Company

Philosophy

Let's design an exciting future society together

CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) was born as a university-launched venture from the Graduate School of Engineering at Hokkaido University, a leader in the social implementation of AI. Today, we collaborate with many universities and research institutes and value a culture of challenging highly specialized issues while satisfying our curiosity in a lab-like atmosphere. This culture is one of the things that attracts so many researchers. Our mission is not to be a critic, but to contribute to the value of corporate services and products by using the results of academic research. The world has begun to change at an amazing pace due to AI. And we at CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) are the people who will contribute in creating this exciting future.

Our Strengths

University-launched venture born from AI laboratory

Our goal is to contribute to the resolution of our clients difficult problems and the creation of new services using cutting-edge, and academic AI research. CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) is Founded in 2009 as as accredited venture from Hokkaido University. It is one of the few advanced AI ventures with a university-based background. The results of our work have been highly praised, and we have received awards from the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry's "300 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Small Business Enterprise" and the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry's "Northern Entrepreneurship Award".

Collaboration with a number of university laboratories

Since its establishment, we have collaborated with AI laboratories in many universities to ensure highly specialized research and development capabilities. We are collaborating with the Harmonic Engineering (Hidenori Kawamura Laboratory) at Hokkaido University, Keiji Suzuki Laboratory at Future University of Hakodate (public university), Masato Yamamoto Laboratory at Hokkaido University, AI Lab at the Regional Collaboration Research Center at Sapporo City University, Yamashita Laboratory at the National Tokyo College of Technology, Komatsugawa Laboratory at Chitose University of Science and Technology (public university), Yasuda Laboratory at Hokkaido University of Information Technology, and others.

Academic Expertise and Culture

Inheriting the philosophy of implementing the results of university research into society, our research environment is characterized by an open and free research environment that resembles a laboratory. Thorough discussions are held daily by employees with a keen sense of intellectual curiosity in order to find solutions to our customers' problems.

Company Profile

As of June 30, 2020

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company name
CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) (certified venture from Hokkaido University)
Location
〒001-0021 Sapporo Branch- Office 305, Hokkaido University Business Spring, West 12th Street, kitaku kita 21 jō, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
〒103-0007 Tokyo Branch - Office 301, TKM Nihonbashi Tower, 1-10, Nihonbashi Hamacho 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
AI SAMURAI JAPAN Limited (Bangladesh subsidiary) - House-13, Road-1/A, Block-J, Baridhara, Dhaka-1212
Founding date
2009/11/4
Number of Employees
51 (28 full-time employees, 3 outside directors, 13 part-time employees, 7 advisors)
Capital Stock
173,250,000 YEN (capital reserve of 143,500,000 YEN)
Business Overview
AI implementation consulting, AI research and development. AI Implementation. Operations, provision of AI engines, and human resource development.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Takuya Nakamura
Board Member
Tetsuya Kurokawa, Director
Hidenori Kawamura, Co-founder and. Professor of Hokkaido University, Outside Director.
Keiji Suzuki, Co-founder, Professor, Future University of Hakodate.
Masakuni Ueno, Corporate Auditor (full-time).
Seiji Sato, External Corporate Auditor.
Masakazu Hasegawa, External Corporate Auditor.
Main Clients
Aeon Hokkaido Co., Ltd., Cresco Co., Ltd., Kotobuki Sangyo Co., Ltd., The Sun Strategic Solutions Co., Ltd., Tokyo Electron Co., Ltd., Nikko Co., Ltd., East Japan Telecom Telephone Co. , Ltd., Hitachi Solutions East Japan Co., Ltd., Fusion Co., Ltd. Company Flare Service Co., Ltd., Hokkaido Part-time Job Information Co., Ltd., Hokkaido Gas Co., Ltd., Hokkaido Shimbun Co., Ltd., INSIGHT LAB Co., Ltd., awl Co., Ltd., AI TOKYO LAB Co., Ltd., etc. (titles omitted, in alphabetical order)

Company History

November 2009
Establishment of CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) in Sapporo, Japan,
as a venture company of the Hokkaido University Harmonic Engineering Laboratory
June 2014
CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC) starts to attract attention as in Mr. Toshiyuki Takei, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and Mr. Makoto Sugiura, Director-General of the Hokkaido Bureau of Telecommunications, visited the company to observe the research results.
July 2017
Relocated our headquarters to the Hokkaido University Business Spring located North of Hokkaido University Campus.
October 2017
Certified by Hokkaido University as a Hokkaido University Venture Company
May 2018
Opened office in Nihonbashi, Tokyo to expand Companies operations .
January 2019
Received the "Northern Entrepreneur Award" by the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry/dd>
June 2019
Selected by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, as one of the "300 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises"
December 2019
Opened a subsidiary in Dhaka, Bangladesh
and established a cooperation with the University of Dhaka

Access

Sapporo Head Office

〒001-0021
Office 305, Hokkaido University Business Spring, West 12th Street, kitaku kita 21 jō, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Tokyo Branch Office

〒103-0007
Office 301, TKM Nihonbashi Tower, 1-10, Nihonbashi Hamacho 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

AI SAMURAI JAPAN Limited
(Bangladesh Subsidiary)

House-13, Road-1/A, Block-J, Baridhara, Dhaka-1212

Management and Advisors

Takuya Nakamura, Chief executive officer (CEO)

Sapporo AI Lab Manager
1986 Graduated from Keio University with a degree in Commerce. 1986 Worked at the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank and Hitachi Software Engineering, 2011 joined CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC)as the CEO; during which He has given many lectures on business introduction of AI and regional revitalization, such as "Forum for the Future Pioneered by Cutting-Edge Technology" at the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Japan, NTT Data Management Research Institute's "New Regional Development Model by Rural and Cutting-Edge Technology", and the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry's "New Entry Promotion Symposium for Robot-related Business".

