expands in Japan in partnership with NTT DOCOMO

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Partnership includes Investment and Customer Trials of Otter’s Real-Time Transcription

Los Altos, CA, January 23, 2020 – announced today a multi-faceted business partnership with Japan's leading mobile operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. to support Otter’s expansion in Japan and offer advanced business productivity and collaboration services to enterprise companies. DOCOMO made a strategic investment in Otter through its wholly-owned subsidiary NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and announced plans for its AI-based translation service subsidiary to integrate Otter’s meeting note collaboration into its offering to provide highly accurate English transcripts translated into Japanese.

“The Japanese market values high quality detailed meeting notes and’s highly accurate AI-powered note taker overcomes language barriers and improves the operating efficiency of Japanese companies with global operations,” said Tomoyoshi Oono, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Innovation Management Department in the R&D Innovation Division at DOCOMO. “There is a large business market opportunity for and DOCOMO’s translation service.”

“Otter is pleased to partner with market leader DOCOMO to bring innovative business collaboration offerings to Japan that transcend language and transform the way people work,” said Sam Liang, CEO and founder of “DOCOMO’s support and commitment have enabled Otter to quickly address business needs in Japan for a highly accurate meeting note taking collaboration app.”

As a part of Otter’s customer engagement with DOCOMO the Otter Voice Meeting Notes application is being used on a trial basis in Berlitz Corporation’s English language classes in Japan. Students use Otter to transcribe and review the content of lessons, click on sections of text, and initiate voice playback. DOCOMO, and Berlitz are expanding their collaboration in language education to verify Otter’s effectiveness in the study of English

DOCOMO is featuring Otter during demonstrations at the DOCOMO Open House 2020, taking place in the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex January 23 and 24, 2020. The Otter application will transcribe the English language presentations in real-time which will then be translated into Japanese using a machine translation engine jointly developed by  DOCOMO and one of its subsidiaries. Both the English transcription and a simultaneous Japanese translation will be projected on a large screen so lectures can be presented and understood in both English and Japanese.

The Otter application automatically records sentences according to the context of a speech, even over long multi-party conversations, and can transcribe text with high accuracy in real time. AI is used to identify and label speakers by name in meetings, and their conversations are accurately transcribed, significantly reducing the time required to produce reports or meeting minutes. In addition, users can search transcribed content by keyword and play back specific sections merely by selecting the text on the screen, making it easy to review and share the content of meetings, improving productivity and team collaboration.

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About creates award-winning technologies and products that make valuable information from voice conversations instantly accessible and actionable. The Otter Voice Meeting Notes app uses proprietary artificial intelligence to generate shareable, searchable, rich notes in real-time that combine audio, transcription, speaker identification, inline photos, and key phrases. Otter for Teams, the enterprise offering, improves team communication, collaboration and business productivity and adds centralized control of data, billing, administration and reporting and additional security to improve business productivity. is backed by the first investors at Google, Tesla, DeepMind, and Facebook. Download Otter Voice Meeting Notes for iOS and Android, or visit us on the web at Contact

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