About TOY8


Our team of passionate experts help you enhance your child's development. Research and Analysis team is led by MIT research director. Consulting services created with clinical developmental psychologist, creative director, and play therapist.

Masaki Ishibashi 
Founder and CEO
After graduating from university, Masaki worked as a researcher on education in Southeast Asia for an affiliated organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He founded TOY EIGHT hoping to solve some of the educational challenges in Southeast Asia.
He is a business advisor for The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI). Masaki successfully exports, develops, modifies and fine tunes various Japanese business including but not limited to fashion, F&B, Beauty and education business in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong in China, Singapore and Malaysia. 

Dr. Mahender Singh

Founder and CTO
Dr. Singh was the founding Rector/CEO of the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI). MISI is a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Government of Malaysia. 
He is passionate about Data, Information and Sensor technology

Shun Matsuzaka
Founder and CCO
Shun is the founder of McCANN MILLENNAILS, a team of 100 like-minded innovators in APAC. Shun also led several projects like inventing the world's first AI creative director and a “brain-wave meditation” AI robot to push the boundaries of human creativity. He has led product development projects with Panasonic, Honda, Fuji Xerox, Isetan and IBM. Besides being a regular speaker at international conferences.

Tobey Low
Therapeutic Play Skill Practitioner
Tobey has 10 years of teaching experience with both typical and children with special needs. She is qualified in Early Childhood Education, Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology and Therapeutic Play Skills.  Tobey focuses on the emotional needs and mental health of children through play.  Passionate in guiding and coaching adults working with children and parents in terms of education and behavioural management.

Minatsu Ariga
Associate Professor, Tohoku University of Art and Design
Minatsu received her Master of Arts from Pittsburg State University, Kansas and completed  Art Therapy and Healing Art studies in Education at Lesley University, Boston. Participated in Project Zero focusing on Multiple intelligences at  Harvard Graduate School of Education (2009-2014). Author of "Finding Your Strengths: Opening Up the Future with Eight Intelligences" a book introducing multiple intelligences theory as well "A Class Popular Among Female University Students where You can Discover Your Amazing ‘True Self’" and "Art Therapy Notebook to Create Your Own Unique Charm."

Durian Sensei
Clinical Development Psychologist
Involved in children's education for over 30 years at public junior high schools and special needs schools. Studied psychology and completed training at the National Institute for Special Needs Education. Qualified Clinical Developmental Psychologist, Tanaka-Binet Test Certification, and many others. When he was stationed in Malaysia, he gave lectures on and music therapy and established a music concert performing group at the request of the Parents' Association for Autistic Children (PR4A). Also a professional musician, he has worked with professional orchestras in Japan as well as performing as an extra with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at overseas Japanese Embassies, taught brass bands, and given concerts at special needs schools.



Sunway iLab x JETRO

Toy8 has been selected for the DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME, run by Sunway iLab and JETRO. Sunway iLab is a unique, non-profit, smart partnership between a large conglomerate, a Venture Capital unit, and a University (Sunway Group, Sunway Ventures/ SunSea Capital and Sunway University). JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

Shogakukan Accelerator

Toy8 has been selected to participate in the Shogakukan Accelerator, a program run by the Shogakukan Group - Japan's leading publishing company - to co-create innovative services for children around the world. The Shogakukan Group is involved in a wide range of businesses from entertainment to education, which includes publishing of books and magazines, licensing of over 500 titles, movies, characters, events, digital content, education, childcare and government contracts.



Company Info

Toy Eight Holdings Co., Ltd.

Subsidiary company

CEO: Masaki Ishibashi

Malaysia: E-02-01, BLOCK E PLAZA MONT KIARA, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara WP 50480, Kuala Lumpur
03 2181 7238 

Japan: 1-14-2 Minamioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0013