Z CORPORATION (Z Corporation Inc.) was established in January 2018 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation. It is a business investment company that focuses on areas we believe significant changes will take place over the next decade, beyond the areas of Yahoo Japan’s expertise.
“Z” of Z CORPORATION includes various meanings including “creating the next of Yahoo Japan*”, “start from Zero,” and “ultimate”, evoked image by the last letter of the alphabet.

* the letter “Z” comes after “Y (Yahoo)”


Shinichiro Hori

Shinichiro Hori
Chairman and Representative Director of Z Corporation Inc.
CEO of YJ Capital Inc.

“Shin”ichiro started his career at Future Architect, Inc. as a system engineer. He moved to consulting and funding business at Dream Incubator Inc., where he worked first as a project manager and from 2007 to 2012 as the general director of Dream Incubator Vietnam. In Vietnam he was in charge of US$50 million private equity funds.
In April 2013, Shin joined Yahoo Japan Corporation, and soon moved to YJ Capital Inc. in July. He has been the CEO of YJ Capital since November 2016, and was newly appointed to the chairman and representative director of Z Corporation Inc. in June 2019.
He is also the co-representative director of Code Republic (an accelerator program), the director of SB Innoventure Corp., which supports commercialization of the business plans that have passed the SoftBank Group’s in-house start-up program, and the director and partner of EV Growth Fund, a growth fund for startups in Southeast Asia.

Toru Takata

Toru Takata
President and Representative Director of Z Corporation Inc.

Born in Yamaguchi in 1980. Graduated from Hitotsubashi University, School of Commerce. Joined Yahoo Japan Corporation in 2008. Since then, he had worked in the division of search advertising and display advertising, led the development of data products, and been a person in charge of various M&As and partnerships for media and advertising areas. In 2013 Advertising Division Executive Unit Manager. Since 2014 as SVP of Yahoo Japan’s media and advertisement division, and simultaneously as the director of Criteo Inc. (Japan, 2016-2017) and BuzzFeed Japan (2015-2017), he had contributed the business growth of Yahoo Japan. In 2015 the first Japanese board member of the IAB Technology Laboratory (IAB Tech Lab).
He was the founding member and partner of Z Corporation Inc., and appointed as its director in April 2018. In June 2019 he was inaugurated as the CEO and representative director.

Ryosuke Sakaue

Ryosuke Sakaue
Director of Z Corporation Inc.
Managing Corporate Officer, EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), President of Finance Management Group (Corporate Group) of Yahoo Japan Corporation


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