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[EN]”Interactive Summit” by J-POP SUMMIT2016–The Showcase of Emerging Technologies from Japan!

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Posted by 河原 あず  - 2016.7.20 07:07 -

英語記事です。日本語記事はこちら: http://www.techwatch.jp/2016/07/19/interactive-summit-j-pop/

J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events has announced that it will once again celebrate the latest in Japanese tech-innovations through their Interactive Summit on Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th from 11am – 5pm at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. The annual event bridges the informational gap between Japan and the U.S. to explore the Japanese tech scene and what Silicon Valley is currently missing.

The Interactive Summit features two main programs: The Showcase at Festival Pavilion
and Sessions at Gallery 308, both held at Fort Mason Center.

For full details, please visit

(Facebook event page) https://www.facebook.com/events/1146388408750932/

TechWatch explains about the contents of the technology pavilion of this summit. Please check it out!! If you are interested in, you can enjoy these contents with Japanese culture, like music, manga comic, anime, ramen, cosplay and so on.

J-POP SUMMIT 2016 Digital Guidebook(Details for Interactive Summit P.21- 25)

US Premier Exhibition of Motobot from Yamaha Motor!(7/23-24 at Festival Pavilion)


(Facebook event page) https://www.facebook.com/events/224031004663557/

Don’t miss the U.S. debut exhibition of MOTOBOT, which was a huge sensation at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015! Check out how MOTOBOT took on Valentino Rossi, world famous motorcycle racer and multiple-time MotoGP World Champion! MOTOBOT will be displayed at Yamaha booth at Interactive Showcase area inside Fesitival Pavilion for both days!

MAZDA x GranTurismo TALK Session!!!! The Challenger Spirit The design philosophy of MAZDA(7/24 14:45- at Festival Pavilion)


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MAZDA and Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo team have a special talk session at the main stage of Festival Pavilion on J-POP SUMMIT2016!!! TRY THE VIRTUAL TEST RIDE OF MAZDA AT THE BOOTH, AND KNOW THE “MONOZUKURI(MAKERS)” PHILOSOPHTY OF THEM BY THE SPECIAL STAGE!!!

Stop by Mazda’s exhibit space inside the festival pavilion and experience the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda3 vehicles. While there, test your racing skills on some of the most renowned race circuits in the PlayStation Gran Turismo driving sleds. MAZDA puts the driving experience first because Driving Matters!

Moderator: Koichiro Kanda (Managing Director ALPINE) Speakers: Taku Imasaki (Game Producer, Sony PlayStation) + A very special guest from MAZDA!


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Innovation Weekend San Francisco with SUKIYAKI (7/23 11:00- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


(Facebook event page) https://www.facebook.com/events/884543338316233/

A pitch contest by SF based local startups interested in expanding their business globally, and some guest startups from Japan will also join. Please enjoy their pitch for new innovative products and services!

[Presented by]
SunBridge Global Ventures with Sukiyaki

[Sponsored by]
JETRO San Francisco

Tech x Life x Design ~How will “designed IoT” Change Our World?(7/23 13:30- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


(Facebook event page) https://www.facebook.com/events/1388033531213559/

“Designability” is essential to IoT products. By looking at “Design×Hardware×Branding” in the Bay Area, we discuss how to make beautifully designed Japanese products globally accessible.
(Photos above: Clockwise from top left)
Moderator: Ken Miura (DouZen CEO)

Shin Sakane (seven dreamers, CEO)
Seiichi Saito (RhizomatiksCEO, Creative Technical Director)
Ana Arriola(Minimalisms Founder & CDO)
Hideaki Matsui(Industrial Designer)
Naoya Edahiro(Industrial Designer)

DMM Starter ~A New Way Of Globalizing Japanese Products (7/23 14:45- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


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This session will explain how DMM Starter aims to provide more effective ways for Japanese start-ups and manufacturers to expand their businesses globally. Also, we will demonstrate how to use “KAGURA”, an application that can play music by detecting human motion.

(Photos above: from left)
Moderator: Takayuki Suzuki (ParadeAll Inc, President )

Shunsuke Nakamura (SHIKUMI DESIGN, Inc., CEO)
Yusuke Muranaka ( DMM.com Co.,Ltd, Director)

Robot x Human ~ How “They” Will Live With Us? (7/23 16:00- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


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The world once imagined by comics such as “Astro Boy” and “Doraemon” is becoming a reality. Humanoids and robots are now common. How will robots change our lives? What is the difference between Japanese and American robots? Also don’t miss the cute robots!

Moderator: Noriko Takiguchi (Robonews.net, Journalist)
Shunsuke Aoki (”Bocco” Yukai Engineering, CEO)
Ilya Polyakov(“Kubi” Revolve Robotics, CTO)
Jay Onda (“Motobot” Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley ,Director of Strategic Investments)

Crazy & High-Tech “internet of Things” from Japan!!!! The Diversity of Samurai Makers (7/24 16:00- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


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We invite “SAMURAI MAKERS” from Japan. They have artisan pride and are currently garnering attention from around the world. See master craftsmanship at work in their cutting-edge products.
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Moderator: Takeshi Homma (Hom.ma Inc., CEO)

Panelists: (Photos: from left bottom to right)
Takayoshi Ishii (Asakura Giken, CEO)
Joji Yamaguchi (Inupathy, CEO)
Yuya Kikukawa (No new folk studio, CEO)

TOTO Ideathon “WASHLET CHACKATHON in J-POP SUMMIT2016” (7/24 10:30- at Gallery308 of Fort Mason)


TOTO and J-POP SUMMIT will present the ideathon to figure out “the future of toilet & restroom”. TOTO WASHLET is the high-technology toilet that can make your life healthier and better to clean up the dirty of your body and mind.

CHA 茶(JAPANESE TEA) + IDEATHON = CHACKATHON!!! CHAKATHON is the ideathon series for people who love healthy and creative life!

“Chackathon” means the ideathon with tea(茶 Cha). 1st Chackathon was held May 2014 at Evernote HQ, and Vol.2 was held at Orenchi Beyond that is one of the greatest ramen restaurants in San Francisco in December 2014.  In 2015, SONY MESH project and YAMAHA Motor had this ideathon at J-POP SUMMIT2015. Chachathon was held in San Francisco/Silicon Velley 7 times, Tokyo 6 times, Kyoto 1 time, and 2 times in Seattle as well. Totally over 600 people have joined to the ideathon series.

It needs pre-registration to join and it was closed already. TOTO will have a booth at Festival Pavilion so please touch their product there.

Over 30 companies from Japan will have booths on Festival Pavilion!! Come and touch their products!!


MAZDA/TOTO/Mitsubishi Electronics/Fujitsu/Yamaha Motor/Panasonic
DouZen/Revolve Robotics/Viki by Rakuten/Sakae Chuzo/Ohzen
Pipit-Vision/Salefull “Clare”/Snowrobin/Bon-Uni/U-Can
Yukai Engineering “Bocco”/Shikumi Design ”KAGURA”/Inupathy/Asakusa Giken
No New Folk Studio “Orphe”/Miraisense/Justa/Fuller, Inc “Joren”
NICT/Pasona/JETRO San Francisco

They will feature “Robot””VR””AR””IoT””Projection Mapping” etc. Details for each booth is at the official site of J-POP SUMMIT2016!!