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IMF visited!

The Managing Director and Chairwoman of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, visited Mujin.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce her and other IMF executives to the business of Mujin and to have a discussion around the future of work and automation.
Especially, they were interested to know about how Japan is using automation/robotics/AI to compensate for a shrinking labor force.

From Kristalina Georgieva's twitter:
“Today, I visited a leading Japanese automation-robotics start-up @mujin and was impressed at how Japan is building greater resilience to face its #demographic challenges”.

IMF Website:

Global Partnership Agreement with Fast Retailing - Supply Chain Reformation -

Mujin and Fast Retailing, a leading Japanese retail holding company, concluded strategic global partnership in supply chain on November 13, 2019. With this partnership, we will contribute to accelerate warehousing automation worldwide to realize Fast Retailing’s Supply Chain Reformation.
[Global Partnership] Apparel picking automation is challenging because of the nature and variety of items. Working with Fast Retailing, we develop and internationally deploy picking robots for apparel employing Motion Planning AI. Mujin has been collaborating with Fast Retailing, and we have already started to work on one international facility automation, and will expand further.

Robotics is the future

Will robots change our lives in the future?
It's a funny question to ask when they're already changing our lives now in so many ways and they have been for years. From the first time I saw a subway  driving by itself, I've accepted that machines can be trusted to do casual things for us. Robotics are no longer a subject of science fiction novels, movies, and TV shows. And here, in Mujin, we have a chance to be in the front-line for the future changes!
When was your last time you purchase something online? Me, this weekend, I have automatic water delivery. Very convenient because it’s same price as at the shop, choice is much bigger, and the delivery is coming right to your apartment which is very important for women and disabled persons. The future is already here, and in Mujin we continually making it happen. For example, to get your delivery on the next morning cannot be possible without automation. And here Mujin solutions step in. Mujin is the only company offering a wi…

Forming stronger bonds at team dinner

The most valuable resources Mujin has are its human resources. And we believe in showing employees how valuable they are to the company. When morale is high, employees tend to be more motivated means engaged. People want to work at a place that lives up to its mission statement and makes an effort to reward and validate its employees
Engaged employees are an active part of the company culture. They are excited to come to work and put in their best effort because they feel valued and know the role they play in the company’s success. The retention rate is much higher for companies with employees who feel like they have good relationships within their team. Having a strong team bond is imperative to making sure the employees stick around.
And we found a solution in Mujin! HR team provide a new benefit for our valuable teams which have a great effect on maintaining open communication as Mujin is getting bigger and bigger very quickly, ensuring that people never feel divided. A great way…

Living in Japan - a challenge for foreign residents

In Mujin we have employees from 20 different nationalities, we are pretty diverse and share our own interests, habits, and characteristics. And the best thing about us is that we are all equal, we are engaging with an open mind without any racial critics. And we are all communicating in English! By using one language employees communicating freely with each other across border and culture, improving productivity and sharing of ideas. In Mujin we strive to support our internationals living in Japan through our friendly Japanese and foreign coworkers’ personal experience and knowledge.
But this is Mujin, and what about the country itself?
The charm of Japan is constantly growing in western world. Recently, Japan became popular not only for the best-known subculture (anime, manga or the kawaii culture), but also for its unique traditions. More and more people would like to live in the county of Geisha and Samurai.

What makes this country challenging?
You have to consider various practica…

Media: NHK WORLD "The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry"

We are going to be on TV program "NHK WORLD: Science View," which you can watch from countries around the world!

"The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry"

Broadcasting Schedule in UTC

11/5 15:30 - 16:00
11/5 21:30 - 22:00
11/6 3:30 - 4:00
11/6 9:30 - 10:00

If you are in Japan, you can watch through the website!
The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry - Science View - TV | NHK WORLD-JAPAN Live & Programs

Broadcasting Schedule in Japan

11/6 0:30 - 1:00
11/6 6:30 - 7:00
11/6 12:30 - 13:00
11/6 18:30 - 19:00

Don't miss it!

Why was Mujin able to realize Intelligent robots?

Mujin is a start-up established 8 years ago will about 100 employees. It makes robots intelligent and realizes automation of manufacturing and logistics. 
If you’re curious to know more, please take a look at our previous article! 

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

When linking Mujin controllers with robots from various manufacturers, they begin to recognize products’ placements and positions, and automatically generate the most efficient movements. 

We’d like to explain why Mujin was able to realize this product and the secret behind how it came this far. 
1.Mujin’s founders and the team

The first reason that Mujin’s products were realized is, of course, because CTO Rosen and CEO Issei, the co-founders of Mujin, were there.

Rosen is an American born in Bulgaria. He learned computer science and AI in high school and graduated UC Berkeley at the top of his class. He then earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and experienced postdoc at the University of Tokyo. Called t…

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

“Automating robots through the power of software and contributing to the increase to world productivity” 

Under this mission, Mujin Inc. was established by Japanese CEO Issei and American CTO Rosen. Handling solutions for manufacturing and logistics with about 100 various members gathered from 16 countries?! We’d like to explain what kind of projects Mujin, this unique venture, is working on.

For Example, Logistics Fields 
Today in Japan, it is said that the working population is decreasing at the rate of 2,000 people a day. On the other hand, EC (E Commerce) is rapidly growing, and the lack of workforce is becoming a serious issue in the logistics field. When you order something online, the process of taking a product out of the warehouse, packing and shipping it occurs. At first glance, it seems easy for a robot to handle this. However, almost all the work at warehouses are done by humans. Why is this?

System of Industrial Robots
When installing robots, usually we ask a professional to “…

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