Yuzu Minase /水瀬ゆず
I am the founder of a support program for school refusal that utilizes the world's first VR metaverse. I have launched a media platform called "Metacal Frontier" that showcases the "now" and "possibilities" of social metaverses. I was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum's U33 Global Shapers. Keihanna Expo（related to Osaka/KansaiExpo）Preparation Committee member.I am associated with the General Incorporated Association Metaverse Japan's Local Government Working Group Secretariat. Additionally, I serve as a Metaverse Advisor at Waseda Osaka Gakuen School Corporation's Kosho-dai High School, the representative director of the General Incorporated Association Plepla, and the representative director of Yuzu Plus Co., Ltd. (real name: Kenichi Okamura)
Born in Hiroshima in 1999. During his teenage at Hiroshima Johoku Junior and Senior High School, he served as the captain of the Shaolin Kempo Club and won the prefectural and regional tournaments as part of the team. He also advanced to the semifinals of the All-Japan High School Comprehensive Athletic Meet Shaolin Kempo competition (Interhigh). After entering Ritsumeikan University's College of Life Sciences, he strongly identified with the ideals of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and was selected as the vice-executive committee chairman for the "Sustainable Week" participatory SDGs campus festival and as the student representative for the Ritsumeikan University Innovation Architect Development Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He has won awards such as "The Asahi Shimbun SDGs ACTION! AWARDS Grand Prix" and the Asian Conference on Campus Sustainability Excellent Incentive Award, and has advanced to the finals of the Microsoft ImagineCup. He also won the Matsushita Political Economy Study Program 2019 Best Award.
After learning about metaverse through his research, he spent a total of 3,000 hours in metaverse spaces and founded the "Metaverse Share House" project with friends he met in the metaverse. They relocated to Kyoto and lived in the share house together. Recognizing the lack of awareness of the appeal of metaverse community culture, he launched the media platform "MetaCal Frontier" to share the "now" and "potential" of social metaverse. He also launched the world's first VR metaverse non-attendance support program for students with friends he met in the metaverse, in collaboration with Hiroshima City and Ritsumeikan University.