WHO WE ARE

Masashi Tsujinaka

Representative Director and CEO of Nowcast

Experience in statistics and economic research at Research Statistics Bureau, Shimonoseki Branch and Planning Bureau in Bank of Japan.
Promoted business development as the senior analyst and sales manager at Nowcast from September 2015, and holds the current position from February 2019.

Atsuo Akai

Chairman of board of directors of Nowcast

Formerly of Mitsubishi Bank, Kidder Peabody & Co. Senior advisory of Morgan Stanley. Member of Cabinet Secretariat workshop. Advisor of Cabinet Office hometown investment conference. Chair of estate investment conference, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Ryota Hayashi

Representative Director and CEO of Finatext Holdings; Director of Nowcast

The first Japanese national recruited into the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank in London through the local hiring process.
Founded Finatext Inc. in 2014 after his career in hedge fund.
Took office as the CEO of Nowcast in August 2016 after the M&A process.
Holds the current position from February 2019 along with the transition to a holding company.

Yuichiro Ito

Director and CFO of Finatext Holdings; Director of Nowcast.

Led the IPO and global M&A team in the investment banking division of UBS from 2010.
Serves as the director of Nowcast after the M&A process.

Tsutomu Watanabe

Founder / Technical Advisor

Worked at Bank of Japan and Hitotsubashi University. Currently a Professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics (Economic Theory) / Faculty of Economics.
Also holds positions as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Central Banking, Cabinet Office Economic and Fiscal Advisory Council Policy Commentator, Canon Global Strategy Research Institute Research Division.
Publicly released the University of Tokyo Daily Price Index in "Research on long-term deflation" Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Kiyohiko Nishimura

Technical Advisor

Worked as member and later Vice President of the Bank of Japan Policy Board Deliberation Committee. Became Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 2013.
Currently also holds positions as Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade Editor, Policy Board, Cabinet Office Statistics Committee Chairperson.

Satoshi Imai

Technical Director

Arrived at current post after time at the National Statistics Center and the Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. During his time at the Statistics Center and the Statistics Bureau, participated as government representative in the UN European Economic Commission (UNECE) CPI Expert Meeting and the Ottawa Group Meeting on Price Index.
Ottawa Group Meeting Organizer for the 14th Price Index.