Satoru Sakuma is Senior Executive Vice President, General Manager of Vent Foret Kofu which is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club in Yamanashi Prefecture. The team currently competes in the J2 League. The word “Vent Foret” is a compound formed from two French root words: “Vent” (Wind) and “Foret” (Forest).
Satoru started his career at NTT which is the largest telecommunications company in Japan as well as the fifth largest publicly traded company in Japan after Toyota, Mitsubishi Corporation, Honda and Japan Post Holdings, as of September 2019. Satoru was regarded as the lead engine of establishing a professional football club called Omiya Ardija, currently in J2 League, out of NTT’s corporate football club in 1999.
Since Satoru joined Vent Foret Kofu in 2008, he has been deeply engaged not only in improving the team performance, but also in driving the club team to make local community better with Japanese symbol of sustainability, Mt. Fuji, behind the back. After joining the launching session of Sports for Climate Action Framework in COP 24, Satoru has been taking several concrete actions to challenge on the theme of how J League can make society better in line with Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).