CEOKeito NoguchiKeito Noguchi embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by founding Vapes, Inc. in 2011 while still pursuing his studies at Keio University.
In 2016, he orchestrated the transfer of the company over to Benesse Holdings, Inc. Following this, he has been engaged in founding of over 50 startups as a business angel, showcasing his commitment to fostering innovation. In 2020, Keito Noguchi stepped into the position of CEO at Brave group, Inc. a position he currently holds, leading the company with a clear vision and dedication.
Executive Officer & DirectorJun FunabashiExecutive Officer & Director
Director, RIOT MUSIC Inc.
Director, MetaLab, Inc.
CEO, LaRa Inc.
Managing Director, Brave group APAC(Thailand)Co.,Ltd.
Chairman, Brave group China
Director, Smarprise, Inc.
Jun Funabashi began his career at Grant Thornton Taiyo LLC in 2009, specializing in statutory audit of publicly listed companies by engaging in IPO consulting, conducting financial due diligence and establishing internal controls before getting registered as a certified public accountant in 2014. Since 2019, he has contributed to various companies' success as an independent advisor. Appointed CFO at Brave group in 2020, he then joined the board of directors in July 2022. In October 2023, he was appointed director of MetaLab Co., Ltd. before being also appointed CEO of LaRA Inc. in November 2023.
Executive Officer & DirectorKazuyoshi HoshiExecutive Officer & Director
CEO, Virtual Entertainment Co., Ltd.
CEO, MateReal Co., Ltd.
CEO, AndEpoch Co., Ltd.
CEO, Game & Co., Ltd.
CEO, ENILIS Co., Ltd.
Kazuyoshi Hoshi first started at a prominent recruitment advertising agency. After a successful tenure there, he transitioned into entrepreneurship, by establishing and acquiring multiple companies.
As the CEO of Periplus Co., Ltd. (now CyberKnot Inc.), he orchestrated a successful M&A.
In 2019, he founded Virtual Entertainment Inc., where he assumed the role of CEO.
In July 2022, he joined Brave group through a business merger and was appointed to his current position of director. He also serves as the CEO of Brave group's subsidiaries MateReal Inc., And Epoch Inc., Game & Co., Inc., and ENILIS, Inc.
Independent DirectorTakehiro YamaguchiTakehiro Yamaguchi started with a background in venture capital at Mirai Securities Co., Ltd.
From 2007, he engaged in CVC business, including startup investment, business alliances support, and M&A at CAM, Inc. (formerly CA Mobile).
In 2014, he ventured into independent practice, accumulating extensive experience in startup management, venture capital, and M&A, etc.
He returned to CAM Inc. in 2014 as the manager of the strategic investment. He established basepartners, Inc. in 2017, currently holding the position of Representative Partner.
In November 2018, he was appointed independent director of Brave group, Inc.
Independent DirectorHiroshi KoidoHiroshi Koido embarked on his professional journey by joining CSK Corporation after graduating from Keio University in 2005.
In 2011, he joined GREE, Inc., promoting capital business partnerships between key business developers via the GREE Platform. He then served as the general manager for the Japan Games business division, overseeing business alliances development.
In April 2016, he was appointed as executive vice-president at Fanplex Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of GREE. He also served concurrently as a director at several other affiliated companies.
In November 2017, after leaving GREE, he ventured into entrepreneurship, founding Bizconcier.
In December 2022, he was appointed as an Independent director of Brave group, Inc.
Full-Time Corporate AuditorKokichi HamayaKokichi Hamaya began his professional journey at JAFCO Group Co., Ltd in April 1992.
In July 2000, he joined IMA Corporation as the manager of the president's office.
In January 2001, he joined MU Hands-on Capital Ltd. (formerly: UFJ Tsubasa Hands-On Capital)
In April 2005, he joined NEXT Co.,Ltd. (now LIFULL Co.,Ltd.) as the head of business planning. In June 2007, he was appointed executive officer and general manager of the administrative division.
In July 2016, he became the general manager of the administrative division of Vortex Co.,Ltd.
In April 2019, he was ppointed executive officer and head of the business strategy, corporate office and planner of the IPO at Looop Inc.
In July 2022, he was appointed as full-time corporate auditor at Brave group, Inc.
Independent AuditorTetsuya NaitoIn October 1987, Tetsuya Naito joined KPMG Minato Audit Corporation (now Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC).
