Lifull appoints AI expert Kazuo Yano

06 Feb 2019

Lifull Co. Ltd. has appointed former Hitachi executive Kazuo Yano as an executive fellow at its artificial intelligence (AI) strategy office. The company’s property vertical Lifull Home’s (at is its core business. 

Kazuo Yano

Yano (LinkedIn profile) is currently a fellow at Hitachi. He served as the company’s senior chief researcher for nine years before being promoted to corporate chief scientist. Yano has also worked as a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  He’s widely considered to be the AI expert in Japan

Tokyo-based Lifull set up its AI strategy office in October with plans to use the technology aggressively in its business. Since then, the office has produced a property value assessment tool, a price map, and online tours. has outperformed all its competitors — like Suumo.jpAtHomeDaito Trust Construction Inc.EHeyaYahoo Real Estate, and — when it comes to its use of technology in the real estate sector.

The company has also announced the launch of a new augmented reality search function for its iOS app.

Users simply need to hold their smartphone’s camera over a building and the app will give them information about nearby amenities like schools, stations, restaurants, and parks.  The tool currently includes information on around 1 million rental and for sale condominiums.

The app already facilitated AR-based searches for vacant properties. It also lets users search for properties based on prices and hazards.

Lifull Home’s carries more than 6 million property ads. It’s parent Lifull Co. Ltd. also owns general classifieds aggregator Trovit and digital classifieds group Mitula — which it acquired in December 2018.



Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi writes stories on sharing economies in Asia – particularly Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran. He joined the AIM Group in January 2016. Tariq is also a spotter, monitoring global marketplace industry’s updates. He carries more than 15 years of writing experience. Tariq frequently contributes economic/tech news and analysis to a daily The News International and a magazine. He has also written features and interview articles for various other publications and some of his write-ups have been cited for references in reports by the World Bank and archived in Florida Institute of Technology’s library. Tariq has also narrated corporate website content for Audi importer in Pakistan and others. He started his career from a television’s current affairs department in 2003 and later joined the country’s premier news agency Pakistan Press International.