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The 6th Story of Special Website Project
How Author Toh Enjoe Imagines the Future

April 6, 2015
Ricoh Co.,Ltd.

TOKYO, April 6, 2015 – Ricoh released the sixth story in its serial website project “imagine the Year 2036: FORWARD THINKING IGNITE IMAGINATION”, in which Author Toh Enjoe, known for his Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, “Dōkeshi no chō” (“Harlequin's Butterfly”) and the Nihon SF Taisho Special Award-winning novel in collaboration with Keikaku Itoh, “Shisha no Teikoku” (“The Empire of Corpses”), imagines the workplace in 2036. The illustrations for the story were created by up-and-coming visual artist YKBX, who provided videographs for the Vocaloid Opera THE END.


This special project seeks to imagine the year 2036 through free thinking in collaboration with frontline creators who depict the near future in fiction, manga/animations, and video games.

*VOCALOID is a registered trademark of Yamaha Corporation.



The sixth story of “Imagine the Year 2036: FORWARD THINKING IGNITE IMAGINATION.”

Author Toh Enjoe (left) and Hiromi Yoshikawa, a Ricoh researcher (right).


image: Illustration by visual artist YKBX

Illustration by visual artist YKBX

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
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