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Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan explores what it's like to be an innovator in a culture that prizes conformity and introduces you to startups that will be household brands in a few years.

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator

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Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan explores what it's like to be an innovator in a culture that prizes conformity and introduces you to startups that will be household brands in a few years.

    One way that AI is transforming family farms

    One way that AI is transforming family farms

    Some of Japan's innovations are going to have a much bigger impact outside of Japan.



    Like most startups, most AgTech startups sensibly tend to focus on their own markets. While this makes things easier at first, it tends to overlook the huge challenges -- and potentially huge profits -- that exist in the developing world.



    Today we talk with Shunsuke Tsuboi of Sagri, and he explains how Sagri started life as a satellite -imaging startup focused on incremental innovation in Japan, but then quickly transformed itself into a disruptive FinTech startup serving India and Southeast Asia.



    It's a great conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 33 min.
    What you can learn from this "PoopTech" startup

    What you can learn from this "PoopTech" startup

    The bacteria in our gut affect our lives and our health in ways we are just starting to fully realize, and mapping this biome is expected to advance medical science and pharmacology as mapping the human genome.



    However, our gut biota is not a mappable sequence, but a complex ecosystem, and one that may be unique to each individual.



    In our conversation, Shinji Fukuda, founder of Metabologenomic (aka Metagen), explains how the science is advancing, what kinds of consumer devices we are likely to see first, the importance of global expansion, and the challenges of being a deep-tech startup in Japan.



    It's a great conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 33 min.
    An Instagram for skin disease? Wait, this could work!

    An Instagram for skin disease? Wait, this could work!

    A lot of great ideas seem crazy when you first hear about them.



    Today Ryotaro Ako, founder of Atopiyo, explains not only why this is a great idea that is deeply valued by his users, but he also frankly talked about the difficulties in bringing it to market.



    We talk about the challenges of forming a long-term, core team and of developing a steady cash flow while trying to focus on a social good, and the risks involved in monetizing a community.



    Ryotaro also explains why extensive press coverage and shelves of startup awards don't make developing a sustainable business model any easier.



    It's a great conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 29 min.
    So, you want to play in Japan's Regulatory Sandbox?

    So, you want to play in Japan's Regulatory Sandbox?

    Disruption comes slowly to medicine.  And that's a good thing. 



    Since the ethos of the profession is "First, do no harm", it makes sense that safety and efficacy are prioritized over rapid innovation. 



    But innovation does happen, and the Japanese government is working to make sure it happens faster. Today we sit down with Taro Ueno of Susmed and talk about the challenges and tradeoffs in innovative medicine. 



    We talk about why he left medical research for entrepreneurship, and how iPhone apps and blockchain are being used clinically in Japan. And in both cases, I assure you,. it's not what you think.



    It's a great conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 24 min.
    Why people are afraid to trust AI. And how to fix it.

    Why people are afraid to trust AI. And how to fix it.

    Artificial Intelligence makes a lot of people nervous. That's understandable.



    Today we sit down with Ken Fujiwara of Hacarus to discuss why that is, and what this startup is doing to fix it.



    As in so many other fields, when comparing AI in Japan and the West, we find that the technology is fundamentally the same, but the social attitudes and business strategies are very different.



    Ken is a serial entrepreneur, but running an AI startup was never part of his original plan. He had bigger goals in mind, and we talk about how he plans to pivot back to them someday.



    We also discuss Kyoto's booming startup ecosystem and why one CEO has publically stated he wants to destroy it.



    It's a great conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 41 min.
    What you can learn from Japan’s seven-minute miracle

    What you can learn from Japan’s seven-minute miracle

    Today we are going to look at a different kind of innovation.



    It's not technology. It's not patentable, and I'm not sure it's scalable. But it is important.



    It turns out that the story behind a Japanese viral video can teach us a lot about the future of work. It's an example of Japanese innovation at it's best



    I think you'll enjoy it.

    • 20 min.

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