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AgVenture Lab is operated by experts in a variety of areas including agriculture, technologies and collaboration with startup companies. The personnel at the Lab will fully promote efforts for solving social issues through the operation of AgVenture Lab!

Members

Hiroaki Shiraishi

COO

CVC

Favorite produce:dried persimmons

Takeshi Munemasa

CVC

Favorite produce:pear(Shinkansen)

Takahiro Yoshino

Corporate Liaison

Favorite produce:Chinese cabbage

Yuichi Kobayashi

CVC

Research (overseas)

Favorite produce:garlic

Noriaki Shimada

Development of Apps

DX Promotion

Favorite produce:Kodaira blueberry

Jin Saito

General Management

Favorite produce:eggplant

Daisaku Himeno

General Management

Favorite produce:peach

Kenichi Katsuhara

CVC

Research (overseas)

Favorite produce:Japanese onion

Hiroshi Shinohara

Corporate Liaison

Favorite produce:rice(Milky Queen)

Kensuke Funaki

General Management

Favorite produce:rice

Yuuki Fujita

Corporate Liaison

Accelerator Program

Favorite produce:egg

Shohei Morinaga

Development of Apps

Favorite produce:mandarin orange

Kanae Sasaki

Publicity & Events

Favorite produce:rice(Tsuyahime), fava bean

Anna Sasaki

Education Business

Favorite produce:bamboo shoot

Kenjiro Kato

Operation of Lab

Favorite produce:mango

Jiseki Kobayashi

Accelerator Program

Development of Apps

Favorite produce:pistachio

Kasumi Oshima

Education Business

Corporate Liaison

Favorite produce:Japanese radish

Takuya Waragai

Development of Apps

Favorite produce:shiitake mushroom

Hiroyuki Ooka

Accelerator Program

Corporate Liaison

Favorite produce:spinach, cabbage, peach

Ruri Kawahara

Publicity & Events

Favorite produce:Japanese yam

Hiroki Kawabata

CVC

Favorite produce:dried potato

Xining Wang

Education Business

DX Promotion

Favorite produce:maize

Reika Goto

Publicity & Events

Favorite produce:avocado

Yuko Kiso

Corporate Liaison

Accelerator Program

Favorite produce:spring cabbage

Mayumi Yamanaka

Operation of Lab

Accelerator Program

Favorite produce:wood cauliflower fungus

Yoko Hosono

Corporate Liaison

Education Business

Favorite produce:garland chrysanthemum

Ayano Terada

Publicity & Events

Favorite produce:mandarin orange

Takeshi Ue

DX Promotion

Favorite produce:pepper, wasabi

Takayuki Shibaya

Accelerator Program

Favorite produce:green soybeans

Shou Shimamura

CVC

Favorite produce:Tanba black edamae

Yoshiaki Ishii

Accelerator Program

Education Business

Favorite produce:green onion, onion

Kana Koga

Publicity & Events

Favorite produce:rice

Ryou Yamazi

Development of Apps

Favorite produce:wasabi

Takahiro Maegawa

DX Promotion

Favorite produce:Hassaku

Greeting

Greetings from the CEO and Executive Director

CEO
Koki Ogino
AgVenture Lab is a place where like-minded people gather to promptly identify agricultural and social issues and persistently try to solve them. With diverse people gathering here, including farmers, entrepreneurs, and engineers, the Lab will seek technologies and ideas that are in the small seed phase, sprout them, and make the agricultural business more attractive.

[Background]

Joined The Norinchukin Bank in 1990. Engaged in system development of securities and data warehouse, and IT risk management. Studied Internet Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000. After serving as Executive Officer and General Manager of Digital Innovation Division, he has served as CEO of AgVenture Lab since 2019 and Special Counselor of The Norinchukin Bank since 2021.

Executive Director
Narutoshi Ochiai
AgVenture Lab plays an important role as a bridge for communication between farmers, entrepreneurs, and the JA Group, all of whom have different business domains and languages to which they are committed on a daily basis. In addition, there are more than 10 million stakeholders in AgVenture Lab if the members of the JA Group are included. The Lab aims to be a presence trusted by these people and a hub where those who have technologies, such as entrepreneurs, would consider their technologies, which would be used for agriculture, would be revealed to the world by coming to AgVenture Lab.

[Background]

Joined the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (called as Zen-Noh) in 1985. Mainly in the Livestock Production Division, he has served as Executive Vice President of Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, Director of the Zen-Noh Institute of Animal Health, and Director of the Public Relations Division at Zen-Noh Headquarters, and currently serves as Executive Director of AgVenture Lab and Counselor of the Zen-Noh since 2020.