Technology Series #4: How Covid-19 and Online Communication Are Changing Business and Work: Fireside Chat with the Founder of Chatwork

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For the forth session in our Technology Series, we are pleased to welcome Toshiyuki Yamamoto, the founder and former CEO of Chatwork.

Online communication in business is becoming much more important as Covid-19 continues to disrupt how we work. As a business chat tool created in Japan, Chatwork has been growing not only at home but also overseas—especially in Southeast Asia. The Kansai Business Programs Committee has invited Toshiyuki Yamamoto, the founder and former CEO of Chatwork, for a fireside chat about his personal history, including how he started the company, his struggle in Silicon Valley, his views on the future of business and workstyle, and his vision to energize Japan. Additionally, Mr. Yamamoto will explain his network for capitalizing and cultivating startups.

Resistration is now reopened.Please join us.(11/25)

Date and Time

Friday, November 27,2020, Webinar 17:00-19:00


Online (Webex)


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This webinar will be conducted in Japanese.


Webinar 17:00 – 18:00(Webex)/ Networking 18:10 – 19:00(Google Meet)

After the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to join a virtual networking session with Mr. Yamamoto.Instructions for joining the virtual meeting and networking will be sent to registered attendees on November 26th afternoon or on 27th.

NOTE 1: This event is OFF THE RECORD.

NOTE 2: Please note that, as with all guest presentations, the content and comments of the speakers reflect their own opinions and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of the ACCJ.

NOTE 3: In an effort to continue to provide more virtual networking opportunities for members, the ACCJ will be testing out a LinkedIn event page for this event. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to virtually connect and interact with your fellow members before and after the event.

Participation fee


Deadline: Thursday, November 26, noon

About the Speaker

Speaker: Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Founder and former CEO, Chatworks

Toshiyuki Yamamoto was born in Osaka in 1979. While a student at Chuo University’s Faculty of Commerce, he studied abroad in Los Angeles. It was there, in 2000, that he founded EC Studio. The company was renamed in 2012 when he launched Chatwork USA in Silicon Valley. He operated the company for five years.

In 2018, Yamamoto handed over the role of CEO to his little brother and, in 2019, listed the company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market with a capitalization of more than ¥55 billion. He started a new service called My CSO and launched the Strategy Channel on YouTube, through which he shares his experiences and techniques.

He has published two books—The System which Works without Yourself and The Unusual Work Style of the No.1 Company Measured by Employee Satisfaction in Japan—both of which achieve the top ranking on Amazon Japan.


Host: The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Kansai Business Programs Committee
This event is supported by the Life Science Innovation Network Japan (LINK-J).


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