NameSpeed-WP, Inc.
Address15-3, Nishi-Shinjuku 4-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan
ContactPhone: +81-3-3377-0099 Fax: +81-3-3377-1144
RepresentativeKunihiro Shibata, President and CEO
FoundedMay 15, 1995 (This year marks the 29th anniversary of the founding.)
BusinessDiversified business based on the high-speed word processor

Speed-WP Closed Caption Broadcasting Center

Provides closed captioning service for the deaf and hard of hearing, estimated at about 6 million in Japan, by transcribing in real time the audio portion of TV programs.

Speed-WP is the largest in Japan providing closed captioning service for the TV news and live entertainment programs of NHK and other major commercial broadcasting corporations in Japan.

Center located in Tokyo with branches in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sendai.

Speed-WP Institute
Research, development, and sales of the facilities and systems for closed captioning broadcasting.

Other Related BusinessSpeed-WP Academy

High-speed word processor training.

Speed-WP Academy is the only school in Japan to train the operators or steno-captioners.

Training for broadcasting technicians.

School located in Tokyo with branches in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sendai.

HistoryFounder and President, Kunihiro Shibata, worked at Waseda Stenography (Kawaguchi Gakuen School) first as a teacher of stenography and then as a researcher in development and innovation of stenography technology where he promoted the development of the office automation facilities to replace handwritten stenography.

May 15, 1995: Speed-WP, Inc. was founded and training of operators in the high-speed word processor began.

August 27, 2001: Speed-WP, in cooperation with NHK and Nihon TV, succeeded in closed captioning the whole live programs; News Seven, News Nine (NHK) and News Dash (Nihon TV). This marked the start of the closed caption broadcasting age in Japan.

Fall of 2012: Speed-WP offered for sale the CCR-1, the first TV closed caption recorder in the world.

Fall of 2013: The International Closed Caption Room was established to operate the real time closed captioning for the simultaneous translation of the speech by Paul McCartney, African Development Conference and other events.

Present: Speed-WP provides the real time closed captioning for news, sports, and entertainment programs as well as emergency announcements and high ratings shows broadcasted by all the prefectural stations of NHK, the 30 stations of Nihon TV and Yomiuri TV, the 28 stations of Fuji TV and Kansai TV, and the 28 stations of Mainichi Broadcasting and TBS TV.

(as of May 15, 2024)