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Animoca Brands Japan appoints Daisuke Iwase as CEO

10 April 2023 – Animoca Brands Japan, a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited ("Animoca Brands"), announced today the appointment of Mr Daisuke Iwase (岩瀬大輔) as its new CEO and representative director, effective as of 29 March 2023, succeeding Motoki Tani.

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Mr Iwase is the founder of KLKTN, one of the companies in Animoca Brands’ portfolio. KLKTN is a blockchain company that develops NFTs and digital collectibles with a focus on popular anime, manga, K-Pop and J-Pop, with a vision to create social and gamified experiences for communities and fans. Prior to that, Mr Iwase was group chief digital officer for AIA Group and served on its Group Executive Committee. Before AIA, he co-founded and served as representative director and president of Lifenet Insurance Company, a publicly listed digital life insurance company in Japan. He holds a degree from Harvard Business School, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is an avid jazz pianist.


Commenting on his appointment, Daisuke Iwase said, “The potential for Japanese companies to unlock value for their assets via Web3 is immense.  I look forward to working closely with the Animoca Brands leadership team and its 400 portfolio companies to realize this remarkable opportunity.”


Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Daisuke Iwase to the leadership team at Animoca Brands Japan. Daisuke is a Web3 native with a proven record both as an entrepreneur and a corporate leader. His experience and expertise will be invaluable in driving the company's growth and success in the Japanese market. At the same time I would like to thank Motoki Tani for his invaluable contributions in founding and building solid foundations for our Japan business.”


About Animoca Brands Japan

Founded in 2021, Animoca Brands Japan (corporate name: Animoca Brands K.K.) is the strategic subsidiary in Japan of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited, a leading global Web3 company. Animoca Brands Japan was established to support the global Web3 strategies of Japanese intellectual property and content holders such as major publishers, brands, education, sports teams, athletes, artists and game companies. Animoca Brands Japan provides a platform that combines IPs with blockchain technology, and supports IP holders to build their own ecosystem through a full stack of Web3 services, providing a bridge between Japanese IPs and global fans. For more information, please visit

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights and contribute to the establishment of the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, Be Media, PIXELYNX, and WePlay Media. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 380 Web3 investments, including Colossal, Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit or follow on Twitter or Facebook.


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