|Company Name||UNA Laboratories Inc.|
|Capital||5 million yen|
|Main Operations||Publishing, Travel and Consulting|
|Head Office||3-12-22-302 Yakuin Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0022|
|CEOs||Tamura Hiroshi, Shiramizu Takahiro|
Born in 1971, Kanagawa Prefecture. Spent his early childhood in Kokura, Fukuoka Prefecture. Completed the doctoral program at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. Joined the Japanese advertising firm Hakuhodo after graduation, where he worked on digital society research and business development before establishing Re:public Inc.
Against the backdrop of his creative networks spanning Europe, the United States and East Asia, Tamura has promoted projects for social reform and market creation across industry, government and academia — both in Japan and overseas. He has been a member of the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of the Environment.
After moving to Fukuoka in 2014 with the establishment of Innovation Studio Fukuoka, he fell in love with the abundance and rich potential of Kyushu’s culture, industries and nature, leading to the establishment of UNA Laboratories. He is currently a visiting professor at Kyushu University and the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST).
Born in 1985, Saga Prefecture. Graduated from the Oita University Department of Innovative Engineering, Division of Architecture. After working as one of the principal leaders of the “Kyushu Chikugo Genki Plan,” a product development and branding project held in Chikugo, Southern Fukuoka Prefecture, he launched Unagi no Nedoko in July 2012. A trading company for regional cultures, it implements services and supplies resources insufficient in localities, operating and managing retail, manufacturing, and e-commerce businesses. Shiramizu also provides consulting and planning services for unions and governments.
Through seven years of distributing goods, Shiramizu realized that the things he really wanted to convey about local people, environment, and culture could not be done through products alone. Thus he helped launched UNA laboratories to provide experiences, services, and information that allow people to experience the essence of local cultures.
Born in 1980, Kanagawa Prefecture. Completed both undergraduate and postgraduate courses from the First Department of Literature at Waseda University. Joined the Japanese advertising firm Hakuhodo in 2004, where she engaged in promotion and branding, along with product and media development for both corporations and local governments. Began working at the Kyushu Branch of Hakuhodo in 2014. Through living in Fukuoka and engaging in tourism-related work, she began to sense the cultural differences between Tokyo and Kyushu — discovering the potential of cultural tourism in the region. In 2019, Tamura retired from Hakuhodo and joined UNA Laboratories. The National Examination for certified Domestic Travel Service Supervisor.