For Enjoyable Global Communications

Who we are

Company Name

Yaraku, Inc.

Location

16F Link Square Shinjuku, 5-27-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Since

August 2009

CEO

Suguru Sakanishi

Number of staff

23    (For information about job opportunities, please see Careers.)

Capital

¥ 363,961,000 (including capital reserve)

Investor

Konica Minolta, Inc., Advanced Media, Inc., Sony Network Communications Inc., Dogan Beta Inc, Board members, employees etc.

Business

Develop and continually improve our tool for optimizing multilingual communication

Management

CEO

Suguru Sakanishi

CTO

Jonas Rydenhag

Outside Director

Yuichi Yatsuhashi (Former BCG Partner)

Outside Director

Shinichiro Tamaki (Wakaru Office)

Outside Auditor

Yoshiaki Omori

Advisors

Shuichi Matsuda

Waseda University

Tomohito Ebine

Mobcast

Masataka Matsumoto

WiL

Nobuaki Chonan

CPA

Kotaro Furuuchi

Management Design•Partners

The Team

Suguru Sakanishi

CEO

From Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, he moved to New York to work for an online marketing company for several years. He then returned to Japan and established Yaraku. Winner of many business contests.

Jonas Rydenhag

CTO

From Sweden. After working in web development in Gothenburg for eight years, he decided to move to Japan and joined Yaraku. As the head of the development team, he deals with a variety of operations.

Yohei Maeda

Accounting

From Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, he worked seven years at an accounting firm in Tokyo. Has worked with over 100 companies. He has been working in financial accounting and various back-office operations in Yaraku since the company’s creation.

Aiden Lim

Language data processing

From Singapore. Studied multilingual technologies at Nanyang Technological University. After graduation, he got his professor’s recommendation to join Yaraku. His hobby is online gaming. He deals with back-end development as well as language data processing.

Yurii Honcharenko

Front-end development

From Ukraine. Graduated from Donbass College of Engineering, majoring in computer science. After working as a freelance software developer for several years, he joined Yaraku. He deals with web development as well as front-end development.

Makiko Nakayama

Human Resource and Labor services

From Japan. After learning developmental psychology at a graduate school, she worked as a school counselor. She joined Yaraku to learn and create new value as our member.

Keiko Takeda

Account support

From Japan. After graduating from university in England, she worked for a global IT firm as a back-end support engineer, and she joined Yaraku as account support.

Wernich Baumgarten

Back/Front-end development

From South Africa. Graduated from Stellenbosch University majoring in Computer Science. After working freelance for local South African companies creating specialized software, he joined Yaraku as he was interested in languages.

Masaru Yamada

Chief Evangelist

From Japan. Professor in Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University. Ph.D. in Translation Studies. He has returned to Yaraku as a chief evangelist to work on the social implementation of translation technology.

Cohan Sujay Carlos

NLP Development

From India. Master of Computer Science at North Carolina University. Aiaioo Labs CEO. After working in major software companies in the US, he started a business as AI researcher. And he joined Yaraku as he was interested in languages. Cohan can speak 11 languages.

Joel Michael Smith

Back/Front-end Development

(or Full Stack Development)

From the United States. Studied Computer Science and Japanese language at university. Has worked as a web developer for multiple companies and clients in various industries before coming to Yaraku. Loves coffee.

Aya Yamasaki

PR/Marketing

From Japan. Stayed in Australia for seven years from high school. Since returning to Japan, she has been involved in a wide range of business operations, including brand marketing and overseas negotiations, mainly for foreign companies. The global atmosphere of Yaraku attracted her to join the company.