Team Information

DEMOS HQ: Tokyo, Japan

DEMOS is an ICON P-Rep managed by Deblock (Japan) in collaboration with B Cryptos, one of the first crypto funds to launch in Japan. Deblock (Japan) and B Cryptos have long been committed to expanding the ICON ecosystem in Japan by cooperating with the ICON Foundation and domestic and international entities within Japan.


1. Proposal introduction (What)

We will add genuine value to the ICON project by:

  • Contributing to the safe and secure operation of the ICON network and actively participating in the on-chain governance as a representative of the entire ICON network as well as Japan’s ICONist community.
  • Sourcing various business opportunities to the ICON Foundation, expanding and accelerating the adoption of ICON’s blockchain technology in Japan in cooperation with Japan’s leading entities.

2. Motivation of the proposal (Why)

We believe that the ICON project has the potential to connect the world and ensure mass market adoption of blockchain technology. As a strategic partner of the ICON Foundation, we will do our best to help accomplish our shared objectives.

3. Execution plan of the proposal (How)

  • Maintaining the safety of the ICON network and enhancing its governance: We will maintain the safety and security of the ICON network by producing and verifying blocks, as well as continuously monitoring the network. Also, we will actively participate in on-chain governance on behalf of the community. We will also occasionally post discussion materials on our social media channels for topics requiring critical governance decisions.
  • Sourcing various opportunities to the ICON Foundation: We will continue to source business development, investments, and ICX listing opportunities through our network of Japan’s leading domestic and international corporations, investment funds, cryptocurrency exchanges, and professional service providers.
  • Helping Japanese companies build new business opportunities using ICON’s blockchain technology: We will continue to run the ICX Station – Tokyo Launchpad, an ICON-exclusive accelerator program dedicated to promoting the ICON project, and help Japanese companies build businesses using ICON’s blockchain technology. Real use cases increase value of the ICON network.

4. Expected timeline of the proposal (When)

We will continue our effort throughout the year.

Expected Network Information

Tokyo, Japan AWS EC2


Team Members

John Minkoo Kim, Representative Director at Deblock (Japan) Team Member

John Minkoo Kim has served as the Japan Country Manager of the ICON project and ICONLOOP for a year before establishing Deblock (Japan). He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Mizuho Securities, before leaving in 2016 to pursue a career in start-ups. Prior to joining the ICON project and ICONLOOP, he worked for ATEAM Ventures as a Business Development Manager. He holds a BS in Commerce from Waseda University.

Ken Kitahara, Vice President at B Cryptos Team Member

Ken Kitahara joined B Cryptos at its inception as the first hire. He now oversees illiquid investment opportunities globally after receiving external backing for B Cryptos' first closed-end fund in 2018. Previously, he worked with CEO Hiro Motoyoshi in Technology Investment Banking at Mizuho Securities, and was part of client coverage / deal execution efforts mainly for Softbank Group and Recruit Holdings for an aggregate deal volume of $20 billion USD. He holds a bachelor's degree in Law from Keio University, where he was an All-KCFF defensive selection playing football.