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Takashima, Soichiro

Originally from Oita, Takashima had a career as a television announcer before his first election as mayor, with the support of conservative political parties, in 2010. At that time he was the youngest elected mayor in Fukuoka's history.

Kamihigashi, Yojiro

Kamihigashi spent his career at JCM Global, rising to his current position of President & Representative Director in 2007.

Kanetsuna, Kazuo

In 1964, Kanetsuna founded the construction and development company that would later be named Shinnihon Corporation. He spent his entire career in the business, based in Chiba city. In August 2019, he also became president of MICE IR Chiba.

Okamoto, Naoyuki

Okamoto spent most of his career working for the Kintetsu Railway company before leaving in 2009 to lead Mie Kotsu Group Holdings. Additionally, he became Chairman of the Mie Prefectural Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2016.

Winkler, Evan

Winkler was co-head of Technology and Telecommunications M&A at UBS Investment Bank, and then Managing Director at Moelis & Company, before joining Melco in August 2016. In September 2019, he was promoted to the position of President.

Brown, Mark

Brown began his four decades in the gaming industry as a protege of Donald Trump, rising to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts. He had later stints as an executive for Sands, Wynn, and NagaWorld before joining Imperial Pacific as its Chairman in 2014. He retired from that position in 2017, but was brought back out of retirement in November 2018 to help the company weather a series of major challenges.

Saito, Naoto

Saito had stints at the Industrial Bank of Japan, the Boston Consulting Group, McDonalds Japan, and Amuse, Inc., an entertainment company, before joining Melco Japan at the rank of Senior Vice-President in August 2019, heading the company's local operation in Yokohama.

Jingoli, Tom

Jingoli joined Konami Gaming in June 2003 and worked his way through a number of management positions, mainly dealing with compliance issues. He has been Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer since the beginning of 2017.

Ishimaru, Masahiro

Born in Osaka and educated at Hokkaido University, Ishimaru joined Keihan Holdings after graduation. He worked his way up the executive ranks, achieving his current rank as President and Chief Operating Officer effective from June 2019.

Kiriyama, Mitsuaki

Kiriyama has had a varied career in tourism promotion, entertainment, as well as a long stint as a gaming industry magazine writer. He has been serving in recent years as a key advisor and promoter for Bloomberry Resorts' IR efforts in Japan.

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