, less information is more relevant. We prefer not to be overwhelmed with details.
  • Sunba Technology Japan Co., Ltd
    CEO
    Mr. Haibo Qiu
    • #29
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      I feel it is difficult to single out one activity or place that gives me the most inspiration. However, I would say Tokyo is a great metropolitan city with many facets. Here modern and most advanced technologies co-exist with old traditions; some century-old shrine and temples are seen next to skyscrapers; you enjoy meticulously presented Japanese cuisine, while having world-class cuisine from other countries. Everything co-exists so naturally, which makes Tokyo a very unique city in the world.
    • #30
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      After I received my MBA degree from International University of Japan, I started my banking career in Tokyo in 2004 and experienced the global financial crisis while working at Merrill Lynch. My banking career in Tokyo has largely shaped my world view and given me an international perspective on things happening around me as I was often surrounded by colleagues of different cultural and ethical background. When I recalled my career in Tokyo, I cherished very much this international banking experience I gained by working and living in Tokyo.
    • #31
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      My answer to this question is sort of similar to my answer to one next one. While I think IoT and 2020 Olympics will create an opportunity for our networked PTZ security camera business, I also think aging society presents an issue for us to resolve, i.e. how to take care of elderly people' safety issue while families do not normally live together with them. I think this will be an issue for companies in our industry to tackle in order to develop smarter and more intelligent security devices for aging society.
    • #32
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      My current business is R&D and manufacture of PTZ networked security camera, which is a booming area at IoT age. While Tokyo and Japan as a whole is quite safe place/country for people to live, the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics will greatly increase people's awareness of public and domestic safety. As we have seen how the US market has advanced during the past three years in security camera market. we think the combination of IoT trends and 2020 Tokyo Olympics will make Tokyo/Japan as a whole a great market for us.
  • Danmeter Japan Limited
    CEO
    Mr. Hu, Qi (Kevin)
    • #25
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      The chic Japanese garden at New Otani hotel in Akasaka is an overwhelming display of elaborate Japanese tradition and sense of beauty. Careful, detailed, mystique, yet in many ways celebrating the delicate balance between man and surroundings. Coming from an design/architectural background, this is particularly inspiring to me as it represents the humble yet relentless spirit unique to Japanese culture to bring work to the level of magnificence.
    • #26
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      Riding the train systems in Tokyo, especially the Shinkansen to travel to other parts of Japan has been the experience of experiences for me. Trains in Tokyo take vast range of shapes ranging from conventional to monorail to hanging rail, I've even rid a train that has no operator, guess it's computer operated. Way to go!
    • #27
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      In Japan in general, virtually no fat people as a social phenomenon is rather encouraging to a medical business in a way that staying healthy is rather done than said, hinting health educated and conscious population.
    • #28
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Tokyo as the biggest metropolitan area in Japan simply provides the most ample yet easily accessible resources to foreigners. For example, it has the the largest selection of international schools to choose from among Japanese cities. As for the secret, I think that Japan is unique in a way that it has mastered the art of blending tradition and foreign. I say this because I noticed from Japanese TV shows that unlike many western societies that prohibit doctors from accepting 'presents' from patients and sales reps, the Japanese society offers certain flexibility to the fine line between appreciation and bribe. Obviously this is very 'eastern' although Japan adopted the western democratic/law system a long time ago.
  • ThroughTek
    Product Manager
    Mr. YuanHung Kuo
    • #21
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      I am very appreciate the city for having both traditional side and present side together. And there are many performances are doing well in this.
    • #22
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      Aging issue is one of the issue could grow our business. We are making IoT platform for devices targeting elder care. Also the 2020 Olympics are making surveillance more important, this is another opportunity for ThroughTek.
    • #23
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Japan government are pushing the importance of IoT recently. For industry 4.0, home security and agriculture, etc. There are full of opportunities here.
    • #24
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      As an innovative city in Asia, Tokyo has the chance to be the city of future. Which means if they could accept new technologies from oversea then combined with their own development strength, Tokyo should become a city that every tech-guy admired.
  • INFINIDAT
    VP of Asia Pacific Region
    Mr. Amir Biran
    • #17
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      Because of capital in Japan. Almost head offices are located in Tokyo and central government located in Tokyo.
      So the business point of view, Tokyo is the most aggressive town in Japan. This is the reason why we invested office in Tokyo. Traditional and modern mixed mood is very impression for us such a Marunouchi bisiness town near by Japanese Imperial Palace.
    • #18
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      Visited very good sushi restaurant with great Japanese sake in Tsukiji and Akasaka area. We also see a lot of foreigners in Roppongi area and 24 hours busy. It was so exciting.
    • #19
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Cloud business is getting standard in world wide. Many of IT division of the Japanese companies are pressured by Executives to reduce the IT cost, and we could have the right solutions for it.
    • #20
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      We expect Tokyo would be the central of Asian countries in both of financing point and democratic point of view.
  • ODU Japan K.K.
