Photo taken with the big boss of Kadokawa - Shinichiro Inoue. Inoue-san joined Kadokawa as a part timer while he was still studying at university. He dropped out of school to continue as a part timer and started to make his way up the corporate ladder. 7 years later, Kadokawa hired him as a full time employee and he continued to climb the food chain.
In 2007 he had made his way to the very top and became the president of Kadokawa.
I only spent time interviewing him for Culture Japan so didn't really get a chance to talk about anything else - but got a meeting with him tomorrow morning to go over some nitty gritty. If you got any messages or questions for him then leave em in the comments!
Inoue-san is a visionary especially when it comes to overseas expansion. They have already set up office in Taiwan 10 years ago.
In the immediate future, they will be working with writers in China to translate local short novels into Japanese for the Japan market and viceversa.
The next Haruhi publication will be released on the same day in Japan, Taiwan and China too.