In April 1991, he became a certified public accountant, and in May 1994, he obtained the CPA certification in the United States (California).
In August 1995, he joined KPMG Peat Marwick (now KPMG LLP) Los Angeles office before becoming a partner in July 1998
In August 2005, he joined ShinNihon Audit Corporation (now Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC) Tokyo office.
In January 2006, he became the representative member of the Tokyo office.
In August 2008, he became the lead partner of executive management.
In September 2012, he became a senior partner.
In June 2022, after retiring from his previous position, he was appointed outside director (audit and supervisory committee member) at YUKIGUNI MAITAKE Co.,Ltd.
In July 2022, he was appointed independent auditor at Brave group, Inc.
Independent AuditorNaho EbataIn the year 2000, Naho Ebata registered as a lawyer and joined the Abe, Ikubo & Katayama Law Firm . In 2004, based on the Limited-term Employment Act, she participated in the System Revision Deliberation Room of the General Affairs Department at the Japan Patent Office.
From 2005 onward, Naho Ebata returned to the Abe, Ikubo & Katayama Law Firm . She handled various inquiries, litigation, and corporate legal matters, including intellectual property issues, from domestic and international clients.
Since December 2020, she has served as an External Director at Abist Corporation.
In November 2022, Naho Ebata assumed the role of Acting Auditor at 3-D Matrix Corporation.
In December 2022, she took on the position of Independent Auditor at Brave group, Inc.
Executive OfficerHitoshi MorikawaGeneral Manager of Corporate Affairs
As a fresh graduate, Hitoshi Morikawa first gained experience in sales with a focus on new business development before joining a listed company where he concurrently managed corporate planning, investor relations, and launch of new business ventures.
After serving as a director at a startup specialized in human resources, he joined COLOPL, Inc., where he was the department lead for generating revenue streams from non-gaming avenues while leveraging the intellectual properties developed by the company.
With a multi-faceted experience, he joined Brave group in 2021, as the head of VX (Virtual Transformation). In October 2021, he took on the role of general manager of Sales & Planning.
Executive OfficerYasumasa KosugiGeneral Manager of Strategic Finance
Supervisor, 布雷福（深圳）贸易有限公司 （Brave group China）
Corporate Auditor, Smarprise, Inc.
After graduating from Keio University, Yasumasa Kosugi joined Fujitsu Limited. He then worked as a sell side analyst at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd before joining Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. as the head of Private Equity Fund, engaging in Equity Capital Market and IPO planning. He then worked at DIGITAL HOLDINGS, INC. directly under the CFO, handling IR and finance. In September 2022, he joined Brave group, Inc. as the director of Strategic Finance. In December 2022, he was appointed CFO of Brave group, Inc.
Executive OfficerMasaru YamazakiGeneral Manager of Group Management
Director, Brave group APAC(Thailand)Co.,Ltd.
Director, Brave group China
Director, Smarprise, Inc.
After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Masaru Yamasaki joined Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. After becoming a certified public accountant, he worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, focusing on statutory audits and IPO planning.
He then worked in Singapore in finance, accounting and audit. Upon returning to Japan, he engaged in managerial accounting for a venture company. After serving as a director (Audit and Supervisory board member) at Cinnamon Inc., he joined Brave group, Inc., in November 2022 as the general manager of Group Management. In December 2022, he was appointed executive officer.
Executive OfficerYutaka TakedaGeneral Manager of Corporate Strategy
After graduating from Waseda University, Yutaka Takeda joined a major game company, where he in charge of international licensing. Later, at GREE, Inc., he was involved in business development focusing on both worldwide licensing as well as promoting the development of domestic and international partnerships. In November 2022, he joined Brave group, Inc. In February 2023, he was appointed general manager of the Global Business HQ. On October 2023, he was appointed executive officer and general manager of Corporate Strategy.
Executive OfficerKyuyon KimDeputy General Manager of Corporate Strategy
In 2009, Kyuyon Kim joined CyberAgent, Inc., where she gained experience in advertising sales and promotion of the gaming business via marketing, business development, etc. From September 2015, she worked as a freelancer specialized in the foreign business development of the mobile game industry. In May 2018, she founded MateReal, Inc. In October 2021, she joined Brave group, Inc. through a business merger. In October 2023, she was appointed executive office and deputy general manager of Corporate Strategy.
