Kenji Kushida was interviewed by the Toyo Keizai Magazine for a piece about challenges facing large Japanese companies attempting to harness the technology and economic dynamism of Silicon Valley. The piece was published in the August 26th edition of the Weekly Toyo Keizai.
In a piece for the Weekly Economist, Kenji Kushida identified and described a few Japanese startups with potential for global expansion. The piece, released in the August 1st edition of the magazine, profiled 33 high potential, notable Japanese startups, as identified as experts.
On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ishin and the Stanford Silicon Valley – New Japan Project co-hosted the Silicon Valley – New Japan Summit 2017 Tokyo.
The event kicked off with a VIP dinner on Monday, June 26, for our speakers/panelists and supporters, that featured a talk from Kenji Kushida, and a toast from KDDI founder, Dr. Sachio Semmoto.
On Tuesday, June 27, nearly 600 policy makers, startups, VCs, company executives and employees, aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and other interested parties gathered at the Azusa Center Building in Iidabashi. The day begun with introductory remarks from Yoshiaki Ishii from METI, a keynote speech from Kenji Kushida, and an introduction to open innovation by Naomi Nagatomi from Fujitsu, and later on by KPMG Partner Hiroshi Kinoshita. During the day we had some great conversations with Nori Matsuda, Ryoichi Togashi from Komatsu, Naoki “Nick” Sugimoto from Honda, and a second keynote speech by the riveting Dr. Semmoto. The program was interspersed with presentations from innovative and exciting startups, including Skycatch inc., DocuSign, App Annie, and Rancher Labs.
We would like to thank all of our speakers, and all of the supporters who made this event possible, and as successful as it was.
On November 28 and 29 we will hold a bigger version of this event at Stanford Unviersity. This event will feature pitches and business matching with over 60 Silicon Valley startups, and boot-camp activities and talks in English and Japanese over the course of two days. Registration page will be ready soon, so we hope you will be able to join us!
Kushida's article, "10 Worst Practices by Japanese Companies in Silicon Valley" published by Ishin, was cited in CEO & Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley, Hiro Saijo's most recent column in Nikkei (Japanese only). In his column, Saijo discusses the importance of purpose and reciprocity when forming strategic partnerships with Silicon Valley firms.
SV-NJ strategic partner, and creator of the Silicon Valley Startups 100, Ishin, interviewed Honda Silicon Valley Lab Senior Program Director Naoki (Nick) Sugimoto last month (article in Japanese). In the interview, Sugimoto discusses Honda's collaborations with Google and Apple, and the recent announcement of a partnership with VISA, and Silicon Valley startup, Drivemode.
Honda is discussed as a case study of interesting and innovative attempts at open innovation by Japanese companies in Silicon Valley in the most recent SV-NJ working paper.
Last month Kenji Kushida presented at a panel, "The Blockchain Revolution" at the Trilateral Commission meeting in Washington, DC. A position paper is forthcoming.
In an interview article published by Ishin, Kenji Kushida discusses 10 of the "worst practices" by Japanese companies attempting to harness Silicon Valley.
The article (Japanese only) is available online via the below link. An English version of the article will be available in the coming weeks.
On Friday, February 3, 2017 the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project (SV-NJ) hosted its second ANA Ideathon, co-sponsored by World Innovation Lab (WiL), ANA, and Ito En. This year brought together seven teams of Stanford University students to reimagine air travel before, during, and after the flight experience. The teams had 90 minutes to brainstorm and create their ideas, and then deliver a three minute pitch to a panel of judges from WiL, ANA, and special guest, actor and start-up investor, Masi Oka. Ideas where judged on creativity, feasibility of implementation, team work, and presentation with the winning team received the grand prize of round trip tickets to Tokyo.
On January 26, Kenji Kushida presented at the Silicon Valley Innovation Forum on his recent research and publication "The Algorithmic Disruption from Silicon Valley: the underlying drivers of AI, IoT, Fintech, etc in a world of computing abundance."
Further reading on a variety of SVNJ research topics can be found at the Canon Institute of Global Studies (CIGS) website for columns by Kenji Kushida (Japanese only), accessible at: http://www.canon-igs.org/column/network/
The most recent columns include:
- "The Politics of AI and Robotics: Unexpected challenges for the US and potential for Japanese strength -- towards mutual benefit"
- "The shock of Deep Mind's artificial intelligence (AI), the shock of US election results, the shock that AI will deliver to employment and Japan's potential in the world."
