TEAM

Co-Founder & CEO

Masatoshi Nagasaki

In Sept 2017, Masatoshi co-founded Space BD Inc. where he assumed the position of Co-Founder & CEO. As a seasoned expert in business development, he embarks on his new challenge in the space industry.
Previously he founded Nagasaki & Co. in 2014 where he mainly engaged in business development in the field of education. Notable projects include AOKI Global Entrepreneurship Project, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Entrepreneur Education Promotion Project. He is also an invited researcher at Waseda University Transnational HRM Research Institute, and a research fellow for Yokohama National University Growth Strategy Research Center.
Prior, he served at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the biggest conglomerate in Japan, and spent 11 years working in steel making and mineral resources (iron ore) industries, covered trading and business development positions including joint venture development in Brazil and Australia for 4 years in total.
He graduated from Waseda University with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Chief Administrative Officer / Director, Education Business

Kendo Watanabe

Kendo graduated from Hokkaido University Law School in 1995, and joined Nippon Long-Term Credit Bank (now Shinsei Bank).
In 2000, he joined the subsidiary company of Intelligence (now Persol) as a director, after which he became the managing director in 2002. In 2006, he established Executive Board Co., Ltd., and Juristic Co., Ltd., where he currently serves as the representative director.
Kendo has been providing organisational and business support from the time of Nagasaki & Co., the predecessor of Space BD. In Sept 2017, he took on the role as a senior advisor to assist with expanding Space BD's business domain in space. In Apr 2019, he was assigned to be the CAO/CHRO.

Director General, Satellite Launch Services

Makoto Kanazawa

Mac joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 2011. Working for the head office, he worked on new business development and investment management activities for the recycling business and renewable energy business in the Asia-Pacific region.
He subsequently worked for PwC Advisory LLC, before joining Space BD in 2017. Mac is in charge of wide range of new business development including satellite launch service, ISS experimental platform service and space hardware procurement service.
Mac graduated from Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics, and holds an MBA from University of Technology, Sydney.

Director, Engineering, Satellite Launch Services

Kazuma Momoo

Kazuma graduated from Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering in 2012, after which he joined Sumitomo Corporation, where he got exposed to a range of business models in communication, sustainable energy, export of infrastructure systems, and business investments. In 2014, he was selected for the in-house Chinese language training program and studied at Peking University. He stayed in Beijing for a total of three years, during which he was involved in a wide range of national space development projects through the sale of satellite components by major Japanese satellite manufacturers. Kazuma joined Space BD in December 2017, where he is promoting the small satellite deployment services from the “Kibo” Japanese Experiment Module on the International Space Station (ISS) and other satellite launch services as the director. He aspires to create a world like Star Wars which he admired when he was a child.

Director, Corporate Strategy

Taka Nagao

Taka Nagao graduated from MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University in 2007. He then joined Arthur D. Little Japan where he was involved in implementation and development of medium-term management plans, new business development and innovation strategies for various manufacturing and infrastructure companies.
In 2010, he joined Eneris, a venture-capital company, where he led management planning, business development, sales and public relations, and contributed to the company's public listing on to the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2013. As the general manager of corporate planning division, he further took charge of capital and business alliance and mid-term management planning for the company, and also developed energy services using Artificial Intelligence with the R&D department.
Taka joined Space BD in 2019 where he's in charge of strategic planning and strives daily to create new business based on the concept of "Commercialization of Space"

European Office (Business Advisor)

Ryuichi Sato

Ryuichi graduated from a bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Queensland, and a master degree in Space Engineering Delft University of Technology. After conducting his research on space mission design research at OHB Systems, a major German space company, he worked as a satellite data analysis engineer at the Portuguese Institute of Ocean & Atmospheric Studies, where he gained gained experience with satellite data. He returned to Japan in 2016 to take on a position as the MINERVA research fellow at the Japan-European Industrial Cooperation Center, where he conducted research on EU-Japan cooperation in the field of Earth observation products and services. Japan-Europe cooperation, involving market research, policy analysis, and user needs analysis. As the expert on European space sector, he provides analysis on business trends and policy developments for companies and ministries, and holds a broad range of knowledge and insight on not only on the technical aspects of space, but also on satellite data, space policy / international relations, and space business.

