BAY CITY VENTURES – Managing Director


Advisor – Gaming Standards Association Japan

Recipient of G2E Asia Awards 2019 “Industry Rising Star” Award


Joji has management-level gaming experience in R&D, sales, marketing, casino floor structuring, and regulatory compliance. He was based in Macau and was the Senior Compliance and Operations Manager of Aruze Gaming Macau, where he was in charge of operations in Asia and Europe until 2018. He has also worked closely with Aruze’s North American and African offices, where he gained operation, compliance and technical experience in high-difficulty jurisdictions in the US and South Africa.

After earning his degree in Educational Technology and Communications at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, Joji started off as a event management and language service specialist for the entertainment and educational fields. One simple job of translating a gaming machine manual lead to his interest in the gaming industry, and he worked his way up from translating manuals to pulling off multi-million dollar deals in a matter of years. He also played an integral role in the importing of gaming machines to a group company’s IR project opening in Entertainment City, Manila, and helped shape the first casino floor of the resort.

He most recently held executive consultant positions as Vice President, Corporate Finance for gaming platform firm Takara Gaming Group, and Director of Japan operations for blockchain gaming startup Alphaslot in Hong Kong. He also brought the first foreign gaming media to Japan in 2018, kick-starting Japanese-language media business in the gaming industry.

Currently based in Yokohama, Japan. Joji grew up in southern California during his childhood, Bay City represents the bay towns that have been a part of shaping Joji’s life. From Santa Monica and Dana Point in California, to Hong Kong and Yokohama, and even to that band singing about Saturday nights, Bay City rolls on.

Previous Positions

ALPHASLOT – Senior Consultant & Director, Japan Operations

TAKARA GAMING GROUP – Executive Consultant & Vice President, Corporate Compliance

ARUZE GAMING MACAU – Senior Operations and Compliance Manager

ARUZE GAMING TECHNOLOGIES – R&D Compliance Leader

Language and Events Services – Rugby WC 2019, Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic, Cirque de Soleil, MEXT, etc.


Speaker Experience:

ASEAN Gaming Summit (Manila, Philippines)

Global Gaming Expo Asia Conference (Macau)

Global Gaming Expo Asia Fintech Forum (Macau)

Global Gaming Expo Asia @ The Philippines Conference (Manila)

Global Gaming Expo Las Vegas (Nevada, USA)

ICE Asia Digital (Online)

iGaming Asia Congress (Macau)

Japan Gaming Congress (Tokyo, Japan)

Macao Gaming Show (Macau)

SINA Global Digital Entertainment Summit (Macau)

Wakayama IR Business Connect Seminar (Wakayama, Japan)


Past Media References:

Asia Gaming Awards

Asia Gaming Brief

Asia Gaming Brief Nippon

Amusement Japan

Calvin Ayre

Casino.org

Casino Buzz

Casino Life Magazine

Casino Review

Congleton

European Gaming

Focus Gaming News

G2E Daily

G3 Newswire

Gambling Industry News 

Gambling News

Games Magazine Brazil

GGB News

GGR Asia

Inside Asian Gaming

Japan Times

Macau Business

Macau Shimbun

Online Casino News

Public Gaming

Real Money Action.com

Tribuna de Macau 

Twenty Black (20Black)

WEBE Gaming 

WSIL ABC News


Education

International Christian University (Tokyo) –  Bachelor in Educational Technology and Communications

American School In Japan High School – Class of 2001

 

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