Tokyo Otaku Mode President and CEO
Nao Kodaka joined Merrill Lynch in 2000 working on large scale financing for Dentsu IPO and Sony, among others, as well as with Taisei Fire insurance’s integration into Sompo Japan.
Since 2006, he has supervised financial affairs, HR, business planning, and overseas subsidiaries as the CFO of GaiaX. He is also a member of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s work-life balance best practices committee.
In 2012, he co-founded Tokyo Otaku Mode, a global e-commerce business sending anime goods all over the world. Tokyo Otaku Mode received funding from America’s 500startups and received the Grand Prize at the first Japan Start Up Award. Receiving further investment from the Cool Japan Fund, Tokyo Otaku Mode entered the Chinese market. In 2016, the company began developing its own products and is currently working on a comprehensive service combining manufacturing, distribution, and media. The Otaku Coin Association was announced in 2018 to expand the otaku economy across the world.