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January 16, 2023
Office of Governor for Policy Planning

Tokyo Financial Award: Announcement of the Winning-Companies and the Award Ceremony

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is pleased to announce that the winning companies for the Tokyo financial Award have been selected.
Part of the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision 2.0, the Tokyo Financial Awardis given to financial businesses that promote ESG investment, as well as those that develop and provide innovative financial products and services to contribute to solving problems and meeting the needs of the people and businesses in Tokyo.
We will be hosting an award ceremony for the successful companies on Monday, February 6th. The overview of the ceremony is provided at the end of the press release. Coverage information for the press will be announced at a later date.

Award-Winning Companies

Financial Innovation Category

Rank Company(HQ Location) Need Service Overview
1st Place KAERU, Inc.
(Japan)
New financial services to prepare for “the 100-year life”
  • A prepaid card for elderly customers with dementia.
  • Includes services such as family monitoring (remote tracking of usage history, balance top-up etc.) and service suspension in case of card loss.
  • Contributes to reducing the burden on caregivers, promotes financial inclusion for the elderly and provides the ease of cashless payment.
2nd Place BetterData Pte. Ltd.
(Singapore)
Services that promote data utilization
  • An AI Privacy Platform that anonymizes, synthesizes and analyzes personal data for regulated industries such as Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, and Government.
  • Companies will be able to use synthetic data to develop new products and services, as well as monetize their data without violating data protection regulations.
  • Future plans to expand this service to Japan.
3rd Place Bee Informatica Sdn. Bhd.
(Japan)
Improved loan services (cut down of costs/time etc.)
  • A quick loans service in Malaysia offering loans to small businesses without an established credit score.
  • Utilizes a “psychometric test” that scores entrepreneurship, financial literacy and compliance awareness etc.
  • Future plans to expand this service to Japan.

 

ESG Investment Category

Company(Location) Service Overview
<The Governor's Special Prize for Green Finance*>
HAKKI AFRICA INC
(Japan)
  • Financing services for businesses in Africa that are unable to secure vehicle purchase loans due to a lack of credit
  • Utilizes a unique scoring model based on mobile payment usage history and sales data.
  • Since July 2022, focuses on e-bike financing to reduce CO2 emissions
OUI Inc
(Japan)
  • Provides an ophthalmic medical device (Smart Eye Camera) that can be attached to a smartphone.
  • With the device, ophthalmic diseases can be diagnosed using AI or remote medical examination
  • Contributes to SDGs (Goal3: Good Health and Well-being) by facilitating the early detection of blindness among patients on remote islands or in developing countries where access to medical facilities is not readily available.
sustainacraft, Inc
(Japan)
  • Service utilizing satellite data analysis to evaluate forest conservation projects (with criteria such as CO2 absorption, etc.) for carbon credit customers.
  • Encourages fund flow to high-quality carbon credit generation projects.
*The Governor's Special Prize for Green Finance is awarded to a business from the ESG Investment Category that is particularly outstanding in its green finance initiatives.

 

Award Ceremony Overview

(1) Date/Time (Planned)

Monday, February 6th, 2023, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm (JST)

(2) Target Audience

Open to everyone interested in new financial services and/or ESG investment

(3) Event Type

In-person/Online hybrid (Japanese-English Interpretation available)

Venue (in-person): KABUTO ONE 4F Hall A/B
7-1 Nihonbashikabutochō, Chuo City, Tokyo
Online: Zoom webinar

(4) How to Apply 

For both in-person and online participation, please register at the below link
Website (External link)

  • In-person participation registration deadline: Monday, January 30th 2023, 11:59 pm (JST)*
    *In the case of a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held for in-person participation. Results will be announced with a notification email.
  • Online participation registration deadline: registration is open until the day of the award ceremony

(5) Agenda (Planned)

Time Session Speakers(Planned)
2:00 Opening
2:00 Opening Remarks
Overview of the Tokyo Financial Award
  • KODAMA Eiichiro, Director General for Global Financial City Strategy, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
2:10 Presentation of Award Winners
Remarks from the Chair
  • Financial Innovation Category: 3 companies
  • ESG Investment Category: 3 companies
  • YAMAOKA Hiromi, Committee Chair
3:10 Remarks from the Governor/Award Presentation/ Photo Session
  • KOIKE Yuriko, Governor of Tokyo
  • Award Winners
3:30 Closing

*After the Award Ceremony, (excluding the 3 winners) 12 companies, selected from the 108 applications in the Financial Innovation Category support program, will deliver a presentations (planned for 3:45 pm -5:00 pm).
There will also be an “Audience Award” chosen by audience votes. To join, please follow the registration procedure as stated in the link provided in: “(4) How to Apply.”*

For details, please visit the Tokyo Financial Award website.

*Please click here for the original Japanese press release.

Inquiries

Assigned Operations for Global Financial City Tokyo
Strategic Projects Section, Strategic Projects Division
Office of the Governor for Policy Planning
Phone: 03-5388-2144
Email: S0014701(at)section.metro.tokyo.jp
* The above e-mail address has been arranged as an anti-spam measure. Please replace (at) with @.

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