    Representative Director
    Mr. Carl Moser
    • #13
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      I think Tokyo is most impressive during large scale events when a lot of people are gathering outside to celebrate. Be it cherry blossom watching in spring, firework (hanabi) in summer or during Halloween season end of October. The people in Tokyo know how to celebrate and have fun.
    • #14
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      The "aging society" definitely brings several opportunities for our business. ODU Japan K.K. is a manufacturer of high quality connector systems which are frequently used various types of medical devices. The range goes from dental grinders over patient monitoring systems to large MRI scanners. Many of our customers use customized products which are specially designed for their requirements. So we think there will be a big potential for us in the next few years. This makes it absolutely necessary to be present in the Japanese market with an own subsidiary. This shows the customers that we are committed to build up a long term presence on the Japanese market.
    • #15
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      The first and foremost reason why we choose Tokyo as place for our Japanese subsidiary office is that most of our customers are in the Kanto area.
      Our office in Roppongi provides us a very good access to all our customers. Besides having Roppongi as address on the business card gives a good impression to our customers.
    • #16
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      Tokyo definitely has a lot of untapped potential. One can feel that the city is constantly moving towards the future.
      A lot new buildings are set up, the big train stations are rebuilt making Tokyo a modern metropolis.
      However one problem which Tokyo is facing is the fact that the time difference to big cities in Europe and North America is quite large so it makes it difficult to efficiently communicate.
      In the past it was briefly discussed to change the timezone of Tokyo/Japan 2 hours ahead to make it easier to communicate with other large cities in the world. I strongly support that idea. Besides the positive impact on the business another nice side effect would be that in summer it would not get dark so early. So people could enjoy the wonderful Japanese summer nights longer than they can do at the moment.
  • FarFavour Japan Co.,Ltd.
    • #09
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      The best that we like is Ueno. The Ueno park is so big and so beautiful and actually what we like best is the food in Ueno areas. Especially the Chinese Food near the station, we really enjoy that very much.
    • #10
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      Tokyo is really a big international city that we have ever been. We can meet many people from all over the world and all the people here can live very well and comfortable. Also we can buy what ever we want here, it's so great.
    • #11
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Everymorning, when we go into the train station, we can always see many people are walking so fast and the train is always very full. We can get the feeling that, everyone here is trying their best and we also have to try hard.
    • #12
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      The Olympic will be held soon in Tokyo, we believe Tokyo is growing much faster than before and we think it will have great future in recent several years.
  • Druva G.K.
    Regional Vice President - Asia Pacific Japan
    Mr. Peter Kenji Yamasaki
    • #05
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      Looking out from an office window in Marunouchi. You can see the Palace on one side and Tokyo Station of the other. It represents what Japan is today. A Highly modern and vibrant economy with great values and traditions that are rooted in the past. As you watch the trains come and go you know how quickly and efficiently you can get to anywhere in Japan or across the region.
    • #06
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      Every morning I take a jog around Shiba Koen. The great thing about Tokyo is you can easily find tranquil and beautiful places in the middle of a bustling city. In one view you see Zojo-ji, Tokyo Tower, and the modern skyline. Unbeatable.
    • #07
      Can you tell us about a social challenge facing Tokyo or Japan that you have interest in or believe to present a business opportunity?
      Druva's products offer Cloud based data protection and governance of corporate data. Several factors make Druva particularly valuable to companies in Japan.
      • As a leading knowledge based economy, protection of data assets is important.
      • Japan companies are sophisticated and leading the way regionally in Cloud adoption.
      • Susceptibility to natural disaster makes backup and disaster recovery a business requirement.
    • #08
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Japan has a sophisticated technology and IT industry which makes it easy for us develop good partnerships and provides a good talent pool from which to build our team. Tokyo is the epicenter of this allowing us to conduct the majority of our business within one city.
  • TUNE Japan KK
    Managing Director APAC
    Mr. Bryan Kim
    • #01
      Can you tell us about an activity or a place in Tokyo that inspires you?
      I am a foodie and love the rich culture around food, not just in Tokyo but in Japan in general.It's amazing to know that Tokyo has the most Michelin rated restaurants in the world and it speaks volumes to the quality of the food industry here. It's almost impossible to walk into a random restaurant and have a bad dining experience.
    • #02
      Can you tell us about your most memorable experience during your stay or life in Tokyo?
      The social culture and the amount of self respect that people of all industries, service sectors and people in general possess amazes me. The courtesy you receive in a taxi, in a restaurant or when asking a random passerby is unparallel to anything else in the world. I hear Tokyo is one of the safest places in the world too.
    • #03
      Can you give us a reason why Tokyo is attractive for your line of business?
      Aside from Japan's mobile business industry being one of the leaders in the world, business communities, the yearning to learn more, willingness to grow together were all key factors in decision to expend into Tokyo.
    • #04
      What potentials are there in the Tokyo of tomorrow?
      Japan has always been a global leader in innovative technology across all business sectors and it obviously shows in Japan's local mobile industry. It'd be interesting to see which content consumption medium Tokyo's general populace moves onto in the future as technology shifts.

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