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Shoji Akimoto, Executive Director, G-net

In October 2001, while studying at Waseda University, Akimoto started G-net. G-net, which specializes in the regional revitalization of Gifu, a prefecture in central Japan, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2003 and Akimoto became its Executive Director. In 2004, he was chosen as the youngest Model Producer by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which was supporting entrepreneurial human resources training. Since 2005, he has served as a member of various committees that promote the regional revitalization of Gifu prefecture. He has also taught courses at many universities on the subject of community revitalization. Akimoto gained national media attention and has been featured on TV, in newspapers, and in nationally recognized magazines as one of Japan’s leading young social entrepreneurs.
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