Planetway Corporation (Headquarters: San Jose, Calif., CEO & Founder: Noriaki Hirao; Planetway) announces that Makino Tsukasa has been newly appointed to the Advisory Board from March 2020. Planetway plans to expand its business in a wide range of fields, such as finance, insurance, medical care, and government. Mr. Makino has been appointed as one of its core members.

Tsukasa Makino

Born 1958 in Yokohama Tsukasa Graduated from Keio University with a degree in Economics (Department of Econometrics). In 1981 he joined Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. promoting digitalization of the company, and from 2014 to 2018, he concurrently served in three departments: Planning Department, Corporate Planning Department, and the Tokio Marine Research Institute. He collected and analyzed a range of cutting-edge technologies and social trends from Japan and overseas, and contributed to the formulation of digital and management strategies for the Tokio Marine Group. Using this, the Tokio Marine Research Institute prepared various research reports, including "Technical Singularity," "Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Business," "Cyber Security of Control Systems," and "Innovation and Corporate Culture." In July 2016, he participated in the "Executive Program" at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California, and is one of the few Japanese graduates of the program.
Currently, he is a visiting professor at PLGS, Keio University Graduate School of Science and Engineering, a part-time lecturer at GCL, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, and a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering. In addition to developing advanced information and telecommunications human resources, he has been a senior advisor to the EFMA, a senior researcher at the Japan Information System Users Association (JUAS), a visiting researcher at the nonprofit organization CeFil (Center for Innovation Leaders), and a member of various research groups. He has held numerous lectures and workshops in Japan and overseas.

About Planetway

Planetway Corporation a start-up headquartered in California, has developed its own core platform technology "PlanetCross," an advanced version of the powerful Estonian e-government administration platform “X-Road”, and “PlanetID,” a digital universal ID with functions including ID assignment(identity-verified), authentication, and electronic signature. Our company is certified as an X-ROAD TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS-SILVER. Based on the fundamental idea that the rights to personal information belong to individuals rather than companies or organizations, Planetway has created a mission to change society "For a Human-centric and Secure Planet" with the aim to promote the idea of information disclosure or utilization by an “individual’s consent or denial thereof”.

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About the founder

Born in 1983, Noriaki Hirao is a three-time entrepreneur (with one liquidation), founding companies in entertainment, semiconductor and IoT fields. As a student, he studied space engineering, organic chemistry and marketing in the United States, then founding a content production startup for Hollywood films and video games. In 2008, after graduating from California State University he returned to Japan joining SoftBank Mobile and received several in-house awards, including first prize for sales competing against 800 national mobile salespersons. In 2011, he co-founded a technology licensing company (TLO), which signed a joint development research agreement with Tohoku University. He attempted to expand business in next-generation semiconductor, centering on 500 patent strategies, but unfortunately the company had to be liquidated. In 2014, he was appointed as the domestic Business Development Manager for Sircom, a Taiwanese IoT equipment ODM vendor, and General Manager of their New Business Innovation Office for WirelessGate, specifically responsible for new business development in the IoT field. From July 2015, Noriaki founded Planetway, a global startup (USA, Japan, Estonia) acuminating his various experiences. In 2017, the company introduced technology for securely communicating patient information between Tokio Marine & Nichido Insurance and Iizuka Hospital and was awarded the “World's No. 1” rating award for the solution. In 2019, Planetway achieved its first commercialization of a product (PlanetCross), now servicing more than 1.3 million service account users. After 2020, the company aims to expand its infrastructure in Japan and globally. Noriaki has a unique vision for the realization of the age of data sovereignty and the evolution of capitalism.

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