About Mitou Foundation

The Mitou Foundation focuses on fostering IT innovation by building a network of creative talents, particularly those who have completed the Mitou Program. This organization was established in 2014 to address the growing need for innovative talents capable of transforming various industries and societal structures in the 21st century. It is a non-profit general incorporated association, a legal entity in Japanese law.

What is the Mitou Program?

The Mitou Program, orchestrated by Japan's Information-Technology Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is a pioneering initiative designed to discover and empower exceptionally creative individuals in the IT sector.

The Mitou Program, initiated in 2000 as the "Mitou Software Creation Project" and restructured in 2008 to focus on discovering and nurturing young talent, aims to unearth and develop exceptional individuals with original IT ideas and the capability to innovate. It aimed at fostering talents who can solve business or societal issues and those in cutting-edge IT fields. Over 2,000 talents have emerged from the program, contributing significantly across various sectors.

The Mitou Program selects participants based on their innovative project proposals in IT, focusing on creativity and potential impact. It offers support through mentoring, funding, and networking opportunities to bring these ideas to fruition.

For more insights, visit the MITOU website on Information-Technology Promotion Agency

About Mitou Junior Program

The Mitou Junior program, part of the Mitou Foundation's initiatives, is designed to support innovative 17 years old or younger creators who have unique IT-related project ideas. It aims to nurture their talents by providing about six months of mentorship and financial support for development.It also aims to enhance the atmosphere of innovation support within society.

The Mitou Junior program was initiated by alumni of the Mitou Program in 2016. It enables these alumni to come together, leveraging their collective expertise to create societal benefits. This initiative highlights the Mitou Foundation's commitment to nurturing an innovative community.


  • Yu Ukai
    Yu Ukai
  • Jumpei Arakawa
    Jumpei Arakawa
  • Hirokazu Nishio
    Hirokazu Nishio
  • Yasukawa
    Youhei Yasukawa
  • Ryou suzuki
    Ryou suzuki

For more insights, visit the Mitou Junior website.


  • Yu Kitsuregawa / Director, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Interuniversity Research Institute Corporation
  • Ken Sakamura / Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies
  • Takeshi Natsuno / Director of Informatics Research Institute, Special invited professor, KINDAI UNIVERSITY
  • Tomoko Nanba / Chairman and Representative Director, DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Toru Maegawa / Dean Professor, Faculty of Information and Management, Tokyo Online University
  • Yukihiro Matsumoto / Chairman, Ruby Association
  • Jun Murai / Professor, Keio University
  • Yoichi Muraoka /President, Tokyo Online University
  • Hisaya Tanaka / Professor, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
  • Yoichi Ochiai / Media artist. Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba
  • Takafumi Shimizu /Representative Director and President, Procommit Co., Ltd.
  • Ikuo Takeuchi / Mitou Business Oversight Project Manager. Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Jumpei Arakawa / President, Infocraft Inc.
  • Hidemi Kawai / Cybozu Labs, Inc.
  • Hirokazu Nishio / Cybozu Labs, Inc.
  • Jun Kuchii / Futurist
  • Daiyu Nobori / Representative Director, SoftEther Co., Ltd.
  • Taiichiro Murakami / Director COO, Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc.
  • Soichiro Yamaguchi / COO/CFO, Nature Architects Inc.

Contact Us

Please send an email to head-office@mitou.org with your inquiry.
Your submission will be shared with all of our executive directors, and you will usually receive a response within a week.