Founder, CEO

“Ima” is an organization that continues to create new forms to address social issues by feeling the “now” (pronounced as “ima” in Japanese) and connecting the “in-between” (pronounced as “a-ima” in Japanese).

Having lived through the transition period when digital technology entered our daily lives and businesses, we have experienced many moments when the “now” changed drastically.

New ways of living and thinking have been advocated in the past, but we are now in an era in which the “now” that has traditionally been valued is changing at an unprecedented speed, and we are excited every day by the new discoveries we can make when we look at the new “now” in a new light.

We live in an interesting time of drastic changes in the concepts of “how people should be” “how organizations should be” and many other things. In this era, Japan has a culture that values “kata” (it means a form) that transcend the concept of time and inherently change, as in the traditional Japanese musical “Noh”. Because we were born and raised in such a Japan, there is a world that we can see.

If there is a “kata”, it is possible to create a new form.

The kata has continued to change flexibly according to the people, places, and conditions of the time.

Capture the “ima” (in-between) and create the “ima” (now). That is our job.


December 5, 2021

Tama Art University

“How Can We Design a New World?”

November 19, 2021

NSK Ltd.

“Methods to Change Reality” (Panelist)

November 11, 2021

the Sake & AI Expert Technology Study Group

“The AI-sake Project: Integrating AI with Traditional Industries”

August 6, 2021

Hamamatsu City Digital Smart City Promotion Division

“Digital Smart City Hamamatsu” First Solution Pitch (Moderator)

June 5, 2021

MAT TALK Media Ambition Tokyo

“Transcending Cognitive Boundaries with Remote Reality”

May 17, 2021

MAT TALK Media Ambition Tokyo

“Body and City in 2050”

April 28, 2021

Co-startup Space & Community FUSE

“What is the Next Generation ‘Manufacturing’ by New Integrations?”

March 11, 2021

Chubu Region Innovation Promotion Organization

“What is a Digital Society? The Essence of Digital Transformation (DX)” (Moderator)

March 8, 2021

Yokohama City University Data Science Promotion Center

“A Tolerant Future Through Data Science: Insights from the AI-sake Project”

March 5, 2021

Toyota Technical Association

“Connecting People, Things, and Technology: Creating and Implementing New Value”

January 30, 2021

Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Outlier Talent MeetUp! (Panelist)

November 19, 2020

Nihonbashi Club

“Building an Ecosystem for Business Succession” and “Updating Traditional Industries”

November 15, 2020

Hitotsubashi University Business School, International Corporate Strategy (Hitotsubashi ICS)

“Leadership in the Creative Economy”

January 31, 2020

Bioengineering Study Group

“Tradition and Technology: Sustaining Craftsmanship with AI – The Future of Japanese Sake × AI, Pioneered by ‘Nanbu Bijin’ and ima Inc.”

January 30, 2020

Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. (CCC)

“Planning Truly Valuable Businesses”

December 13, 2019

Digital Hollywood University

“Why I Promote the Social Implementation of AI – Living in This Moment”

December 6, 2019

Somic Ishikawa Inc.

“Why Corporate Branding is Important”

March 17, 2019

Keio University SDM

“Social Implementation of AI”

February 4, 2019

Startup City Promotion Council
JAPAN STARTUP SELECTION – the 5th Anniversary –

“Social Implementation of Innovation” (Moderator)

January 22, 2019

Retail AI Study Group

“Challenges in Passing Down Artisan Skills Through AI Applications”

January 23, 2019

Datsun Study Group

Invited Lecture

February 22, 2018

SIX 2018

“How ‘The Eyes of AI’ Support the Succession of Traditional Skills”