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Kei Shibata co-founded Venture Republic Inc. in 2001 and has been served as President & CEO since foundation. Venture Republic is Japan's leading online comparison shopping company that owns and runs a group of websites providing comparison shopping services, user generated product review services and reward point services through the Internet.
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Kei Shibata

Kei Shibata co-founded Venture Republic Inc. in 2001 and has been served as President & CEO since foundation. Venture Republic is Japan's leading online comparison shopping company that owns and runs a group of websites providing comparison shopping services, user generated product review services and reward point services through the Internet. The company is behind popular portals coneco.net (www.coneco.net) and Travel.co.jp (www.travel.co.jp), which combined can claim 5.9 million monthly unique visitors.

A seasoned executive, Kei is responsible for driving the company by shaping its strategy, making commercialization efforts and building organization. He brings in his extensive knowledge of e-commerce, business development and corporate finance to the company.

Previously, Kei worked at the Mitsubishi Corporation for 11 years. During his time with the company, among other roles, he played the key role in company's largest M&A deal in its history to acquire the Lawson Inc., a convenience store chain and led the company's joint businesses with Lawson on e-commerce to pursue its post acquisition strategy.

Kei received a B.A. in Law from Keio University in 1988 and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1998.

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Interactive Japan

In this iTV-Japan segment, we enter the industry of interactive communications and marketing in Japan. The business leaders of this field are featured here, and they inform us on the concepts behind interactive media in the Japanese market. We see how innovations in web, mobile, online marketing, database and one-to-one communications will shape marketing and advertising in Japan. As globalization increases, so too does the need for constant communication in Japanese businesses. See how an Interactive Japan can now satisfy that craving in this exciting section of iTV-Japan.com.

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Host: Paul Anders Schwamm - President, Asia Media Sales

A New York native, Paul has conducted business in Japan and Asia since 1987, and has lived in Japan since 1991. As a management consultant, Paul helps companies develop their international business. He also heads Asia Media Sales, a company that helps online media monetize their international user traffic.
Previously, as General Manager, Asia-Pacific for Claria Corporation, Paul pioneered online behavioral marketing in the region. Prior to joining Claria, Paul had founded and managed @Asia Inc., which developed and operated Web sites and services targeted to users in Japan and Asia. @Asia pioneered many firsts, including a multilingual Web-based email service.
Paul has managed the Japan consumer products subsidiaries of major global corporations, including Wyeth and SmithKline Beecham, and also served as Director, Asia-Pacific for Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. Paul has won Japan advertising industry awards for both TV and print campaigns created under his management.

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