OpenAI establishes first Asian office in Tokyo to strengthen global AI presence By Elets News Network - 15 April 2024

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OpenAI, backed by Microsoft, has officially launched its first office in Asia, located in Tokyo. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has expressed a strong commitment to fostering long-term relationships with Japan through collaborations with governmental organizations, businesses, and academic circles. The introduction of OpenAI’s office in Tokyo comes on the heels of the successful deployment of its AI chatbot, ChatGPT, and is part of a broader strategy to diversify and increase its revenue streams internationally.

The company’s COO, Brad Lightcap, along with Altman, has been proactive in engaging with top executives from Fortune 500 companies in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This initiative is part of OpenAI’s strategic efforts to draw more business interest. A significant meeting last year with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida paved the way for OpenAI’s expansion into Japan, complementing its existing offices in London and Dublin. Japan’s strategy to use AI to enhance its digital infrastructure and address workforce shortages is well-aligned with its goals to compete more effectively on the global stage, particularly against China.

Tadao Nagasaki, Former President of Amazon Web Services in Japan, is leading OpenAI’s tailored Japanese language model. Despite traditionally being viewed as a tech adopter rather than a leader, Japanese firms such as SoftBank and NTT are now investing heavily in large language models. OpenAI’s noteworthy clients in Japan include Toyota Motor, Daikin Industries, and various local government bodies.

This expansion is in step with Microsoft’s recent pledge to invest $2.9 billion over the next two years to enhance cloud and AI infrastructure in Japan. This move by one of the leading US tech giants highlights the increasing significance of Japan in the global AI market and its determination to remain at the forefront of advanced technology development.

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