About Linkers

Our Mission

We create a new industrial structure creating many innovations and maximize the productivity of the entire industry.

Our core values are to:

1) Determine the essence
2) Always remember thanks, show gratitude by action
3) We respect members and do not forget to help each other
4) It is not swayed by others’ opinions
5) The customer is first. Maximize the value of all stakeholders
6) Sometimes I abandon pride and accept
7) Think carefully, propose themselves and take action boldly
8) Anyway speed is important
9) Pile up small improvements on a daily basis
10) Devote your way of telling
11) Tendency to keep in mind

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.

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 196,000,000
Principal Shareholders Linkers Board of Directors
DBJ Capital
Bank The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Shinjuku-chuo Branch
Address Headquarters
NihonbashihonchoYS Bld.,2-2-2,Nihonbashihoncho,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,103-0023 Tokyo, Japan

Osaka Branch
Meison Bld., 3-1-11, Bingomachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 541-0051, Japan
Phone +81-3-6262-3014


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.
Sep-14 Release of “Linkers” automation system
Dec-14 Opened the first base in the West Japan area.
Apr-15 Company name changed to “Linkers Corporation”
Apr-15 Head office relocated to Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Apr-16 Establishment of first overseas base in IL, USA
Mar-17 Head office relocation
NihonbashihonchoYS Bld.,2-2-2,Nihonbashihoncho,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,103-0023


Tokyo Head office

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NihonbashihonchoYS Bld.,2-2-2,Nihonbashihoncho,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,103-0023

Chicago Office

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150 Pierce Road, Suite 550, Itasca, IL 60143, USA

Management Biographies

前田 佳宏 代表取締役社長

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 取締役副社長

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.
Hiroaki Kuwajima Senior Vice President

Hiroaki Kuwajima

Senior Vice President

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.
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
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.