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Shuntaro Furukawa

Shuntaro Furukawa
古川俊太郎
6th President of Nintendo
Assumed office
June 28, 2018
Preceded byTatsumi Kimishima
Personal details
Born (1972-01-10) January 10, 1972 (age 46)
Tokyo, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Alma materWaseda University

Shuntaro Furukawa (born January 10, 1972) is a Japanese businessman and executive. He is the 6th and current president of the video game company Nintendo. He took over as company president in June 2018, succeeding Tatsumi Kimishima.

Early life

Furukawa was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 10, 1972 to illustrator Taku Furukawa.[1][2] He grew up playing the Famicom system made by Nintendo.[3] Furukawa is a graduate of Kunitachi Senior High School,[2] and graduated from Waseda University's School of Political Science and Economics in 1994.[4]

Career

In April that same year, he joined Nintendo and worked as an accountant in Germany for a decade.[5] By the mid 2010s, he rose up in the corporate office, working in global marketing, the executive department, and as an outside director of the partly owned The Pokémon Company.[5][6] Furukawa is fluent in English, and was involved in the development of the Nintendo Switch.[5] On June 28, 2018, he succeeded Tatsumi Kimishima as company president, becoming the sixth one in their history.[7][8][9]

Personal life

Shuntaro Furukawa is the son of Taku Furukawa, best known for his animated short film Speed. Furukawa is also fluent in English.[10]

References

  1. ^ "代表取締役等の異動に関するお知らせ" (pdf) (in Japanese). Nintendo. April 26, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "任天堂次期社長 古川俊太郎氏(46)硬軟使い分ける経理マン". The Nikkei (in Japanese). April 27, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Nakamura, Yuji; Furukawa, Yuki (2018-04-27). "Nintendo hands over Switch to 46-year-old president who grew up playing the Famicom". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  4. ^ "任天堂社長に古川氏、君島氏は相談役に". The Nikkei (in Japanese). April 26, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Nakamura, Yuji; Furukawa, Yuki. "Nintendo Puts Switch Into Hands of Famicom-Generation President". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "IR Information : IR News". Nintendo Co., Ltd. IR News. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  7. ^ Morris, Chris. "Nintendo's New President Marks Start of New Dynasty". Fortune.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ Gilbert, Ben. "Nintendo just replaced its president with a Pokémon veteran". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  9. ^ Fogel, Stefanie. "Shuntaro Furukawa Officially Takes Over As Nintendo President". Variety. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  10. ^ Kohler, Chris (April 30, 2018). "Everything We Know About Nintendo's Next President". Kotaku. Retrieved September 16, 2018.