Introducing the Management Team

Representative Director and President Yosuke Uchida

Representative Director and President

Yosuke Uchida

Graduated from Keio University in the Faculty of Business and Commerce before joining Mitsubishi Corporation. He then joined ICP where he was responsible for post-investment development for IT-related venture capital companies. He was assigned permanently to Kakaku.com, Inc. from December 2000. He formally joined Kakaku.com, Inc. in November 2003 when he took up the positions of Director of Kakaku.com, Inc., Director of forTravel, Inc., and Director of Core Price Limited (now: Kakaku.com Insurance, Inc.). He was involved with launching new businesses and managing Kakaku.com, etc. In December 2014, he took the position of Representative Director and President as well as CEO at anymarry Co., Ltd. He took the position of Outside Director at Bengo4.com, Inc. in October 2015 and later became the Representative Director and President in June 2017.

Director Yosuke Watanabe

Director

Yosuke Watanabe

Graduated from Waseda University in the School of Social Sciences before joining en Japan Inc., where he was a sales representative for mid-career recruitment support. He was later involved with launching new businesses at ItoKuro, Inc. and engaged in sales, marketing and introduction of cloud-based ERP packages at oRo Co., Ltd. In May 2012, he joined Bengo4.com, Inc. where he later took up the position of Executive Officer in October 2015 and Director in June 2016.

Director Yoshikazu Tagami

Director

Yoshikazu Tagami

Graduated from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law before joining Anderson Mori and Tomotsune where he worked on projects involving corporate M&A and real estate securitization, etc. In 2010, he studied overseas at the Queen Mary University of London. He returned to Anderson Mori and Tomotsune in 2012 and joined Gree, Inc. in 2013 where he was involved with legal affairs and launching new businesses. In July 2015, he joined Bengo4.com, Inc. where he later took the position of Executive Officer in April 2017 and Director in June 2019.

Director Daichi Tachibana

Director

Daichi Tachibana

Completed his studies at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School for Law.
He also completed legal training and research at the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan before joining CyberAgent Inc. where he was involved with smartphone game businesses, contract-related legal work such as contract negotiation and administration, as well as work involving shareholders’ meetings and shares. He joined GVA Law Office in 2014 where he was responsible for financing support, capital policy advice, contract advice for venture companies and stock market listing support, etc. In November 2015, he joined Bengo4.com where he later took the position of Executive Officer in April 2018 and Director in June 2019.

Director Keita Matsuura

Director

Keita Matsuura

Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University before joining UFJ Central Leasing Co., Ltd. (now: Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., Ltd.) where he worked in corporate sales, office planning and sales planning. He joined Escrit Inc. in January 2009 where he played a key role in a project transferring the company’s listing from TSE Mothers to the TSE First Section. Then, following a tenure at SMS Co., Ltd., he joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in August 2013 where he took the position of Executive Officer in October 2015 and Director in June 2019.

Outside Director Fumihiko Ishimaru

Outside Director

Fumihiko Ishimaru

Graduated from Waseda University in the School of Education and earned his MSc in Management at the National University of Singapore Business School.
He first joined JAFCO Co., Ltd., then Kakaku.com, Inc. where he oversaw corporate development/IR, launching new businesses and M&A, etc. After working at domestic investment companies, he was given an overseas work assignment in China at CyberAgent Ventures Co., Ltd. From January 2012, he joined Digital Garage Inc. as an Executive Officer, and took the position of Director and COO at DC Incubation, Inc. and Representative Director at Open Network Lab, Inc. He is currently involved with venture company investment and development as the Representative Director of Accord Ventures Inc. In August 2012, he took the position of Outside Director of Bengo4.com, Inc.

Outside Director Atsuhiro Murakami

Outside Director

Atsuhiro Murakami

Graduated from Keio University in the Faculty of Economics before joining Anderson Consulting (now: Accenture Japan Ltd) where he was involved with operational reforms and IT advancement for major Japanese companies as a consultant. In March 2005, as a member of Kakaku.com Inc., he established the website "tabelog." He then developed “tabelog” into the gourmet website with the highest number of users. He began to monetize the website, mainly through a billing service for restaurants, launched in April 2009. He is currently a Director of Kakaku.com, Inc. and has held the position of Outside Director of Bengo4.com, Inc. since August 2014.

