Startbahn Announces New Board Members


Startbahn, Inc. (Head office: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Taihei SHII; hereinafter Startbahn), developing “Startrail,” a blockchain infrastructure for art distribution and evaluation, has announced that new board members have joined Startbahn. To further expand Startrail for its social implementation, we are pleased to welcome a Director, an Outside Director and a Senior Advisor on our team.

We will finally start the social implementation of Startrail as we plan to release Startrail on the Ethereum mainnet soon.  We will also start to operate Startbahn Cert., Startbahn’s service which connects to Startrail, to expand our business. 

At this stage, we have reconstructed the management team structure; we are excited to welcome three people with a wealth of knowledge and networks in the art industry: Yoshihisa Nakano, President of the Eastern Culture Foundation, as an Evangelist, Director, Yayoi Shionoiri, the former General Counsel and Head of Asia Strategy to Artsy, as an Outside director, and Miwa Taguchi, Co-chair of the Taguchi Art Collection, as a Senior Advisor. 

We would also like to announce that we are raising funds to further accelerate our business expansion as we begin the social implementation stage.

■ New Members

Yoshihisa Nakano
Evangelist, Director


Graduated from Chiba University of Commerce with a degree in Business and Economics, 1967. After working at Isetan Co., Ltd. (now Mitsukoshi Isetan Co., Ltd.), he joined Suzuya Co., Ltd. After serving as Representative Director and Senior Managing Director, he moved to Taiwan in 1997, where he was COO in the department store division of a major Taiwanese corporate group.Joined Warehouse Terrada Co., Ltd. in 2011. Appointed President and CEO in 2012. Resigned from the company in June, 2019. In August of the same year, with a vision of enriching Eastern culture by fostering a sense of trust that transcends regions and national borders, he established the Eastern Culture Foundation as Representative Director.

Yayoi Shionoiri
Outside Director

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Yayoi Shionoiri serves as Executive Director to the Estate of Chris Burden and the Studio of Nancy Rubins, where she is responsible for stewarding Burden's art-historical legacy and promoting Rubins' artistic practice. She also serves as U.S. Alliance Partner to City Lights Law, a Japanese law firm that represents creators, innovators, and artists. As a published specialist on art law, she is respected for her application of intellectual property law to art issues. In the past, Yayoi has served as General Counsel and Head of Asia Strategy to Artsy, Associate General Counsel of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Legal Advisor to Takashi Murakami. She has degrees from Harvard University, Cornell Law School and Columbia University.

Miwa Taguchi
Senior Advisor

Born in 1967. Graduated from the Department of Social Work, Graduate School of Sociology, Meiji Gakuin University. Around 2013, she succeeded to the management of her father's art collection, Taguchi Art Collection. Taguchi has visited numerous exhibitions, art festivals, and art fairs in Japan and abroad to enhance the collection. In 2019, she established the Arts Plus Institute of Contemporary Art, a general incorporated association, and has conducted seminars and other activities to bridge the information gap between Japan and the rest of the world regarding contemporary art.

■ Startbahn Board Members

Taihei Shii

Tomohiro Nakamura

Evangelist, Director (New)
Yoshihisa Nakano(Representative Director of Eastern Culture Foundation)

Administrative Dept. Manager, Executive Officer
Hyoue Noto

Business Development Dept. Manager, Executive Officer
Keisuke Ota

Outside Director
Tomotaka Goji (Managing Director and Managing Partner at UTEC)

Outside Director
Ryutaro Katayama (Former President of Christie's Japan)

Outside Director (New)
Yayoi Shionoiri (Exectuive Director to the Estate of Chris Burden and the Studio of Nancy Rubin)

Tasuku Mizuno (Attorney at City Lights Law Office in Tokyo)

Senior Advisor (New)
Miwa Taguchi(Co-director of Taguchi Art Collection)

Former director, Sawako Ohno, retired as of June 30, 2020.

■ About Startbahn

【Company name】Startbahn, Inc.
【CEO】 Taihei Shii
【Established】 March 26, 2014
【Address】 #255 South Clinical Research Building, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8485, JAPAN


【Our Business】
Startbahn is a company that aims to realize a richer society by providing the technology needed by artists and people involved in art all over the world. We are promoting the development of Startrail, a blockchain infrastructure for art distribution and evaluation. We are also developing Startbahn Cert., a service using Startrail, and working on joint projects with other companies.

▼ More on Startrail

▼ More on Startbahn Cert.

■ For Inquiry

Startbahn, Inc.
PR: Risa Mizuno


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