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Japan – Persol Holdings invests in chatbot platform Hachidori

31 October 2018

Japanese recruitment firm Persol Holdings announced that it has invested in Hachidori, a Japanese chatbot development platform.

The investment was made via the Persol Innovation Fund. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

Japanese staffing firm and job board Dip Corp, Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd. and SMBC Venture Capital Corporation also participated in the funding round.

Hachidori was established in 2015. Its chatbot and shift business management application CAST operates in Japan and is used in stores that hire for part-time jobs.

Speaking to Staffing Industry Analysts, Persol stated it invested in Hachidori because of the possibility of working together with the chatbot tool CAST. Persol added that Hachidori is planning to expand the tool to the APAC market.

Hachidori stated that CAST has already been introduced to about 1,200 stores, including restaurants. The company said it will continue to expand in various fields.

The company said its latest investment from Persol will help strengthen marketing and advance its service offerings.

Hachidori claims to have more than 1,000 clients.

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