Hiroshi Oto Hiroshi Oto - Outstanding Alumni

Hiroshi Oto is the president and chief operating officer of Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. (FCI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (FMH), Japanís largest media conglomerate. Other FMH subsidiaries include Fuji Television, Japanís top-rated TV network; Nippon Hoso, one of Japanís most popular radio networks; Pony Canyon, a major video and music company; and Dinos, a lifestyle marketing pioneer. FCI represents FMH companies in North America, Europe, and Africa.

In 1966, Mr. Otoís keen interest in journalism and American culture brought him to Missouri Valley College where he studied economics. At the time, few Japanese studied abroad. He received a bachelorís of science in economics in 1967. He then attended to the University of Missouri where he studied journalism. Mr. Oto returned to Seijyo University in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Arts.

In 1966, Mr. Otoís keen interest in journalism and American culture brought him to Missouri Valley College where he studied economics. At the time, few Japanese studied abroad. He received a bachelorís of science in economics in 1967. He then attended to the University of Missouri where he studied journalism. Mr. Oto returned to Seijyo University in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Arts.

From 1985 until 1990, Mr. Oto served as Fuji TVís New York bureau chief and lead correspondent. Mr. Oto returned to Tokyo in 1990 where he spearheaded Fujiís coverage of the first Gulf War.

In 1994, Mr. Oto was promoted to the head of Fuji Televisionís News Department. Directing a staff of 200, he increased the news audience and revenues. In 1997, Mr. Oto was elected to Fuji TVís board of directors, becoming the networkís youngest officer ever. Three years later, Mr. Oto was elected an executive managing director. He traveled extensively, arranging one-on-one interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Mr. Oto built strategic partnerships with Chinaís CTTV, Koreaís MBC, and other Asian television companies.

Mr. Oto lives in New York with his wife Masako. They have a son, Kouhei, and a daughter, Shoko. Their children live in Tokyo.