Company

Board Members

Yousuke Okada

President & Representative Director, CEO

Yousuke Okada

Born in 1988, from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Started programming at the age of just ten. Majored in computer graphics at senior high school and received the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award. During college, he presented his study of 3D computer graphics at international conferences. In 2011. Joined a venture company in Tokyo, got promoted to the youngest manager of the business headquarters only in six months and achieved the business development worth hundred millions of yen in a quarter. Then he visited Silicon Valley to research state-of-the-art computer science, and witnessed the revolutionary advance in artificial intelligence (particularly deep learning). After returning home he founded ABEJA, Inc., as the first venture company specializing in deep learning in Japan.

Naoki Tonogi

Director, COO

Naoki Tonogi

Born in 1988, from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Selected as one of the top performers in the Global Human Resources Development Program during his years at the School of Economics, Nagoya University, and also at the time he participated in the launch of the VOYAGEGROUP Nagoya lab and developed new smartphone-related business as a business manager. Joined a professional consulting firm specialized in business incubation in 2012 and experienced business launches and project management at several major companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange until he took his current position.

Yuta Kikuchi

Director, CPO

Yuta Kikuchi

Yuta Kikuchi was born in 1983 in Niigata prefecture. He joined Yahoo! in 2007, and developed an optimal advertisement delivery system. He became self-employed, then joined FreakOut. At FreakOut, he was in charge of direct response advertisement operation, etc. In April 2017, he joined ABEJA. In March 2018, he became an executive officer of ABEJA (Chief Technology Officer, and executive officer responsible for R&D). In April 2018, he took on an additional role as the vice president of CA ABEJA, a joint company by ABEJA and CyberAgent. On 27th June 2019, he became a director of ABEJA. He has been serving as a person in charge of technology development, and he will further speed up PDCA to create new business opportunities.

Michiko Kato

Director,CFO

Michiko Kato

Born in 1984, from Hiroshima. She started her career with Morgan Stanley, and then worked at the World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation), where she led investment transactions in emerging markets in Asia. She also worked at Unison Capital, a leading private equity firm in Japan. Her experience of working with ABEJA on a digital transformation project at the PE firm led her to join ABEJA. She joined ABEJA in July 2018, and became Director/CFO in June 2019. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School where she was elected Fulbright Scholar.

Outside Director

Ryosuke Takatsuki

Born in 1971, from Hiroshima Prefecture. After taking positions at the Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited and Internet Research Institute, Inc., he joined INSPiRE Corporation (taking office as the president and CEO since 2008). Under the theme of materialization of innovations, he has practiced new business development based on capital and business alliances with industrial corporations, and equity investment in venture companies with innovative technologies. Currently serving as the representative director at Inspire PNB Partners running the first Shariah-compliant venture fund in Japan. Also engaged in activities in interdisciplinary areas, as a guest professor of the graduate program in Intellectual Property creation system at Kanazawa Institute of Technology (K.I.T.) Toranomon Graduate School, and as a lecturer at the Keio University Fukuzawa Yukichi Bunmei Juku.

Outside Director

Ken Yasunaga

Born in 1965. After working at Nissho Iwai Corporation (currently Sojitz corporation), joined Nissho Iwai American Corp. in 1998. Co-founded Entrepia Ventures in 1999. Appointed to a director of the Japan Venture Capital Association in 2010. In 2013, he left Entrepia Ventures and took a position as a managing director of the Strategic Investment Group at the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

Co-Founder

Takanori Ogata

He was born in 1988 in Fukuoka prefecture. He studied at National Institute of Technology, Kurume College, and Kyushu University. While studying at Kyushu University, he was selected in Exploratory IT Human Resources Youth Project (The MITOU Program) by IPA - Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. At Kyushu University, he engaged in research on real-life application of Machine Learning and Ubiquitous computing. Upon graduation, he went onto the graduate course, and he founded ABEJA with Yousuke Okada, President of ABEJA, in September 2012, while being a student in the master's program. At ABEJA, he engages in basic research and applied research on Deep Learning / Machine Learning. He also drives joint research with universities and enterprises, makes academic presentations, etc.

Co-Founder

Keisuke Tomimatsu

He was born in 1974 in Tokyo. He joined SBC Warburg Securities (currently UBS Securities, Ltd.) in 1997. In 2001, he joined UBS Warburg Securities (currently UBS Securities, Ltd.) where he became Executive Director of Financial Products Department, Equities Division in 2006. In 2008, he joined Credit Suisse Securities where he was appointed Managing Director of Equities Division. In 2009, he joined Morgan Stanley Securities (currently Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.) where he served as Executive Director of Equities Division. In September 2012, he established ABEJA with Yousuke Okada, President of ABEJA, and took part of the corporate management as an angel investor. Currently, he is a board member of Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.

