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Mamoru Taniya: Chairman
Mamoru Taniya and Toshihiro Hirao established Asuka Asset Management in July 2002 as a result of a management buyout of the Japanese subsidiary of Tudor Investment Corporation. Taniya has a broad range of investment experiences from fixed-income derivatives to private equities. Prior to founding Asuka, Taniya was a director and one of the principle founding members of Tudor Capital Japan (1999-2002) and previously a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney (1987-1998). At Tudor, he successfully started its private equity business in Japan. At Salomon, Taniya co-managed the Japan and Asia proprietary trading department with Toshihiro Hirao. Prior to managing proprietary trading, he was the head of equity and fixed income derivatives trading for Salomon's Tokyo operation and a pioneer in his field. He previously managed the volatility book and started the yen CB/warrant arbitrage trading desk at Salomon. Mamoru Taniya graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1987 with a B.A. in Law.
Toshihiro Hirao: President, Representative Director
Toshihiro Hirao and Mamoru Taniya established Asuka Asset Management in July 2002 as a result of a management buyout of the Japanese subsidiary of Tudor Investment Corporation. Hirao was most recently a director in charge of Japanese equity trading at Tudor Capital Japan (1999-2002). He is a specialist in Japanese equities and has 30 years of experience in trading long/short Japanese equity markets. Hirao, also a principle founding member of Tudor Capital Japan, managed its Japanese equity long/short and directional portfolio and has a long proven track record within the volatile Japanese markets. Before joining Tudor, he was a managing director and co-head of Salomon Smith Barney's Japan and Asia proprietary trading department. At Salomon, he was the principal manager for the 80 billion yen CB/Warrant arbitrage portfolio as well as the equity long/short portfolio. Toshihiro Hirao graduated from Waseda University in 1987 with a B.A. in Law.

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