CEO's Message

Enriching the Internet and making it easier to use

Since the GMO Internet Group began its internet related business in December 1995, we have striven to offer enriching and easy to use Internet related services under the motto “Internet for Everyone.”
In addition to our Internet Infrastructure, Online Advertisement and Media, and Internet Finance businesses, we also have a Cryptocurrency business. In the Internet Infrastructure Segment, almost all products are number one in their respective markets in Japan. Our Group has No.1 annual FX (an OTC FX transaction) trading volume worldwide for the 7th consecutive year, and the number of customers increased in Japan and abroad. We have also launched our next-generation Internet banking business GMO Aozora Net Bank on July 17, 2018. We have grown into a comprehensive Internet group made up of 110 group companies centered around 9 listed companies run by 5,767 group partners.

Internet became social infrastructure

In 1994, I read an article on Nikkei Ryūtsū Shimbun (currently, Nikkei Marketing Journal) and discovered the Internet.
The moment I read the article, I strongly felt that Internet would change our lives and become social infrastructure, so I launched an Internet operation in December 1995, offering overwhelming services in terms of the specification and the price.
Japan was still at the dawn of the Internet industry then.
In just 20 years, the Internet industry became an Internet infrastructure indispensable to our lives through the birth of mobile devices including smartphones in addition to technological evolution and the advancements in telecommunications environment.

Create smiles and excitement, and contribute to society and people

The age of full-scale IoT has arrived, and the addition of cryptocurrency, which is gaining more and more attention, is going to revolutionize the world.
New, easier to use services that enrich our lives will be created one after the other through the integration of the Internet into various industries. With cutting-edge technology and speedy management, we will continue to create services of our own, which will allow us to provide No. 1 solutions and grow our customer base. GMO Internet will continue to create smiles and excitement and will strive to contribute to society and people. We would like to ask for your continued support in our endeavors.

Founder and Group CEO

Masatoshi Kumagai

As of 12/2018