Advisers

Technical Advisor

Hitoshi Matsubara

Doctor of Engineering. Born in Tokyo in 1959. Graduated from the School of Science Department of Information Science at the University of Tokyo in 1981. In 1986, He completed doctoral course in Department of Information Engineering of Tokyo University Graduate School of Engineering, and entered the MITI Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (currently National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology). Became a professor at Future University Hakodate in 2000, then its vice president in 2016. The author of publications including "Advances in Computer Shogi", "Can we make Tetsuwan Atom?", "Brains predicting the future" and "Introduction to tourism informatics." Served as the previous president of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, a director of Information Processing Society of Japan and a director of Society for Tourism Informatics.

Technical Advisor

Takami Yasuda

Doctor of Engineering. In 1986, received the research fellowship for young scientists from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 1987, he completed doctoral program at the Department of Information Engineering at Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering and became a teaching assistant at the university. In 1993, there he became an assistant professor at the School of Informatics and Sciences. Then he became a professor at Nagoya University Graduate School of Information Science in 2003, and took a position as its dean in 2015. Became a professor of Nagoya University Graduate School of Informatics and School of Informatics in 2017. Currently serving as the vice chair and a director of Society of Socio-Informatics, a councillor of Japan Information-Culturology Society, and a senior member of IEEE.

Technical Advisor

Yutaka Matsuo

He graduated from Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 1997. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the doctoral program at the same university in 2002, then worked for National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) as a researcher. In August 2005, he became a visiting scholar at Stanford University. In 2007, he joined Institute of Engineering Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo /i.school / Department of Technology Management for Innovation as Associate Professor. In 2014, he became a joint representative and Project Associate Professor of Chair for Global Consumer Intelligence at Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo.
He is specialized in AI, web mining, Bigdata analysis. He received the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) Best Paper Award (2002), JSAI 20th Anniversary Project Award (2006), Field Innovation Award (2011) and JSAI Distinguished Service Award (2013).
At JSAI, he served as student editor, editorial board member, vice-chairman from 2010, then Editor-in-chief and Chairman from 2012. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Chair of Ethics Committee. Since 2017, he is President of Japan Deep Learning Association (JDLA).

Technical Advisor

Masayuki Ohzeki

He completed the doctoral program at Department of Physics, Graduate School of engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science) in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was researcher for Industry-academia-government cooperation at Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 2010 to 2016, he was Assistant Professor at Department of Systems Science, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. From 2011 to 2012, he was a program-specific researcher at Department of Physics, University of Rome. From 2016 to present, he is Associate Professor of Applied Information Sciences, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University. In addition, from 2018 to present, he is Associate Professor of Quantum Computing Unit, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Corporate Profile

Corporate Name

ABEJA, Inc.

Headquarters Address

NBF Platinum Tower, 1-17-3 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, Japan

Established

September 10, 2012

Representative

Yousuke Okada, President & Representative Director,Chief Executive Officer

Executives

Naoki Tonogi, Director,Chief Operating Officer
Yuta Kikuchi, Director,Chief Product Officer
Michiko Kato, Director,Chief Financial Officer
Ryosuke Takatsuki, Outside Director (President and CEO of INSPiRE Corporation)
Ken Yasunaga, Outside Director (Managing Director of the Strategic Investment Group at the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan)
Junichi Tobaru, Auditor
Takuma Shimizu, Outside Auditor (Lawyer and Partner of IOTA Law Offices)

Technical Advisors

Hitoshi Matsubara (Vice Chair of Future University Hakodate and Professor of Department of Complex and Intelligent Systems)
Takami Yasuda (Professor of Nagoya University Graduate School of Informatics)
Yutaka Matsuo (Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and President of Japan Deep Learning Association)
Masayuki Ohzeki (Associate Professor of Applied Information Sciences, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University/ Associate Professor of Quantum Computing Unit, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Fellow

Yoshie Munakata (Former Intel Corporation Vice President and Director of Board)

Corporate Lawyer

Katsuya Natori (Representative of Natori Law Office and External Statutory Auditor of Olympus Corporation)
Yoichiro Itakura (Hikari Sogoh Law Offices)

Major banks

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ebisu Branch
Mizuho Bank, Shibuya Branch
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Hibiya Branch

Number of employees

72(As of June, 2019)

Major shareholders

In-company shareholders:
Archetype Venture Fund, L.P.
Itochu Corporation
inspire investment Co., Ltd
SBI AI & Blockchain LPS (operated by SBI Investment Co., Ltd.)
NTT Plala Inc.
Nvidia Corporation
SAKURA Internet Inc.
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
salesforce.com, inc.
Daikin Industries, Ltd.
TBS Innovation Partners 2 Investment Partnership (operated by Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.)
Toshiba Tec Corporation
Topcon Corporation
PNB-INSPiRE Ethical Fund 1 Investment Business Limited Liability Partnership
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital No. 4 Investment Limited Partnership
Mizuho Growth Support Investment Limited Partnership
Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.
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Headquarters

NBF Platinum Tower, 1-17-3 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, Japan

Traffic access

  • - 1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Shirokane-takanawa Station
  • - 1 minute walk from Toei Mita Line Shirokane-takanawa Station

Singapore Office

22 Cross Street, #02-01 China Square Central, Singapore 048421