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June 12, 2014

Dream Incubator Appoints Special Advisors

On July 1, 2014, Dream Incubator Inc. (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Takayoshi Yamakawa; “DI”) will appoint three special advisors: Shigeo Maruyama, Shigeaki Saegusa, and Yasushi Akimoto. The wealth of experience, expertise, and expansive network of contacts that these advisors bring to the rolewill help DI accelerate investment and new business production in the digital media and entertainment sectors, key areas of focus.

<The advisors’ backgrounds>

  • Shigeo Maruyama
    Shigeo MaruyamaBorn in Tokyo in 1941, Mr. Maruyama is a director of Two 4 Seven, BREAKER Inc., and Fenollosa Inc.After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University, Mr. Maruyama entered Yomiko Advertising Inc. In 1968, he entered CBS/Sony Records, Inc., before establishing Epic/Sony Inc. in 1978. He launched the careers of many popular artists, including Motoharu Sano, Misato Watanabe, TM NETWORK, and DREAMS COME TRUE. He contributed to the growth of the music industry, becoming Vice-President of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. in 1992, and subsequently President in 1998. Furthermore, during his time as a director at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. between 1993 and 2007, he held a number of posts—including Chairman—and ensured the success of the PlayStation game console. In 2003, he established 247 Music Inc.
  • Shigeaki Saegusa
    Shigeaki SaegusaBorn in Tokyo in 1942, composer Shigeaki Saegusa is President of the Japanese Mozart Association and visiting professor at the Tokyo College of Music.Mr. Saegusa completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts (formerly the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music). His most well-known works include the opera Chushingura, the oratorio Yamato Takeru, the score for movies Oración and Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack, and the score for the historical NHK dramas Taiheiki and Hana no Ran. He also wrote the music for Jr. Butterfly, an opera based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. In 2007, he was awarded a Medal of Honor with a purple ribbon. In 2008, his mono-opera Grief and piano concerto Philosophy of Squids premiered. He was also the first Japanese recipient of the Puccini International Award. In 2010, a spin-off of the opera Chushingura premiered, along with The Last Message, an oratorio for male-voice chorus and orchestra. In 2011, he received the Shin Watanabe Award. His opera KAMIKAZE premiered in 2013. In total, he has written seven operas to date.
  • Yasushi Akimoto
    Yasushi AkimotoBorn in Tokyo in 1958, Mr. Akimoto is a lyricist and television writer.Ever since he was a high school student, Mr. Akimoto has proven himself as a television writer with his work on a number of programs, including The Best Ten. He has also worked as a lyricist since 1983, counting many bestselling songs among his achievements, such as Kawa no Nagare no Yo ni for Hibari Misora. His wide range of activities includes magazine columns and planning for television programs such as Tonneruzu no Minasan no Okage deshita. He is the general producer of girl group AKB48 and their sister groups.

 

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