[Corporate Announcement]LINE Appoints External Board Member

2015.10.21 Corporate

Tokyo, Japan – October 21, 2015 – LINE Corporation, owner and operator of the free call and messaging app LINE, today announced that Tadashi Kunihiro has been appointed as an external board member. The decision was approved at a special 

shareholders’ meeting and the board of directors’ meeting held on October 7, 2015. Kunihiro assumes his new role starting today.


1. New External Board Member (as of October 21, 2015)

External Board Member: Tadashi Kunihiro


2. Profile of the New External Board Member



 March 1980            

Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
 April 1986

Admitted to the bar in Japan

 April 1986

Joined Nasu & Iguchi Law Office (Left in August 1990)

 January 1992

Joined Toshiaki Hasegawa Law Office (Left in December 1994)

 January 1994

Established Kunihiro Law Office (Presently T. Kunihiro & CO., Attorneys-at-Law) 

 April 1999

Appointed as the vice chairman of the Legal Counseling Center operated by Daini Tokyo Bar Association (Until 2000)

 April 2004

Appointed as an advisor to the cabinet (Legal advisor for the Legal Compliance Office) (Current position)

 June 2006

Appointed as an external auditor of Sekisui Chemical Co., LTD. (Until June 2014)

 March 2007

Appointed as an advisor to the cabinet secretariat (Legal compliance advisor for the Cabinet Affairs Office) (Current position)

 June 2007

Appointed as an external board member of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (Current position)

 December 2009  

Appointed as an advisor for the Consumer Affairs Agency (Legal advisor for the Legal Compliance Research Office) (Current position)

June 2012

Appointed as an external auditor of Mitsubishi Corporation (Current position)



3. Board Structure After New Appointment (Board Members)

Representative Director and CEO       

Takeshi Idezawa

Board Member

Joongho Shin

Board Member

Jun Masuda

Board Member (Part-time)

Hae-jin Lee

Board Member (Part-time)

In-joon Hwang

Board Member (External)

Tadashi Kunihiro