Toshio Masuda: Japan’s ‘Predictor King’

The enigmatic Toshio Masuda reveals the
secrets behind his predictions that have
made him famous in Japan, and explains
how his Samurai heritage has informed his
lifestyle and career.
As cliched as it sounds, in today’s world the only
thing that one can be certain of is inherent
uncertainty. For someone to establish themselves
as a professional ‘predictor’ of politics, economics
and current affairs, then, seems a risky
proposition. Countless pollsters, pundits and
journalists have had their credibility dashed in
recent years by events in Europe, North America
and elsewhere, which were supposedly
And yet this is exactly what Toshio Masuda has
done. Born in Tokyo in 1938, Toshio is a
descendant of the historic 47 Samurais of Japan,
a lineage which augments Toshio’s fundamentally
enigmatic nature. Indeed, while Toshio’s year of
birth is 1938, his physical age has been assessed
at a mere 59 years, as a result of biological
analysis from hospitals in Japan and the USA.
Understandably proud of his health—and his
mysterious ability to shave an astounding 22
years off his age—Toshio reveals the secrets of
his rude health: “I don’t follow the advice or
suggestions of doctors or health professionals.
Instead, I follow what my body wants: sometimes
I sleep in the day and run during the nights, and I
eat whenever I want!”
“I believe my body is different from other people.
Doctors or professionals give general advice, but
not specific advice which is tailored to my body.
Since I was a child I behaved differently from
others. Maybe this is why I do things my own
way! I believe my body is a gift from nature, or
even from god, which is superior to doctors or
specialists. So what my body says is what god
Toshio is fiercely independent, with an instinct
and an intuition that has evidently helped him
personally, but also professionally. Tracing this
sense of assurance through Toshio’s life, its roots
can be seen from the very beginning: Toshio’s
Samurai heritage has bestowed upon him a
higher purpose.
“I believe myself to be a Samurai” Toshio
confesses, “I didn’t know who I was when I was
born, but then my parents raised me as if were a
Samurai. So, of course, I thought of myself as
different to other people. I studied the story of
the 47 Samurais. I was so interested in what the
Samurais did, after great effort they would take
revenge, and finally they would accomplish their
dreams. And so I started to accomplish. I had
many experiences—sometimes fortunate ones,
sometimes unfortunate ones—and lots of
hardship, but you shouldn’t give up until you’ve
achieved your goals.”
Through his long and successful career, Toshio
has been bestowed with a number of
sensationalist titles, including the ‘Predictor King’
and the ‘Wealth Creator King’, yet Toshio more
modestly describes himself as a commentator,
writer and economist. Toshio’s career trajectory
lends itself to great credibility in the economic
realm. In 1963, Toshio graduated from Tokyo’s
Keio University and began his professional career
working for Tokyu Agency Ltd., one of the
Japan’s largest marketing firms. In 1989, Toshio
moved to Hawaii and became a licensed real
estate broker, creating records for property sales
in the state in 1999 and 2000.
Inevitably, conversation gravitates towards
Toshio’s predictions, for which he is best known,
and which have propelled him onto a national
and international stage. Indeed, Toshio’s
notorious predictions have been in such demand
that he became the record holder for the most
business lectures in Japan, each year from
1999-2004. These predictions span politics,
economics and everything in between. Toshio
predicted the 2008 financial crisis a year before it
happened, the December 2009 jump in the price
of gold, and the Eurozone crisis. However,
somewhat superseding these financial-based
predictions, is a prediction that Toshio made in
August 2001: the tragic, impending fate of New
York City’s World Trade Centre.
“I heard the news that the US embassies in
Tanzania and Kenya were bombed at the same
time, on the same day in August 1998. Because
of my curiosity, I went to Tanzania and Kenya, and
everywhere else. I sat by myself, and picked up
and analysed the soil. Within the soil I found a
quite sophisticated and very dangerous chemical,
which Al Qaeda couldn’t use. I took the sample
to a university in Japan, where they analysed the
chemical. I asked them who they thought could
handle this kind of sophisticated chemical. They
researched it and gave me two answers, neither
of which were related to Al Qaeda or terrorists.”
Conspiracy theories aside, some of Toshio’s
predictions are grounded in more empirical
sources. For example, the California wild fire of
November 2018: “I spoke with the Governor of
California, and he told me had a problem with a
power company who had gone bankrupt
suddenly. Also, unusually, California hadn’t had
any rain for three or four months. And so, if you
don’t have rain in California for three or four
months, it typically means wild fires are going to
As to how Toshio establishes his predictions,
there is no clear method. “The answer is my
imagination!” Toshio explains, laughing, “After
thorough checking and investigating through all
of the possible facts—and staying in the bathtub
or sauna for hours, and then going to bed—I
often see things in my dreams.”