MISSIONCompletion of the movement “Hack Osaka “promoted by Osaka City to make the whole city into one workplace . By doing this, we will build an innovation ecosystem where everyone becomes colleague, regardless of title, position, organization, age, or any types of borders and create an environment where innovation (necessary metabolism in the markets ) occurs continuously throughout the city.
A mindset that creates innovation： Open (open minded to diversity),
Flat (Non-hierarchal communication for creation),
Friendly (to help others to solve problems),
“OFF”, the head letters from the three words, expresses the idea of “(getting) OFF” from any types of borders such as position, title, organization for the sake of overall optimization. This is not only what Osaka people highly respect, but also the spiritual foundation of Japan : “equality” under Nature.
In an era of rapid change, “people come to work in industries, communities and towns rather than in companies.” That is what I realized in the IT business where I was engaged in.
With this experience, I started a movement, called “Hack Osaka”, during my previous job with Osaka City Government . It is a movement of making the whole city into one workplace, where all people work together beyond all boundaries such as position, titles, organizations, ages, national borders to achieve overall optimization and to create value for society.
It is a movement to create a city to lead innovation for all of us.
This is my commitment even after retiring the City Government. Then I have established Human Hub Japan Corp. to help this movement continue from the private sector.
As the Internet has taught us, by connecting people to people, people to knowledge, knowledge to knowledge, productivity has expanded dramatically. Human Hub Japan corp. has decided to become a hub, the same as like node in the Internet to accelerate the productivity and creativity in the society.
We are looking forward to working with you to make the better world.
PROFILEHe was appointed by public offering the head of “Osaka Innovation Hub”, Osaka City Government’s networking platform for innovation, and was engaged in the City’s innovation administration in general. Before serving for Osaka City Government, he founded and developped several new businesses as an intrapreneur with also being involved in making alliance with IT startups overseas. He had expreiences of planning and operating cross-organizational projects to benefit stakeholders in the industries. At Osaka City Government, he promoted “Hack Osaka movement”, a campaign to make the whole city into a workplace where all players cooperate together. He is still active in developing the movement to lead co-creation by working together beyond titles, organization, and nationality.
Adviser to Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp., (2018~),
Deputy Director General, The Kansai Innovation Initiative, A national project by the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) (2020~),
Former Director General for Innovation, Osaka City Government ,
Chosen one of Forbes (Japan) 88 local innovators (2017).