Mochio Umeda lives in the Bay Area but he is very influential in Japan. His best selling book, ‘Web Shinkaron’, was excitedly accepted by business people.
His word is straight-forward and impassioned. He describes what is Google, what is the Web 2.0, what is open source. Those things were not well understood by the Japanese older business populations.
Joi Ito is the best known Japanese visionary and blogger in the world but Umeda is a much more well-known visionary inside Japan.
Umeda is doing some consulting and also runs a VC firm. Umeda is a board member of the Japanese web startup ‘Hatena’.