Think Tanks & Specialized Units

Hakuhodo R&D is conducted at specialized units focusing on topics ranging from brand design to parenting.

Hakuhodo Brand & Innovation Design

This specialized branding and innovation unit provides one-stop support for “innovation for the future,” particularly business, service and product development and human resource and organizational development, from opportunity search to ideation and output implementation.

Hakuhodo Youth Life Lab

The Youth Life Lab works with young people who will live in the future, using youthful sensibilities to grasp the portents of new lifestyles and explore their potential with free thinking.

Hakuhodo Smart×Urban Design Studio

A partner in the strategic conceptualization, design and branding of urban planning, the Studio generates value for multiple stakeholders, including community residents, by providing smart innovation techniques and thinking that not only optimize infrastructure functions, but also deliver sustainability and foster civic pride.

Hakuhodo Institute of Shopper Insight

Hakuhodo Institute of Shopper Insight is a hands-on think tank that considers selling from the standpoint of buying and develops ideas and designs that address unique marketing challenges. Less a desire for things, shopping is now the primary value itself—we call this the desire for shopping. Using sei-katsu-sha insight, we model scenarios to satisfy the desire for shopping and better product encounters.

Hakuhodo Institute of Activation Design

Activation design is a sophisticated planning method for stimulating sei-katsu-sha behavior. Through extensive research, we identify pressure points that trigger specific consumer actions, including visiting a store, trying a product for the first time, setting a purchase intention, and recommending a product or service to others. Built on the foundation of sei-katsu-sha insight, the Institute's ongoing work involves active measurement of real changes in sei-katsu-sha behavior and analysis of both Japanese and international samples.

Hakuhodo Experience Design

Sei-katsu-sha have access to more brand information than ever before. Experiential media such as stores, exhibitions, events, showrooms and factories where sei-katsu-sha encounter brands are important touchpoints for obtaining brand information and real experiences of a brand. Hakuhodo Experience Design offers total design-to-implementation services that pivot on the real experiences sei-katsu-sha have with brands.

Working Mothers Link

This project brings together the skills and talents of working mothers and channels them toward Japan’s future happiness. By promoting social actions that build a network of working mothers and providing a venue for working mothers to connect and exchange information, it aims to build a society where women can continue to work actively after giving birth.

Hakuhodo Kosodate Family Lab

This specialized unit researches families with children from prenatal to elementary school age to support companies’ product development, advertising and PR activities. Looking through lifestyle behavior, consumption and other lenses, the Lab analyzes the relationships between mothers, fathers, grandparents and children—which have changed significantly in the last decade—to devise new ways of marketing to families.

Hakuhodo Career Woman Lab

Conducting insight analysis into trends and a variety of other research, Career Woman Lab exhaustively explores the characteristics of today’s working women, developing products and services for women and unearthing knowledge that can help shape communication planning.

Solo Activity Research Lab

With rising rates of singlehood and divorce, as well as the rise in numbers of unmarried seniors, Japan is set to become a super-solo society, with unmarried people accounting for 50% of the population and single-person households accounting for just under 40% of all households by 2035. The Lab researches energetic solo sei-katsu-sha’s values and the forces driving their shopping, providing perspectives essential to companies’ future marketing activities.

Hakuhodo Senior Business Force

Hakuhodo Senior Business Force extends the sei-katsu-sha Insight philosophy that Hakuhodo has honed over many years into 100-Year Sei-katsu-sha Insight. A working unit for senior business, it deeply studies various layers of seniors to create new values. The Senior Business Force uncovers business generation opportunities in all areas of the lives of people in their 80s, 90s and up to 100 years of age, with particular focus on redesigning lifestyles and social structures for 100-year life.

In addition to powerful senior business resources including 20 years of original research and analysis data, experts in various fields, and a network of companies and media, and various projects under its umbrella, including the Institute of Elder Knowledge and New Adult Culture, Pre-Retiree Marketing Project, and Digital Activators for Seniors, the Senior Business Force aims to solve issues in the senior market.

Hakuhodo Blockchain Initiative

Hakuhodo Blockchain Initiative develops new businesses and services that harness blockchain technology. Working as necessary with external partners that possess specialized skills and knowledge, including blockchain technology companies, system and service developers, token design consulting firms, legal specialists and relevant industry bodies, the Initiative aims to provide society with new value that leverages blockchain technology.