Takaaki Kidani (木谷 高明, Kidani Takaaki, born June 6, 1960) is a Japanese businessman born in Kanazawa, Japan. He is the founder and president of the Bushiroad.[1] Kidani has also served as the chairman of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He continues to be involved with NJPW through Bushiroad, which owns the company.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

After Kidani graduated from Musashi University with a degree in economics, he worked at Yamaichi Securities. He handled American duties.

After the Establishment of Broccoli[edit | edit source]

Kidani retired from Yamaichi Securities in 1994. In March 25 of the same year, he founded Broccoli as a startup company. At first, his business focused on event management, but from 1994 to 1998, he started Comic Castle for dōjinshi. In 1996, he established his first chain of retail stores Gamers. His company has its center focus on anime and video games. Their company performance increased after producing the anime series Di Gi Charat and his company was then listed on the JASDAQ Securities Exchange.

After the Establishment of Bushiroad[edit | edit source]

He founded Bushiroad in May 2007 as a company that produces card games and assumed the position of president. The origin of the name Bushiroad comes from the failure to make Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road into a film due to various reasons when he led the project in the days of Broccoli. The film was restarted in March 2013 with Kidani as the executive producer.

On October 2, 2017, Bushiroad announced that Kidani would be stepping down as the company's Representative Director on October 20 and joining its board of directors.[3]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Promoter of the Year (20144, 2017, 2018)[4]

References[edit | edit source]

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