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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.

New businesses are progressing steadily, leading to further growth

For the consolidated business performance from January to September, net sales were up and we reached a record high in revenue due to steady growth in the Internet Infrastructure business. On the other hand, profit decreased due to the weak financial services in Q1 FY2017 and one-off costs that were incurred for the branding. Although the profit lags the forecasts of this term, we expect that the reduction in the tax burden in Q4 FY2017 will have a positive effect on the net profit.

We celebrated the first launch anniversary of our new gTLD ".shop." The number of .shop domain registrations have come to 330,000 in Q3 FY2017, and customer base is expanding steadily. We decided to launch a next-generation Internet bank in July 2018, collaborating with Aozora Bank Group in finance/payment services. We launched online securities trading services under the brand in Thailand in November 2017. In December 2017, three group companies at the core of GMO Internet Group's Mobile Entertainment segment were merged into GMO Internet. Our current objective is to have a system that focuses on the game development.

In 2018, GMO Internet will jump into the cryptocurrency mining business that supports mining infrastructure of cryptocurrency, and utilize GMO Internet Group's technological strengths to grow even further.

Masatoshi Kumagai
Group CEO
GMO Internet Group

Masatoshi Kumagai

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