When I think of social media, I think of Facebook and when I think of Facebook I think of Mark Zuckerberg. So I came to the question, does Japan have a ‘Zuckerberg’?
Apparently they do. His name is Yoshikazu Tanaka he is the founder of the mobile social gaming network ‘Gree’. He is the second youngest self-made billionaire (right after Zuckerberg of course!)
I had never heard of ‘Gree’ but after some research I found that it hasn’t quite made its debut worldwide – but it is in the process of it. Gree now has 200 million players and is worth more then $1.6 BILLION. Gree is a Japanese mobile social gaming giant.
I found an interview conducted with Yoshikazu Tanaka and one question was:
I laughed as this was exactly what I was researching into.
He replied with: “I started my business in 2004 and Facebook also started around 2004. Facebook became such a big company and I think they are doing well in how they are changing society. I think we (Gree) can change society in that way too, so I want to continue making a challenge.”
His goals in life are to “make an impact on society” he claims that of course it is good to make money but that isn’t his driving factor. Within researching Yoshikazu Tanaka I came across his Twitter feed, unfortunately it was all in Japanese just another language barrier into researching social media in Japan. By having a little scroll down his feed you can see that he consistently posts a mixture of text, pictures, links and a few re-tweets. I could see that hes done 485 posts and 40.1K followers.
It is interesting to find a celebrity with such a high fan-base and I had never even heard of him before today.
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