My name is Mark Toraki Uemura. I was born on April 21, 1968 in Toronto. I started www.toraki.com in 1994 and grew that business for 9 years. While at www.toraki.com, I had the opportunity to live in Brussels and work in Europe. In 2003, I left toraki to move to Tokyo where I joined www.pwc.com and worked there for 8.5 years as IT Manager. In 2011, I left PwC and I moved back to Toronto because of concerns surrounding Fukushima following the big earthquake that year. I joined www.kobo.com, a subsidiary of Rakuten, as Security Officer and also took on the IT Manager position. In 2013, moved back to Tokyo under a two year engagement with Rakuten as Vice Corporate IT Department Manager responsible for End User Technology. After two years in Japan, I was asked to manage and lead corporate IT and Security as VP of End User Technology at rakutenmarketing.com. In 2015, I relocated to San Francisco to work at the Rakuten regional headquarters based in San Mateo, CA.
In a past life, I was a Canadian National Judo Champion, Canadian National Jiu-Jitsu Grappling Champion and World Masters Judo Champion. I have a third degree Black Belt in Judo.