About Linkers

Our Mission

Our goal is to create a novel industrial structure where countless innovations occur continuously, by creating a collaborative platform among government, industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations.

Our core values are to:

1) 1) Always have gratitude, and express it through action
2) maximize our stakeholders’ value
3) be an active communicator
4) implement proposals through thorough preparation and bold initiatives
5) be swift and agile
6) deliver on both quality and quantity of information
7) make incremental improvements every day
8) communicate in the most effective way possible
9) seek to grasp the essence

CEO Message


We aim to become the world’s largest liaison company, brining a novel industrial structure in which numerous innovations occur continuously

Linkers(Formally Distty) makes it its vision to build a novel industrial structure in which numerous innovations occur continuously, both inside and outside of Japan. Our unique and incomparable business matchmaking approach makes it possible to bring together suitable partners, who would otherwise never meet.

Developing a series of new products, technologies and business projects that provide value-added benefits to end-users is essential for the prosperity of manufacturing industry. Particularly in Japan, the success of large companies with annual sales of one hundred million dollars or more will also open up business opportunities for small- and medium-sized firms, eventually leading to the revitalization of the Japanese economy.

Maximizing the development of new products and new business by large companies is the primary challenge of the Japanese industry. In fact, the ratio of new business to sales in Japanese companies is less than half of those of the U.S. and Chinese counterparts.

While it is true that strategic planning is indispensable to the development of new products and new business, what is more important is whether the company can promptly procure necessary technologies or product resources from the outside of the company. Obtaining insufficient resources through partnering with other companies or experts is, therefore, far more speedy and efficient in order to achieve your goals rather than starting its development in-house from scratch. The reality is, however, that you will find it difficult to meet a suitable partner by yourself. Why is that? The answer is simply because “seed” information from small- and medium-sized companies, entrepreneurial ventures and universities are not effectively conveyed to those in need, even if they possess the required resources. In addition, it is also hard to find a perfect match for your needs among hundreds of thousands of seeds available at hand.

Linkers helps you to find appropriate seed information for your needs through our nation-wide network of competent coordinators who collect information across Japan to make comparative analyses. Thanks to this unique matchmaking platform, we are enjoying a high matching accuracy which would be impossible with conventional method in manufacturing industry.

As mentioned above, seed information is not sufficiently disclosed in the Japanese manufacturing industry. But Linkers, our matchmaking platform, enables you to find suitable seed in spite of the closed nature of this sector, thus drastically increase the opportunity to develop new products, enter into new business areas, fostering the development of new markets.

We aim to grow into the world’s largest liaison company that introduces the world a novel industrial structure in which countless innovations occur continuously.

リンカーズ株式会社 代表取締役CEO&ファウンダー 前田 佳宏

Corporate Profile

Company Name Linkers Corporation
CEO Yoshihiro Maeda
Foundation April 2012
Scope of Business Linkers, industrialized crowdsourcing operation
eEXPO, online exhibition system operation
Partners Tohoku Economic Federation
Chubu Economic Federation
JMAC and others
eEXPO Supporters Organizations Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Capital JPY 257,980,000
Principal Shareholders Linkers Board of Directors
DBJ Capital
Bank The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Shinjuku-chuo Branch
Address Headquarters
Kasumigaseki Building 5th Floor 3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Sendai Branch
N-oval Building 2F, 1-5-1 Nishiki-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0012, Miyagi, Japan
Phone +81-3-4334-8201


Apr-12 Linkers Corporation established in Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture.
Jul-12 Begins partnership with Tohoku Economic Federation.
Sep-12 Online exhibition system eEXPO launches, catering to advertisement for small and medium sized businesses.
Oct-12 Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry becomes an eEXPO supporter.
Apr-13 Headquarter transferred to Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo.
Oct-13 Industrialized crowd-sourcing Linkers launches.
Oct-13 Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry becomes an eEXPO supporter.
Nov-13 Begins business partnership with Chubu Economic Federation.
Dec-13 Linkers headquarter transferred to Nagata-cho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo.


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Kasumigaseki Building 5th Floor 3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Access to the Headquarters
Nagatacho Station (Yurakucho line, Nanboku line, Hanzomon line): a three-minute walk from exit 6
Akasakamitsuke Station (Marunouchi line, Ginza line): a four-minute walk from exit 11
Tameike-sanno Station (Nanboku line, Ginza line): a seven-minute walk from exit 5
Kokkai-gijidomae Station (Marunouchi line, Chiyoda line): a seven-minute walk from exit 5

Sendai Branch

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N-oval Building 2F, 1-5-1 Nishiki-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0012, Miyagi, Japan

Management Biographies

前田 佳宏 代表取締役CEO

Yoshihiro Maeda

Mar 2000: graduated from School of Engineering, Osaka University.
Apr 2000: joined Kyocera Corporation, Overseas Sales Division
Feb 2006: joined Nomura Research Institute (NRI), engaged in various projects including sales/marketing strategy planning, business strategy planning, M&A strategy planning and support for Western and Asian enterprises, mainly in manufacturing industry.
Apr 2012: became the CEO of Linkers.
Jul 2012: became a navigator of Tohoku Economic Federation Business Center Marketing Support Team.
加福秀亙 代表取締役COO

Hidenobu Kafuku

Mar 2001: graduated from School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University.
Mar 2003: graduated from Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Tokyo University.
Apr 2003: joined NRI Consulting Division, engaged in consulting business in manufacturing and energy industries, including market and technology research, business strategy planning, technological strategy planning, overseas business deployment support.
Apr 2013: became the COO of Linkers.
まつもとゆきひろ 技術顧問

Yukihiro Matsumoto

Technology Supervisor

1990: graduated from College of Information Science, University of Tsukuba.
Creator of Ruby programming language
Fellow of Network Applied Communication Laboratory
Fellow of Rakuten Institute of Technology
Heroku Chief Architect
Chairman of Ruby Association
Honorary Citizen of Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
保田 隆明 監査役

Takaaki Hoda


1998: graduated from School of Commerce, Waseda University, and joins Lehman Brothers Japan and then UBS Securities Japan, engaged in M&A and corporate finance.
2004: incorporated and managed SNS.
2005: sold SNS and joined NGI group, engaged in founding and managing venture investment funds.
2006: held financial advisor posts consecutively for more than 20 companies.
2010: became an associate professor of Otaru University Graduate School of Commerce.
三谷 宏治 アドバイザー

Koji Mitani


From 1987 to 1996: Boston Consulting Group
From 1996 to 2006: Accentua
From 1996 to 2006: he worked as Accentua Executive Partner, leading the strategic planning group.
2008: became the chairman of Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Tranomon Graduate School.
白石 智哉 アドバイザー

Tomoya Shirai


Mar 1986: graduated from School of Law, Hitotsubashi University
Apr 1986: joined Japan Associated Finance (currently JAFCO).
1988: was stationed in Silicon Valley, engaged in technology investment.
1992: was stationed in Singapore, engaged in enterprise investment as head of audit covering Asia region.
2000: became the general manager of Structured Investment Group, establishing an acquisition fund of JPY 80 billion.
2005: joined Permira, acquisition fund based in Europe, as Tokyo Office president.
2012: became representative director of Social Investment Partners, engaged in social work development.
Hiroaki Kuwajima Senior Advisor

Hiroaki Kuwajima

Senior Advisor

BA in Economics, University of Tokyo
Master in Business Administration / Master in Public Administration, Harvard Universit.
Joined Aoyama Shachu after working at Mitsubishi Corporation and Dream Incubator (The Largest Japanese Strategy Consulting Firm).
Is one of the Eisenhower Fellows from Japan.