Supports for Foreign Companies

List of New Companies

Tokyo's Special Zone for Asian Headquarters project aims to attract more than 400 foreign companies including 40 companies (Foreign Companies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution) and 30 companies (Foreign Financial Companies) *establishing their Asia regional headquarters or R&D centers in the Special Zone by 2020.
* Foreign Financial Companies : companies established based on foreign laws concerning the operation of asset management business or FinTech business

  • 2019

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2019 are as follows.

    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign Companies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • Beyond Limits, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      July 2020 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Beyond Limits (BL) provides a new approach to cognitive AI supported with unique XAI*, an audit trail in natural language to establish trust and transparency displaying the "what and why" an action is recommended. BL is planning the collaborative joint development of cognitive AI to improve efficiency, safety, support decision makers and enable higher profits with Japanese electric power, processing and energy companies.
      *XAI (Explainable AI): The general term for AI models that enable explanation of predictions, recommendations, and actions.
      URL
      https://www.beyond.ai/
    • EasyMile SAS

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The fisrt half of FY2020 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      EasyMile provides fully self-driving shuttle busses and tractors for the first/last mile transportation and for freight transportation in the factories. EasyMile plans to develop software which is optimized for Japanese transportation systems and road condition in Japan.
      URL
      https://easymile.com/
    • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya staion
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      December 2020 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s leading provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure. We care for more than 342,000 patients in our global network of more than 4,000 dialysis clinics. The use of data and artificial intelligence (AI) is vital to improving how we care for our patients. Fresenius Medical Care plans to work with doctors, nurses and other stakeholders in Japan to develop AI-led solutions that help improve the lives of Japanese patients and contribute to ensure the overall sustainability of the healthcare system.
      URL
      https://www.freseniusmedicalcare.com/en/home/
    • Jitterbit, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The fisrt half of FY2021 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Description Jitterbit provides customers with a SaaS platform (iPaaS: Integration Platform as a service) to connect data stored and application separately in multiple systems. Jitterbit plans to develop new services such as APIs which can be aligned with Japan-made cloud services and applications and connectivity templates specifically designed for Japanese SMEs.
      URL
      https://www.jitterbit.com/
    • Ministry of Movement Pte.Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Roppongi/Shibuya/Somewhere else in the Special Zone
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2020 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Ministry of Movement(SWAT)is a high-tech mobility company that focuses on demand responsive, high capacity ride-sharing technology and provides client companies with a world-class routing software that dynamically matches vehicle routes based on passengers’ booking location to improve convenience and achieve cost savings. Ministry of Movement plans to optimize software for public road environment and traffic situation in Japan and plans to develop new services related to Logistic services in the future.
      URL
      https://swatmobile.io/
    • Nearthlab, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      March 2021 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Nearthlab provides a service that automates and promotes labor-saving in infrastructure facility inspection work by taking aerial shots with AI-powered drones. Especially, it has an advantage in availability of autonomous flight near facilities with high difficulty in aerial photographing. It plans to develop infrastructure facility inspection services in collaboration with Japanese infrastructure companies, etc.
      URL
      https://nearthlab.com/
    • Neeuro PTE LTD

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      March 2021 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Neeuro develops and provides EEG (Electroencephalogram) measurement devices and medical/preventive training apps that improve cognitive ability.
      Neeuro plans to develop training programs using EEG analysis jointly by building partnerships with Japanese companies.
      URL
      https://www.neeuro.com/
    • SecurityScorecard, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      July 2020 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      SecurityScorecard automatically collects security information from the Internet by utilizing AI and provides a service visualizing corporate security performance. In collaboration with major companies and SMEs in Japan, it plans to develop assessment items and services that address cyber security concerns in Japanese.
      URL
      https://securityscorecard.com/
    • Tellus You Care, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Feb 2020
      Business Description
      Tellus you care has developed a sensor that can detect and monitor the behaviors such as sleep, pulse, walking and falling of the elderly people with no contact, enabling the elderly to be watched without feeling reluctant and burdened. It develops the products in response to the acceleration of aging population and the needs of the nursing care facilities in Japan.
      URL
      https://tellusyoucare.com/
  • 2018

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2018 are as follows.