Full-time Auditor Kazuaki Karahi

Full-time Auditor

Kazuaki Karahi

Graduated from Kobe University in the Faculty of Economics before joining Mitsui Bank, Ltd. (now: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) where he worked at the Marunouchi Branch, the Aggregate Funds Department, the Sales Planning Department, the Hong Kong subsidiary and the Overseas Base Management Department, etc. He joined Matsumoto Kiyoshi Co., Ltd. in September 2000 where he took the position of Director in June 2003, and then joined Hoosiers Co., Ltd in October 2007. After serving as a Company Auditor for Escrit Inc. from June 2009, he became a full-time Auditor at Bengo4.com, Inc. in September 2013.

Company Auditor Kimiyuki Suda

Company Auditor

Kimiyuki Suda

Graduated from Waseda University in the School of Commerce before joining Imagineer Co., Ltd. After working in the JSKYB, Inc. (now: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation) General Planning Office in 1997, the Digital Club Corporation (now: Broadmedia Corporation) Planning Office in 1999, and launching the Yahoo! BB business at SoftBank Group Corp., he joined Aeria Inc. in 2002 where he later took the position of Director. After Aeria Inc. was listed in December 2004, he was involved in the listing and M&A for its subsidiary company GMO Gamepot Inc., as well as in managing group companies, etc. He served as Director for subsidiary companies and affiliated companies, etc., as well as holding the position of Company Auditor. He took the position of Adviser at Bengo4.com, Inc. in September 2009 and has been a Company Auditor since February 2013.

Company Auditor Misao Akutsu

Company Auditor

Misao Akutsu

Graduated from Waseda University in the School of Commerce before joining Japan Recruit Centre Holdings Co., Ltd. (now: Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.) where he worked in personnel for 10.5 years and real estate for 4.5 years. He was later responsible for personnel and stock market listing work at Able Inc., Plaza Create Co. Ltd., Backs Group Inc. and Apaman Shop Network Co., Ltd. (now: Apaman Co., Ltd.). He established Coco Breeze, Inc. in March 2004 and has continued consulting venture companies. He has held the position of Company Auditor at Bengo4.com, Inc. since June 2014.

Executive Officer Introductions

Executive Officer Deputy Director of CloudSign Division

Yasuyuki Saito

After serving as Department Director for cloud & server product marketing, etc., at Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd., he transferred to Microsoft’s US headquarters where he was responsible for the Japanese region in the Data Center Planning Division. He then returned to Microsoft Japan where he served as the Director of the Partner Marketing Strategy Division. He joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in November 2020 and has held the position of Executive Officer since January 2021.

Executive Officer Director of the Business Promotion Office

Sho Yoshida

Joined oRo Co., Ltd. where he was involved with cloud-based ERP sales marketing in the Business Solutions Department. He then established a new personnel and public relations team in the President’s Office, and was involved with launching multiple new businesses such as the digital marketing business. He joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in April 2017 and has held the position of Executive Officer since April 2019.

Executive Officer Director of the News Editorial Department

Arihiro Shinshi

Graduated from Hitotsubashi University in the Faculty of Commerce and Management and completed his graduate studies at the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design.
After working as a journalist at the Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd. from 2003 to 2010, he worked at a marketing research company as a researcher and other positions, and joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in May 2014. He has served as the Director of the News Editorial Department since April 2015 and has also held the position of News Editor-in-Chief at Bengo4.com, Inc. since April 2016.
He has held the position of Executive Officer since April 2019.

Executive Officer CTO

Ritsu Ichihashi

Graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo before joining Accenture Japan Ltd. There, he served as a consultant in the Strategy Group Communications High-tech Business Headquarters developing proposals on strategies for new businesses, general business, and marketing as well as supporting operational reforms. After starting his own business, he joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in January 2014 and has served as an Executive Officer since October 2015.

Executive Officer Director of Personnel Affairs

Yusuke Date

Graduated from Seijo University in the Faculty of Economics, Department of Business Administration before joining en Japan Inc. where he was responsible for corporate sales and corporate development as well as being a personnel officer. He was later involved with development and operations of services related to HR in the New Business Development Division.
He joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in January 2018 and has held the position of Executive Officer since July 2020.

Executive Officer Director of the Corporate Planning Office

Masaoki Sawada

Graduated from Yokohama National University in the College of Urban Sciences, Department of Architecture and Building Science before joining SBI Securities Co., Ltd where he was involved in general corporate sales including proposals for helping unlisted companies go public, fundraising for listed business corporations, M&A proposals.
He later worked at Paraca Inc. before joining Bengo4.com, Inc. in March 2014 where he has served as an Executive Officer since July 2020.