Despite the tremendous success of he company, Mr Shin suffered significant financial losses due to a sharp decline in his business activity in Europe after 1999.

In an effort to enhance his personal brand, Mr Shin formed a holding company called IWC (www.iwwc.com) that became the world’s first global brand, with over 1,300 outlets around the world. IWC went on to become one of the top global brand names in the world. Despite the tremendous success of he company, Mr Shin suffered significant financial losses due to a sharp decline in his business activity in Europe after 1999. As a result, Mr Shin retired in 2001, after which he devoted most of his attention to charitable work. As a result, he devoted his remaining days to many charity work projects and charity foundations. His interests were also expanded for the rest of his life by the founding of the charity foundation “Anime no kaidan” that he set up. In 2002, Mr. Shin founded Anime Foundation (www.animenewsnetwork.net) in order to finance his other charitable activities. In September of 2015, he was declared an honorary doctor of arts at National University of Culture, Chiyoda Ward.

Shintaro Kataoka born: November 5th, 1947 (age 78)

Born in Gifu Prefecture - currently resides in Tokyo , Japan

Shintaro Kataoka is one of the most popular and prolific directors in anime history. After graduating from high school in 1974, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hiroshima University in 1975. While there, he was involved with the Japan Science and Technology Institute (JSTI). He graduated from the Institute in 1977 and went on to do a Masters of Arts degree from Kanazawa University in 1980. He then went on to do research in the field of psychology, and later his master of arts degree was taken at Tokyo University. Because of his intense education, most of his films were done with a monochrome camera and he was known to do lots of shots of little kids. He was known to often have his assistant, Minami Yamamura, pull the shutter by hand and thus capturing the scene. However he soon became fascinated with the concept of digital technology and decided to pursue his passion from this point on. During his graduation program, he first began working for Uji TV, broadcasting commercials and some of his first works were in this department. As time went on, Kataoka gained a reputation for being very funny and making people laugh. In 1982 he started his third year on the staff and was in charge of taking the anime movies from the original productions of the studio. He also wrote his first original storyboard, a story “Fantasy - Love.” This novel is known to have been very critical of the Studio Ghibli’s decisions (including the decision to cut Miyazaki’s first trilogy into two films). Later that year, he decided to go to New York to start working on films for the Warner Brothers film company. By this point he was known as a successful director, and was able to land his first directing contract in the United States with New Line. He received a nomination for an Oscar for his work on Barry Lyndon and won an Emmy and National Award for The Fisher King. In 1986, he was hired by Warner Brothers to work on Jackie Chan’s legendary Kung Fu movie The King of Knights, and was hired by the studio to work on The Princess and the Pea . He worked on three more films, The Prodigy and P.K. 12 , by the time he retired later that year. In 1997, he was hired by Saban to write up a script for an animated adaptation of an English author’s novel. He was selected by Geneon , the anime distributor, to work on Angel Beats! and the studio soon announced its plans to make a live action series about the group’s music career. He was hired to work on the project as a writer, having been recommended by the anime production staff and the Japanese animation industry in general. His script, however, didn’t quite go according to plan. The first draft for the film was rejected on three counts by the animation studio, and in September of the same year Saban announced that they had canceled the project altogether. He left the anime biz in early 1999, and he decided to concentrate on his humanitarian work. He also retired from the producer job in 2001, following the passing of an older friend in 2001. He worked on a number of charities and charity groups, including the “Japanese Children’s Foundation.” He has a large family, with his wife, Hideto, and six children.

Shintaro Kataoka born: November 6th, 1957 (age 78)

Born in Gifu Prefecture - currently resides in Tokyo , Japan

Hiroshi Takurotani born: March 20th, 1936 (age 77)

The second Kataoka to have made an appearance in Star Wars , he was the lead

The petition has not come anywhere close to being signed by enough valid Wii U owners for Nintendo to actually alter their stance on online play of eShop games. A couple of guys will remember where he made this beautiful team go, he did it and in his prime he was unstoppable.
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