People

Noriyuki MORIMOTO
Chief Executive Officer

Founded HC Asset Management in November 2002. As a pioneer investment consultant in Japan, he established the investment consulting business of Watson Wyatt K.K. (Tokyo Office) in 1990, where he was Director & Consultant for 13 years. zHis responsibilities also included benefit consulting and financial services consulting. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt, he was responsible for foreign fixed income investment, asset allocation and investment strategy at Mitsui Life Insurance Co., where he managed assets for the company's variable life products and group annuities as a fund manager. He spent two and half years in London managing fixed income assets. He started his investment career as Japanese equity analyst at Mitsui Life in 1983. Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), The University of Tokyo (1981).

Akane HASHIMOTO
Managing Director, Investment and Research

Joined HC in February 2003 as a consultant. Since then, she has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities as well as business development. Currently, she is responsible for Investment & Research activities as well as client relations activities. Prior to joining HC, she spent four years at Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) as an investment and business consultant. She began her career at The Bank of Tokyo (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.) in 1994, spending five years in the capital markets group. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), The University of Tokyo (1994).

Hajime NISHIKAWA
Director, Chief Operating Officer

Joined HC in August 2007. Since then, he has been actively involved in trade activities including fund transactions and FX trades. Currently, he is responsible for trade reconciliations. Prior to joining HC, he spent 29 years at Mitsui Life Insurance Co., where he managed assets for the company as a fund manager and investment officer. Later he conducted the company's foreign business and internal audits in the investment area. He started his investment career as a Japanese equity analyst at Mitsui Life in 1981. Bachelor of Arts (Commerce), Hitotsubashi University.

Katsuzou NAKATA
Director, Internal Audits

Joined HC in July 2007 in charge of internal audits. He started his career at Mitsui Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1969. In his 40 years in Mitsui Mutual Life Insurance, he spent almost half his career in the Financial Planning Department in charge of asset allocation, covering such various assets as loans, securities and real estate, and he spent the other half in the Security Investment Department. He ended his last career as the CIO. After retiring from Mitsui Life Insurance, he joined Sumitomo-Mitsui Asset Management as an auditor and worked for four years. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Keio University.

Investment and Research Team

Satoshi HIROKAWA

Mr. Hirokawa joined HC in May 2013 as operation staff. He is now actively involved in assisting portfolio management activities as well as strategy research and monitoring. Prior to joining HC, he spent about 7 years at State Street where he was mainly engaged in global custody operations. Soon after graduation from university, he joined Japan Maritime Self Defense Force as officer candidate. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Yokohama National University.

Nao MINEGISHI

Joined HC in August 2011 as an analyst. Since then, she has been actively involved in strategy research and monitoring. Prior to joining HC, she began her career at Daiwa Securities in 2007, spending four years at the sales branch as a financial planner. Bachelor of Arts (Commerce), Chuo University.

Makoto OOYAMA

Joined HC in August 2015 as a Director responsible for Client Relations. Prior to joining HC, he spent 10years at The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Pension Fund as Investment Director. He started his business career at The Bank of Mitsubishi (now The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ) and he spent the majority of his career for the investment related business. Bachelor of Economics, Keio University CMA

Tomoo SATO

Joined HC in October 2007 as client relations manager. Since then, he has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities as well as risk management. Currently, he is responsible for trade activities. Prior to joining HC, he spent over 20 years at Mizuho Trust (former Yasuda Trust) as a portfolio manager for corporate and public pension accounts as well as for high net worth clients, covering both international and domestic investments. He spent two years at Mizuho Trust Luxembourg as Deputy Managing Director and Head of Custody. He began his career as a customer trader for FX and money market instruments at First Chicago Tokyo (now part of JPMorgan Chase). Bachelor of Liberal Arts, The International Christian University.

Tomoo SHIRAKI

Joined HC in August 2011, as a portfolio manager. Since then, he has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities. Prior to joining HC, he was engaged in product development at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. He began his career at Mitsui Life Insurance Co. in 1990 and covered investment and life insurance businesses. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Waseda University.

Rika SUGIMOTO

Joined HC in April 2015 after graduating from university. She is currently responsible to support analysts for research efforts.Bachelor of Arts (Commerce), Chuo University.

Masaru YAMAGISHI

Joined HC in May 2015 as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining HC, he worked for Finnowave Investments Inc., an independent asset management company focusing on Japanese equity long short strategy, since 2010 as CIO and risk manager. His experience includes asset allocation, Japan equity, Japan fixed income, foreign currency and foreign fixed income at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management and Mitsui Life Insurance Co. Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo CMA

Tomoyuki YANAI

Joined HC in April 2008 as client relations manager. He is now actively involved in strategy research and monitoring. Prior to joining HC, he gained experience in various fields of the asset management business, including reporting, currency management, foreign fixed income investment, consulting, risk management and administration at Mitsui Life Insurance Co. Ph.D. in International Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University and Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Keio University. He is also a CMA holder.

Yutaka WADA

Joined HC in April 2016 after graduating from graduate school.
He is responsible to support analysts on market, fund and portfolio analysis.
Master of Arts (Economics), Hitotsubashi University.

Miyako MIYAZATO

Joined HC in April 2017 after graduating from university.
She is responsible to prepare monthly reports and to support operations.
Master of Bachelor (Law), Waseda University and JD, Waseda Law School.

Tomoki MIYAUCHI

Joined HC in April 2017 after graduating from university.
He is responsible to prepare monthly reports and is training to be a trader.
Bachelor of Arts (Management and Information), University of Shizuoka.

Kazuya OKAZAKI

Joined HC in April 2017 after graduating from university.
He is responsible to support analysts on market, fund and portfolio analysis.
Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Takasaki City University of Economics.

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