Gree CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka to keynote Tokyo Game Show

Yoshikazu Tanaka Gree Photo

Yoshikazu Tanaka, CEO of Japanese mobile game company Gree, is to give the keynote address at the Tokyo Game Show later this month.

Andriasang reports that Tanaka will take the stage for the second year in a row to give a speech titled The Evolution Of Social Gaming Brought On By Smart Devices. The Gree CEO – Japan’s youngest self-made billionaire – also spoke last year, but was one of three keynote speakers.

This year, there are just two, with the other address given by Shin Unozawa, a Namco Bandai president and current chairman of TGS organiser CESA. That Tanaka is to take a role previously reserved for the likes of Satoru Iwata, Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai speaks volumes for just how much the industry has changed in Japan.

TGS 2012 runs from September 20 to September 23 at the Makuhari Messe convention centre on the outskirts of Tokyo.