About SOPHOLA About us
Empower and Revitalize Japan for Next Generation
SOPHOLA, Inc was founded to tackle on the following 3 social issues: local depopulation/aging craftsmanship/ spreading Japan’s appeal on the globe, which are occurring in local areas except for cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka through SOPHOLA’s business activities.
MISSION, VISION & VALUES
for Next Generation
We will create Japan's society so the next generation can take hope and pride in the future by contributing to resolving social issues of Japan through our business activities.
SOPHOLA, Inc is a company that creates a brilliant future in Japan by tackling on the following 3 social issues: local depopulation/ aging craftsmanship/ spreading Japan’s appeal on the globe, which are occurring in local areas except for cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka through SOPHOLA’s business activities.
SOPHOLA, Inc is a company that creates a brilliant future in Japan to tackle on the following 3 social issues, Local Depopulation/ Aging Craftsmanship/ Spreading Japan’s Appeal on The Globe, which are occurring in local areas except for cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka through SOPHOLA’s business activities.
Company of Bridging
Between Present and Future,
Japan and the World
We will strive to tackle on local depopulation, aging craftsmanship, and spreading Japan's appeal around the globe, and then become a company of bridging between present and future, between Japan and the world.
SOPHOLA, Inc is located in in Nagano, from here Nagano, we are aiming to become a mediator between Japan and the world. In digital marketing industries, we will raise the level of digital marketing technology in Japan to world level, not only in big cities but also in local areas, through support of the global cutting edge technology companies with strong intention to expand their businesses in Japan.
In global B2B e-commerce business, we are creating demand and keeping the light on tradition by selling overseas traditional crafts of local areas especially where depopulation is progressing.
”The Strongest“ Will and Determination
We always use our mind about what to do in order to realize our mission and vision, and overcome any difficulties with ”the strongest“ will and determination.
”The Fastest“ Decision and Action
We always make ”the fastest“ decision and action under any challenging circumstance, not wasting time in response.
”The Deepest“ Self-Examination and Improvement
We always review an outcome of each action through ”the deepest“ self-examination, and practice improvement plans.
”SPEEDY“ action with ”Passion“
We keep learning both from successes and failures
These values make a continuous progress of SOPHOLA, therefore we are sure we can provide cutting-edge and high-level Value Proposition.
Resolution of SOPHOLA's Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO MASAKI IINO
Create innovative businesses in Nagano and other local regions to solve Japanese social issues by building a bridge between Japan and the world.
”Why did you choose Nagano to start your business?“
This has been the most often-asked question since starting my own business in Nagano this April. After a school trip to Azumino in Nagano at age of 14, I made my mind to live in Nagano someday because of the beautiful scenery, people’s kindness, and superb food. Every summer or fall, I had made a trip to various places in Nagano since I started my business career in Japan. However, my beloved Nagano is facing a serious depopulation issue causing many small businesses to close even in popular hot spring places.
This desperate situation made me decide to start my own business in order to support Nagano and resolve other local prefectures suffering from similar social issues, though I had made up my mind to let the world know more about all the beauties of Japan through my business since my first year working.
Without any connections in Nagano, I have started my business here. Still, with all my deep expertise in marketing and business development, I promise with you all to establish a company which will greatly contribute to changing the Nagano’s challenges to opportunities and supporting other local prefectures facing the similar social issues.
- Graduated from University of Utah with MS Degree in Applied Math
- Jade K.K.(Part-Time)
- Adflex Communications K.K.
- Irep Co., Ltd（Since Oct, 2014, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners)
- Rakuten Inc.
- Linkshare Japan
Vice Office Manager of New Business
- Head of New Business Development Office and Performance Media Marketing Department
- SOPHOLA, Inc
Co-Founder and CEO
- Fellow for Adflex Communications, Adgorithmics
- External Executive, FLIPDESK
- Company Name
Rm101 Dias Casa, 825-3 Takada, Nagano City, Nagano, 381-0034, Japan
3F, The First Sakai Building, 965-1 Turuga Mimani Chitose-Cho, Nagano City, Nagano, 380-0907, Japan
- Main Partners/Clients
adflex communications, inc
NTT East Co.
Recruit Staffing Co. Ltd
Asahi Advertising Inc
Marukome Co., Ltd
RFA digital brains Inc.
The Friendly Swede (Sweden)
Knud Gadd (Sweden)
Generate Design (Canada)
AdScale BV （The Netherlands）
Longtail UX (Australia)
Markable (United States)
CREADITS （United States）
- Main Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Nagano Branch
Apr. 17, 2018
Masaki Iino (CEO)
3 as of Sep. 2018
B2B E-Commerce for Global Businesses
Work with us
We are aiming to become a bridge between Japan and the world, and make a large contribution toward The Future of Japan.