Tokyo is at the heart of where disruption and tradition merge–in art, cuisine, and technology. If Japan’s history (and tons of sci-fi anime) has taught us anything, it’s that we should expect epic, innovative things from this country which is known for its inventiveness. In terms of modern disruption, they aren’t letting us down. Tokyo is filled with robotics, space travel, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and more.




These ten companies are reigning in the future in Tokyo:


AKA has produced an AI that can see and hear what you say. Beyond simply hearing, Musio can understand the context of speech as well.  AKA claims that Musio even expresses emotions, which it expresses with its eyes. Musio helps individuals learn conversational English.







LifeRobotics has created the Collaboration Robot (CORO) to make semi-automated workplaces safer and easier to navigate. CORO uses about the same amount of space as a person would, which makes it easy for other workers to move around. CORO can also have its operational range limited to a safe distance for heightened personnel safety.




iSpace Technologies, Inc.


iSpace is working together with Team HAKUTO to win the Google Lunar X Prize competition. iSpace is working toward the creation of refueling bases on the moon utilizing the estimated six billion tons of frozen water under the surface and in the craters for conversion into rocket fuel by breaking it down into its components–hydrogen and oxygen.







Cluster is a virtual reality meeting place app for people who want to meet without leaving the comfort of their homes. Events on Cluster can support up to 1,000 participants, and users are represented by an in-world avatar. Best of all, users don’t have to worry about traveling long distances to attend events, but can simply connect–no planning or costly flights required. 





COLOPL is investing large amounts of money into the AR and VR industries. In February, COLOPL announced its next $50 million fund for AR and VR development. The establishment of the second fund brings their total invested in AR and VR to $100 million. COLOPL also invested in the VR esports streaming service,


You can keep in contact with them on Facebook here. 


Exii Inc.


Exii Inc. produces prosthetic arms that can be controlled with muscle impulses from the connection point of an amputated limb. Exii has produced the Handiii, a customizable, low-cost prosthetic replacement that solves the three biggest issues with similar models: cost effectiveness, lack of customizability, and hard to repair or change.




Xrosiver Inc.


Xrosriver uses artificial intelligence to generate stories based upon the mythological archetypes. Their product, Ficta, is the AI responsible for creating the stories they offer. Xrosiver offers a subscription to Ficta ranging from free to 2,500yen. Having a machine that can generate a story based on a few specific aspects (setting, characters, artifacts, etc.) can be a game changing asset when you need inspiration for a project.






Ale seeks to replace conventional fireworks by creating simulated meteor showers and falling stars on demand. In doing so, they hope to further humanity’s understanding of meteors and the upper atmosphere.  Ale has satellites orbiting the earth that can release pellets on-demand to burn up in the atmosphere.

You can stay in touch with them on LinkedIn here. 




Orb is working to achieve economic decentralization through decentralized cloud computing and promotion of electronic currency. They are a community banking SaaS company. 







Soracom delivers data connectivity for IoT devices. Soracom allows users to use custom encryption and many different types of devices with their hardware. They also allow users to monitor the traffic and configuration of IoT devices on their network. Soracom can even provide their own “Air SIM” cards for connectivity. Additionally, 3G and LTE services are supported via Soracom.