Activity Report Vol.12:
A Cyber Security Specialist and Accountant/Consultant with Blockchain Expertise to Join the Otaku Coin Preparation Committee

For Even More Creditability on Otaku Coin

On March 22nd, the Otaku Coin Preparation Committee (namely Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.) announced that experts in technology, accounting, and law who have great knowledge and abundant experience regarding cryptocurrencies will be joining the committee as advisors to help plan Otaku Coin, a cryptocurrency specialized for Japan’s pop culture, such as anime, manga, and games.

The new members who will be joining the committee consist of Seigen Takano, CEO of Sprout Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo) and a specialist in cyber security; Hiroshi Shimo, the CEO of Consensus Base (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), a blockchain specialist; and Hitoshi Kakizawa, a certified public accountant who works as a “blockchain accountant,” as well as So Saito, a lawyer knowledgeable in blockchains, finance regulations, and IT.

Besides just planning and managing the Otaku Coin cryptocurrency platform, the committee plans to raise security and trust levels with these advisors’ knowledge to create a cryptocurrency that the world’s anime, manga, and game fans can use with peace of mind to contribute even more to Japan’s cultural development.


■Seigen Takano (Cybersecurity Specialist, Sprout Inc. CEO)

Founded Sprout Inc. by gathering a group of consultants and researchers with extensive knowledge in cybersecurity with a basis of security engineers known as “white hat hackers.” While investigating and researching the hidden weaknesses hiding behind “zero-day attacks,” the latest cyberspace trends, and cyber terror techniques, he uses the knowledge he learned from the company to support other businesses and governmental authorities’ cybersecurity. He also runs, a bug bounty program that connects businesses with white hat hackers. Recently he published a book called Dark Web, which is based on the cyber underground market deeply related to cryptocurrencies (Published July 2016 by Bungeishunju).

■Hiroshi Shimo (Consensus Base Inc. CEO)

CEO of blockchain specialist Consensus Base Inc. Has been involved with blockchains for a long time and has the know-how and experience of performing verification tests for dozens of major firms, such as SoftBank, Daiwa Securities Group, and the Japan Exchange Group. Currently offers ICO consulting, ICO packages, trading cards, and other services through his own company. Co-published books about bitcoins and ethereum with NEC and authored many books and articles about blockchains. Also serves as a blockchain committee member for the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Continues to stand at the forefront of blockchain technology as an engineer and is actively attempting to spread information about the technology.

■Hitoshi Kakizawa (Blockchain Accountant, Certified Public Accountant)

Worked in the corporate sales division of Mizuho Bank and learned about many complaints clients had with their banks. After joining Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, he audited companies preparing to list on the stock market and worked with over 15 IPOs in 3 years. In 2015, he took part in Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support’s FinTech team and worked as a “blockchain accountant.” He organized seminars about ICOs, supported cryptocurrencies and blockchain ventures, consulted for blockchain verification tests, developed audit procedures and conducted audits for cryptocurrency exchanges, and assisted with the implementation of in-house operation management systems. In October 2017, he joined a blockchain venture as a business developer, the second Japanese person to do so.

He currently provides private consultation for ICO projects and is the adviser for several cryptocurrency/blockchain projects.

<Otaku Coin Preparation Committee Advisors and Partners>

[Otaku Coin Advisors]

Taro Maki: President of GENCO Inc.

Tadashi Sudo: Journalist

Nobuhiro Oga: Shogakukan Managing Director

Leo Akahoshi: CEO of qdopp Inc.

Masayuki Ikegami: CEO of SAKURAS Co., Ltd.

Kenji Saito: Keio Research Institute at SFC, Senior Researcher

Hisashi Tsujimura:Founder & CEO of Poppin Games Japan Co., Ltd.

Palmer Luckey: Oculus founder

Anypay Inc.

[Otaku Coin Planning Partners]

whomor Inc.

Honey’s Anime


Rakuten Collection

Toyo Institute of Art and Design

[Otaku Coin PR Ambassador]

Kizuna AI (virtual YouTuber)

[Preparation Committee]

Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.

We are still reviewing additional advisers and partners from other businesses and affiliations.

New appointments will be announced once decisions have been finalized.

<Opinions of the Otaku Coin Preparation Committee>


Currently, we are reaching out to people with opinions about Otaku Coin. We want to create a cryptocurrency platform that is most appropriate not just for our business partners and affiliated partners, but for all average users by listening to their opinions. Also, we plan to share a draft proposal for review of the finalized plan by Spring 2018.

Updates will be made through the following platforms. Please feel free to offer your opinions and feedback.

Cryptocurrency “Otaku Coin” Consideration Website:

Facebook Group (Available Worldwide):

*At this time, the ICO itself and the implementing organizations are still tentative. There is no guarantee that this ICO will be launched. As TOM continues to move forward, there is a possibility that unforeseen circumstances and issues, changes in the state of affairs in various countries, changes in public opinion toward ICOs, enactment of legal regulations and guidelines, or other unpredictable matters may arise. Please understand that we are still in the consideration stage and are working toward implementation.

*The information in this press release is not equivalent to any type of prospectus or public tender offer. It is not intended for the soliciting of stocks and bonds or encouraging of investments in stocks and bonds. Also, details regarding whether or not this ICO will be launched, how and when it could potentially be launched, and the possibility of offering token sales to Japanese residents have yet to be determined. If this ICO is launched, TOM intends on designing, promoting, and distributing it in a way that abides all cryptocurrency laws in Japan and around the world.