1sec Inc. is pleased to announce that it has raised a total of One hundred million funds from venture firms and other business investors in order to accelerate its global expansion.
Founded in January 2019, 1sec is a next-generation creative production company that designs, develops, and manages its own projects, including Japan’s first virtual influencer, in-house. The funds raised in this instance will allow the company to further upgrade its development system, accelerate the global expansion of its IPs, and launch an AI project, among other initiatives.
“In 2020, Japan will host its first Olympics in 56 years. With Japan in the global spotlight, I believe that made-in-Japan IPs that can thrive on the world stage are possible, in the form of virtual influencers. That belief led me to found 1sec.” said Hirokuni Genie Miyaji, CEO of 1sec.
“As a startup that designs, develops, and manages a made-in-Japan virtual influencer in-house, we have an office in Tokyo, as well as a U.S. office in Los Angeles. We are developing several world-first and Japan-first projects in the fields of fashion, music, and entertainment, centering on the combination of virtual influencers and AI technology.”
“We want to create things that instantly amaze the world and make people say, “Wow! How did they do that?!” I founded this company with that in mind. Now, we are aiming to be a leading company in the realm of AI virtual influencers! That being said, we know we have a lot of room to grow, and we will need the help of many people if we want to reach our potential. We would be delighted to have your support.”
Liam Nikuro is the virtual influencer managed by 1sec. He was the world’s second Male virtual artist/influencer, and Japan’s first. He has over 12,000 Instagram followers since debut in April 2019. Liam has already made headlines, and has been featured in news stories in over 15 countries around the world.
About 1sec Inc.
Company Name: 1sec Inc.
Founder & CEO: Hirokuni Genie Miyaji
Established: January 29th, 2019
Capital: ¥142 million (including legal capital surplus)
U.S. Office: 1541 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, US 90401
Japan Office: 3-6-28 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Design, development, and management of virtual influencers
AI ventures (currently in preparation)