CEO, RIOT MUSIC Inc.Kouki TakedaKouki Takeda has a rich background with management experience in production, planning, advertising, event planning and merchandising at both console and PC video games companies as well as VTuber agencies.
In 2019, he joined Brave group, Inc., as the head of the New Business Development, Merchandising and Event Production departments before being appointed producer in January 2020, and leading the RIOT MUSIC project from planning to launch.
In July 2022, he was appointed director of Super Yellow Inc. before becoming the CEO along with changing the name of the company to RIOT MUSIC Inc. in June 2023. He currently serves as RIOT MUSIC executive producer and oversees the complete production process.
CEO, Brave group US Inc.Norikazu HayashiCEO, Brave group US Inc.
General Manager of US Affairs
Norikazu Hayashi initiated the launch of advertising platform businesses at Yahoo! Japan and GREE. After relocating to San Francisco, he took charge of launching the US advertising business at GREE International. In May 2013, he joined the newly established AppLovin as the sales director at the San Francisco headquarters, driving the growth of the business. In April 2016, he was appointed CEO of AppLovin Japan. Returning to the AppLovin San Francisco headquarters in January 2020, he managed game companies and led the development of NFT marketplaces for video games. In November 2022, he was appointed CEO of MetaBash Inc. In March 2023, he was appointed CEO of Brave group US Inc.
Managing Director, Brave group Europe Ltd.Takahiro TakizawaManaging Director, Brave group Europe Ltd.
General Manager of European Affairs
After studying abroad, Takahiro Takizawa worked in system consulting at systems integrator before being in charge of marketing and business solutions at a mobile business venture. In 2008, he started his own company with a focus on marketing and consulting. He then launched affiliated companies in Japan and established businesses in UK, Vietnam, and Thailand; with a focus on global marketing and off-shore development, he served as director at affiliates companies both in Japan and abroad. In January 2020, he joined Brave group as the head of Sales and Business Promotion. In June 2021, he was appointed head of Virtual IP Business , and in October 2021, he was appointed general manager of the Global Business HQ.
In March 2023, with the establishment of Brave group Europe, he took on the role of managing director of Brave group Europe.
CEO, MetaLab, Inc.Yuichi KitaAfter graduating from university, Yuichi Kita held various positions at a digital marketing company before being appointed a director, building a career in management. He then held key positions in business development at several startups. In October 2021, he joined Brave group, Inc., and became director at MetaLab Inc. in April 2022. In October 2023, he assumed the role of CEO of MetaLab. He is actively supporting the growth of metaverse and is engaged in the development of the metaverse school ME Campus, the FanTech platform FAVii and provides consulting services related to metaverses businesses.
CEO, D1 Inc.Tsuyoshi HanzawaCEO, D1 Inc.
Director, MetaLab, Inc.
Director, Brave group APAC(Thailand)Co.,Ltd.
In 1998, Tsuyoshi Hanzawa worked in PlayStation game production at Sony Computer Entertainment. He then served as the 3D CG director for the Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door anime movie.
In 2001, he founded D1 Inc. and has been involved in various ventures, including producing 3D CG for video games and anime, establishing a motion capture studio, business development in Southeast Asia and planning and development of various applications.
With a strong focus on XR and digital technologies, he took charge of the development of the digital experience for the SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE in 2020.
In November 2023, was appointed director at MetaLab.
CEO, Smarprise, Inc.Takeshi IgarashiCEO, Smarprise, Inc.
Takeshi Igarashi started his career in 2005, after graduating from Rikkyo University College of Arts at Cyber Agent, Inc in their Online Advertising Department. He was then loaned at to Trenders, Inc. in 2010, one of the companies that Cyber Agent has been investing in. After a full transfer to Trenders in 2011, he contributed to their successful IPO in 2012. He was then appointed as director at Trenders in 2014. In May 2015, he founded Smarprise, Inc. and serves as its current CEO.
After successively working with United, Inc. and Game8, Inc., he joined Brave group in 2024.
CEO, Geek Hive, Inc.Hiroaki Suzuki
Director, Virtual Entertainment Inc.Yoji Yamamoto
Director, Game & Co. Inc.Atsutoshi Kubo
Director, LaRa, Inc.Kano Kawamura
Director, D1, Inc. / Director, Brave group APAC(Thailand)Co.,Ltd.Yasuhiro Horiguchi
Director, D1, Inc.Yuji Koga
Director, Brave group ChinaKeisuke Takemoto