June 12, 2018 MEDIA ALERT

Emerging Leader Awards Announced
In the 2018 Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Program

San Francisco, CA – The Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Program proudly announces the winners of the 2018 Emerging Leader Awards. The awards will be presented at the Eighth annual Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium at Stanford University on July 13, 2018. The Awards Program is produced by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.

The Emerging Leader – Japan award winner is MUJIN Inc.

• Mujin’s mission is to automate robots with software systems to increase worldwide productivity. Mujin has created the “brain” to empower manufacturers and logistics suppliers with “smarter” robots that can see and move by themselves. In 2017, as a key technology provider, Mujin helped JD.com to realize the world’s first fully autonomous warehouse. In 2016, for the first time in history, as a start-up company, Mujin won the most prestigious award in robotics in Japan, “The Robot Award”.

The Emerging Leader – US award goes jointly to FogHorn Systems and WeWork.
  • FogHorn Systems Inc. provides a technology platform for the rapidly growing domain of Industrial IOT systems with “intelligence at the edge,” a new edge computing analytics and machine learning solution that will enable real-time applications such as self-driving cars and networked robotics.
  • WeWork is a platform for creators, providing over 250,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. WeWork currently has 250 physical locations in 73 cities
    and 22 countries around the world.Founders and senior executives from each of the three companies will share the story of the company’s innovation and subsequent progress in a panel discussion at the July 13 program at Stanford University.

Awards Program Steering Committee Chair Richard Dasher explained that the Emerging Leader Awards “recognize the impact that these companies are already beginning to have on existing industries and their value chains, both in Japan and in the U.S. As the companies continue their worldwide growth, they also provide proof of the robust innovation relationships that Silicon Valley and Japan are offering to each other.”

Now in its eighth year, the 2018 Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium will be held July 13, 2018, at the Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Japan-US Innovation Awards Program is the longest running program in the Bay Area that highlights the links between Silicon Valley and Japan.

Innovation Showcase 

The following top executives of the 2018 Innovation Showcase Companies will participate in this year’s Japan-U.S.  Innovation Awards Symposium.  The Japan – U.S Innovation Awards is organized by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.

  • ABEJA, Inc., Takanori Ogata, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer
  • Astroscale PTE Ltd., Chris Blackerby, COO
  • LPixel, Yuki Shimahara, Founder and CEO
  • Infostellar, Naomi Kurahara, Co-founder and CEO
  • ispace, Takashi Hakamada, Founder and CEO

click here for the complete 2018 Innovation Showcase Press Release

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Media Contact:

Yuriko Tada yuri@usajapan.org

Past recipients of the Emerging Leader Awards include companies that have gone on to become highly successful businesses, including Line Corp., Tesla Motors, Mercari, Dropbox, Preferred Networks, Euglena, and Cellular Dynamics International.