Our Team

Yuta Watanabe
Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Investment Officer
After being involved in corporate finance, structured finance, M&A finance, and other asset finance areas in the Corporate Sales Division at Mizuho Bank, he moved to a listed investment company as its executive officer in charge of management strategy, involved in corporate planning and portfolio management. He then moved to Tokyo Star Bank, where he most recently was, as its manager, then managing director, in its Corporate Sales Division. Joined Octo Force officially in September, 2021.

LLB, Keio University
Yoshifumi To
Chief Financial Officer
After working in store development and product development at Five Fox, he changed his job to Mitsui & Co., Ltd., engaged in production control and factory development mainly in Asia, while also engaging in comprehensive MD business and overseas purchase business for major apparel companies. After that, he changed his job to Itokin and was involved in brand management comprehensively from MD planning to marketing, product planning, and promotion strategy as the general manager of the brand division. Participated in our company since 2015.

BEc, Chuo University
Sadao Sasaki
Chief Growth Officer
Held various positions focused on brand operations, product development, constructing MD value strategy and its analysis, and marketing at FIVE FOXes Co., Ltd, MELROSE Co., Ltd., and Seiyu GK (Walmart). Managed launching Tommy Bahama, US apparel brand, in Japan, and served as a Country Manager. Joined in Octo Force in 2020

Bdes, Parsons Schoold of Design
Mark Bedingham
Mr. Bedingham was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SMI Vantage, a Singapore Exchange listed company in January 2015. He graduated from Oxford University and began his career with Jardine Matheson and was appointed as a Director of Jardine Pacific. He joined Moët Hennessy (LVMH Group) in the mid-1990s as the Regional Managing Director of APAC. Today, he serves on the Board of The Artisanal Spirits Company (ASC), a company listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange which is a specialist bottler of cask strength single malt whisky. He was also the Vice-Chairman of Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp, a NYSE listed SPAC that successfully achieved business combination with the world’s largest private aviation company in 2021. He has also served as an Executive Chairman of two hospitality companies, Crystal Jade and CE LA VI.

M.A., School of Biological Sciences, Oxford University
Ron Quada
Former Principal (partner) in the Tokyo office of ZS Associates, a global management consulting firm. Helped clients, primarily multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies, develop deeper customer understanding and improve commercial performance through effective use of data, analytics and technology. Joined ZS in 1998 out of business school and worked with clients in North America out of offices in Chicago, New York and Pune, India before moving to Tokyo in 2007 to focus on the Japan market. Prior to business school, worked for 13 years as a lead mechanical and thermal engineer on several NASA satellite and spacecraft programs.

BSE and MSE, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Tadayuki Kyotani
In 1991, when he was 29 years old, he started PMT Co., Ltd. in Fukuoka. With “Kikiki ®” as its core competence, we will work on product design, product development, and research and development while planning alliances with companies, universities, and national research institutes. After repeating improvement proposals and planning proposals in the semiconductor factory, we established “ultra-precision axis control technology” that positions the object in nano units based on the technology cultivated in precision molds and ceramic jigs and tools. Recently, it has deepened its business domain to the fields of robot systems and life sciences.

Ph.D., Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Engineering
Miho Miyajima
Managing Director
Head of Cross-Border Businesses
Head of CEO’s Office
Prior to joining Octo Force Management, she worked for Lehman Brothers Japan, where she was mainly involved in NPLs, high-yield loans, DIP financing, and corporate restructuring in  Japan. Joined Octo Force in 2016.

BA, Sophia University
Jun Goto
Senior Vice President
Business Development
Joined Tokyu Real Estate where he was involved in various urban development projects such as the Tokyu Plaza Ginza (opened in March 2016) then joined Octo Force.

BEc, Keio University
Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan Organizing Committee Member
Hajime Hirano
Senior Vice President
Manufacturing and Distribution
After holding various positions at VIA Holdings Inc., including manager of an izakaya style venue, in store development and product development, he founded Y&O planning Co., Ltd., where he managed supporting opening of new stores, import/export agent work, supervising work, management, and consulting business of f&b style establishments. Joined Octo Force in 2016.

BEc, Meiji University
Masato Kikutani
Senior Vice President
Retail Business
Joined Prime Link (now JFLA Holdings Inc.) where he held various positions including manager of an izakaya style venue and a direct operation store, and supervisor of franchisee stores, and later promoted to director of NAOC where he lead the restructuring of 5 direct operation stores and its EC business. Joined Octo Force in 2016.

LLB, Waseda University
Takatoshi Kadowaki
Sushi Kadowaki
Grand Chef
Trained at a sushi restaurant in Machida, Tokyo from the age of 17. Learned the origin of Edomae sushi. Moved to the United States with the retirement of his master Masaharu Morimoto, an “Iron Chef”. They still have a relationship like father and disciple at work. After returning to Japan, he served as the head chef of a restaurant company. He has been featured in many media and has a close relationship with celebrities. Established a unique purchasing route by visiting fishermen and wholesalers in Hakata, Tsushima, Oita, Goto Islands, etc. In Arita, he met with a young ceramic artist, Takayuki Nishi, and asked him to make tableware to use.
Opened “Sushi Kadowaki” in Ginza as a culmination.


Keigo Ogura After working for a major audit firm, the investment division of a corporate VC, and a consulting firm, established Ogura Accounting Office in 2002.

LLB, Waseda University
Masaaki Teraoka After holding various positions at Hiroshima Bank, the Resolution and Collection Corporation (RCC), he transferred to the Ministry of Finance. Joined Octo Force in 2017.

BEc, Keio University
Exam Committee Member of Financial Official Approved Association,
Member of Japanese Association of Turnaround Professionals
Naoki Sakai After working for Tokyo Electric Power Company and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), founded Denryoku Sharing Co., Ltd. Specializes in public institutional deals and sourcing cross-border deals.

BEc, University of Tokyo
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
Mamoru Tamura Started his career at Taiyo Kobe Mitsui Bank (now Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) in 1991. After working at its New York Office, he left for Merrill Lynch Tokyo, where he was a Director in its Fixed Income Division. He has then been a Director and a full-time Auditor at listed companies in the real estate and retail sectors. Currently he is a full-time Auditor at Kakuyasu Co., Ltd. He joined Octo Force in 2023.

BA, University of Massachusetts
Takejiro Kamei Joined Dentsu Inc. in 1996 and assigned to a television station. At Dentsu TV Station, it belongs to the TV spot to TV time department, is in charge of broadcasting stations all over Japan, and has a thick pipe with each broadcasting station. Established MR, an advertising and media producing company in 2011. He is engaged in media consulting mainly for start-up companies such as Mercari.

LLB, Keio University
Yoshiki Hamazaki After working for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, he joined IR Japan, Inc. (now IR Japan Holdings, Inc.), where he was involved in the conducting of IPOs and Japan’s first ever commitment-type rights offerings as manager of its Corporate Planning Division. Then as head of its IR / SR Consulting Business Division, he led corporate governance consulting centered around proxy and M&A advisory services and board evaluation, including hostile takeover defense and proxy fights etc. He then joined PMT Corporation in 2016, where he lead the planning and execution of the restructurings of its HR evaluation system and organizational structure, and succession M & As of master craftsmanship technology /advanced technology, and business / capital alliances with start-ups. He joined our company in 2021.

BE, Electrical Engineering, Keio University
Completed, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management (MOT)
Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
Japan SME Management Consultant