Building disruptive businesses together


addlight is an innovation consultancy based in Tokyo, Japan. We combine strategy consulting, and a large network of startup and university contacts to build innovation within local and foreign corporations. We also work with foreign startups and accelerators to help local corporations gain advantages in Japan.


  • japantechleaderssummit

    April 6, 2018:
    Japan Tech Leaders Summit Spring 2018

    The semiannual summit is an international, exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together international and Japanese innovators and investors who are ready to partner to build the next disruptive deep tech businesses. The event will be held entirely in English. The next one will be held April 6, 2018. Contact us to request an invitation.



  • For Corporates

    We provide end-to-end and hands-on innovation consulting in Japan, connecting cutting edge Japanese startups and technology research from leading universities to build new businesses. Research reports on Japanese startups and technology trends are also available.

  • For Startups

    We provide startup acceleration services to help foreign startups grow from founding to expansion stages. We connect startups with local corporates for both long term projects and investment opportunities.


  • We produce a bilingual web magazine—addlight journal—covering the latest trends in next-wave technologies in Japan, the Asia-Pacific region, and further afield.



  • CEO & Founder Tadaaki Kimura

    Tadaaki Kimura founded addlight Inc. in 2012 with a goal to promote effective Open Innovation in Japan and around the world. Kimura is a board member of several startups in Japan, and has guided five of them to IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Kimura serves as a mentor in a number of incubators and accelerators, and has cultivated cross-border collaborations with VCs, startups, and incubators/accelerators in Asia and North America.

    He subsequently expanded the scope and capacity of addlight, which now includes 10+ bilingual members with a diverse set of expertise—from entrepreneurs and engineers to financiers, VCs, journalists, and marketers. Together, the team at addlight is diversifying and expanding the ecosystem in Tokyo and beyond.





addlight Inc.

15th floor, 1508,
Shin Aoyama Building, East Building
1-1-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, 107-0062, Japan
Aoyama Itchome Station (exit 4 inside building)