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Kenzo Tsujimoto (辻本憲三 Tsujimoto Kenzō?) (born December 15, 1940) is a Japanese businessman who is best known as the founder of the video game companies Irem and Capcom. He has also served as president of Computer Software Copyright Association (ACCS) since 1997, and was president of Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association from 2002 to 2006.

Tsujimoto's older son Haruhito, has served as Capcom's President and COO (Chief operating officer) since 2007. His younger son, Ryozo Tsujimoto, is a producer of the Monster Hunter series.[1]

Biography[]

Kenzo Tsujimoto was born in Kashihara, Nara, as the third son of a blacksmith. In 1956, after graduating from junior high school from his father's early death, he got a job at a nearby company, and at the same time entered the part-time system of Nara Prefectural Unebi Senior High School. After graduating from the school in March 1960, he got a job at an uncle's food wholesale company. In March 1963, he was transferred to the confectionery wholesale business run by his uncle and became independent, and although the company name was changed to Tsujimoto Shoten, he failed to manage and had a debt of several million yen.[2]

In 1968, the confectionery retailer Tsujimoto Shoten was reopened in Osaka, and when the children lined up at the cotton candy making machine placed in the candy corner, it was not for the product itself, but for the process of making cotton candy. Two years later, Tsujimoto was peddling all over the country for the performance of selling this cotton candy making machine, and on his way home, he was entrusted with the modification of the pachinko machine and sold 1,000 units per model, so he was convinced that game entertainment would grow in the future.[2][3][4]

In July 1974, Tsujimoto founded IPM, which became Irem and became its president. He established I.R.M. Corporation on May 30, 1979, and IRM changed its name to Sambi in 1981. The company released "IPM Invaders" and "Capsule Invaders" under license from Taito during the Invaders game epidemic. However, at Irem, Tsujimoto who was the chairman, was forced out because of poor performance due to the retreat of the Invaders boom.[2][5][6]

On June 11, 1983, he founded Capcom as a sales company for Sambi and became president and representative director.[2] In July of the same year, the company's first game Little League was released.[2] In 1989, Sambi, which was developed, absorbed and merged with Capcom, which was in charge of sales, and changed the name of the surviving company, Sambi, to Capcom, and Tsujimoto continued to serve as president.[5]

In the 1990s, Tsujimoto established his fourth company "Kenzo Estate" as a winery as a sole proprietorship. He purchased 1,500 hectares of land in Napa, California, USA, which had been idle due to Capcom's business failure, from Capcom for 7 billion yen, and made it privately owned by Tsujimoto. First shipped in 2008, this winery's white wine "Asatsuyu" was selected as one of the "best wines" by a magazine for the wealthy in the United States in 2011.[2][3][7]

In 2001, Tsujimoto became Chairman and CEO of Capcom.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Tsujimoto has received the Japanese Medal of Honor twice: once in 1980 and another in 2007.

References[]

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/feb/21/call-me-mr-monster-hunter-the-man-who-guided-a-japanese-curiosity-to-global-success
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 「トップの肖像 辻本憲三」『Toyo Keizai』2011年7月9日号、pp.98-103
  3. 3.0 3.1 「ワイドインタビュー 問答有用380 辻本憲三」『エコノミスト』2011年12月27日号、pp.50-53
  4. 『日経スペシャル カンブリア宮殿』2010年8月2日放送
  5. 5.0 5.1 赤木真澄『それは「ポン」から始まった アーケードTVゲームの成り立ち』アミューズメント通信社、2005年、p.339
  6. 朝日新聞2016年8月12日夕刊3面「人生の贈り物-私の半生-」より。
  7. 2011年12月2日朝日新聞朝刊2面、「ひと ワイン造りで最高の評価を受けたゲーム会社の社長「カプコン」社長 辻本憲三」より。


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