Laboratory of Hi-Think Corporation
Masayuki Tatsumi, President and Representative Director of Laboratory of Hi-Think Corporation
What kind of company is Laboratory of Hi-Think Corporation?
We are part of the Dalian Hi-Think Computer Technology Corporation Group, a software development company headquartered in Dalian, China. Specifically, we are in charge of Research & Development in Japan. Working with local universities, research institutions, and businesses in Kyoto, we conduct R&D in IoT and machine learning to provide solutions to industrial and social problems. We work closely with talented engineers some of whom have lots of experience at leading Japanese manufacturing companies, as well as newer engineers based in our China offices to develop ground-breaking production management systems to help improve applications for production processes such as detection of defective products to analysis of equipment failures.
- At the KRP 9 building office
Why did you choose KRP BIZ NEXT?
We were preparing to create our own office space in February 2017, but there was a lot of work to be done before that could happen, and we needed a short-term office space. We chose KRP BIZ NEXT based on the size, cost, and services available.
- At the KRP 9 building office
What was your overall experience like?
The business lounge is quite luxurious, and had a positive impression on our customers, which we were happy with. I think you’d be very hard-pressed to find a shared office space in the city that has as quiet a space to hold meetings as KRP BIZ NEXT. We were also very grateful for services such as the copy machine readily available in the office area, as well as the concierges who stored our luggage and welcomed visitors. We periodically had lots of forms to send to JETRO for subsidy applications, for example, so we utilized the copy machine quite a lot.
What are the advantages of KRP BIZ NEXT for a foreign-owned company?
Before establishing our own offices in Japan, it was important to gather as much information as possible related to domestic affairs. And since KRP is also home to JETRO Kyoto and other Kyoto prefectural and municipal organizations, being in the same area made it easier to communicate with them. Once here, we learned of a number of financial support systems that were helpful as we were establishing offices here. The KRP BIZ NEXT workspace is compact and easy to move around within, which was convenient and helped lower costs related to gathering information.
How are you finding the new offices in Bldg 9?
The view is fantastic, for one! It’s really great to work in a space with such a nice view. We opted for glass partitions, as well, so everyone can enjoy the view from wherever they are. Also, many of our business partners who visit Kyoto from China are interested in sightseeing, so, for example, we are thinking of utilizing our office space to have a party and view the lighting of the Daimonji, which is visible from the office. Communicating and connecting with other people is an important part of a successful business, and Bldg 9 is in a location that makes this very easy to accomplish.