Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan


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

February 01, 2021

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.