    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign Companies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • Alt.vfx Trust

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Nov. 2018
      Business Description
      Alt.vfx provides cutting-edge motion picture technologies (VR/AR, etc.) and creative services for producing content such as VFX (visual effects). Alt.vfx will build partnerships with creative, tech and media companies in Tokyo to enhance existing media contents and high value-added VFX technology.
      URL
      http://www.altvfx.com/
    • Artisense Corporation

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Artisense is an AI-based technology startup in the field of dynamic 3D mapping and localization, delivering key technology for autonomous control of automobiles, robots or drones. Artisense plans to develop autonomous driving solutions to meet Japanese regulations, and to develop partnerships in new industries to build business.
      URL
      https://www.artisense.ai/
    • Apptio

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      May 2019(scheduled)
      Business Description
      Apptio provides software platform to support CIO/CTO/CFO's making IT investment decisions. Apptio plans to develop new functions to support Japanese business growth by researching on the Japanese specific IT investment trends and establishing unique analysis models.
      URL
      https://www.apptio.com/
    • HackRod Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area or Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      HackRod provides AI, VR, and 3D printing technologies that allow users to design and manufacture bespoke vehicles. HackRod will create designs that match Japanese needs & specifications that meet Japanese safety standards, improve their AI platform, and set up a digital design center & 3D printing/assembly factory.
      URL
      http://hackrod.com/
    • Infinium Robotics

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2019 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Infinium Robotics provides fully autonomous drones and robots that enable companies to save labor costs around stocktaking. Infinium Robotics plans to develop drones, robots and software specific to Japanese warehouses and their inventory management systems to increase labor productivity in Japan.
      URL
      https://www.infiniumrobotics.com/
    • Makigami Systems

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The first half of FY2019 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Makigami Systems provides AI-driven Automation Platform for creating tools to automate routine business processes without complex programming. Makigami Systems plans to develop new AI-led application templates applied to the demand of Japanese companies by building partnerships with Japanese companies.
      URL
      https://makigami.io/
    • nPlasty (Viswire Pte Ltd)

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area(within the Special Zone)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      May 2019 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      nPlasty provides VR simulation for surgical training, targeting medical students and doctors. nPlasty will focus on the conditions prevailing in Japan’s aging population, with an emphasis on surgical methods and instruments common in Japan.
      URL
      https://nplasty.com/
    • Ovomind (IRONOVA)

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      April 2019(scheduled)
      Business Description
      Ovomind provides AI technology that enables to detect and quantify emotional states in real time through smart bracelets/ watches. The bracelets collect heart rate, skin temperature, electro-dermal activity, and movement for AI to analyze emotional states with Cloud API.
      Ovomind plans to advance development of the AI for healthcare, industry, and gaming industries.
      URL
      http://ovomind.com/
    • SparkBeyond

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      FY2019 Q2
      Business Description
      SparkBeyond has built a Problem Solving Platform that harnesses humanity’s collective intelligence to empower organizations to solve their most challenging problems.
      The platform combines state-of-the-art AI technology with advanced problem-solving methodology to accelerate breakthroughs hidden in data.
      SparkBeyond also plans to expand platform database and develop data analysis models specific to the Japanese market.
      URL
      https://www.sparkbeyond.com/
    • UBTECH Robotics, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Second half of 2019
      Business Description
      UBTECH Robotics provide AI-controlled high precision robots for multiple industries. UBTECH Robotics plan to develop robot designs and software applications and provide localized robots specific for the Japanese market.
      URL
      https://ubtrobot.com/
  • 2017

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2017 are as follows.

    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign Companies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • Ptmind Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2017 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Researchs and develops AI-power functions which provide automated analytics and advisory services for website's design and business operation to strengthen their tools: 1) analytics tool that analyzes website visitors' behaviors and experiences and 2) business intelligence tool that analyzes enterprises' operation and resource allocation.
      URL
      https://www.ptengine.com/home
    • CalAmp Co.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The first half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      To improve driving information analysis services for automobiles and construction machinery in Japan, researches and develops algorithms for analytical functions which can calculate accident risks and etc.. Investigates into external factors of traffic accidents in Japan and helps improve telematics insurance (premiums based insurance, refering by customer's driving record).
      URL
      http://www.calamp.com/
    • Internet-Based Business Group Co., Ltd. (Zanroo)

