Introducing the Management Team

Representative Director and President Taichiro Motoe

Representative Director and President

Taichiro Motoe

Born in Illinois, USA in 1975.
Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law in 1998, passed the bar exam in 1999, and was admitted to the bar in 2001. He joined Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (now:Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Foreign Law Joint Enterprise), where he was involved in M&A, finance, and other cutting-edge corporate legal work. In 2005, he founded his own law firm, Motoe Law Office (now:Authense Law Office).
In the same year, he founded Authense Group, Inc. (now:Bengo4.com, Inc.), and began operating "Bengo4.com," Japan's first legal consultation portal site. In July 2016, he ran for and was elected as a member of the House of Councilors. In June 2017,he was appointed Chairman of the Board. In September 2020, he was appointed as a Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance, and resigned as Chairman of the Board in accordance with the "Code of the Ministers of State, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries."
In October 2021, he resigned as a Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance and became Chairman of the Company in December 2021,reappointed as President and Representative Director of the Company, effective June 2022.

Chairman of Board of Director Yosuke Uchida

Chairman of Board of Director

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., 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.Appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors from June 2022.

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 Yosuke Watanabe

Director

Yosuke Watanabe

Graduated from the School of Social Sciences at Waseda University in 2004.
He joined Bengo4.com, Inc. in May 2012 and was involved in the launch and operation of lawyer marketing support services.
He was appointed as Executive Officer in October 2015, Director in June 2016, and retired in June 2021.
Appointed as an outside director of mov, Inc. in July 2021 (current position); reappointed as Director in June 2022.

Director Masaoki Sawada

Director

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.Appointed Director in June 2022. in June 2022.

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.

Outside Director Katsuya Uenoyama

Outside Director

Katsuya Uenoyama

Engaged in BI work at the Tokyo and Seoul offices of a major foreign consulting firm. After that, he participated in setting up the Silicon Valley office of a major internet company in the U.S., where he was engaged in large-scale log analysis of web products. D. in Machine Learning at Matsuo Laboratory, and founded PKSHA Technology Inc. in 2012. After working as an assistant professor at Matsuo Laboratory, he currently serves as the president of PKSHA Technology Inc.
In 2020, he was selected as one of the "Young Global Leaders YGL 2020" by the World Economic Forum (Davos).
He is appointed as an outside director of the Company in June 2021.

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.