According to Tokyo Sports (translation by @EvanDeadlySinsW), New Japan Pro Wrestling has hired a new President, Harold Meij. At 54 years old, Meij (Dutch) will be the first NJPW President who is not Japanese, replacing Katsuhiko Harada.
Previously, he held the role of CEO for TOMY, a Japanese toy company, and has lived in Japan for over 30 years. Meij began with TOMY in 2014 and took the company from its biggest loss year to the most profitable ever in 2017.
Bushiroad President (parent owner of NJPW) Takaaki Kidani decided to bring him into the wrestling fold and Meij is scheduled to begin his duties next month.
NJPW has a new President, and for the first time ever, he's not Japanese.— Evan (@EvanDeadlySinsW) May 13, 2018
Harold Meij (54, Dutch) has lived in Japan for 30+ yrs, is English and Japanese fluent, and a fan of pro-wrestling. He left his role as CEO of Japanese toy company TOMY last year. https://t.co/sCPMXM6zj8
Meij joined TOMY in 2014, took the company from their biggest loss year in 2014 to their most profitable year ever in 2017. After leaving TOMY, he was tapped by Bushiroad President Takaaki Kidani for an executive role in NJPW. He is expected to begin as President next month. pic.twitter.com/GLDxLFTbhB— Evan (@EvanDeadlySinsW) May 13, 2018