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo and Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2017 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Develops a software which supports clients to understand the industry trends or cousumer needs, by collecting and analyzing information from industry-specific web media such as industry news and social media on the internet.
      URL
      https://www.zanroo.com/ja/category/inzight-ja/
    • Origone Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo and Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The first half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Will conduct research on types and trends of cyber attacks in Japan, which are to be analyzed for developing artificial intelligence that identifies cyber risk, in collaboration with Japanese universities, mathematicians and statistical scholars
      URL
      https://www.orisecure.com/
    • Citrine Informatics Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Tokyo Station Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Citrine provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven materials software focusing on organic and inorganic materials development, supported by the world's largest materials data repository in partnership with universities, governments, and industrial consortia around the world. Citrine further develops AI and material informatics solutions that meet the needs of Japanese industries such as automotive, materials, chemical, and aviation manufacturers.
      URL
      https://citrine.io/
    • Magency Digital SAS

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo and Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Magency provides the platform which reinvent meetings with an online solution that fosters collaboration and interaction of participants at conferences, seminars and exhibitions, regardless of the size of the group. Magency will develop the new AI-based assistant which analyses comments and actions of participants in order to revolutionize teamwork, turn meetings into active and actionable experiences.
      URL
      https://www.magency.me/
    • RELAYTO LIMITED

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (scheduled)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      RELAYTO, whose software as a publishing platform uses AI to automatically transform static PDF/PPT materials into mobile-ready web experiences with rich media, call-to-actions & analytics, will develop Japanese language functionality and designs for Japanese documents formats.
      URL
      https://relayto.com/
    • Infervision (北京推想科技有限公司)

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo and Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2017 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      A company provides CT screening solution augmented by AI and software which supports early lung cancer screening utilizing bigdata, will develop the educational software for doctors/ radiological technologist, and CT screening equipment implementing its AI augmented software with Japanese CT screening equipment providers.
      URL
      http://www.infervision.com/infer-en
    • Comarch SA

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The Second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Company that develops and provides a complete telemedicine ecosystem, consisting of wearable cardio-monitoring device, AI-augmented analytical system and remote monitoring service to analyze a patient’s condition, will conduct R&D activity such as development of the technologies necessary for linking with Japanese telemedicine systems, research into trends in diseases among Japanese in cooperation with medical sites in Japan and onsequently enhance scope of prevented cardiac diseases.
      URL
      https://www.comarch.com/
    • Hoomano SAS

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The Second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Business Description
      Hoomano facilitates the use of technology by empowering machines and robots with a Social Brain, by developing and providing software using AI which sets robots with social skills to conduct communication with people and to learn by themselves from these conversation to adapt their behavior. Hoomano will conduct R&D activity such as prototyping of products, testing, and investigation of elders' needs in Japan, where the technical capabilities of robots are high, and the aging of population is advanced.
      URL
      http://hoomano.com/
  • 2016

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2016 are as follows.

    • 1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center: 4 companies
    • 2. Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities: 10 companies
      IT 13, medical/healthcare 7, environment 6, electronic/precision instruments: 3, tourism 1 Of the above companies, two companies have transferred their operations to their home country due to change of business plans.

    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center

    • Numerix LLC.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The first half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Research and development of software for general companies to judge whether the pricing of deliverative instruments is appropriate, and cloud applications for small to medium-sized financial institutions and companies to evaluate products.
      URL
      http://www.numerix.com/
    • ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      ASUS flagship store (ASUS Store Akasaka) , located in Tokyo Special Zone, is dedicated to improving customer satisfaction in Japan. Establishing product development foundations by gathering customer needs and usage habits through top quality service.We strive to provide better products and more well-rounded services to our customers in Japan.
      URL
      https://www.asus.com/us/

