It is with great pleasure that RJIF announces that Mr. Nobuyoshi John Ehara (Founder, Partner, UNISON CAPITAL Inc.) and Mr. Mamoru Taniya (Founder, Chairman, Asuka Asset Management Co., Ltd.) have joined RJIF as Director and Mr. Hiroo Mori (Executive Vice President) as Counselor.
Nobuyoshi John Ehara
Founder, Partner, UNISON CAPITAL Inc.
Mr. Nobuyoshi John Ehara co-founded Unison Capital in 1998. Unison Capital, a pioneer in the private equity business in Japan, is among the nation’s leading firms today. Mr. Ehara has spearheaded the firm since its inception, building its team and operations.
Mr. Ehara was instrumental in establishing the Private Equity Association of Japan. Mr. Ehara served as its first Chairman from 2005 to 2007. He was again appointed to the position of the Chairman in July, 2013.
Prior to founding Unison Capital, Mr. Ehara spent sixteen years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, building its franchise in Japan. In 1988, he became the first Japanese to be selected General Partner of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Ehara worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York and Tokyo between 1978 and 1980.
Mr. Ehara holds a B.S. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Chairman & CEO, Asuka Asset Management Co.,Ltd.
Mr. Mamoru Taniya is Chairman of Asuka Asset Management Co., Ltd. He has broad range of investment experiences covering from fixed-income derivatives to private equities. Prior to founding Asuka, Mr. Taniya was a director at Tudor Capital Japan（1999-2002）and previously a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney (1987-1999). At Tudor he successfully started its private equity business in Japan. At Salomon, Mr. Taniya co-managed the Japan and Asia proprietary trading department. Prior to managing proprietary trading, he was responsible for the equity and fixed income derivatives trading for Salomon’s Tokyo operation. As venture investment, he initiated the launch of Lifenet Insurance Company, the first online Insurance company, and in the development of “studio Yoggy,” a pioneering yoga studio, which contributed to popularize Yoga widely. He also serves as Representative founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), the first international boarding school in Japan, since its establishment. In addition he is Vice chair person of Human Rights Watch which is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Mr.Taniya received his B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo in 1987.
Executive Vice President, Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Mr. Hiroo Mori is Executive Vice President, Mori Building Co., Ltd. Chairman, Shanghai World Financial Center Co., Ltd. President and CEO, Mori Hospitality Corporation
Mr. Mori joined Mori Building Co., Ltd. in 1995, was appointed Managing Director in 2000, and has been Senior Managing Director since 2003. In April 2005 Mr. Mori assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO of Shanghai World Financial Center Investment Co., Ltd., as well as those of Chairman of Shanghai World Financial Center, Ltd., Mori Building group companies located in Shanghai, China. He was appointed President and CEO of Hills Club Co., Ltd. in June 2011. In December 2012, upon Hills Club Co., Ltd’s merger with Mori Hospitality Corporation, he was appointed to the President and CEO of the Mori Hospitality Corporation. He has a wide range of managerial responsibilities within the Mori Building group, including supervising its entire PM operations, as well as overseeing the Shanghai World Financial Center project which opened in 2008 in Shanghai, PRC. In June, 2013, Mr. Mori was appointed Vice President. Before joining Mori Building, Mr. Mori worked for the Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (IBJ), where he served in numerous posts in its Securities Business and Industrial Research Departments following his graduation from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Economics in April 1986.