Executives and Employees
Chairman, CEO & CTO
After graduating from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1977, Abe joined the Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (now operating as J-POWER) the same year. There, he started his career with the construction of a gigawatt-class thermoelectric plant before moving on to maintaining several power plants, working as an overseas consultant, doing a stint at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the US, launching a microturbine venture, and researching and developing storage batteries and inverters, among other things. In 2001, Abe earned a PhD in Engineering from Kyushu University. In 2008, he was hired as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo School of Engineering, where he educated students on the subject of business solutions. In 2009, Abe came up with the idea for digital grids, established a non-for-profit corporation, and a public corporation, and begin the development of digital grid routers and controllers. In 2017, Abe resigned from the University of Tokyo and established the current Digital Grid Corporation.
Digital Grid Corporation builds platforms for identifying and trading electricity, as well as for trading other attributes of electricity such as its electrical value or environmental value. We aim to construct a system that realizes a shift to renewable energy on a commercial basis.
President & Co-CEO
After earning a master’s degree in Technology Management for Innovation from the University of Tokyo School of Engineering as a student at the Abe Lab, Toyoda joined the securities department at Goldman Sachs. There, he worked on the creation and sale of currency exchange and credit-related financial products. Later, he would join the Strategic Investment Development Department, where he would work on large-scale solar project development and investment. In 2016, he joined the private equity (PE) fund INTEGRAL CORPORATION where he worked on PE investment a broad range of sectors. In 2018, he joined Digital Grid Corporation. On July 3, 2019, Toyoda was installed as President & Co-CEO of Digital Grid Corporation.
Director & General Manager of Business Development
Matsui earned a master’s degree in physics and applied physics from the Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering in 1996. He would go on to develop large-scale systems at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and later at Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. as a systems engineer. In 2001, he joined Tohmatsu Environmental Research Institute Ltd., where he would transition to the field of environmental consulting. In 2007, he joined the Japan Research Institute, Limited. There, he implemented multiple projects in the fields of renewable energy, distributed energy, and smart cities. Since 2015, he has participated in a project related to digital grids. In 2018, Matsui joined Digital Grid Corporation.On August 23, 2019, Matsui was installed as a Director of Digital Grid Corporation.
Publications and Contributions
The 2020 Electricity Revolution (Multiple Authors) Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
The Final Strategy of Next-Generation Energy (Multiple Authors) Toyo Keizai
"The Essence of Electrical Power Systems Reform [Part 2]: Learning from Germany's Local 'Stadtwerke' Electric Companies," September 2013, Diamond Online
Director & General Manager of Business Strategy
After earning a master’s degree in Technology Management for Innovation from the University of Tokyo School of Engineering as a student at the Abe Lab, Chikakiyo joined McKinsey & Company. In 2019, he joined Digital Grid Corporation.On August 23, 2019, Chikakiyo was installed as a Director of Digital Grid Corporation.
Executive Officer and Head of Sales
After graduating from the Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Commerce and Management in 1982, Ikari joined Sumitomo Corporation. There, he primarily worked on overseas transportation infrastructure projects. His first posting was in Beijing, China, and he was there in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square Incident. At the time, during the heyday of international yen loans to China, Ikari was in charge of electric locomotive export contracts. Later, he would transfer to Brussels, Belgium. As part of the European automotive and construction equipment division, he was involved in an auto parts manufacturing merger in Germany from launch to withdrawal. In 2009, he transferred to Busan, South Korea. There, he managed machinery plant, electrical parts and the media and information industry. Working as an intermediary between Korean corporations and Japanese plants working to expand into Asia, Ikari promoted a subway construction project in Vietnam and a cellular application service for Mongolia, among other projects. Mostly recently, Ikari worked at the Tokyo Head Office’s Lease, Ship, Aerospace & Transportation Systems Division. In March 2018, he left Sumitomo, and then joined Digital Grid Corporation in April of the same year.
General Manager, Corporate Department
After graduating from the Waseda University School of Law in 1986, Ino joined JP Morgan, where he worked on international markets and development of financial instruments for investors. In 2002, he joined Aozora Bank where he led a team working on matters including domestic and international investments. This service included a stint in the United States.
In 2015, Ino became the head of both Planning Division 1 and Planning Division 2, as well as the Deputy Head of the Renewable Energy Headquarters at the renewable energy company Renewable Japan Co., Ltd. In February 2016, following the establishment of RJ Investment Co., Ltd., he became the company’s representative director. In August 2016, with the establishment of Renewable Japan Energy Infrastructure Fund Inc., he became a corporate officer of the fund in addition to his current positions. In March 2017, the fund issued an IPO on the TYO Infrastructure Funds Market. Since the fund’s listing, Ino has operated and managed power plant projects in its portfolio.
In 2018, he joined Digital Grid Corporation.
Master of Business Administration (Joint Degree from NYU Stern, London School of Economics, and HEC Paris)
After graduating from the University of Fukuoka Faculty of Applied Mathematics in 2003, he joined Kyushuu Ten and then later Keyware Solutions.
As a system engineer there, he mainly engaged in system development for communication base station control and air traffic control.
In 2016, he joined the Oisix Inc. There, he engaged in basic site renewal of EC site.
In 2019, he joined Digital Grid Corporation.
W. Takahashi holds Master’s Degree in Science specified in plasma physics from The University of Tokyo (Mar/2017). After his academic achievement, he was engaged in Softbank’s specification standardization of experimental 5G product which directly contributes to MIC telecommunication compliance. By using multiple advanced calculation software to detect potential radio frequency interferences, he proposed innovative solution to resolve implementation issues. Using his problem-solving skills to help a dynamic business team succeed is always considered as his career goal.
After graduating from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Letters in 1984, Koshimura joined Konishiroku Photo Industry Co., Ltd. (now Konica Minolta) the same year. In 1991, he joined Kajima Corporation. While employed at Kajima, he was sent to work at places including the Research Institute of Construction and Economy (RICE). Koshimura also participated in many national demonstrator and development projects while at places including Kajima’s Technical Research and Development Center R&D Planning Office. Afterwards, he joined Tateyama Kagaku Industry Co., Ltd. in 2014 in order to jointly promote the development of digital router grids with the University of Tokyo Abe Lab. There, Koshimura lead digital grid router development and demonstrator projects as the Head of Business Planning. In 2017, he left the company and established the current Digital Grid Corporation.
Chief Technical Advisor
After graduating from the Toyo University Faculty of Science and Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering, where he majored in electrical engineering, in 1976, he joined Tanaka Denshi Kogyo K.K. and then later Sony Corporation. There, he initially worked on circuit design and switching power source development in the company’s audio business unit before working in magnetic device development sales, incubation business development sales, and elsewhere. Later, with the establishment of So-net Entertainment Corporation, Nakamura was assigned to launch the risk management section, the section in charge of launching the company’s technical support system, the development of its support systems, and the operation of these systems. In 2007, he joined Tateyama Kagaku Industry Co., Ltd. where he promoted projects including the development digital grid routers at the Technical Headquarters. In 2017, he became a director at Digital Grid Corporation.
3rd Class Electric Works Specialist, 2nd Class Qualified Certified Electrician, DD TYPE I Installation Technician, AI TYPE III Installation Technician, Systems Administrator, Examination in Technical Ability of Data Processing Second Grade, Class B Hazardous Materials Engineer’s License Group 4, Class 1 Terrestrial Special Radio Operator, Aerial Working Vehicle Driver, Forklift Driver