    2.Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities

    • Super Enterprise Associates Ltd.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Location
      The second half of FY2017 (scheduled)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a sales and marketing base for a smartphone case with a built-in game controller that has near field communication technology. In the future, Super Enterprise Associates Ltd. plans to conduct research and development jointly with Japanese companies to improve the performance of control buttons by enhancing sensor technology and to have the controller support Japanese game software and consoles. It also plans to conduct, with a Japanese telecommunication carrier, a demonstration test to verify whether large-size games work smoothly on its game platform in a next-generation 5G environment.
      Business Description
      http://www.supenta.com/
    • Imageous Inc.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Location
      The first half of FY2017
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a business base for application software for use in areas such as agriculture, smart homes and smart factories that uses AI to analyze collected data and control devices in order to manage greenhouses, private residences and factories. In the future, the company plans to conduct research and development to improve AI performance by increasing the effectiveness of data analysis and expanding the types of data analyzed and models of data collection and control devices.
      Business Description
      https://www.imageous-inc.com/
    • AIC Inc.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Location
      The first half of FY2017
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a marketing base for heat and shock resistant data storage solutions which can be designed and produced in small to medium-sized lots according to individual customer orders. In the future, the company plans to research and develop, jointly with Japanese firms with technologies for electronic devices for advanced image processing (such as GPUs), high-performance computing technologies capable of handling large amounts of data.
      Business Description
      http://www.aicipc.com/en/index
    • Rapid7 Inc.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Location
      Already established
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Marketing of security management tools that scan the cyber vulnerability of web applications, servers, network devices and other equipment and present actions that should be given priority. In the future, Rapid7 Inc. plans to assess its clients’ compliance levels with Japanese security guidelines, offer functions and services that address risks unique to Japan, and develop educational content about security measures.
      Business Description
      https://www.rapid7.com/
    • Sunba Technology Co., Ltd.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Location
      Already established
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a sales and marketing base for high-performance security cameras that offer superior night vision capabilities and a wide range of movement at an affordable price. In the future, the company plans to collaborate with Japanese companies in R&D of security camera products that are more intelligent, compact, and higher performance.
      Business Description
      http://www.sunba.net/
    • Makeblock Co., Ltd

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Location
      The first half of FY2017
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a sales and marketing base for robot assembly products. Users can build robots to be used as educational tools or for recreation by putting together various electronic components, such as metal parts and sensors, and programming the robot’s movements as they like. In the future, the company plans to jointly develop products with Japanese companies, while also developing curriculum with educational institutions in Japan.
      Business Description
      http://www.makeblock.com/en
    • WISTIKI SAS

      Type
      Area around Shibuya Station (planned)
      Location
      The first half of FY2017
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish sales base to market small-sized Bluetooth tracker in Japan. (Small electronic tags attached to items people do not want to lose, such as keys and wallets, enable the owner to locate the items using a smartphone/tablet application.) In the future, the company plans to research and develop an application to meet the needs of Japanese users, a terminal compatible with new telecommunications standards, and other technologies.
      Business Description
      https://www.wistiki.co.uk/
    • Detroit Electric

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Location
      The second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a sales and marketing base for high-end electric cars that are fast and accelerate quickly, and come with a battery that can also be used as a high-performance battery to power other devices. In the future, Detroit Electric plans to conduct research and development for upgrading carbon fiber (car body material) technology to create more lightweight and faster cars, and for enhancing the performance of cars by making batteries smaller in size and larger in capacity. It also plans to conduct, with power companies and local governments, demonstration tests of smart grids using storage batteries.
      Business Description
      http://detroit-electric-group.com/
    • NextDrive

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Location
      Already established
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Establish a sales and marketing base for IoT solutions that enables Home Security and HEMS (Home Energy Management System).In the future, NextDrive plans to to conduct research and development of efficient energy utilization by analyzing data collected from electricity, gas and environment through machine learning (artificial intelligence).
      Business Description
      https://www.nextdrive.io/en/
    • Videregen Ltd.

      Type
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Location
      The Second half of FY2018 (scheduled)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Clinical development aiming at practical application of de/recellularization techniques for transplantation organs such as the respiratory tract and intestines, and research and development for shortening the incubation time and improving cultivation technology for utilization of iPS cells in collaboration with Japanese companies / research institutes etc., in Japan, where the development of an early approval system for regenerative medicine and other products is progressing.
      Business Description
      http://www.videregen.com/
  • 2015

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2015 are as follows. (as of the end of March 2016)

    (1)Number of companies
    • 1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center: 15 companies / Target: 15 companies
    • 2. Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities: 10 companies / Target: 10 companies
    (2)Number of businesses by type
    Of the above companies, three companies have transferred their operations to their home country due to change of business plans.
    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center

    • Druva, Inc.

