Mission & Vision

Making the future of
humankind overwhelmingly exciting
Embedding AI
in everything

Corporate Profile

Corporate Name
Araya Inc.
Established in
December, 2013
Headquarters location
ARK Mori Building, 24F. 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
107-6024, JAPAN
Business Area
  • AI algorithm and product development (Deep Learning, Edge AI, and Autonomous AI businesses)
Fiscal year-end
Number of employees
59 (As of August, 2020)

Board Members

  • Ryota KANAI (Founder & CEO)
    Ryota KANAI (Founder & CEO)

    Ryota is the founder & CEO of Araya Inc. He is well-known as one of the world-leading researchers in structural and functional neuroimage analysis. After graduating from Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University, Ryota earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Universiteit Utrecht (The Netherlands). He worked as a postdoc in Caltech (with Prof. Shin Shimojo), University College London (with Prof. Vincent Walsh and Prof. Geraint Rees), and started his laboratory in University of Sussex.

  • Toru KONISHI (Director)
    Toru KONISHI (Director)

    Toru co-founded PROGRESS TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. After working in a back-office at a major company, he launched the company with several members in 2005 and contributed to growing it into a big tech company with several billion yen annual sales. He’s initiating various projects by utilizing multiple learnings experienced in the process of business startup. In addition to an Araya director, he also works as an advisor to Creww, a startup community.

  • Masahiro YASUMOTO (Director & CTO)
    Masahiro YASUMOTO (Director & CTO)

    Masahiro obtained a Master’s degree in engineering from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.
    After he experienced R&D and business development of IT systems in the railway sector, he joined Araya in November 2017.
    In Araya, he has led AI projects with customers with a wide range of technologies; deep learning, edge computing, and reinforcement learning. He has been CTO since July 2020.

  • Tomohiro NAKAYAMA (Director & COO)
    Tomohiro NAKAYAMA (Director & COO)

    After graduating with a Master of Science from Osaka University, Tomohiro was responsible for IT consulting and project management of information systems implementation at Tokyo and London offices of a major information system integrator for 10 years.
    He then acquired an MBA in Europe before joining ARAYA in June 2018 and was appointed as the COO in July 2020.

  • Chikara NISHIKAWA (Director & CFO)
    Chikara NISHIKAWA
    (Director & CFO)

    Chikara was engaged in production management, sales, and business planning at a major manufacturer.
    Then he obtained his MBA degree at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
    He joined Araya in June 2018 and was appointed to the current position in May 2020.

  • Naoki KAMIMAEDA(Outside Director)
    (Outside Director)

    Naoki is responsible for AI, Big Data, and Cloud Tech areas at Global Brain Corporation, as well as an outside director at Araya. Prior to joining GB, he worked for Sony as a software engineer specialized in AI and Big Data technologies. For the last two years in his Sony career, he worked in San Francisco as a software engineering manager of the PlayStation Network.