Tetsuya Kurokawa, Director, COO and General Manager of Research and Development

1998 Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University.
1998 Joined the Japan Digital Research Institute, where he was involved in the production of financial accounting packages.
1999 joined Accenture in As a manager and IT consultant, during which he has been involved in numerous system conceptualization,implementation, operation and maintenance projects mainly for telecommunications, manufacturing and energy companies.
October 2019 joined CHOWA GIKEN Corporation (CGC)
As Tokyo Branch Manager; in March 2020, he was appointed Manager of the Research and Development Department; and in June 2020, he was appointed to the company's Board of Directors.

Dr. Keiji Suzuki, Outside Director, Co-founder

Professor of the Department of Complexity and Intelligence at Future University Hakodate.
Deputy Director of the Center for Future AI Research at Hakodate University. 2015 Appointed as a professor of the Department of Complexity and Intelligence at Future University Hakodate, His areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, tourism informatics, multi-agent systems, autonomous distributed robot control, and complex systems engineering.

Dr. Hidenori Kawamura, Outside Director, Co-founder

Professor at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering. Director of Sapporo AI Lab.
Director of Fusion Corporation, Oulu Corporation, INSIGHT LAB, Sankuree, Cresco, Interpark, Super Hotel, Anabuki Kosan, Nikko, Big, and several other companies. After working as an assistant and associate professor at Hokkaido University , he became a professor in the Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering at the same university in 2016. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. He is interested in artificial intelligence research, and has been engaged in research on neural networks, deep learning, machine learning, evolutionary systems, multi-agent systems, data mining, and robotics. He has published many papers on artificial intelligence. He has established several startups in the field of AI.

Masakuni Ueno, Auditor

Graduated from the Department of Management Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kinki University in 1976. Ltd. and Gene Technoscience Corporation, etc., where he worked mainly in finance and accounting, and other general administrative tasks such as stock administration.

Dr. Masato Yamamoto, Technical Advisor

Professor, Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University. Director of the Japan Association of Tourism Information.
Completed the doctoral program at Hokkaido University in 1996. After working as an assistant professor and associate professor at Hokkaido University,
he became a professor in the Autonomous Systems Engineering Laboratory at the same university. He is an alumnus of the Harmonious Systems Engineering Laboratory at Hokkaido University. His research interests include complex networks, deep learning, optimization, meta-heuristics, artificial life, and evolutionary robotics.

Dr. Michio YAMASHITA, Technical Advisor

Associate Professor, Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University.
He completed the doctoral program at Hokkaido University in 2002. After that he was working as a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 2003, he became an associate professor at the Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering, Hokkaido University in 2017. He is also an alumnus of the Harmonious Systems Engineering Laboratory at Hokkaido University, specializing in multi-agent, intelligent agents, reinforcement learning, deep learning, etc.

Dr. Hiroyuki Iizuka, Technical Advisor

Associate professor at the Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University.
After serving as Assistant Professor at Osaka University, he became Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Hokkaido University in 2013. He is an alumnus of the Harmonious Systems Engineering Laboratory at Hokkaido University, specializing in artificial life, complex systems science, deep learning, and VR.

Soichiro Yokoyama, Technical Advisor, PhD (Information Science)

Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University.
Completed the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University in 2016 with a shortened period of time. In 2017, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Harmonious Systems Engineering Laboratory at Hokkaido University. He specializes in combinatorial optimization problems, scheduling problems, deep learning, and machine learning.

Akihiro YAMASHITA, Co-Principal Investigator, PhD (Information Science)

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Tokyo National College of Technology. He is a member of the National Colleges of Technology Programming Contest.
Completed the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University in 2010 with a shortened period of time. 2017, he became an assistant professor at Tokyo National College of Technology before becoming an associate professor at the same school. He is an alumnus of the Harmonic Engineering Laboratory at Hokkaido University, specializing in recommendation systems, data mining, and intelligent systems.

Nobukazu Yoshihara, Financial Advisor

President of the Capital Policy Institute, Inc.
Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Keio University in 1985. After working for Nippon Godo Finance (now JAFCO), Mizuho Securities, Plutus Consulting, and others, he became an advisor to Harmonix Corporation. Specializes in capital policy and fund raising.

Awards

Selected as one of the "300 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises" in fiscal year 2018.

On June 6, 2019, we received a letter of appreciation from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, as a group of researchers contributing to the improvement of productivity in Japan through AI.

Awarded the "Entrepreneur of the North" Encouragement Award in 2018

On January 23, 2019, the company received an Encouragement Award from the Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Northern Entrepreneurship Award; as a leader in the AI business in Hokkaido. The Encouragement Award is given to the managers of companies with good business performance and high expectations for future business development, and the company was selected from among about 1,400 companies for its unique management system and its pursuit of cutting-edge technology to improve its performance.

Winner of the TSUBASA Alliance "Finovation Challenge" Special Jury Prize

On April 27, 2018, the Company's "Measures to Revitalize Local Economies Using Interest-Analytical Apps to Change the Flow of People" was awarded the Judges Special Prize at the FinTech Business Competition, co-sponsored by four domestic banks and the T&I Innovation Center.

Awarded the title of “Certified Venture from Hokkaido University”

On October 13, 2017, we were awarded the title of Certified Venture from Hokkaido University by Director Nishii in recognition of our achievements in creating new AI research and business models in collaboration with laboratories at Hokkaido University and other universities in Hokkaido.