OpenAI to open new office in Tokyo as part of global expansion

(Bloomberg) — OpenAI plans to open an office in Tokyo in April, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the artificial intelligence pioneer begins building out its international operations.

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The Japan office will be its first in Asia, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information. This will be its third international location, following the opening of offices in London and Dublin last year.

OpenAI sparked a frenzy of interest in artificial intelligence after ChatGPT was unveiled in November 2022. Bloomberg reported in December that the San Francisco startup was in talks to raise funding at a valuation of at least $100 billion.

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Adoption of AI is growing among Japanese companies, with corporations including SoftBank Corp. and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. racing to launch services for Japanese speakers.

After meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last April, OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman said the organization was considering opening an office in Japan. It plans to expand its Japanese language services and work with the government on mitigating risks and enforcing regulations.

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