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Regional headquarters oversees Druva, Inc.’s Asian operations so as to accelerate the company’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific region. The company offers high-speed backup solutions for personal computers and mobile devices, for which it uses its own encryption technology to provide more secure data protection.
      URL
      http://www.druva.com/
    • Payward Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Research and development of decentralized data management technology that is secure, low-cost, and designed for businesses in all sectors, including financial institutions. Payward Inc. plans to leverage its advanced blockchain technology based on its experience in operating a currency exchange that supports the most virtual currencies in the world.
      URL
      https://www.kraken.com/en-us
    • Sprinklr Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of addressing with Japanese social medias and sentiment analysis function analyzing Japanese intrinsic expression to understand consumer’s attributes in collaboration with Japanese analytics companies.
      URL
      https://www.sprinklr.com/
    • Clyde Biosciences Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Promote research and development of advanced analytical function for cardiac toxicity evaluation system using human iPS cells that are used for nonclinical research for pharmaceutical and tissue-engineered medical products in collaboration with Japanese companies
      URL
      http://www.clydebio.com/
    • Vitalograph Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The first half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Promote research and development of products and services tailored to the needs of Japanese users to advance testing equipment for cardiopulmonary and respiratory functions for healthcare facilities and to provide support services for clinical trials with therapeutic products for respiratory diseases for Japanese pharmaceuticals.
      URL
      https://vitalograph.co.uk/
    • North American Science Associates Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development of services to help medical devices newly developed by Japanese companies to quickly obtain approval and reach the market, by studying methods to verify the safety and efficacy of these products and contributing to formulation of evaluation criteria by approval agencies.
      URL
      https://www.namsa.com/
    • AKASTUDY LIMITED

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Producing artificially intelligent, educational robots for home use in collaboration with Japanese companies, as well as supervising sales and marketing so as to introduce the robots to other parts of the world.
      URL
      https://themusio.com/index.en.html
    • Miracl Limited

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of products and services tailored to the needs of various industries in collaboration with Japanese companies. Miracl Limited plans to leverage its technology that allows authentication without storing user passwords or other such data on servers, to support businesses and public organizations in Japan in strengthening information security.
      URL
      https://www.miracl.com/index
    • Virtusize AB

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2017
      Business Description
      Research and development of new functions for a virtual fitting room service to meet the needs of the apparel industry and consumers, which are expected to contribute to increased sales and cost reduction at Japanese apparel companies, based on the purchase data accumulated through providing the service via the Internet.
      URL
      http://www.virtusize.com/
    • Big Switch Networks, Inc.

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Supervising business strategy formulation, sales, and financial management in Japan and South Korea for software that leverages hyperscale networking technologies used in super-large data centers and is expected to help clients cut their system management cost.
      URL
      http://bigswitch.com/
    • MasterControl Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of a quality management system (QMS) software that complies with the latest regulations and specifications in Japan and regulations throughout the world. MasterControl’s software will contribute to improved risk control and increased productivity in the automobile, aircraft and other industries where a high level of safety and quality standard is required.
      URL
      http://www.mastercontrol.com/

    2.Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities

    • Miura Systems Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Miura Systems will establish a sales and marketing office for their highly secure, low-cost credit card payment device for mPOS. In future, Miura Systems plans to collaborate with either Japanese companies who possess contactless card technologies or own vending and unattended machines to develop contactless cards and payment devices for vending and unattended machines.
      URL
      http://www.miurasystems.com/
    • INFINIDAT, Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Establish a sales and marketing base for data storage capable of handling huge volumes of data and highly confidential data at an affordable price. In the future, the company plans to establish a regional headquarters for the purpose of expanding the business into Asia.
      URL
      http://www.infinidat.com/
    • Inbenta Technologies Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Sales and marketing of Natural Language Processing and artificial intelligence (AI) powered solutions for understanding the purpose and intention of user search queries and providing optimal search results. In the future, Inbenta plans to conduct R&D aiming for the further development of AI for help desk and e-commerce services in the Japanese market.
      URL
      https://www.inbenta.com/en/
    • Nessa Hearing Pte. Ltd