Co-Founder

Tohru Akaura

IncubateFund General Partner
Worked for 8 and a half years in the investment department at JAFCO Co., Ltd., involved in investment development tasks in the front line. Started their own venture capital business in 1999. Since then he launched and managed 13 venture capital funds with a total of 40 billion yen. Consistently specialized in the initiation period, while also carrying out investment development.
Since July 2019, he is the Chairman of the Japan Venture Capital Association.

Manager
Marketing
Satellite Launch Services

Kazuhiro Ohno

In 2013, Kazuhiro graduated from the Department of Integrated Chemistry of Tokyo University of Science. He then joined NTT Communications, where he was in charge of sales for telecommunications carriers and IT companies. Later, he gained experience in planning numerous collaborations between different industries within the IoT business sector.
Praised for his ample project leader experience, he was selected as NTT Communication's first venture transferee, and was seconded to Space BD in 2019.

Manager
Marketing
Satellite Launch Services

Daisuke Takahashi

Daisuke graduated with a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2008. He then joined IHI Co., Ltd. and took part in a wide range of operations related to aircraft engine life cycle business as an engineer of aricraft engines. In 2018, he moved to the company's space division and participated in new business development using satellite data.
He joined Space BD in 2019 and is in charge of international sales and business development.

Manager
Marketing
Satellite Launch Services

Daimon Tashiro

Daimon graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Keio University and joined Sumitomo Corporation in 2003. After gaining practical experience in sales accounting, he engaged in strategy planning and budget controlling at Metal Products Division. In 2010, he moved to Riken Dengu Seizo Co., Ltd. as a director, where he was responsible for import sales in the field of defense, aeronautics and space, and management planning etc. From February 2018, he is seconded to Space BD, where he is involved in a wide range of activities ranging from project coordination, business planning, and others.

Manager
Engineering
Satellite Launch Services

Takuma Terada

Takuma graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School in 2014, where he completed Master's degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He then joined Manned Space Systems Co. Ltd., where he gained experience in satellite integration activities (safety reviews and ICD modifications) for small satellite deployment from the ISS and rideshare launches. Later, he took part in the technical coordination with NASA for the development and operation of ISS re-fueling vehicle.
He joined Space BD in 2019 as a satellite integration engineer for the company's ISS smallsat deployment service.

Public Relations

Marin Hara

After graduating from university, Marin worked in corporate public relations for a Japanese housing and facilities manufacturer, where she gained experience in corporate communications with domestic and overseas stakeholders. She joined Space BD in 2019 and is in charge of public relationship and overseas sales.

Engineer
Satellite Launch Services

Ryota Fujita

Ryota worked as a project leader for a 50-kg student microsatellite project during university and graduate school. He joined Space BD in 2019 as an engineer to work on the company's ISS small satellite deployment business.

Education Business Department

Hayato Saito

In 2019, Hayato graduated from Graduate School of Law, Keio University, majoring in International Space Law. During academic life, in addition to the research of legal status of astronauts, he presented a couple of relevant papers and participated in space education outreach activities at international conferences as a JAXA-sponsored student for the International Space Education Board (ISEB).
Hayato jointed Space BD soon after graduation in April 2019.

  • Space BD is selected for
    JAXA’s first commercial service initiative!

    Selected as the commercial operator for the satellite deployment service on the Japanese “Kibo” module on the ISS

  • Space BD is selected for the second consecutive
    time for JAXA’s commercial service operator!

    Selected as the single commercial provider for the utilization of the IVA-replaceable Small Exposed Experiment Platform (i-SEEP) by JAXA.

  • Space BD runs the first Japanese platform website “Space for space” for space utilization!