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New Japan Head
September 26, 2003

Microsoft announced that Yoshihiro Maruyama has been named the new General Manager of the Xbox Division of Microsoft Japan.

Maruyama is a respected veteran of the gaming industry and is credited with developing Square’s US marketing strategy. He also served as a board member of Wonderland Inc. (formerly known as T&E Soft Inc.). As a board member, Maruyama was responsible for the agreement with the Walt Disney Co. to develop an online entertainment service featuring popular Disney properties for the Japanese and Asian markets.

Maruyama starts on October 1st, and will be reporting to Peter Moore, the former Sega of America president and current Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Retail Sales and Marketing in Japan and Europe for the Home and Entertainment Division.

"Yoshihiro is going to be a tremendous asset to Microsoft and our Japanese initiatives," Moore said. "He has proven to be a stellar trans-Pacific talent over the years, and he has a great depth of understanding of Japanese and U.S. market issues as well as solid relationships with many industry leaders."

Reported By: Nick Arvites

 


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