Ayako is Kraken’s Managing Director of Japan. She joined Kraken and the cryptocurrency sector in early 2013 in San Francisco and has educated regulators and elected officials in Japan, especially after MtGox collapsed. She secured the agreement between the MtGox bankruptcy trustee and Kraken, leading the projects for the investigation and other proceedings. She is a founding member of the self-regulatory body, Japan Authority of Digital Assets (JADA) and spearheads JADA’s foreign relations. With the current growth in the FinTech sector in Japan, she is discussing potential Blockchain projects with Japanese banks and technology companies. She travels between San Francisco and Tokyo, connecting Japan and the world.