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Sales and marketing, as well as building relationships with Japanese companies in preparation for joint development of: (1) automatic adjustment technology for hearing aids that utilizes speech recognition technology in Japan and the Internet of Things (IoT); and (2) new lifestyle and content services designed for elderly people.
      URL
      http://nessa.asia/
    • Plugwise International B.V.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Sales and marketing, as well as building relationships with Japanese companies in preparation for development of energy-saving solutions for making energy use at residences, office buildings, and other places visible and automatically turning lights and other equipment on and off with mobile devices and wireless sensors.
      URL
      https://www.plugwise.com/
    • ThroughTek Co., Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Sales and customer support for development of new healthcare-related services for seniors. ThroughTek Co., Ltd. will leverage its experience in developing such items as systems that can transmit images and other data between surveillance cameras, smart home appliances, and smartphones.
      URL
      http://www.tutk.com/index.html
    • TUNE, Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Building relationships with Japanese advertisers, media, and advertising technology providers, for research and development of new functions of ad impact measurement tools dedicated to mobile advertising, in line with the needs of Japanese companies.
      URL
      http://www.tune.com/
    • GoCardless Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Business development for providing online direct debit services. In the future, GoCardless Ltd. plans to conduct research and development in areas such as integration with accounting software and connection with banking systems, to help Japanese companies collect payments with ease, reduce costs, and shorten the time from billing to payment.
      URL
      https://gocardless.com/
    • Next Generation Space Systems Corporation

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (scheduled)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY2018 (planed)
      Business Description
      Base to build relationships with Japanese companies and organizations in order for NGSS to roll out its telecommunications and observation services in Japan using the small satellites it developed with NASA. The company plans to co-develop mobile phone high-speed telecommunication services with Japanese telecommunications carriers and develop services such as disaster monitoring with observation stations, research institutions, etc. It also plans to co-develop small satellite parts, satellite phones, and others with Japan’s manufacturers
      URL
  • 2014

    Foreign companies attracted to the special zone in fiscal year 2014 are as follows. (as of the end of March 2015)

    (1) Number of companies
    • 1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center: 20 companies /Target: 20 companies
    • 2. Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities: 10 companies /Target: 10 companies
    (2) Number of businesses by type
    *Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.

    1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center

    2.Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities

    • Tigerspike Pty Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of mobile application product design methods for maximizing user comfort, a field where Japanese companies have not yet developed significant expertise, as well as methods to integrate mobile applications with in-house systems, in line with the cultural background and IT literacy levels of Japan.
      URL
      http://tigerspike.com/
    • TMA Solutions Co.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research, development and implementation of software outsourcing services, with focus on automobile embedded software and electronic applications. TMA Solutions Co. leverages its technological expertise in the fields of telecommunications and network to provide services to Japanese companies, which help them strengthen their competitiveness and expand into overseas markets.
      URL
      http://www.tmasolutions.com/
    • SurveyMonkey Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Joint development of survey templates suitable for use in Japan, and Japan-specific benchmarks to interpret survey results, with Japanese educational and research institutions. SurveyMonkey Inc. will leverage its expertise in this field acquired through provision of online questionnaire tools to clients around the world.
      URL
      https://jp.surveymonkey.com/
    • UDG Healthcare, PLC

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of services in which a team of specialists act on behalf of multiple drugmakers in providing doctors and other healthcare professionals with information on their products. The services are expected to help clients cut their selling, general and administrative expenses.
      URL
      http://www.udghealthcare.com/
    • Catalent, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of optimum investigational drug packaging and supply chain development solutions in the field of multi-national studies, where Japanese companies have not yet developed significant expertise, for pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs).
      URL
      http://www.catalent.com/index.php
    • SENSUS USA Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of smart meters that contribute to energy management and long range radio communication system that serves as a basic communication infrastructure between the base station and wireless devices such as smart meters in cooperation with Japanese companies.
      URL
      http://sensus.com/
    • Connect Worldwide International, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development of consulting services for Japanese hotels/ryokans including marketing and customer service methodologies suited to languages, cultures and religions found in more than 50 countries.
      URL
      http://cww.travel/
    • GVS Group

