Animoca Brands Japan, a prominent subsidiary of the global web3 investor Animoca Brands, has welcomed industry veteran Kensuke Amo as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). This appointment marks a pivotal step for the company, reflecting its commitment to driving innovation and expansion in the Japanese Web3 sector.
Expanding Web3 frontiers in Japan
Kensuke Amo, with his rich background as the Managing Executive Officer at Coincheck, where he spearheaded initiatives in NFT and new crypto asset ventures, took office on Thursday. His extensive experience is set to play a crucial role in guiding Animoca Brands Japan’s strategic direction. Established in 2021, the company has been at the forefront of supporting Japanese intellectual property (IP) and content holders in navigating the global Web3 landscape.
Daisuke Iwase, CEO of Animoca Brands Japan, emphasized the company’s role in connecting Japan with the global Web3 domain, facilitating the international expansion of Japanese IP and content. This endeavor aligns with the firm’s broader objectives to integrate Web3 technologies seamlessly into society, leveraging its extensive network of over 400 portfolio companies.
Strategic growth and partnerships
Animoca Brands Japan’s strategic initiatives have been further underscored by recent collaborations and investments aimed at enhancing its footprint in the Web3 ecosystem. Notably, the company secured an investment from Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest trading conglomerates, in June. This move was followed by a partnership with Cool Cats Group in November, aiming to penetrate the Japanese anime market more deeply.
These developments come at a time when the Web3 boom is maturing, shedding transient trends to focus on foundational elements. Amo’s leadership is anticipated to spearhead various challenges, leveraging his expertise in crypto assets, NFTs, and the Metaverse to foster growth and innovation at Animoca Brands Japan.