• Founder/CEO: Katsuaki Sato

    Waseda University, School of Law (left before completion of degree)

    Sato founded Metaps in 2007 as a student entrepreneur. Launched “Metaps”, the data-driven app monetization platform, in 2011 and started the business in eight locations worldwide. Sato started “SPIKE”, the online payment platform, in 2013 and recently launched “Laplace”, R&D platform to predict the flow of money in the economy. Sato was awarded “THE START-UP OF THE YEAR 2015” by Forbes, and selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Players in Japan” by AERA, also in 2015. Sato is the author of “How to predict the Future”.

  • Executive Vice President: Yuichiro Yamazaki

    University of California, Berkeley
    Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

    Yamazaki joined Deutsche Securities Inc. in 2006 where, he was actively involved in M&A and the financing of telecom media and technology (TMT) sectors. After working at Deutsche Securities, he founded his own technology company in Kyoto where he served as CEO. He joined Metaps as CFO in 2011 and was promoted to Vice President in 2016.

  • Chairman: Yoichi Wada

    The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law

    Yoichi started his career at the investment bank, Nomura Securities. In 2000, he joined Square and became the CEO. When Square merged with Enix, he became the new company's president and repr !!!!!!!! esentative director. Under his presidency, Square Enix acquired the video game company Taito, in 2005, and the British video game publisher Eidos Interactive in 2009. Yoichi served as CEO of Square Enix Group for more than ten years. He has been chairman of the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) since May 2006. He joined Metaps in 2015.

  • Outside Director: Ken Takayama

    Hitotsubashi University
    The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business

    Ken started his career at The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited (now Mizuho Bank) in 1988. During that time, he was actively involved in retail sales and M&A advisory business. In November 1999, he joined Rakuten, Inc. as a Senior Director, where he was initially involved in overall IPO-related business, and later took on the role of CFO in February 2010. He was an Executive Advisor of Rakuten, Inc. from March 2013 until his resignation in March 2014. He joined Metaps Inc. in September 2016 as a corporate advisor and he took on the role of outside director in November of the same year. He is also serving as a corporate auditor to TechMatrix Corporation since June 2001.


  • Management Advisor: Heizou Takenaka

    Hitotsubashi University - Department of of Economics

    Former associate professor of Harvard University. Takenaka held successive positions in the Koizumi administration, including serving as Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, Minister of State of Financial Services, Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy and Minster of Internal Affairs and Communications. Takenaka also lead the reform on postal privatization policy. He took up posts as a professor at Toyo University and was emeritus professor at Keio University. He holds positions in the private sector, such as Chairman/Director of Pasona Group Inc., Director of Roppongi Academyhills, and Outside Director of Orix Corp. and SBI Holdings. He also serves as an advisor at JCER.

  • Technical Advisor: Fujio Toriumi

    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, B.Eng
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, M.Eng.

    2004 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Ph.D Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering. July, 2004 Assistant Professor, Nagoya University, Japan. Department of Systems and Social Informatics Graduate School of Information Science April, 2012 to present, Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering. Research Interests include: Agent based simulation, artificial markets, social media, computational social science and game AI. Technical advisor of Metaps from November 2016.

Metaps Growth Officer (MGO)

Metaps Global Officer (MGO) is a corporate officer on special assignment.
Their main purpose is to solve group-wide issues and strengthen cross-sectional cooperation.

  • Executive Officer: Mitsuhiko Ogihara

    Promote business of Fintech field

  • Executive Officer: Hiroaki Kato

    Build group Accounting & Finance system

  • Executive Officer: Kazunari Komoriya

    Data integration and management across company

  • Executive Officer: Satoko Suzuki

    Build group PR and branding strategy

  • Executive Officer: Seiji Takagi

    Strengthen customer base in marketing business

  • Executive Officer: Richard Zheng

    Strengthen business in Greater China region

  • Executive Officer: Daisuke Hara

    Build personnel system and organizational strategy across company


  • Auditor: Akira Kamemura

    Ritsumeikan University College of Business Administration

    Joined Nikko Securities Inc. in 1970 and has devoted himself to sales. After filling the post as Manager of branch offices nationwide, he became Corporate Officer in 1998, and was assigned as General Manager of Kanto Corporate Regional Division. Later he took a post as Managing Director of Nikko Enterprise Co., Ltd., then joined Alpha Systems Inc. as Managing Director in 2001. He contributed his efforts for the Investors Relations office, Management Audit division and then as Managing Officer of Product Sales division until resigning in 2009. From 2009, he became an Advisor for AIU Insurance Company, then joined Metaps Inc. as Auditor in 2011.

  • Auditor: Akihito Nakamachi

    Kyoto University, Faculty of Law
    New York University School of Law (LL.M.)

    Joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Law Offices (formerly Mori Sogo Law Offices) in 1993. Following the award of his Masters in Law from New York University School of Law in 1997, worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP. Joined as a partner of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in 2009 and joined Metaps Inc. as Auditor in 2015.

  • Auditor: Tomoya Yoshikawa

    Keio University, Faculty of Commerce

    Joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC in 1996 where he was involved in statutory audits of trading firms, biotech companies and other startups. In that role, he also provided support to firms in respect to public offerings and the strengthening of their internal management systems. In 2011, he opened up his own accounting office, and joined Metaps Inc. as Auditor in 2015.