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OpenAI's Japan Debut: Tokyo Office & Optimized AI Model

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Tokyo, Japan—OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind ChatGPT, announced on Monday the opening of its first Asian office in Tokyo. 

The move marks a significant expansion for the company, which seeks to work with the Japanese government, local businesses, and research institutions to develop secure AI tools tailored to Japan's unique needs.

CEO Sam Altman expressed his excitement about the company's presence in Japan, saying,

"We believe AI will accelerate work by empowering people to be more creative and productive while delivering broad value to current and new industries yet to be imagined."

OpenAI has appointed Tadao Nagasaki, ex-AWS Japan President, as President of OpenAI Japan to lead the company's commercial and market engagement efforts in the region. 

As part of its commitment to the local market, OpenAI is providing early access to a custom GPT-4 model optimized for the Japanese language that provides improved performance in translating and summarizing Japanese text.

The model performs better in translating and summarizing Japanese text while running up to three times faster than its predecessor.

The company plans to make the custom model more widely available through the API in the coming months.