WonderPlanet secures up to JPY1 billion from Cool Japan Fund

WonderPlanet Inc. (headquartered in Nagoya, Founder and CEO Tomoki Tsunekawa), which plans, develops, operates, and markets full native applications and games for smart devices, has announced that it has decided to raise up to 1 billion yen in funding by issuing new shares through a third-party allotment, which will be underwritten by Cool Japan Fund (headquartered in Minato-ku (Tokyo), President and CEO Naoki Kitagawa). With this, Kazushi Sano from Cool Japan Fund is to be appointed as an outside director.

Since our founding in September 2012, WonderPlanet’s mission has been “Creating ‘Smiley Time’ in Our Friends’ Daily Life.” In order to realize this, we develop and operate products targeting the global market.

Crash Fever, which was released in 2015, has surpassed a total of 10 million downloads worldwide. Both the Japanese version and the Traditional Chinese version have entered their fourth year of operation. Jumputi Heroes, a title commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Weekly Shonen Jump, saw its Japanese version released in 2018. The Traditional Chinese version was released in June 2019. In addition, the English and Traditional Chinese versions of VALKYRIE ANATOMIA-THE ORIGIN-, a collaboration with SQUARE ENIX, were released in April 2019. These have helped promote the global expansion of our titles and those of other companies.

Through this funding, WonderPlanet will accelerate the further global expansion of titles currently in operation, as well as develop new titles based on this global expansion. Doing so, we will strive to develop new demand for Japanese content overseas.

■ Profile – Kazushi Sano (Cool Japan Fund Inc.)
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1974. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo. Graduated with an MBA from the Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Joined Sumitomo Corporation in 1998 and became involved in the apparel brand business. Worked at a strategic consulting company, then joined Rakuten in 2010. Sano was responsible for marketing and business investment related to overseas business expansion. Joined Cool Japan Fund in 2014 and became engaged in the investment and development of investment destinations (current position: managing director). Scheduled to become a director (outside) at WonderPlanet Inc. in July 2019.

■ Comment – Naoki Kitagawa (President and CEO of Cool Japan Fund Inc.)
We are very pleased to be able to support collaborations by WonderPlant—which offers strengths in its overseas business—with other companies in the industry, as well as the dissemination of WonderPlanet and other companies’ overseas titles and enhance local marketing in the field of applications and games for smartphones, which are garnering attention as new content platforms. We hope to be able to contribute to the development of new demand for Japanese content overseas by making use of our existing investment projects and industry networks in the field of media and content as well as creating successful examples of overseas expansion of Japanese applications and games.

■ Company Overview – Cool Japan Fund Inc.
Name: Cool Japan Fund Inc.
Address: 17F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Founded: November 2013
President and CEO: Naoki Kitagawa

■ Company Info
Name: WonderPlanet Inc.
Address: 11F Sakaemachi Bldg, 3-23-31 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Founded: September 3, 2012
Founder and CEO: Tomoki Tsunekawa,
Business: Planning, developing, operating, and marketing full native applications and games for smart devices

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