・Full-time professor in the IT Department, Business Breakthrough University ・Publisher of Business Insider Japan ・Israeli Blockchain Association Advisory Board member ・Nagano Information Technology Council ambassador
In 1994, he founded Wired Japan magazine, of which he served as editor-in-chief. In 1998, he launched INFOBAHN, a company specializing in corporate digital communications. He also founded Gizmodo Japan and numerous other media, both print- and web-based, and published Japan’s first blog in book form, the bestselling Kawori Manabe: Just between You and Me, along with doing pioneering work in content marketing and owned media. In 2005, he served on the Content Policy Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office. Since 2012, he has been raising awareness of open innovation in Japan and is currently working to promote digital transformation and innovation in business and local government. In 2016, he became the official Japanese partner of the Berlin-based TOA tech conference. Since 2017, he has been organizing a network of intrapreneurs, as well as planning and running study visits to Berlin. In 2018, he served as a judge for Hiroshima Sandbox and then oversaw the organization’s Cross-Tech Challenge program to promote the implementation of blockchain in real-life applications. In 2021 he launched the GREEN SHIFT learning and collaboration program centered on the circular economy and biodiversity for Japanese business and local government. His current project is a social incubator to drive public-private collaboration on solutions to social problems and to promote new business creation.
His main published works are After GAFA: A Map of Tomorrow’s Decentralized World (Kadokawa), Rise of Corporate-Generated Media (Gijutsu Hyoron), and The Web as an Image of Society’s Future (PHP). He has also supervised and provided explanatory material for the Japanese editions of Free: The Future of a Radical Price, Share: What’s Mine is Yours, Public Parts (NHK Publishing) and numerous other books.
He started his career as a marketer at Credit Saison. After developing his career at marketing and ad agencies such as Jeki, Dentsu,Transcosmos, Metro Ad Agency, and Dentsu Razorfish, he joined INFOBAHN in 2015. He became a director in 2017, COO in 2019, now he is CEO of the company.He is an expert in both mass media and digital communication, and specializes in comprehensive communication design across online and offline, as well as new business development and promotion.He often applies theory from Gundam (Japanese famous anime) as a metaphor to business strategy.
Marketer Career Association : Executive Director Digital Maketing Institute : Executive board member Advertising Week Asia : Advisory Council Sanno University : Part-time lecturer
After a role in setting up a specialist UX design business within a Design and Consulting agency, he joined INFOBAHN Inc.in 2011. He manages INFOBAHN DESIGN LAB.(IDL), INFOBAHN’S innovation design division focusing on UX design and service design.
・Project Management Association of Japan certified project management specialist (PMS) ・Director at HCD-Net (Human Centered Design Organization) ・Part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Design,Department of Apparel and Space Design, Faculty of Home Economics, Kyoto Women’s University ・Part-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts ・Part-time lecturer at Ritsumeikan University College of Business Administration ・Ph.D. in Management Science at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
After being in charge of new business development and web media at a publishing company, he joined FullSpeed Inc. As a director, he was responsible for the Sales, Media and SEO Divisions and supported numerous digital media promotions. He joined INFOBAHN in 2010. As head of the Sales Development Division, he is in charge of planning for corporate web marketing, with other roles including leading joint ventures with other companies.
After graduating from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, she joined the Nikkei Shimbun. In 2005, she joined Recruit, where she worked in net media development in the housing information and travel sectors and media development for Zexy in Shanghai, before becoming the HR Area Net Marketing Division General Manager, Planning Division Executive Manager, and then, in 2013, Executive Sales Management Director and Sales Planning Division Manager at Recruit Jobs Co., Ltd. After leaving Recruit in March 2016, she set up Will Lab Inc. in March 2017.She enthusiastically supports women business leaders and has worked in human resources development and job creation in Kamaishi (Iwate Prefecture) and Toyooka (Hyogo Prefecture). Since August 2019, she has served as an expert member of the Cabinet Office Gender Equality Promotion Committee.
He worked in sales planning for a web development company, as a planner and director. He was involved in major Japanese companies’ websites, brand site updates, e-commerce, new community site . Since joining INFOBAHN as a planner in 2011, he has worked on company-owned media as a producer, planner and project manager.
Having graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, he completed graduate studies at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, where he earned a Master of Architecture (M.Arch). After working for architectural design firms and a digital production in both domestic and overseas, he joined INFOBAHN, Inc. in 2014. Based on design research, he has led various projects across the areas of product, service and vision design. Major awards include the Japan Media Arts Festival and the New York Film Festival. He is currently pursuing doctoral study in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.
After editing movie guides, comics, books, subscription-only lifestyle magazines and other print media, she joined INFOBAHN in 2007. She is involved in PR and communication activities in various industries, from B2C to B2B. Applying the perspective and communication skills that she developed as an editor, she manages a broad area of planning and content development for both digital and non-digital channels. She has been in her current role since 2021.
After working as an art director, mainly in communication design, he now supports value creation in a variety of sectors through an integrated design process for business development and brand communication running from concept creation to creative direction and experience design. Recipient of the NY ADC Award, Japan Media Arts Festival award and many others. Exhibitor at SFMoMA, Milano Salone, Tokyo Design Week and other venues in Japan and abroad. His work features in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.