Having started investing in stocks while still in elementary school, he went into business for himself while in middle school, chiefly taking advantage of his software development skills to develop software for clients, reflecting the dawn of the mobile Internet. In high school, he incorporated his owner-operator business to found SYG Inc. (now Tokiwa Shoji Corp.), specializing chiefly in software development under contract. Since then, he has been active as the manager of this company involved in over 20 businesses in Japan and around the world, through continually launching and investing in new businesses and engaging in mergers and acquisitions. With his strengths in the domains of IT, Web marketing, and finance, he has successfully launched from the zero level, subsidiaries that eventually generated billions of yen in annual turnover many times, through means including forming alliances among subsidiaries from different industries, establishing an e-tobacco (Vaping) business (including DR.VAPE from Rockvill Inc.) as a manufacturer, and launching web media businesses (Vera Inc., Hadato Inc., and Customlife Inc.). In the area of investments and M&As as well, he has repeatedly carried out successful acquisitions, post-merger integration (PMI) projects, and revitalization projects and has management experience in multiple businesses including international construction (with a company that has been sold), cosmetics (with a company that has been sold), and media (with a company that was sold to Aoyama Trading co. ltd). He continues to make the most of this wide range of experience in serving as an executive and advisor to multiple startups and SMEs today.
Founder & CEO of And Africa Co., Ltd. He focuses on African startup eco-system creation by transforming Asian capital and technologies. He likes to communicate and support African entrepreneurs in terms of fundraising, client acquisition, mentoring, business skill transfer, etc. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his family, and runs the delivery service with IoT locker, “ECD (Easy Collect & Drop)” there. He also invests in African startups personally and supports Japanese investors in terms of sourcing, Due Diligence, Valuation, etc when they try to invest in African startups.
After 5-years’ work at major consulting firms like Deloitte as SCM/M&A consultant, he found And Africa to enhance African entrepreneurs and provide long-term opportunities for Japanese investors.