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development and marketing of filtration products tailored to the needs of Japanese companies and users. These include personal protective gear that is safe and comfortable even when used for long hours, achieved through ingenuity in materials and design.
      URL
      http://www.gvs.com/
    • Jiransoft Co., Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development for cloud services providing more secure storage and sending of electronic files and analysis of demand forecasts utilizing location information, which is expected to increase the operational efficiency of retail stores.
      URL
      http://www.jiransoft.com/
    • Pitney Bowes Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shinagawa / Tamachi Stations (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Research and development of software tailored to the needs of businesses in collaboration with Japanese companies. These include software to support more sophisticated marketing activities through the analysis of customer trends and utilization of location information and the world’s first software to comprehensively support the custom procedures, risk management, and other matters concerning businesses involved in cross-border E-Commerce operations.
      URL
      http://www.pitneybowes.com/us
    • SunEdison, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of products with high power generation efficiency and of best methods for operations and management through big data analysis of the amount of electricity generated and the failure rate according to geographic characteristics such as the location of the solar power plant and the climate.
      URL
      http://www.sunedison.com/
    • Compagnie Plastic Omnium SA

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development in collaboration with major Japanese carmakers concerning SCR (selective catalytic reduction) systems that effectively reduce emissions of NOx (nitrogen oxides) from exhaust gases of motor vehicles.
      URL
      http://www.inergyautomotive.com/Pages/Home.aspx
    • CompanyA

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development of monitoring system solutions that comply with new communication standards and can accommodate new types of devices. This monitoring system can maintain stable operation even when connected to multiple devices, and can be introduced and operated at low costs.
    • CompanyB

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shibuya Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development and marketing of devices for improving the efficiency of photovoltaic systems and enhancing their safety that comply with electrical standards, weather conditions, and customer needs distinctive to Japan. This company possesses cutting-edge technology for such devices.
    • CompanyC

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Research and development of a world-first, improved precision dispenser for sealing electronic substrates, medical container, etc. using adhesive technology that does not contain organic solvents and has low environmental impact.
    • CompanyD

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Joint research and development with Japanese food makers of functional food ingredients derived from milk and those containing amino acids, in line with Japanese food-related regulations, the biological characteristics and taste preference of Japanese people, and the needs of food makers and other companies.
    • Beautiful Earth Group, LLC

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Establish a research and development base aimed at the realization of Net Zero Buildings through the development of energy generation and efficiency technologies suited to the environmental requirements of Japanese urban centers, software that automatically forecasts and controls energy supply and demand in buildings, and methods of introducing such technology. *Net Zero Buildings are energy self-sufficient with zero net consumption of energy obtained from sources such as fossil fuels.
      URL
      http://www.beautifulearthgroup.com/
    • MedPlex Diagnostic Solutions Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Sales and marketing of remote blood glucose monitoring systems that contribute to blood glucose control of diabetic patients. In the future, MedPlex Diagnostic Solutions Inc. plans to conduct joint R&D with research institutes in Japan to develop medical devices that utilize chemical reactions of enzymes and other substances in the blood.
      URL
      http://www.medplexdx.com/
    • Unruly Holdings Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Unruly Holdings Ltd. has unique technology for analysis of social shares and distribution of online video advertising, and supports advertisers in improving the impact of their online video campaigns and enhancing their brand image. Unruly plans to develop analysis and distribution system in the future based on Japanese consumers' behaviors and advertisers' needs.
      URL
      http://unruly.co/
    • AVK Systems SA

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Building relationships with sports broadcasters in preparation for research and development through collaboration with Japanese companies to customize and deliver AVK's first to market High Definition Audio (HD Audio) solution to enhance the quality of popular sports broadcast in Japan.
      URL
      http://www.avksystems.com/
    • DocuSign Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Building relationships with Japanese companies in preparation for development of software and services tailored to the needs of Japanese customers. DocuSign Inc.'s services—Digital Transaction Management platform and electronic signature solution—help users expand in overseas markets and reduce paper documents.
      URL
      https://www.docusign.com/
    • QNAP Systems, Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Sales and marketing of network attached storage (NAS) devices, which enable the processing of large amounts of data, as well as preparation for conducting joint research and development of new products with Japanese companies, which broaden the use of smart devices and smart home appliances.
      URL
      https://www.qnap.com/i/en/index.php
    • FarFavour Enterprises Ltd.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Marketing herbs, herbal extracts and bee-derived natural ingredients, as well as building connections with Japanese manufacturers of health food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for future joint development of naturally derived ingredients, which those companies could use to develop new products.
      URL
      http://www.huisongpharm.com/
    • OKpanda, Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development of smartphone apps for English language learning, which can be easily used anytime and anywhere. It is anticipated that such needs will increase in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and with the further globalization of Tokyo and the rest of Japan. This office will be the Asian headquarters when OKpanda, Inc. expands into other Asian markets, supervising the formulation of business strategies for those markets.
      URL
      http://www.okpanda.com/home_english
    • Aytu BioScience, Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      The new office will work for collaboration with research institutions and other entities in Japan for future joint research on the measurement of redox potential (ORP or oxidation-reduction potential), which is expected to be a useful tool in assessing the effect of treatment for wounds and chronic diseases.
      URL
      http://aytubio.com
    • Novus Partners, Inc.

