October 19, 2015
Mitsubishi Jisho Retail Property Management Co., Ltd.
Bureau of Port and Harbor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Toshiba Develops Trilingual Android, ChihiraJunco
— ChihiraJunco set to make first appearance at Aqua City in Tokyo’s Odaiba on October 23
TOKYO— Toshiba Corporation, Mitsubishi Jisho Retail Property Management Co., Ltd., and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced today that a new Toshiba-developed android, ChihiraJunco, will make her debut later this month at Aqua City Odaiba, in the Odaiba commercial and leisure district on Tokyo’s waterfront.
ChihiraJunco will make her first appearance for the two weeks starting October 23, when she will greet visitor to Aqua City Odaiba and introduce herself in Japanese, English and Chinese. She will be back at “work” in December, at the same location, at a new tourist information center that will shortly open as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Tokyo Waterfront Omotenashi (Hospitality) Promotion project. This second time, ChihiraJunco will be ready to provide tourist information on events Aqua City and other parts of Odaiba. Once again, she will communicate in Japanese, English and Chinese.
ChihiraJunco, the successor to ChihiraAico developed by Toshiba last year, incorporates Toshiba’s speech synthesis technology and can so far speak three languages. Visitors to Aqua City can look forward to a warm welcome from ChihiraJunco.
Toshiba will continue to refine ChihiraJunco. The next step is to give her speech recognition technology by 2017, allowing her to respond to questions from tourists in Japanese, English and Chinese. The company aims to provide support to tourists from abroad, as their numbers are expected to increase in the years up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Profile of ChihiraJunco
Birthday: June 1
Height: 165 cm (5 feet 5 inches)
About the demonstration
1. Location: Aqua City Odaiba (1-7-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo), West Gate, 3rd floor
2. Period: October 23, 2015 to November 6, 2015 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The projects/programs based on the Long-term Vision for Tokyo
The project/program on this press release falls into the following category of the Long-term Vision for Tokyo.
- Strategy 6: Leading Global City
- Approach16: Enhance the city center for greater urban strength
See more details of the vision:
Public Relations & Investor Relations Office, Toshiba Corporation
[About AQUA CiTY ODAIBA]
AQUA CiTY ODAIBA, Mitsubishi Jisho Retail Property Management Co., Ltd.
[About the Omotenashi(Hospitality) Promotion Project in Tokyo Waterfront City]
Waterfront Development Division Port and Harbor Bureau, Tokyo Metropolitan Government