ABOUT US
COMPANY PROFILE

Company Name

Metro Weather Co., Ltd.

President

CEO Kuniaki Higashi

Head Office Address

6 Uji Venture Business Incubation Factory 1-25 Nishinohata Okubo-cho, Uji City, Kyoto

Established

May 13, 2015

Capital

¥140,290,000 (excluding capital reserve)

Executives

CEO Kuniaki Higashi

Director Junichi Furumoto

Director Hisao Nishimura

Business Affairs

Development, manufacture and sale of atmospheric observation devices using remote sensing technology

Marketing and the provision of solutions combining meteorological information and IoT

Provision of meteorological observation and prediction data, and information supporting disaster-prevention operations

 

Metro Weather Co., Ltd. is a startup company for the purpose of developing high-performance Doppler lidars capable of observing wind direction and wind speed from several kilometers away by monitoring the minute movements of microparticles in the atmosphere. Based on many years of research by Kyoto University, Japan enabled us to complete an unprecedented three-dimensional wind condition map, and our aim is to contribute to the safety of the skies.

OUR HISTORY

2015

May

Established

2016

Jan.

Selected for NEDO's Research and Development Venture Business Startup Support Program

2016

Nov.

Capital fundraising implemented through third-party share allocation with Draper Nexus

2016

Sep.

Selected for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program operated by the United States Department of Defense (three years)

2017

Jan.

Selected for NEDO's Startups in Corporate Alliance Support Program

2017

Nov.

Capital fundraising implemented through third-party share allocation with two companies

2018

Aug.

Selected for NEDO's New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Program

2018

Sep.

Capital fundraising implemented through third-party share allocation with Drone Fund, Real Tech Fund and individual investor Yasumasa Manabe

 
TEAM
Kuniaki Higashi
CEO

After being appointed postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University in 2009, was involved in the development of air turbulence detection and prediction technology using atmospheric radars, and the development of high-resolution weather forecasting simulations. Gained experience in environmental assessment work for two years at a private weather forecasting company. Having retired his position as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014, established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. as a startup company launched by Kyoto University in 2015 together with Junichi Furumoto after completing preparations that lasted for one year.
CEO, Doctor of Kobe University (science) and certified weather forecaster

Junichi Furumoto
Director

Assistant professor at Kyoto University's Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere. In addition to using his knowledge of measurement, control and communications, etc., to develop new radar observation technology, was also involved in research directly connected to solving social issues and recently developed a high-performance coherent Doppler lidar making full use of the development of state-of-the-art observation technologies and devices. Established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2015 together with Kuniaki Higashi under the belief that the innovations from universities should be brought to the fore. Involved in many initiatives aimed at the social implementation of research results for solving social issues and contributing to society. Doctor of Kyoto University (informatics) and engineer.

Hisao Nishimura
Director

Joined Bank of Kyoto after graduating from the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, in 1974. After serving as the assistant manager of the New York office and the vice-director of the Investigation Department in the Head Office, gained experience as the president of semiconductor manufacturing unit manufacturer TOWA, a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Has many years of experience in the financial industry and as an administrator for a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Appointed director of Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2017.

Rieko Kakibara

After serving as a secretary to a professor in the registrar’s office of Kyoto University, has been working on general affairs in Metro Weather since it was first founded. From the experience gained in clerical work at the university, has mastered all tasks involved in receiving financial assistance from public institutions, accounting work and the work involved in general affairs. Gained experience as a programmer for a major electronic appliance manufacture before joining the university registrar’s office, and is also known as an engineer in addition to a general affairs specialist. Indispensable to the administration of Metro Weather.

 
ACCESS

Metro Weather Co., Ltd.

3F Okuda Bldg., 20-21 Gokasho Nishiura, Uji City, Kyoto, 611-0011, Japan

TEL: +81-774-31-6116

One-minute walk from Obaku Station on the Keihan Uji Line

Two-minute walk from Obaku Station on the JR Nara Line

 

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