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April 4, 2018, the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Program announced the Japan winners of the 2018 Outstanding Innovation Awards.

The Awards were presented during a Public Videoconference at Stanford University with a real-time two-way link to an audience in Tokyo. From Tokyo, CEO of Cloudian Michael TsoSoracom Co-Founder and CEO Ken Tamagawa, and Mujin CEO Issei Takino described their companies’ innovations and discuss challenges and best practices for achieving success with disruptive innovations having U.S. – Japan links. Mr. Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), served as host and moderator at the Tokyo hub, in cooperation with Prof. Dasher at Stanford.

Prof. Richard Dasher, Chair of the Steering Committee of the Awards Program, observed the 2018 winners, Cloudian, Mujin and Soracom, all prove that Japanese startups can hold their own against Silicon Valley. 



Cloudian, Inc. is revolutionizing data storage by bringing its limitlessly scalable object storage solutions to serve global enterprises.




Mujin Inc.’s mission is to automate robots with software systems to increase worldwide manufacturing productivity. Mujin has created a proprietary platform with a wide range of product applications.




Soracom, Inc. develops a secure, scalable, and cloud-native connectivity platform for the Internet of Things (IOT) and Machine to Machine (M2) worldwide. Its platform supports rapid prototyping and large-scale deployment.