Located on Kyushu, one of the four islands that make up Japan, Fukuoka is considered the most prosperous city in the nation’s southern region. In fact, the city was recently ranked tenth in Monocle Magazine’s list of the world’s most livable cities.
The city is also renowned for its famously booming tech industry, driven in large part by a rising tech startup ecosystem. Here are 9 tech startups from Fukuoka you need to know about in 2016 and beyond.
Sloth is a mobile task manager that helps users manage their time more efficiently. The app was lauded as a “Best New App” by Apple and has also been featured by Gizmodo and Buzzfeed.
Recently rebranded NHN Hangame focuses on developing online PC games, smartphone apps/games, and community-based avatars.
Dangerously high work-related stress is arguably the most serious ailment afflicting the Japanese workforce. To combat this, ikkai has developed a platform that allows professionals to easily hire local students to help with everyday life tasks.
MAISIN&CO.’s Boostnote app is an open source app for programmers to create plaintext articles and notes. The solution allows for the streamlined recording of meeting notes and creation of memos documenting development know-how.
Anect’s toko-toko app is an online shopping platform for buying and selling items securely and easily, straight from your mobile device.
Nulab develops solutions that enable people to work together more smoothly and efficiently. Its suite of apps— namely Cacoo, Backlog, and typetalk—are aimed at improving communication flow and promoting creative collaboration for smart problem solving and timely project completion.
YAMAP is an app designed to make outdoor adventures more safe and enjoyable. The app tracks and logs users’ outdoor adventures, provides information such as GPS and elevation data, and enables easy outdoor journal creation.
Shikumi’s Paintone is not just a run-of-the-mill drawing tool—the app allows children to insert voice recordings to accompany their works of art. Other offerings include Springin’, a creative programming tool that allows users to create original apps easily without having to type any code.
Founded by Dr. Christopher J. Savoie, the inventor of Apple Siri’s natural language engine, Kyulux develops next generation organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologyies. Its TADF and hyperfluoresence-based OLED materials/solutions are widely used by manufacturers in the display and lighting industries.
In short, this city in Japan’s southern hemisphere is fast becoming both a regional and world leader in tech startup innovation. Be sure to keep an eye on these 9 startups poised to make a name for Fukuoka on the global stage.