Masatoshi Kumagai

The Appeal of Tokyo for Masatoshi Kumagai

The abundance of food choices is something I find appealing about living in Tokyo.

Clothing, food, and shelter are all human necessities, but food is a particularly vital part of life and, more than that, it is enjoyable. Tokyo offers more choices for food than other cities. Some people say that Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. It also has many "B-class gourmet" casual restaurants that are inexpensive and delicious. I find the depth and variety of the food offerings in Tokyo to be one of its key attractions. I love soba and have eaten it around the world. Yet it really must be eaten in Japan. I'm not sure why.

For me, the appeal of conducting business in Tokyo is the sense of scale. For customer volume, at Metropolitan Tokyo including outlying areas, has about 35 million people. This is more than twice as many as in New York, Paris, London, and other business capitals, and, depending on the specific city being compared, that difference is closer to three times. Businesses need "people" and "money." I definitely think Tokyo has the most potential of any city in the world in this sense too.

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Masatoshi Kumagai

Started the Internet-based business in 1995, the company went over-the-counter trading in 1999 and listed in First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2005. Under the slogan of "the Internet for everyone" he expanded 87 group companies including nine listed companies along with 4500 staff, providing web infrastructure service, online advertising and media services, online trading services, and mobile entertainment service.
Among his most notable awards are Nikkei Venture "99 Venture of the Year" (initial public sector 2nd) in 2000, Entrepreneur Network "The 6th Entrepreneur Award and Net Infrastructure Award" in 2004,the United States Newsweek, Inc. "Super CEOs (10 innovative manager of the world)" in 2005, the 38th Economic World Grand Prix Excellent Management Award in 2013, etc. In addition, he serves as the new economy Federation Council. He is also the author of "Issatsu no techo de yume wa kanarazu kanau (a dream always come true with one journal) (Kanki Shuppan)", "Nijudai de hajimeru yume sekkei zu"(Start "dream blueprinting" in your 20s) (Daiwa Shobo), etc.

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