Kioicho Strategic Research Institute KSI started a regional investment business. Opened a café that also func tions as a regional trading company in Biei-cho, Hokkaido as the first base.

Kioicho Strategic Research Institute
KSI starts local investment business. Opened a café that also functions as a regional trading company in Biei-cho, Hokkaido as the first base.
-Using the know-how of people seconded to the public and private sectors to support two-way initiatives between rural and urban areas-
Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Naoya Bessho; President: Naoya Bessho) KSI) has started a regional investment business, and will open a cafe “ARBOLITO” that also functions as a regional trading company in Biei-cho, Hokkaido on November 16th as the first base.
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In order to enrich Japan in the future, it is essential to make two-way efforts that connect rural areas and urban areas. One of KSI’s strengths is that we have many members who have both Internet business experience at Yahoo Japan Corporation and long-term secondment experience to local government agencies. Utilizing these connections and know-how, we will actively promote the provision of strategic human resources and the introduction of partner companies as the “KSI Regional Investment Platform” as an investment that maximizes the potential of the region.
As the first base, we will open a cafe “ARBOLITO” on November 16th in Biei, Hokkaido, which also functions as a regional trading company. Biei, which is located almost in the center of Hokkaido, is known as a “town of hills” because of its scenery of rolling hills. Agriculture is the main industry, and it is famous for wheat, potatoes, corn, and asparagus. For many years, KSI members have been seconded to administrative agencies in Biei, and we will develop the following businesses as part of the “KSI Regional Investment Platform”. ・Community cafe business
Arbolito means “little tree” in Spanish. A 3-minute walk from JR Biei Station, this café has the latest tables and chairs selected from around the world in an open space with a brick tile exterior and high ceilings. In addition to personal use such as coworking, we also have a workshop space. ARBOLITO aims to be an exchange base and community cafe open to everyone as a place to connect people and food, and people and communities.
“Cafe Arbolito”
Business hours: 11:00-17:00
Closed: Thursdays (other irregular holidays)
Address: 2-1-22 Honcho, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Phone number: 0166-74-8870
・Regional trading business
As a single agricultural cooperative, Biei is the largest producer of agricultural products in Hokkaido in terms of shipment volume. KSI has already started dealings with restaurants in Tokyo, and will continue to communicate such potential both domestically and internationally, and produce points of contact with famous chefs and restaurants as a new market.
“KSI Regional Investment Platform”
[About Kioicho Strategic Institute Co., Ltd. (KSI)]
KSI was established in 2017 as a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation (currently Z Holdings Corporation) and became an independent private think tank and consulting firm in April 2020. Since 1999, CEO Naoya Bessho has played a very important role in launching new services for Yahoo! Based on the knowledge gained through the wide network and policy proposal activities cultivated during that time, we provide comprehensive consulting in the public affairs area, such as support for policy activities and risk management for companies challenging new industries. In addition, we provide a variety of services based on the policy of contributing to society.
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