The Stanford SVNJ Project had a very productive 2016. We sincerely thank all our supporters, and we look forward to sharing another successful year with you in 2017.
The full Stanford SVNJ 2016 Year End Report can be found here.
The book (Japanese only) is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/シリコンバレー発-アルゴリズム革命の衝撃-Fintech-Computing-アメリカで起きていること、これから日本で起こること/dp/4022514124/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472793510&sr=1-1&keywords=シリコンバレー発%E3%80%80アルゴリズム
"Stanford researcher Kenji Kushida says Japanese social norms are shifting from being highly unfavorable to a tech startup culture toward one much more supportive of it."
Full article available here: http://news.stanford.edu/2016/08/31/japan-transforming-innovation-culture/
The Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project (SV-NJ) is excited to announce the Silicon Valley-New Japan Summit 2016: Activating Silicon Valley Startup-Japan Connections, in partnership with Ishin USA and their media project, The SV Startups 100, on Oct 4, 2016 at Stanford University.
The conference is for knowledge deepening, networking, and business matching. We will bring together established Japanese corporations and connect them to Silicon Valley startups. The morning has panel discussions, Silicon Valley startup pitches, and a keynote. The afternoon is a business matching event, with tables of startups to facilitate business development. It will take place at one of Stanford's best large venues, the Arrillaga Alumni Center. Approximately 50 Silicon Valley startups have committed to attend so far, and the list is available at the event website.
Silicon Valley – New Japan Summit 2016: Activating SV Startup - Japan Connections
Date and Time
Tuesday October, 4, 2016 9:00am-6:00pm
Stanford University, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center (McCaw Hall)
Morning Session 9:00-12:10
- Keynote speaker
- Panel Discussion 1
- Start-up Company Presentations 1
- Panel Discussion 2
- Start-up Company Presentations 2
Lunch 12:10- 13:45
Afternoon Session 13:45-17:00
- Biz-Dev Booths with invited Silicon Valley Start-ups
Networking Reception 17:00 – 18:30
The above schedule is tentative and subject to change.
General Admission: $950/person
To register to attend please use the inquiry form on the event website: http://svs100.com/event_en/#Conference_Contact
NOTE: Registration is free for Stanford University faculty, staff, and students with valid Stanford University ID. Please contact Amanda Stoeckicht at amst at stanford dot edu for further registration instructions and details.
For those who may be interested in becoming an event sponsor, various level sponsor plans are available. For more information regarding event sponsorship, please contact:
Hiro Nishinaka at event at svs100 dot com or by phone at 323-287-7041.
As a part of an interview series featured in Logstar, Akiko Naka, the Founder and CEO of Wantedly, and SVNJ's Kenji Kushida discuss their views of Japan and the differences, challenges, and opportunities Japan faces in leveraging Silicon Valley.
The interview (Japanese only) can be found here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/63
On June 28, Kenji Kushida was featured in an interview by the exciting new Silicon Valley Japanese media, Logstar. The full interview (Japanese only) is available here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/47
Logstar published an article on the recent Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Public Forum, Zero to One and One to Ten: The Art of Starting a Startup and Scaling, which took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and featured Akiko Naka, the Founder and CEO of Wantedly, Inc.
The full article (Japanese only) can be found here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/42
Videos from the 2016 New Economy Summit, which took place in Tokyo in April are now available online. A link to the session 1 video featuring SV-NJ's Kenji Kushida can be found below.
Session 1 Video Link (Japanese only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4UJpJ-Zd6Q
This book examines various aspects of information governance in Japan, utilizing comparative and historical perspectives. The aim is threefold: 1) to explore Japan’s society, politics, and economy through a critical but hitherto under-examined vantage that we believe cuts to the core of what modern societies are built with—information; 2) articulate a set of components which can be used to analyze other countries from the vantage of information governance; and 3) provide frameworks of reference to analyze each component.
Kenji Kushida, Yuko Kasuya, Eiji Kawabata, ed.
"Information Governance in Japan: Towards a New Comparative Paradigm" (SV-NJ e-Book series)
The eBook is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Information-Governance-Japan-Comparative-Paradigm-ebook/dp/B01FRXHKUW