|1974||Born in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture.
Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University.
Served as a member of the Iwate Prefectural Assembly for two terms.
|2011||Ran for governor of Iwate prefecture but was defeated and retired from politics.|
|2013||Launched the NPO Tohoku Kaikon
Launched the world’s first farm-to-table magazine Tohoku Taberu Times (Taberu=to eat)
Became editor-in-chief of Tohoku Taberu Times
|2014||Founded the Japan Taberu Times League, a general incorporated association, and expanded the model to 50 regions across Japan and Taiwan.|
|2016||Launched Pocket Marché, a smartphone app that connects producers and consumers.
Carried out the ‘Heisei Farmers Uprising’ by having round table talks across 47 prefectures (1,279 sessions completed thus far). As an advocate of Connected Communities, he engaged in activities to create a society where cities and rural areas can live in harmony.
Japanese Language Publications
His books include ‘That’s why I’m going to make farmers famous’ (CCC Media House) and ‘Blending cities and rural areas’ (Kobunsha Shinsho).
He also co-authored ‘Futuristics of a Declining Population Society’ (edited by Itsuki Uchida, Bungeishunju) and ‘Living in an Empathy Capital Society’ (Diamond Publishing).
|Company name||Ame Kaze Taiyo, Inc.|
|Established||February 10, 2015|
|Location||Head office: 1-43-2 Odori, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture 025-0092 (within Hanamaki Station)
Tokyo Office: 3F Kaneko Building, 3-26-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051
|Capital||381.5 million JPY|
|Directors||CEO Hiroyuki Takahashi
Director Taizo Otsuka
Director Toshio Okamoto
Director Hiroki Gondo
Director Madoka Aizawa
Director Akihiko Nagata
Director Toshiki Shimizu
Director Shojiro Kobashi
|Business Activities||・Food-Related Services for Individuals
Planning, development, and operation of the CtoC platform “Pocket Marche,” subscription services, the food information magazine “Taberu Times,” and the hometown tax payment platform “Pokemaru Hometown Tax.”
・Travel-Related Services for Individuals
・Services for Corporations and Local Governments
|2013.05.29||Established NPO Tohoku Kaikon (obtained corporate status on October 16, 2013)|
|2013.07.16||Launch of “Tohoku Taberu Times”|
|2014.04.15||Established the Japan Taberu Times League, a general incorporated association.Start of nationwide rollout of the “Taberu Times” model|
|2014.11.04||“Tohoku Taberu Times” wins “Good Design Gold Award”|
|2015.02.10||Established KAKAXI Co., Ltd. (trade name changed to Pocket Marche Co., Ltd. on 2016.03.31)|
|2016.06.13||“Taberu Times” won the “1st Japan Service Awards Minister of Regional Revitalization Award”|
|2016.09.05||“Pocket Marché” service released.|
|2017.04.06||“Pocket Marché” wins “New Economy Summit 2017 NEST STARTUP CHALLENGE”|