      Type
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Marketing and customer support for research and development of online portfolio analysis tools tailored to the needs of Japanese institutional investors and fund managers. The portfolio analysis tools of Novus Partners, Inc. are backed by its expertise in handling and analyzing the world's largest volume of data on asset allocation.
      URL
      http://www.novus.com/
  • 2013

    n fiscal 2013, the TMG's Special Zone project successfully attracted foreign business, with 11 companies deciding to expand their operations to Tokyo under the scheme, surpassing the target of 10. (as of the end of March 2014) Six of them are in the medical/healthcare industry, two in environment-related businesses, two in IT, and one in content creation.

    Of the above companies, one has transferred its operations to its home country due to change of business plans.
    (Company information will be uploaded when publication becomes possible.)

    1. Foreign companies establishing an RHQ/R&D center

    2.Foreign companies intending to establish an RHQ/R&D center after first establishing a base for activities

    • Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development of drug formulation and other technologies that meet the needs of Japanese patients and doctors with quality and reliance. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited will leverage its expertise in the fields of generic pharmaceuticals, which are expected to contribute to the reduction of medical expenditures, and healthcare products, based on its experience of doing business in more than 100 countries in the world.
      URL
      http://www.aspenpharma.com/
    • Skyepharma PLC

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Development of innovative oral and inhalation drug products with an improved profile of side effects or dosage, in collaboration with Japanese companies, through proprietary technologies for "drug delivery system" enabling delivery of the right drug amount to the right target with the right timing.
      URL
      http://www.skyepharma.com/
    • Biogen Idec, Inc.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Development and commercialization for the hemophilia-related products which can meet the patients' unmet needs in Japan, in the class of the biomedicines characterized by curative effects and need for advanced manufacturing technology
      URL
      http://www.biogenidec.com/
    • REC Solar ASA

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Area around Shinjuku Station
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Research and development center for various solar batteries by collaborating with REC Singapore production plant in order to deliver the high quality and innovative products which match the Japanese customer needs and fit to Japanese architectural structures
      URL
      http://www.recgroup.com/en/
    • BigSmile Products, LLC

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Regional headquarters overseeing strategic planning, information technology and finance in order to sell and distribute innovative consumer products in Asia in collaboration with Japanese companies
    • Zhejiang Longterm Medical Technology Co., Ltd.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Development and supply in collaboration with the companies in Tokyo of advanced and affordable products such as dressings for pressure ulcers and ostomy care products, areas where demand is expected to increase among the elderly
      URL
      http://en.longterm-health.com/
    • Production Resource Group, L.L.C.

      Type
      R&D center
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      R&D in collaboration with Japanese companies, including those located in Tokyo, in researching on the dramatic production methodologies and effective operation of concerts and live events originated in Japan to Asia, etc.
      URL
      http://www.prg.com/
    • Atos Medical AB

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Asia-Pacific administrative headquarters overseeing specific tasks of several offices in the region for the supply of medical products and medical services in the field of otolaryngology
      URL
      http://www.atosmedical.com/
    • CompanyA

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo / Waterfront Area (planned)
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      The second half of FY 2017
      Business Description
      Supervision of the alliance strategy development, sales, marketing, and financial management in Japan and South Korea, with respect to the company's unique medical devices designed to be useful to a wider range of patients.
    • CompanyB

      Type
      Regional headquarters
      Location
      Central Tokyo/ Waterfront Area
      Scheduled Date of Establishment
      Already established
      Business Description
      Supervision of sales and marketing in the solar panel business in three countries of Asia Pacific. The company's solar power business is centered on solar panels with the world's top class conversion efficiency.