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Masatoshi Kumagai Group CEO and Representative Director,GMO Internet, Inc.

"Internet for Everyone" is the corporate slogan we entered the industry with in 1995. Today, after having been listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, it continues to be our guiding sentiment. The growth of the Internet has added a new dimension to the economy, to business and to people's lifestyles. This has been a dramatic change that has in turn made the Internet more important than ever. It is no exaggeration to say that whether you are an individual or a corporation, how you use the Internet is critical in determining whether you succeed or fail.

It is our mission to continue cultivating the Internet. Through unique services and technology we develop the Internet solutions people want and provide the infrastructure essential to support an Internet that benefits society as a whole.

Internet Infrastructure reached a record high in revenue. Net sales were up and profit was down year-on-year due to one-off costs.

In the second quarter, Internet Infrastructure business drove net sales to record high. However, in the Internet Finance segment, the volume of FX transactions dropped, profitability declined, and one-off costs were incurred for the branding in other segments, so profit was less than that of last year.

In addition to strong trends in Internet Infrastructure, we are also starting to see recovery in Internet Finance compared to the previous quarter, so we will catch up on the forecasts of this term in the second half of the year. For the new gTLD ".shop" launched in September 2016, the number of registrations are growing steadily, and domain renewals will begin at the end of September 2017. For Internet Finance, GMO Coin's cryptocurrency business has made a good start and garnered much attention. This year, we will continue preparing for the launch of operations of the next-generation Internet banking with Aozora Bank Group.

We acquired an Internet securities license in Thailand in July 2017, and are preparing for the launch of the business this fall.

We will use GMO Internet Group's technological capability and expertise, cultivated through Internet Finance segment, to drive the new value creation through the integration of financial services. Please be expectant about our future business.

Masatoshi Kumagai
Group CEO
GMO Internet Group

Masatoshi Kumagai

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