was born in Osaka in 1936 and graduated in educational psychology from the University of Tokyo. While a student, he worked part-time on graduate recruitment advertising for The University of Tokyo Newspaper
. After graduation, he continued this line of work for other university newspapers and, in 1960, established Daigaku Kokoku Co. Ltd., the predecessor of today’s Recruit Co., Ltd. As Japan’s economy expanded, Recruit became a major corporation, its ad publications covering employment, housing, travel, automobiles, and books. The Recruit scandal broke in June 1988, and Ezoe, then chairman, resigned the following July.
Today, Ezoe is chairman of the Ezoe Scholarship Society Foundation and director for La Voce Incorporated, which promotes opera and classical music performances. The Ezoe Scholarship Society Foundation awards grants to talented and motivated students in a variety of disciplines in the arts. In 2010, Ezoe published Where Is the Justice: Media Attacks, Prosecutorial Abuse, and My 13 Years in Japanese Court
from Kodansha International to tell his experience of the scandal that shook the country and eventually marked the end of the bubble economy era.