AiCAN integrates human expertise with cutting-edge technology
to contribute to changing the world to be safer for all children,
by eliminating child abuse that may go unnoticed.

Message from the CEO

CEO Kota Takaoka

"Our goal is to change the world to be safer for all children."

There are children in the world who find it difficult to live each day feeling safe and secure. When I was a student backpacking through Southeast Asia and working as a babysitter, I saw children who worried me and made me wonder if they were okay. As a part-time staff member at a child consultation center, I also saw children who had suffered deep emotional and physical scars.

The issue of child abuse that our company is working on is still an unsolved challenge in the SDGs, specifically in target 16.2 : "End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children." We want to solve this problem by working together with people all over the world.

The expertise that supporters have accumulated and the technology based on scientific knowledge are both products of human wisdom. By combining these and creating new solutions, we will achieve a world where "all children are safe."

CEO Kota Takaoka



  • CEO

    Kota Takaoka

  • CAO

    Takehito Sakimitsu

  • CMO

    Emiho Hashimoto

  • Advisor (Child Welfare)

    Akira Suzuki

    Former Director of Mie Prefecture Child Consultation Center

  • Advisor (Child Welfare)

    Tsuneo Yamamoto

    National Child Consultation Center Supervisor

  • Legal Advisor

    Shinichiro Kurasaki


  • Technical Advisor

    Haruyuki Seki

    Code for Japan



  • March 2012

    The representative, Kota Takaoka, published a book on the issue and needs of child abuse in Japan.

  • April 2013

    The representative, Kota Takaoka, began working on the risk assessment project at the Mie Prefecture Child Consultation Center, starting data collection and analysis.

  • April 2015

    Evaluated the collected data and implemented a PDCA cycle on the field.

  • April 2017

    Developed a general-purpose app based on AI at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Artificial Intelligence Center, sponsored by NEDO.

  • July 2019

    Conducted a demonstration experiment with Mie Prefecture at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

  • March 2020

    Company established.

  • May 2020

    Certified as a Venture Company of AIST through technology transfer.

  • July 2020

    Began service provision in Mie Prefecture.

  • March 2021

    Conducted "Investigative Research on the Use of AI for Child Abuse Response" as a National Subsidy Project for the Promotion of Child and Child Rearing Support in the Fiscal Year 2020 by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

  • June 2021

    AiCAN services were featured in the "Children and Young People White Paper" for fiscal year 2021 by the Cabinet Office.

  • August 2022

    Undertook the investigation and research project "Introduction of AI into Assessment in Probation" as a research project for the fiscal year 2022 by the Ministry of Justice.

  • September 2022

    Obtained ISMS and ISMS cloud security certifications (ISO 27001, ISO 27017) and Privacy Mark.

  • March 2023

    Adopted into the grant program "Soil1000" by the general incorporated association, Soil.


  • October 2019

    Awarded the AWS prize in the 8th Aoyama Startup Acceleration Center.

  • October 2021

    Finalist selected for the 5th Nikkei Social Business Contest.

  • November 2021

    Selected as a certified company for J-TECH STARTUP 2021.

  • November 2021

    Nominated for the "Generation Award" division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications' Innovation Program 2021.

  • April 2022

    Received the 7th JEITA Venture Award.

  • December 2022

    Awarded the Kawasaki Entrepreneur Award and six other awards at the 133rd "Kawasaki Entrepreneur Audition Business Idea Seeds Market."

  • February 2023

    Received the Kanagawa Governor's Award and three other awards at the Kanagawa Business Audition 2023.