Katz currently works as the Chief Communications Officer at concrete5 Japan, Inc. to spead the word of concrete5 CMS, a free open source web publishing application.
As Japan's best English social media aggregator, Katz funded JapanExp and YokosoNews to provide travel, culture and lifestyle information of Japan.
Katz was born and raised in Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to become a filmmaker. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, he has worked on dozens of independent film projects as well as national TV programs as a producer; in post-production, and sound designer.
Then, he started working for several publishing companies. He was self-taught as a web designer. In 2006, he started working for Entertainment Today, an entertainment weekly since 1967, then he became the editor-in-chief in 2007.
In 2009, he joined an open source software project, concrete5, to start translating and marketing in Japanese.
In 2010, after years of preparation, he launched a social media web project, JapanExp, to explore, express and export Japan. As one of its projects, he launched YokosoNews to introduce travel, lifestyle and cultural information of Japan to, and welcome people to visit from overseas.
In 2011, during the aftermath of March 11 East Japan Earthquake, he immediately started the emergency live stream via Ustream which caught the attention of one million viewers within a month. Those viewers include: ABC; Washington Post; Al Jazeera; German Public Radio; Russia Today and other media outlets.
He's always wanted to help many people and has been looking for new ventures as the fast paced web and media world evolves.
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