Think Tanks & Specialized Units

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

Hakuhodo Brand Design

Our specialized branding team provides integrated brand-building solutions, offering one-stop service from brand strategy planning through to output development and production. Hakuhodo Brand Design gives form in various ways to a company or product's essence, or that which makes it unique.

Hakuhodo Brand Design

Hakuhodo Youth Life Lab

Young people are inclined to great and sudden changes. To understand the cornerstones of their values and lifestyles and develop appropriate marketing approaches, Youth Life Lab works together with young people to continuously study them from a variety of perspectives.

Institute of Smart x Urban Design

Our experts in urban design assist clients at the conceptual stage of projects, participate in strategic planning, and handle design and branding work. The Institute strives to enhance quality of life value through innovations that optimize infrastructure, lead to sustainability and enhance civic pride.

Hakuhodo Innovation Lab & Innovation Design

Innovation Lab and Innovation Design focus on new ideas impacting corporations and society. These specialized teams assist in product and new business development and seek innovative solutions to social challenges using sei-katsu-sha insights. Analytical methods include futures visioning, field research for discovering opportunities, concept planning, and prototyping.

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

In a society where 60% of working women leave the workforce after becoming pregnant or giving birth, Japanese working mothers are still striving as a minority. Working Mothers Link brings Hakuhodo's communication skills and talents to bear on the task of creating happiness for both working mothers and for society. It does this by creating venues for working mothers to connect, exchange information and build ideas toward realizing women's empowerment and a society that supports the energetic and carefree participation of mothers in the workplace. The project also supports clients by providing diversity training for executives, career development workshops for their female employees, and building co-creative communities where they can communicate with and learn directly from mothers.

Kosodate Family Lab

The traditional Japanese family is undergoing rapid evolution. Today's families are diverse in their lifestyles and the way they raise their children. Among the most significant changes are families in which both parents work, women opting to delay starting their families, fathers taking a larger role in childrearing and new relationships with grandparents. Kosodate Family Lab is building a knowledge base of information on childrearing, which we use to spot trends in the ongoing evolution of "families." The Lab's research into lifestyles and consumption patterns of families enables us to propose more effective communication.

Institute of Elder Knowledge and New Adult Culture

People over the age of fifty now account for the majority of the Japanese population. Traditional perceptions of the middle and older years are disappearing and a "new adult generation" of people in their 40s-60s has appeared. From its research and studies into this new adult generation, the Institute develops communication strategies for cities, products and media, and makes a broad array of other proposals.