Metaps and Avex agree to establish a Joint Venture 〜Aim to create a new artist/musician support business utilizing Timebank etc〜

Metaps Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Katsuaki Sato, “Metaps”) and Avex Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Masato Matsuura, “Avex”) announced today that they have agreed to establish a joint venture company, mee Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Katsuaki Sato, Masato Matsuura, “mee”).  In recent years, due to the growth of the Internet and smart phones, the way contents is being consumed is becoming more and more diversified. With this new tie-up, it will accelerate the collaboration between both companies, one which owns the know-how on the latest marketing methodologies, not limited to SNS etc., and another which owns the know-how on producing top artists / talents. Both companies will be working together towards a new entertainment business with a mutual theme, called “Movement for Entertainment & Economy”.

Metaps announced a capital and business tie-up with Tagpic Inc., Japan’s largest Instagram influencer network 〜Accelerating the business collaboration with time exchange “Timebank”〜

Metaps Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Katsuaki Sato, “Metaps”) announced a capital and business tie-up agreement with Tagpic Inc. (Tagpic), Japan’s largest Instagram influencer network, which manages more than 3,600 influencers in Japan and Southeast Asia (SEA). In the influencer market which is growing rapidly, Tagpic will connect with a network of leading instagrammers (total number of followers/reach exceed 790 million people in Japan and Southeast Asia (including duplication among followers)), promote casting to brand advertisers and also provide consulting business on Instagrammers. Tagpic aims to enhance their presence as the No. 1 company in Asia for Influencer marketing.

Change to full year results announcement date

Metaps Inc. announces that it has changed the date of its full year results announcement for the Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 2017 from Monday, 16 October 2017, to Friday, 20 October 2017 to ensure accurate financial reporting and statements.

Metaps joined Japan's Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC) - explore future possibility of virtual currency issuance with “Timebank”-

 Metaps, Inc. (“Metaps”) joined Japan's Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (“BCCC”) (*1). BCCC was inaugurated with objectives that included spreading and building awareness of blockchain technology (*2), promoting its research and development, encouraging related investments, and collaborating with overseas blockchain organizations.

Metaps Signs Capital Participation and Business Cooperation Agreement with the Aim of Providing New Payments Services -Working Towards Digital Wallets for Electronic Payment and Leveraging Big Data-

 On April 14, 2017, Metaps Inc. (CEO: Katsuaki Sato),Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (President & Group CEO: Yasuhiro Sato), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Koji Fujiwara), and WiL LLC (CEO: Gen Isayama) signed an agreement for capital participation and business cooperation for the purpose of providing a new settlement service using FinTech.

Acquisition of Smartcon Co. Ltd.

On October 25, 2016, Metaps, Inc. (“Metaps”) announced its acquisition of Smartcon Co. Ltd. (“Smartcon”), a top prepaid card operator in Korea. Metaps acquired 51% of the outstanding common stock of Smartcon from the management of Smartcon for KRW 10.2billion in cash.Metaps operates marketing business and finance business to build own economic zone under the mission of “To be the World’s Brain - Empowering people to make smarter decisions through computer learning-”. Metaps operates 8 offices globally and its overseas revenue reached approx. 60% of the revenue for marketing business in FYE16/8. In Korea, the market for mobile payment service is growing rapidly and Smartcon is currently leading domestic market as the top operator.Metaps recently announced its “Midterm Management Policy 2020” and finance business is stated as the key business area. This transaction is the first step for Metaps to start finance business in oversea and Metaps aim to provide new payment service by combining Metaps’s experience in smartphone marketing / online payment and Smartcon’s knowledge in issuing prepaid card / e-money. 

Basic Agreement for Business Tie-up with the Aim of Providing New Payments Services

Today, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (President & Group CEO: Yasuhiro Sato), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Nobuhide Hayashi), Metaps Inc. (President: Katsuaki Sato, (Metaps)), and WiL LLC. (Co-Founder & CEO: Gen Isayama, (WiL)), formed a basic agreement to begin co-operation with a view to a business tie-up with the aim of utilizing FinTech to provide new payments services.The tie-up between the four companies (Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Metaps, and WiL) will bring together Mizuho's customer base and expertise in financial services with Metaps’ data analysis technologies and online payments knowledge, and include support from WiL, a venture capital firm with an extensive network of cutting edge service providers, with the aim of creating and providing the following new payments services utilizing FinTech.