Japan, with its many manufacturing companies, is a treasure house of superb technologies

Linkers connects your business with the ultimate technical partners in Japan

Our one-stop matching service

Linkers provides information to highly specialized coordinators based on your requests.
Linkers is a matching service that introduces superb suppliers from its nationwide network of candidates

* Calculated based on total number of projects as of September 2015

Why customers choose us


Effective supplier network provided by
our highly specialized coordinators throughout Japan

Linkers has contracts with 2000+ coordinators in 500+ industrial support organizations and other similar organizations (e.g. official institutions).
Our highly reliable network has access to almost all of Japan's leading companies

Information is only shared with coordinators with whom we have complete confidentiality agreements, so there is no risk of searches resulting in external leakage.


Access to important, non-public information.
Optimal selections can be made from a broad, deep pool of knowledge

Our partner coordinators have strong relationships with local companies, providing in-depth information otherwise unavailable.
These information are impossible to access from other sources, such as academic societies, online searches, word of mouth, trade shows, etc.
They can find superior candidates that would otherwise be indistinguishable.

Categories of information accessible by Linkers

We have access to this information!
Information not disclosed in patents or academic papers
* Information regarding technologies and products currently being researched or developed
* Drive and character of company presidents
* Past business track record, ability to handle individual projects, etc.


Speedy selection of optimal partners through
accurate company evaluations and refined selection processes.

Multi-stage evaluation process for
accurately narrowing down candidate companies

Conditions regarding the disclosure of information to candidates and coordinators can be set at each stage of the selection process, making it possible to control the volume of information handled even within the boundaries of confidentiality agreements.

First Stage Candidates
Second Stage Candidates
Third Stage Candidates
Final candidate

1.5 months to 2 months from start of search to final supplier decision

A one-stop selection process customers can rely on

We provide a through solution, from start to finish. There is no need for customers to worry about language barriers or differences in business practices.

Linkers' services are available at reasonable prices
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Linkers is used by many major companies

* Some of our customers

Linkers' confidential information protection measures

Customer information handled during the course of our investigation are carefully protected, and are only used to provide matching services.
We have established individual confidentiality agreements with each of our partner groups and coordinators. There is no need to worry about the leakage of confidential business information, such as plans for new business ventures.

Linkers Corporation Profile

Linkers was established to support the recovery of Japan's excellent small- and medium-sized enterprises
Linkers was established in 2012, in order to support the recovery of small- and medium-sized businesses affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Since then, many excellent small- and medium-sized companies have turned around with the assistance of Linkers.

Established April 2012
Capital JPY 695,830,000 (including capital reserves)
Main Shareholders DBJ (Development Bank of Japan Inc.)
Yoshihiro Maeda
150 Pierce Road, Suite 550, Itasca, IL 60143, USA
Tokyo head office
Nihonbashihoncho YS Bld.3F, 2-2-2, Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0023 Japan
Osaka / Sendai / Sunnyvale
Partners Tohoku Economic Federation, Chubu Economic Federation, Kansai Economic Federation,
Kyushu Economic Federation, and other industrial support organizations, public testing sites, universities,
etc. throughout Japan
JMA Consultants, Inc.
Business Contents * Operation of the "Linkers" manufacturer matching service
* Operation of the "eEXPO" online exhibition system

Management & Advisors

Founder and CEOYoshihiro Maeda

Holds a degree in engineering from Osaka University. Upon graduation, Yoshihiro joined Kyocera corporation, then the Nomura Research Institute (NRI). He founded Linkers in 2013, as well as becoming the navigator for Tohoku Economic Federation Business Center Marketing Support Team.

COOHidenobu Kafuku

Holds a master degree in Graduate School of Frontier Science from the University of Tokyo. Kafuku joined Nomura Research Institute (NRI). He became the COO of Linkers in 2013.

Executive DirectorHiroaki Kuwajima

Holds a BA in Economics from Tokyo University, as well as MBA/MPA from Harvard University. Joined Aoyama Shachu after working at Mitsubishi Corporation and Dream Incubator (largest Japanese strategy consulting firm). Eisenhower Fellow. Appointed as Senior Managing Director of Linkers Corporation.

Advisor Biographies

Business Strategy SupervisorKumi Fujisawa

1996: established Japan's first mutual-fund assessment organization.
2000: established Thinktank SophiaBank.
2007: was elected the young global leader 2007 by World Economic Forum.
2012: is on the board of Independent Director at Higashinihon Daishinsai Jigyosha Saisei Shien Kiko, The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd and Toyota Tsusho Corporation.

Technology SupervisorYukihiro Matsumoto

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

Company-Wide ConsultantMasazumi Ishii

April 1972: graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo (bachelor's degree)
November 1973: joined IBM Japan
June 1978: graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business (master's degree in computer science)
February 1981: joined McKinsey & Company
February 1985: established AZCA, Inc. in Silicon Valley, in the U.S. Since the company's establishment, he has taken a hands-on approach to formulating growth strategies for Japanese and U.S. companies and developing new ventures
December 2011 to December 2013: served as a member of the U.S.-Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, an organization created by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the U.S. Department of State.
February 2014 to July 2015: called by the U.S. White House to appear on three expert committees

AdvisorKoji Mitani

Executive Officer Yoshiki Moribe
1972: graduated from University of Tokyo, joined the Industrial Bank of Japan
1997: dispatched to IBJ Securities, appointed director
1999: dispatched to Bic Camera, appointed director
1999: appointed president and CEO of Kowa
2002: appointed president and CEO of Owndays
2008: appointed president and CEO of Kyodo Kokokusha
2013: appointed president and representative director of Rocking Horse

AdvisorTakaaki Hoda

1998: graduated from School of Commerce, Waseda University, and joins Lehman Brothers Japan and then UBS Securities Japan, engaged in M&A and corporate finance.
2004: incorporated and managed SNS.
2005: sold SNS and joined NGI group, engaged in founding and managing venture investment funds.
2006: held financial advisor posts consecutively for more than 20 companies.
2010: became an associate professor of Otaru University Graduate School of Commerce.

AdvisorKoji 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.

AdvisorTomoya Shirai

Mar 1986: graduated from School of Law, Hitotsubashi University
Apr 1986: joined Japan Associated Finance (currently JAFCO).
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.

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