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JR East Startup and VILLAGE INC. form capital and business alliance to revitalize the community through the use of unmanned stations.

JR東日本の子会社でベンチャーへの出資や協業を推進するCVCのJR東日本スタートアップと、地域資産を活用した新たなローカルビジネスを手がけるVILLAGE INCは、JR東日本グループの持つ遊休資産を活用した新たなツーリズム開発とワークスタイルの創出の実現に向け、資本業務提携することを合意した。


JR東日本グループでは、顧客の多様なニーズに合わせたサービスを提供し、駅や駅周辺の魅力と価値の向上に取り組んでいる。一方でVILLAGE INC.は、陸の孤島にある船でしか行けない1日1組限定のプライベートキャンプ場や地方型シェアサテライトオフィスの運営など、秘境僻地での非日常体験のサービスの提供と新しいワークスタイルの構築を実現している。実際に上越線土合駅を活用した地域活性化実証実験「無人駅グランピング」を実施し、好評であったことから、無人駅の活用に高いニーズがあることを確認できたため、この度本格的な事業化に向け資本業務提携に至った。今後はこの連携を通じて、無人駅などの遊休資産を活用した新たなツーリズム開発とワークスタイルの創出に向けたサービスを生み出していく。


VILLAGE INC.は、“Living & Learning with Nature“「自然の恩恵を活かした空間と忘れかけていた非日常体験をもって、人々に感動の時を提供する」をミッションに、地域資産を活かしたサービス「VILLAGE」の提供と新しいワークスタイルの構築に取り組む企業である。

name of company株式会社VILLAGE INC
EstablishmentFebruary 2012
LocationNanZ VILLAGE, 1-6-18, Shimoda, Shizuoka, Japan
representative代表取締役社長 橋村 和徳
Business Overviewキャンプ場の運営、アウトドアフィールドの企画開発
uniform resouce locatorhttps://villageinc.jp/


JR East Startup Co., Ltd. is a corporate venture capital firm that promotes co-creation between the JR East Group and startup companies.

name of companyJR East Startup Co.
EstablishmentFebruary 20, 2018
capital stock東京都港区高輪2-21-42 Tokyo Yard Building 7F
representative代表取締役 柴田 裕
uniform resouce locatorhttp://www.jrestartup.co.jp
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Ando Hazama x Cube Earth] Innovating the world's urban OS with patented technology from Japan and the U.S.

Creww Growth Case Study Interview】Ando Hazama has selected Cube Earth, a startup company offering a "smart disaster prevention system" to local governments through the "Ando Hazama New Business Co-Creation Program 2022," an accelerator program for fiscal year 2022, utilizing Cube Earth, a geographic information system platform patented in the United States and Japan. Cube Earth, a startup company that provides municipalities with a "smart disaster prevention system" using the geographic information system platform "Cube Earth" patented in the U.S. and Japan, was selected for the Ando Hazama New Business Co-Creation Program 2022. The startup is developing next-generation social infrastructure infrastructure such as disaster prevention systems, smart cities, drones, and digital twin systems as part of the DX approach to municipal crisis management. What specific initiatives are they pursuing? We interviewed Hiroyuki Horii, Deputy General Manager of the Innovation Department, Corporate Strategy Division, Ando Hazama, Shigehiko Amo, Chairman of Cube Earth, and Zenshi Takeda, President and Representative Director.

Sanki Kogyo × Startups] Become a company that continues to be chosen|New Steps in Co-Creation with Startups

Sanki Kogyo Corporation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025, has set its sights on becoming a company that will "continue to be chosen" in accordance with its vision for 2050, and is working to strengthen its core businesses and enhance the Sanki brand. One of our new initiatives is to strengthen our core business and improve the Sankiki brand. Therefore, as one of the new initiatives, we are challenging the "SANKI Open Innovation Program 2023". We interviewed Mr. Hiroyuki Sasaki, Facility Systems Business Department, Mr. Tadashi Ishiwata, Corporate Planning Department, Corporate Planning Office, and Mr. Naoya Tokuda, Corporate Planning Department, who are challenging the accelerator program for the first time, about their frank thoughts from their respective standpoints.

Ando Hazama × Air Digital × Kuki City] Tackling the challenge of extending healthy life expectancy through digital sports!

Ando Hazama, a general construction company that promotes the creation of new businesses through open innovation, has selected Air Digital Inc. Air Digital, Inc., a company involved in the development of digital sports space and the operation of digital sports fields, was selected for the program. Subsequently, Ando Hazama, Air Digital, and Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture, signed a collaboration agreement and are now working together on "Sports 60 & Smart," one of the largest digital sports clubs in Japan, which is located in the "Ario Washinomiya" shopping mall facility in Kuki City. What specific initiatives are being undertaken? We interviewed Tsubasa Sakakibara, Manager of the Innovation Department of Ando Hazama's Corporate Strategy Division, Sobaku Maeda, Representative Director of Air Digital, and Takeshi Kanazawa, a member of the Sports Promotion Section of the Health and Sports Department of the Kuki City Office.

Startup Recruitment] Caring for Community Health|Future Aisei Pharmacy with Roots in the Community through New Business

Aisei Pharmacy has more than 400 dispensing pharmacies nationwide. As the company will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary, we are challenging the accelerator program in search of the next pillar of our business! Aiming to become a pharmacy that is needed by local residents, the company will explore the possibility of creating new businesses. In this interview, we spoke with Hiroyuki Hori, General Manager of the Business Planning Department of Aisei Pharmacy Inc. about why Aisei Pharmacy is now taking on the challenge of open innovation with startups.
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