Soichiro Takaoka - Executive Director


Soichiro Takaoka, Career

01-Dec-05 Forbes JAPAN
Forbes JAPAN
07-Aug-13 Newsweek JAPAN
Newsweek JAPAN

After graduating from Tokyo University, he started his career at MITSUI & CO., LTD., where he was engaged in Overseas Investment Review, New Business Development, and M&A in the IT business field. In 2005, he founded the Ayumi Trust Group. As CEO of the group's subsidiaries, he developed and enriched FinTech conglomerates including Hedge Fund Direct Co., Ltd., an FSA registered financial advisory company (FIEA #532), and Yucasee Wealth Media Co., Ltd., an IT media business pioneer, targeting the wealthy class. Also, he accumulated an international financial business career, e.g., through the establishment and management of a Hong Kong securities company licensed under the HKSFC (later sold). In 2018, he became the Executive Director of the Social Good Foundation, which promotes a token-based social contribution oriented ecosystem utilizing blockchain technology. He also completed Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program (2019).

  • Hedge Fund Direct Co., Ltd. (HFD) selects the best lineups of hedge funds, specifically for the sake of individual investors, from a database of more than 100,000 hedge funds, by using its own algorithm-based selection method. HFD is the largest independent FinTech oriented invest ment advisor in Japan, centering on the expertise and knowledge of overseas (outside Japan) hedgefunds, and has earned a superb reputation through the accumulation of more than USD 900 million in investments from individual investors, as of the end 2017, since the inception of it providing services. HFD was admitted to the FSA Financial Advisor Dis closer List in November 2017, as the adopter of the Business Principles Declaration that FSA recommends to set out and announce.
  • YUCASEE, the private club exclusively for wealthy people with a net worth of USD 1 million in financial assets, was established in 2006. The number of club members has increased, and the total amount of net worth of all club members has reached to more than USD 9 billion, the largest in this field.
  • YUCASEE Media, online media service for the Japanese wealthy class, attracts more than 1 million accesses per month. It is also the biggest media service of its kind in Japan.

Lecture, Forum appearance, and academia

Part-time lecturer at Kyushu University (2014)

Reuters Wealth Management Summit

Nikkei BP Financial IT Innovation Forum


Heizo Takenaka (Professor, Keio University) and Soichiro Takaoka, on “What Japanese Investors Should Do in the Japanese Government Deficit Crisis"

Takeshi Fujimaki (Japanese Parliament Upper House Representative) and Soichiro Takaoka, on “To Prepare for Japanese Yen Crash and Hyperinflation"

Kazuhiko Toyama (Partner & CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.) and Soichiro Takaoka, on “Abenomics and Japanese Economy Reactivation”

Ken Shibusawa (Director, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation) and Soichiro Takaoka, on “The Future for the Wealthy Stratum”

Media exposure


“Entrepreneurs 2.0, The Story of the Next 9 Generation Ventures” Toshinao Sasaki, Shogakukan (Soichiro Takaoka is one of the 9 venturists)

March 29, 2006 article in the Wall Street Journal

"The Next Attempt of Ambition" by Sogo Sosha, Forbes Japan, December 1, 2005

"Generation Z", the front runners of 2010, March 22, 2007, Shogakukan Sabra

Japan Times, June 1, 2007

Fuji Sankei Business Eye, August 17, 2007

"Finance Strategy of Heisei High Flyers", March 10, 2018

GOETHE, October 24, 2007, Gentosha

Kabushiki Shimbun, March 5, 2008

Managers Report, June 24, 2008

Chambers and commerce Nippon, September 1, 2008

Residence Information, July 31, 2008

Asahi Shimbun, October 4, 2008

"Financial Crisis Bombarded the Wealthy Class", AERA, October 20, 2008

"100 Companies You Want to Join", TYPE, November 10, 2008

“Clinic for Rich People", Sankei Shimbun, March 17, 2008

Diamond ZAI, March 21, 2008

Job and PC, May 10, 2012

"Yucasee CEO Talks About What Services Would Reach to the Hearts of Wealthy People", Kodansha Theory

"What Went Wrong About the Abraham CEO, Ex- “The MITSUI & CO. Man”, AERA, October 28, 2013

"Overseas Investment Plans Earning As Much As 10% P.A. Return : Interviews With Soichiro Takaoka", BOSS, March 22, 2013

"For Retirement, Is It Possible to Secure JPY 100 Million by Investment of JPY 50,000 for 30 Years?" Kodansha Friday, April 19, 2013

"Who is it? Soichiro Takaoka, Founder and CEO, Abraham Holdings", THE21, June 10, 2013

"Disrupter / New Value Creator for Financial Industry by FinTech, Interview with Soichiro Takaoka, CEO of Hedge Fund Direct", Keizaikai, January 18, 2016

Fuji Sankei Business Eye, February 13, 2015

"Interview With a Tokyo Univ. Graduate Entrepreneur", Tokyo Univ. Newpaper Online, February 17, 2015

"How a Top Manager Makes Money, Saves Money, and Spends Money?" Keizaikai, July 21, 2015

Articles in magazines and periodicals, TV appearances

Shukan Post, December 10, 2007

Shukan Diamond, January 28, 2008

"Where Does Wealthy People’s Money Go?" Reuters, May 22, 2009

"Study What Wealthy People Do to Invest and Wield Their Money", Shukan Asahi, February 3, 2012

"Secret of Wealthy People: What They do to Invest and Wield Their Money", Shukan Diamond, October 8, 2011

"New Development: Front Line of Business Targeting Wealthy People", Nikkei TRENDY, February 4, 2009

"Focus on Ultra Wealthy Class!" Forbes Japan, May 22, 2009

"How to Become a Millionaire from Annual Income of JPY 6 million Class?", Shukan Shincho, November 15, 2012

"Find the Bottom Line! Targeting Wealthy People", TV Tokyo World Business Satellite, January 11, 2008

"Battle for Enclosing Wealthy People Has Started", Nikkei Business, April 4, 2008

"Information Source for Wealthy People", Economist, April 21, 2008

Harvard Business Review, August 10, 2008

"Let’s See What Super Rich 1% Does", Sunday Mainichi, October 25, 2011

"We Will Tell You How to Cope With a Bank", Shukan Bunshun, June 7, 2012

"What Wealthy People Do with Regard to Inheritance, Tax Saving and Overseas Investment", Diamond ZAI, October 2012

"Money and Wisdom of Wealthy People", Shukan Diamond, October 20, 2012

"How Long Will the Abenomics Bubble Last?", Shukan Gendai, January 19, 2013

"Japanese Economy Changing. You Can Hear its Footsteps Coming". February 2, 2013

"MRI USA International Fraud, Japanese Targeted", Gekkan Temis, June 3, 2013

"Minna-no-News ONE", Tokai TV, April 24, 2015