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Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan on Smash Notes

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan podcast.

January 03, 2020

Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan introduces you to some of the Japanese innovators that will be household brands in a few years and explains what it’s really like to be an innovator in a society that values conformity.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Disrupting Japan turns seven years old this week! - Unfortunately, because of current conditions in Japan, we won't be able to sit down over a beer and talk about startups live as we usually do. - Today, I'd like to share a story in three acts.

This is a very personal and rather speculative episode. - No guests this time. It's just the two of us. - In past episodes, you have already met some of the founders at the center of an amazing cluster of startups that have the potential to redefine ...

Japan has a very different approach to robotics. - Japan leads the world in industrial robots, but there is also a growing movement that is reinventing the way we share our world with machines. - Kaname Hayashi was one of the creators of Softbank's P...

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,

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,

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...

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,

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,

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 fu...

The automotive industry is closed and proprietary. - But Shinpei Kato, founder and CEO of Tier IV, thinks they are going to be forced to change. Teir IV has brought together a global community of programmers and corporate partners to create the Autowa...

Startups exist to develop new solutions to problems. - But many of society's biggest problems fall outside traditional startup business models. - Today we explore why that is, and how it might be changed as we sit down with Robin Lewis,

Personal aviation is awesome! - Aviation has been a source of inspiration and a symbol of innovation since the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, to today's dreams of colonizing Mars. -