Toshihiro Hirao: Chairman, CIO 

Toshihiro Hirao and Mamoru Taniya established Asuka Asset Management in July 2002 as a result of a management buyout of the Japanese subsidiary of Tudor Investment Corporation. 

Mr. Hirao was most recently a director in charge of Japanese equity trading at Tudor Capital Japan (1999-2002). He is a specialist in Japanese equities and has 30 years of experience in trading long/short Japanese equity markets.  

Mr. Hirao, also a principle founding member of Tudor Capital Japan, managed its Japanese equity long/short and directional portfolio and has a long proven track record within the volatile Japanese markets.  

Before joining Tudor, he was a managing director and co-head of Salomon Smith Barney’s Japan and Asia proprietary trading department. At Salomon, he was the principal manager for the 80 billion yen CB/Warrant arbitrage portfolio as well as the equity long/short portfolio. 

Shinichiro Shiraki: Representative Director, CEO 

Mr. Shiraki has over 20 years of experience investing in private equity, venture capital funds, and hedge funds in Japan and globally. He launched and managed several portfolios of hedge funds and private equity funds for Sanwa Bank, now part of the Mitsubishi UFJ Group. 

He has been a founding member of Monex Alternative Investments and serves as its CEO and CIO since 2004. He was appointed CIO of Astomax Co., Ltd. in 2013. 

In 2015, Mr. Shiraki founded Akebono Asset Management Ltd.  

He also started serving on a board of directors at Aizawa Securities Co., Ltd. TSE1 listed security broker company in 2019 and started serving on a board of directors at Asuka Asset Management in June 2020. 

Mr. Shiraki has been a board member of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Japan (AIMA Japan) since 2001 and currently serves as its Chairman. He is also a committee member Japan Venture Capital Association. 

Naoi Niijima

Ms. Niijima joined Aizawa Securities Co., Ltd. in 1989 and advanced to the role General Manager of Planning Department in June of 2007. She then assumed the role of Executive Officer, Deputy Head of Administration Division and General Manager and General Affairs and Personnel Department in June of 2014. She then took the role of Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Aizawa Investments Co., Ltd in 2015. In 2017, she became the Executive officer and Head of Administration and was a member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of Japan Asia Securities Co., Ltd.(currently Aizawa Securities Co., Ltd.). She became the head of compliance the same year. In 2020, she accepted the role of Director and Managing Director, which she currently holds. She was involved in corporate planning while holding responsibilities as head of management and compliance.

Kazuhiro Mashiba: Director

Mr. Mashiba joined Naito Securities Co.,Ltd. and took various positions in the Corporate Planning, Finance and Planning & Personnel Departments.  

He started working at Aizawa Securities Co.,Ltd. in 2001 and handled operations in the Finance and Corporate Planning Departments. 

Mr. Mashiba set up Aizawa Investments Co.,Ltd. and served as Director in 2005. He became Representative Director and President (the current role) in 2011. His main roles included forming funds, securitization, M&A advisory and investing in start-ups.  

He was appointed as General Manager of the Accounting Department at Aizawa Securities in 2011. Mashiba was promoted to Executive Officer in 2016 and became Senior Executive Officer, Head of the Administration Division and General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department in 2017. He served as Director and Head of the Administration Division in 2018 and became Director and Senior Executive Officer in 2020. He was mainly responsible for the Administration Division and Corporate Planning Departments. Mr. Mashiba was named Director of Asuka Management Co.,Ltd. in June 2020. 

Yuichi Baba: Director 

Mr. Baba joined Aizawa Securities and was in charge of retail sales. He then worked at Aizawa Investments, a subsidiary of Aizawa Securities, and engaged in forming funds, securitization and investing in start-ups.  

Mr. Baba returned to Aizawa Securities in 2011 and mainly worked on corporate planning and PR/IR operations.  

He was appointed as Director of Aizawa Investments in 2017.  

Mr. Baba became General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department at Aizawa Securities in 2018.

Satoshi Yamamoto: Auditor

Mr. Yamamoto stated his career at Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. (current Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd.). 

He was appointed as Executive Officer in 2007 and became Director and Managing Executive Officer in 2009 at Chuo Mitsui Asset Trust & Banking Co.,Ltd. (current Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank).  

Mr. Yamamoto served as Representative Director and President of Chuo Mitsui Asset Management Co.,Ltd. (current Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co.) in 2010 and became Director and Executive Vice President of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management in 2012.  

He became Representative Director and Executive Vice President of Japan Stockholders Data Service Co.,Ltd. in 2012. 

Mr. Yamamoto became a full-time auditor of Aizawa Securities in 2014.  

Kosuke Noda: Executive Officer, CFO 

Mr. Noda joined Asuka in April 2006 to and was charged with Compliance.

Mr. Noda started his career at Mitsubishi Bank (currently, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ).

He was engaged in examination of loan, rebuilding of companies, and administration.

He has a deep experience in managing inspections by the FSA, etc. Prior to joining Asuka, he was most recently Head of Strategy Planning Department at the company which the Bank has financed.

Shinobu Miyata: Executive Officer, COO 

Mr. Miyata joined Akebono Asset Management and was charged with operational and administrative matter.

Before joining Akebono, he was involved in fund management and also ran his own fund administration businesses. He founded the Japan representative office of Moore Management (2007-2014) and Millennium Fund Services (2015-2017) which served the alternative funds industry, including private equity funds, hedge funds, and structured funds. 
He began his career at Citibank Tokyo and was instrumental in the development of management systems of investment trust products. From 2000 to 2005, we worked on the development and management of securitized products at Japanese and European trust banks. He has a variety of product experiences with securitization of a wide range of asset classes at trust banks.