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ICC Talk Session: Unlimited Mirai -The creation of “Hatsune Miku”, the virtual singer who forges chains of creativity between Japan and the world-(Oct.29)Guest: Mr. Hiroyuki Itoh (CEO of Crypton Future Media, INC.)


“Hatsune Miku”
This name has now become known throughout the whole world.
However this is not the name of a real person, but actually a type of voice synthesizing software.

Hatsune Miku, despite not being a real person, has become famous not only in Japan, but also in many other countries. As a virtual singer with songs made by the software’s users,  she is adored worldwide and has been able to overcome cultural and language differences and also the division of the online and offline worlds.

Now, the ICC has invited Mr. Hiroyuki Itoh; the founder of Crypton Future Media which created Hatsune Miku, to Waseda for a special talk session. He will talk about the behind the scenes events surrounding the birth of Hatsune Miku as well as the value of making connections from the local to national and then the worldwide level through chains of creativity including the business strategies used.

Having created a movement so large it cannot be measured and which has had such an uplifting economic effect in Japan, Hatsune Miku has become a darling of the tech world. This is a valuable opportunity for you to think and find out more about the best new ways to do business and how to get involved with the world in the future information society.

We’re eagerly looking forward to your participation!

Date & Time

Oct 29th, 2019 (Tue) 6:30-8:00pm (Doors Open 6:15pm)


Waseda University Waseda Campus  Bldg.14  Classroom 201


Waseda Students, Staff and General Public


Talk in Japanese, Slides in English, Q&A Session in Japanese and English




Not Required

Guest Profile

Mr. Hiroyuki Itoh   

CEO of Crypton Future Media, INC.

After working at Hokkaido University, he founded Crypton Future Media in July 1995. Crypton has business partnerships with over 100 companies worldwide and one of the largest sound banks in the world with over 30 million sounds available. They have also continued their development of technology and music creation services with products in DTM software, online music distribution aggregators and 3D computer graphics.
Famous as the company that created “Hatsune Miku”. Mr. Itoh is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, Hokkai-Gakuen University.
Chairman of the No Maps Committee, and Guest Professor at Hokkaido Information University. In 2013 he was awarded the “Medal with Blue Ribbon” honor.


Tel: 03-5286-3990
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