To leverage social innovation and new technologies
to create convenient services that are something to get excited about.
A Greeting from the founding management.JaQool, Inc. launched today, on October 7th. JaQool is a company that will leverage social innovation and new technologies to create exciting, convenient services. Three entrepreneurs from different backgrounds have gathered together to utilise these new technologies and techniques to develop services that can help to make the world a better place.
First, there's me, Genri Goto: I founded and led a successful e-commerce company for 20 years; after leaving that company 2 years ago, I returned to being a student, studying public policy over the course of a year. At this time, I realised the interesting possibilities made available by governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and research institutes by breaking down their boundaries and cooperating together to generate new social innovation.
Takaaki Kamio founded Mind Palette in November 2010, and, at a time when the smartphone market was still not well-established, he released the photo sharing SNS app, "Snapeee". This internet service developed in Japan gained a user base of over 14 million people worldwide.
Miori Sagara founded a company called Baobab that, for the past 6 years, has been providing machine translation and language solutions via the combination of machine translation and human translation. In addition, she is a member of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and has experience in bringing the fruits of research at national research institutes to private companies.
While the three of us have different fields of expertise, we all share the common desire to improve the world while doing something fun, and it is in the pursuit of this goal that we are forging ahead together with JaQool.
The fields of e-commerce, social, mobile and translation that the 3 co-founders are bringing to the company are all areas that Japan has particular strengths in.
E-commerce in Japan is supported by a rapid and accurate logistics infrastructure, and boasts a meticulous response force like no other in the world. On the social front, the efforts of the citizens as they all rallied together to restore order after the 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is something that Japan can be proud of.
Ever since the i-mode era, Japanese mobiles have implemented comprehensive services through the use of cutting-edge technology.
For Japanese machine translation, since the structure of the Japanese language differs so much from other languages, specialist know-how is required.
By combining these assets that Japan has at its disposal, JaQool aims to create new services and spread them through Japan and the rest of the world.
JaQool will initially work on a mobile translation service for tourists coming to Japan from overseas. The number of tourists from overseas has been increasing rapidly in recent years, but many have encountered difficulties due to being unable to understand Japanese. Removing the language barrier is a pressing challenge that needs to be addressed, particularly in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics that will be held in 2020. JaQool can help contribute towards a solution. We are currently developing at a rapid pace, and will inform you of the solutions that JaQool will offer in the near future.
JaQool is still a very new company.I'd like to grow together with people who share our values, combining our forces both directly and indirectly.
As well as announcing my return to the business world after a 2-year hiatus, this message of salutation is to announce the founding of this company and ask that you watch our new endeavour with anticipation, and lend a hand if possible.
I would greatly appreciate your support.
CEO Genri Goto
Genri Goto(#photo center)
Genri Goto is a business owner, serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur. After working for 5 years at Accenture as a strategy consultant, in 1994 he founded Healthy Net, Inc. (now Kenko.com, Inc.). After a span of 20 years as the company's president, Goto lead Kenko.com to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Market of the High-growth and Emerging Stocks (Mothers) in 2004. He sued Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare concerning the online sale of medicines, winning the lawsuit in 2013 at the Supreme Court. Goto has served as the chairman of the NPO Japan Online Drug Association, a member of the World Economic Forum and as a member of the investigative commission at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Goto is also the chairman of TagFIT Association. He holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Tokyo, and a Master in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Takaaki Kamio(#photo left)
Full stack engineer and entrepreneur After carrying out research into diamond semiconductors at university, Takaaki Kamio went on to gain much experience in a career related to IT, becoming familiar in everything level of software technology, from the upper processes to its operation. In 2007, he joined Works Applications, and, after engaging in the development of new products there as an expert engineer, Kamio went on to found Mind Palette in 2010. He released the photo sharing SNS app, "Snapeee", and helped it grow into one of the largest mobile communities, with a user base of over 14 million people, and particularly popular amongst Asian women in their 20s. On the business side, he also expanded the app to Hong Kong and Taiwan as a content platform to give Japanese brands a presence overseas. In 2016, Kamio assumed the position of company director at JaQool. He is a graduate of science from the International Christian University.
Miori Sagara(#photo right)
Miori Sagara founded Baobab in 2010. Baobab constructed a unique cloud translation platform that employs machine translation as a translation support system, and the utilisation of this platform is improving results for research institutes and public projects. From April 2011 to March 2014, Miori Sagara was affiliated with The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the largest research institute for machine translation in Japan. She is engaged in the research and development of the application, "Koetora", which supports communication between people with hearing problems and people with normal hearing via the use of voice recognition and speech synthesis technologies. In 2012, she received a performance excellence award as an individual from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. In 2013, she was awarded the Nagao Prize by the Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT). In 2015, she was appointed as a delegate of the Association for Natural Language Processing.
We are especially looking for people to perform the following roles:
- CFO candidate
- CTO candidate
- Producer of mobile apps
- Server/WEB Engineer(especially development using Java or PHP or Python)
- Maintenance and management of translation
- Marketing (aimed at tourists from overseas)
- Business (aimed at local governments)
- Development of machine translation systems (particularly from Japanese into other languages, development using Python)
The data required for research and development will be created by our company.
Conditions: research experience in natural language processing (particularly machine translation) experience in creating a machine translation model using a machine translation tool, such as Moses
*It's also possible to participate as an intern or by working remotely
Since we've just launched the company, hours of work, working arrangements and salary are yet to be decided. Let's discuss and decide together.
Additionally, we will always afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their race, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability. For more information, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.