X& KSK: The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
June 26, 2023

X& KSK: The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

We envision a future where the boundaries of the Japanese startup ecosystem expand beyond national confines to integrate seamlessly with the global venture community. Leveraging our significant expertise in supporting top-tier US and Japanese companies, we strive to bridge the geographical and cultural divide, fostering a fertile environment for cross-border collaborations and partnerships.


Keisuke Honda is a well-known figure in the world of professional soccer. Born on June 13, 1986, in Japan, Honda has had an illustrious career both on the national and international stages.

Honda began his professional career in 2004 with Nagoya Grampus, a club in the J1 League, Japan's top professional football division. After impressing at the local level, Honda made the move to Europe in 2008, signing with Dutch club VVV-Venlo.

His performance in the Netherlands caught the attention of AC Milan, one of Italy's most prestigious clubs, where he played from 2014 to 2017. Honda's skill on the field and his leadership off it made him a crucial figure during his time in Europe.

Internationally, Honda has been a significant player for the Japanese national team. He has represented Japan in multiple FIFA World Cup tournaments, often playing key roles in Japan's successes.

Off the field, Honda has been known for his entrepreneurship. He's been involved in various ventures, including owning his own football club in Austria called SV Horn. Honda's business interests extend beyond football as well, indicating a broad entrepreneurial spirit.


X& KSK operates as a venture capital fund specializing in investments targeted at Japanese startups exhibiting strong potential for global expansion. The Kishida administration's comprehensive 5-year strategic roadmap has significantly bolstered the prospects for startup investments, creating a favorable investment climate.

Nonetheless, the prevalent startup ecosystem is largely constrained within national parameters. We at X& KSK, capitalizing on our substantial experience in supporting foremost US and Japanese enterprises, aspire to serve as a connective conduit linking Japanese founders and the global venture landscape.

Our aim is to significantly enhance the Japanese startup ecosystem, effecting a transformative impact by amalgamating local ingenuity with global entrepreneurial spirit, thereby elevating Japanese startups to a global scale.


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