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TOKYO, JAPAN – May 20, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ — As its first Box World Tour event today in Tokyo, Box announced its entry into Japan with the introduction of a localized product for Japanese businesses and the official opening of its Tokyo office. Box’s entry follows strategic investments from Itochu Technology Ventures, Inc., Macnica, and Mitsui USA and MKI. The company also announced customer relationships with DeNA, famima.com, JGC, Mitsubishi Estate, Sanrio Entertainment Co, Ltd., and Waseda University as well as new platform integration partnerships with Konica Minolta, NTT Communications (NTT) and Cybozu.
“A revolution is taking place across the world as mobile and cloud technologies offer new opportunities for growth and efficiency for businesses of all sizes,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “Japanese business leaders are embracing a new generation of cloud services, and we’re investing aggressively in building a platform that helps them become more productive and competitive.”
A recent Gartner report (“2014 CIO Agenda: A Japan Perspective”) stated, “In 2014, CIOs in Japan have been gradually shifting their management focus from efficiency to growth and innovation. But IT budgets will be slightly decreased under strict IT cost optimization. The most significant difference in technology priorities for CIOs in Japan is the increased importance of cloud.” With the introduction of a localized product, a dedicated team and a strong partner ecosystem in Japan, Box is meeting the demand from Japanese businesses for cloud solutions.
Katsunori Furuichi, president and managing director of K.K. Box Japan, has a deep track record in enterprise leadership, most recently serving as president and CEO of VeriSign Japan. The team in Tokyo will consist of sales representatives and sales engineers, business development, customer support, and marketing leaders to round out Box’s global presence, which includes offices in the United States, England, Germany and France.
Japanese Businesses Embrace Cloud Technology
Some examples of how companies in Japan are using Box include:
Konica Minolta, NTT Communications and Cybozu Build Custom Integrations with Box
These companies join the Box Partner Network, which is comprised of Box’s Alliances, the Box Channel Program, and the Box Platform. The team in Tokyo is focused on expanding this ecosystem in Japan.
To learn more about Box’s Partner Network, please visit: www.box.com/partners
 – Gartner “2014 CIO Agenda: A Japan Perspective” by Satoshi Yamanoi, Kazunari Konishi, March 20, 2014.
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