Google Japan relocates to Shibuya Stream building
Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited Tokyo recently to expand the company’s Japanese offices to an enormous new complex situated in Shibuya.
Google will occupy the bulk of the new, shiny Shibuya Stream 35-story building and will dedicate two floors to the recently launched Google Campus for Startups, which is seventh and second in the world after Seoul in Asia.
Google Director of Startups Agnieszka Hryniewicz-Bieniek said that the company would operate an accelerator program early this year. The program will select 12 companies to expand their AI and machine learning work, both essential aspects of Google’s current and future operations. “We wish the Campus Tokyo to support female founders,” she added, adding that Google is proud that 37% of campus participants are female entrepreneurs, which is a higher proportion than the broader starter ecosystem.
She emphasised the importance of inclusion at an event in which the Wi-Fi password was “BuilderInclusiveTeams.”
“We are supporting them when they move towards the next stage of growth.” The campus project strengthens Google’s attempts to integrate education and training in cloud and business services for start-ups with evangelism. Co-location with the main office of Google would make it easy for Google developer partnerships and web marketing department experts to help budding startups, says Google.
Joined on stage by Sanae Takaichi, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Pichai said he had toured some of the venues for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, supported by Google via services like GoogleMaps and Google Translate.
“In the end, we want to guarantee that the history of technological innovation continues well beyond 2020. One part of this is Google for Startups Campus, “he said at the opening.
AI was a hot topic in Japan lately with SoftBank Group Corp. unveiling plans in collaboration to build an AI software pioneer willing to challenge US juggernauts like Google and Facebook Inc. to merge the Yahoo Japan internet company with Naver Corp. Line messenger service. Peter Thiel, PayPal Co-founder, visited Tokyo on Monday to promote Palantir Technologies Japan, a data analytics company that uses AI to make sense of large volumes of fragmented data in the fields of safety and cybersecurity.
Google said that it would double its employees in Japan to more than 2,000 in Shibuya Stream. The first branch of the organisation outside the United States was established in Tokyo in 2001. It said it “strongly invested” in Japan over the years and earlier this year has committed 10 million people to digital education by 2022. Its development with Google is equivalent to the campus program for individual job seekers and students.
“We are deeply committed to promoting Japanese startups at Google,” said Pichai.