on march 15, crowdflare japan held a press conference following the appointment of its new representative of the japanese subsidiary. tonari sato, who assumed the position of executive officer and president of the japanese subsidiary on january 19, 2022, revealed his business strategy in japan.
Mchelle Zatlyn, co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Cloudflare, stressed that the company is “helping to make the Internet safer, faster and more reliable.” The numbers support the company’s support is that it blocks 86 billion cyberattacks globally every day, and that 20 percent of websites worldwide use the company’s services. He also said he continues to invest heavily in creating an environment where “95% of Internet users can access (the desired site) within 50 milliseconds.”
Founded in 2010, the company has been placing a great emphasis on the Japanese market from the beginning, including the opening of a network connection base (Point of Presence: PoP) in Japan 10 months after the start of its business. “Digital transformation (DX) and cloud shifts are increasing cybersecurity risks, blocking an average of 19 billion japanese cyberattacks every day in the fourth quarter of 2021,” Zatlyn said of japan’s security situation.
Mr. Sato, who explained his domestic business strategy, first introduced the term “Cloudflare is is on a mission to help build a better Internet.” as a company policy, and expressed his determination to “lead the digital transformation of all industries and play a role in taking Japanese society as a whole to the next stage.”
mr. sato also stated that its u.s. headquarters will focus particularly on japan in the global market and invest heavily, and that it will “grow into the world’s top market excluding the u.s. within three years.”
regarding the japanese subsidiary, which has been established in 2020, he said, “the past two years are in the preparatory stage, and we are rapidly establishing a system to promote business in earnest,” and said that in addition to opening a new office in marunouchi, tokyo, we will work to strengthen the enterprise business through branding activities aimed at securing / increasing the number of human resources and raising the profile.
mr. sato said, “we will quickly provide the latest technologies from around the world to japanese customers,” and expressed his recognition that it is the role of a japanese corporation in foreign-affiliated companies to arrange and instill the latest technologies, know-how, and examples from around the world in a form tailored to japanese society.
As a specific business strategy, the company revealed plans to expand the PoP currently available in Tokyo and Osaka by the end of this year, and to add Fukuoka and Naha to four new locations. It also announced that it will implement project galileo, a global social contribution program, in Japan.
THE PROGRAM IS A PROJECT TO PROTECT NONGOVERNMENTAL AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS/NPOS) SUCH AS ARTS, HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FROM CYBERATTACKS, PROVIDING FREE SERVICES TO MORE THAN 1,500 ORGANIZATIONS IN MORE THAN 111 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. SINCE THERE ARE MANY NATURAL DISASTERS IN JAPAN, RECOVERY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE.
Mr. Sato announced that he would deepen cooperation with partners, and announced that he would strengthen collaboration with class methods as part of this. The class method supports Cloudflare’s Project Fair Shot and has provided the “Cloudflare Waiting Room” free of charge to local governments, medical institutions, and cooperating companies in Japan that promote vaccination.
Satoshi Yokota, President and CEO of Class Method, explained that he has been doing business for more than 10 years discovering excellent services and products around the world and introducing them to Japanese companies. The company began collaborating with Cloudflare in Europe in 2019 to provide secure network connectivity to Japanese companies operating around the world.
The Waiting Room was launched after a series of cases in which vaccination reservation sites around the world were brought down by traffic floods due to corona disasters. Yokota said it was a “solution that reduces rapid access at the front desk of the Domain Name System (DNS),” and when he learned that it would be provided free of charge, he proposed a deployment in Japan to Cloudflare, and the class method provided support for introduction for local governments and medical institutions in Japan.
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