Board Members

Atsuya Momikura

Atsuya Momikura

Representative Director/Chief Executive Officer

Visiting Professor, iU College of Information Management and Innovation Japan Contents Blockchain Initiative (Chairman of the Metaverse Committee) Born in Tondabayashi City, Osaka Prefecture. After graduating from Doshisha University with a degree in psychology, Momikura worked consistently in business planning, marketing, and advertising fields at Fujitsu and Recruit Co. As COO of "Dream Gate," a project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, he led the establishment of an entrepreneurial culture and independent privatization. In 2007, he founded NexGate, an advertising and media company, which has led to today's Retrive through alliances with NTT DATA and many other industry, government, and academia. In 2017, sensing the potential of the coming XR business, he founded POCKET RD and became its representative. He was selected as one of the "100 companies that will create the market of the future" by Nikkei Shimbun and Nikkei Trendy in 2020 and 2021 consecutively. In 2021, in addition to Square Enix, he formed capital and business alliances with KDDI, Kodansha, DNP, and SMBC VC, and in 2022 with Hankyu Hanshin Holdings. Pioneering the future of metaverse around the world with state-of-the-art XR technology 3D avatar and legal tender NFT. His strength lies are his marketing skills, utilizing his extensive network of contacts in the venture/IT/advertising industry. He is also a serial entrepreneur with a track record of founding multiple companies. During his time at Nexgate, he launched ARI Corporation (investment and management support), GRIDGE Corporation (artist support), NAS Corporation (recruiting), Next Innovation Corporation (marketing consulting), and others. (investment and management support), Gridge, Inc.

Kazuto Higashimoto

Kazuto Higashimoto

Board Member/Chief Finance Officer

Graduate of Aoyama Gakuin University, Faculty of Law. HIgashimoto was a member of the IPO project at SEPTENI Corporation, where he led the IPO structuring and processes. HIgashimoto then joined Netage Co, Ltd (now United Co., Ltd.) and Macromill, Inc. where he led IR, investment strategy, finance strategy, and M&A. From 2010, Higashimoto was CFO at Real World Inc, where he led IPO initiatives. From 2017, he has lent his experience to several venture companies in addition to his current role at Pocket RD

Shigeki Uchida

Shigeki Uchida

Board Member/Chief Technology Officer

Post-graduate, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. As an image processing engineer at Panasonic Corporation, Uchida was responsible for the development of elemental technologies for digital broadcast cameras as well as cutting-edge research on 3D. He joined pocketRD in October 2018 as a technical manager, and assumed his current position in February 2020. He is well versed in image processing technologies across a wide range of hardware and software, and is working day and night to pioneer the future of 3D.

Yoshihiko Hano

Yoshihiko Hano

Board Member/Chief Architect Officer

Born in 1979 in Kyoto. Graduated of The Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. Ltd., where he was involved in the establishment of the Business Development Office and released the Internet telephone directory service "Dokoiku? and Sugoi Map (winner of the 2007 Good Design Award). After working as a founding member of Recruit Incubation Partners, he co-founded Blog Watcher Inc. with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After serving as secretary of the Information Grand Voyage Project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, member of the Copyright Revision WG of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and secretary of the Next Generation Personal Data Utilization Consortium of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, he became director of Media Technology Lab. He then founded Omelette Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in business development. He joined Omelette in January 2019 and assumed his current position in January 2022.

John Easum

John Easum

Executive Officer/Chief Marketing Officer

Born in Senegal, he spent his childhood in West Africa. After graduating from Colgate University, he obtained an MBA from INSEAD. From 2000-2007, Easum served as a board member and EVP of Sales and Marketing of VIZ Media, San Francisco subsidiary of Shogakukan and Shueisha Group. From 2007 - 2011, he seved as president of VIZ Media Europe. In January 2012, he founded One Bridge, a Tokyo-based consulting firm specializing in import/export, animation production, and capital tie-ups. He has 20 years of management experience with some of Japan's leading production companies and media groups, giving him a deep understanding of the entertainment and distribution industries. Since 2019, he also serves as Head of Crunchyroll Europe.

Yui Nishikawa

Yui Nishikawa

Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Nishikawa has served in corporate planning and management in several Japanese venture companies. In 2013, she took charge of business planning in Japan for a leading innovator in 3D business. From 2017, she foresaw the acceleration of business related to 3D around the world and joined as Pocket RD as a founding member, where she assumed the role of business manager. She has been in this role since February 2022.