On Friday, Twitter and Japanese-based mobile gaming company DeNA will receive the first annual “World Changer” award.
The ceremony for the award will be given at Sanford University by the Japan Society of Northern California. It recognizes US and Japanese companies who are changing our world with their products, services and vision.
James Kondo, the country manager for Japan, will accept the award on behalf of Twitter. He will discuss the impact that Twitter had in Japan after the earthquake and Tsunami in March.
It’s appropriate that US-based Twitter and Japan-based DeNA would both win this award. Twitter has had a close relationship with Japanese consumers and businesses since its early days. Just yesterday, for instance, Twitter announced that it had added support for Japanese hashtags. Japan will also be the first country to see a “Twitter cellphone” in the coming months, and Twitter was the second-most recognizable product in Japan.
Dr. Richard Dasher, director of Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center and a member of the Japan-US Innovation Awards steering committee, has this to say about DeNA and Twitter’s awards:
“DeNA moved into major global expansion this year through its acquisition of the U.S. firm ngmoco:) and Twitter has been all over the world news with its role in facilitating Japan’s post-disaster recovery.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the World Changer awards, you can visit the Japan US Innovation Awards website.