GSJ Experts are highly-specialized professionals with experiences and achievements.
Founder / Chairman & Certified Expert (Global Market Development): Hiroyuki Fukano
NPB Trading Co., Ltd.
Hiroyuki is a certified GSJ expert who provides consultation mainly in the field of new overseas business development and corporate matching. With experience of new business developments in 47 countries so far and his ample network, he helps companies wishing to start international business, or those whose existing global business is not producing results. Since March 2020, when COVID-19 started to spread, he has hosted 4 online business networking events with foreign companies in just 6 months. Total of 121 companies participated, which resulted in many corporate business matching. Hiroyuki also provides negotiation support with foreign companies.
Director & Certified Expert (Industrial Product Planning): Hiromichi Ono
Hiromichi is a certified GSJ expert who provides consultation to owners of industrial manufacturers (especially second- and third-generation owners) in order to solve their problems. Making use of techniques he’s acquired, Hiromichi provides support from the planning stage of new product development, while also working on relationship improvement inside and outside the company, outgrowing the subcontracting position and overseas expansion. He wishes to create products that can energize companies while solving problems of the world. He not only takes part in product development at small- and mid-sized companies but also at major corporations through coordination, as well as development of large-scale systems.
Director & Certified Expert (Global Business Planning & Commercialization): Dr. Eng. Masaya Sugita
Mutual Solutions and Consulting Partners Inc.
Masaya is a certified GSJ expert who provides support for domestic and global business conception and planning through commercialization. He especially loves supporting businesses that contribute to solving social issues in developing countries, providing support from conception to business planning, fundraising, personnel training, market research, verification projects and through commercialization project management. Masaya also produced results by supporting global development of companies affiliated with infrastructure and public services, while taking a part in official development assistance projects by the Japanese government, as well as JICA’s SDGs business support projects with small- and mid-sized companies.
Certified Expert (Corporate Coach): Hiroshi Matsumoto
Hiroshi is a professional coach who improves organizational performance based on the mechanism of a mind (brain and heart) unraveled by psychology, brain science, and cognitive science, which evolved together with AI development. He has consulted and coached business people in various industries, mainly at major corporations, in multiple projects to help them accomplish their goals using sophisticated, cutting-edge scientific theories that were introduced to 33 million people around the world from U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, national government agencies, educational institutions, Olympic athletes and upper half of Fortune 500 companies. Hiroshi has successfully improved performance of organizations, as well as over 2,000 individuals including company owners and managers, athletes, educators and physicians.
Certified Expert (Negotiation & Presentation): Aika Florence Yasui, MSIT
Heart Meets World
Aika left Japan at the age of 15 and spent a total of 20 years in Switzerland, France and the United States. She studied French and German in college and attended school in France as an American exchange student. Although she was invited to join FBI at a college job fair, she was rather shocked when she was told speaking 4 languages was insignificant … and decided to attend graduate school. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree, Aika studied Instructional Technology. There she learned how to make corporate presentations before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree. She tested herself by taking the SA-level United Nations Association’s Test of English in 2008, which resulted in her receiving the Foreign Minister’s Award for her level of English. She has various experiences such as acquiring a Green Card, getting a job and becoming an entrepreneur in the United States. Aika has experiences in working with various styles of communication in English from casual conversations to business negotiations and presentations.
Certified Expert (IT Project Consultant): Haruhiro Takeyama
Takeyani Co., Ltd.
Japan Creation Mechanism Association
Haruhiro has been a System Engineer for 17 years, mainly working with Java. He has successfully resolved troubles for major research institutes, major advertising agencies, and three largest banks and securities companies. Together with a development company of latest IT technologies such as AI, he also founded a general incorporated association to promote various business solutions even outside of IT fields. Current downturn of Japanese market has led him to work on further cooperation with overseas buyers while providing support for exporters of excellent Japanese products.
Certified Expert (International Trade Consulting & Strategy): Kayoko Okubo
Kayoko is a trading strategies consultant, who can coordinate direct transactions between Japanese importers who found overseas items they want to obtain and the dealers of such items. She has engaged in all aspects of global business through 20 years of experience at small- and mid-sized specialized trading companies and car importers, from contacting over 30 foreign companies in 15 countries, negotiation and strategizing, entering sales and exclusive distributorship agreements, actual trading business to international logistics. In order to connect Japan with the world, OKB Coordinate provides services to support small- and mid-sized companies, who tend to shy away from proactively engaging in global business due to language barrier, lack of understanding in business customs and cultural differences, as well as lack of trading experiences and knowledge, for them to realize direct transactions with overseas companies safely and securely, without relying on trading companies.
Certified Expert (IP Consultant): Takumi Kikegawa, LL.M.
Representative Patent Attorney
Teclaw Patent & Law Office
Takumi is a certified GSJ expert who provides expertise in intellectual property strategy planning that suits business development, as well as protection of various intellectual property rights. He makes full use of intellectual property rights system that involves not only patents but also designs and trademarks, in order to suggest the most suitable means to protect and develop the business. With a number of affiliated advisors in the field of intellectual property strategy, as well as his experience in infringement lawsuits concerning various intellectual property rights, Takumi has worked on rights protection not only in Japan but also in most countries around the world.
Certified Expert (Legal Consultant): Yuki Nakamura
Nakamura Law Offices
Attorney at Law (Japan and New York state) Yuki is an international lawyer with qualifications in Japan, New York state and Singapore (at Singapore International Commercial Court). After working at Yabuki Law Offices, which specialize in international compliance cases, and a major American law office Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s San Francisco office, he set up his own legal practice Nakamura Law Offices. At his own practice, Yuki has supported many Japanese companies expand overseas with over 10 years of knowledge and experience as an attorney. His accomplishments include transactions such as global market expansion for manufacturing businesses, opening shops at overseas event opening for restaurant businesses, international trade contracts for cross-border M&A, legal due diligence and establishing overseas branches, as well as representation at international dispute cases such as collection of claim debt from a foreign debtor, negotiation in regard to termination of a joint venture and questioning witnesses at the American Embassy.
Certified Expert (Company Incorporation): Sachiko Inoue
Representative Shiho-shoshi Lawyer
Shihoshoshi Law Office Kobe Legal Partners
Located in Kobe, Sachiko represents an office of shiho-shoshi (judicial scrivener) and gyosei-shoshi (administrative scrivener) lawyers who are capable of correspondence in English and/or Chinese. Her office provides a one-stop service that includes registration procedures for foreign companies wishing to expand their market into Japan, application for issuance of a residence card to permit/license applications. Having ties with government offices such as departments that are in charge of enterprise invitation in Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City, she is the registered shiho-shoshi lawyer at JETRO (in Kobe and in Osaka), an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to advise foreign companies on their first step in starting business in Japan. Sachiko also loves to handle cases that many shisho-shoshi lawyers typically avoid, such as those that require international communication, including international inheritance cases and real estate registration that involve foreign nationals.
Certified Expert (International Trade Support (agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock industries / food and beverages)): Masahiro Naka
KM International Trading & Consulting
Masahiro traveled to Australia at the age of 25 to learn English on his own. After launching global logistics businesses and hotels for long-term visitors in Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia, he returned to Japan to start his own business. With his 12-year experience abroad and access to a global network he’s built, Masahiro has been supporting small- to mid-sized Japanese companies exporting to Southeast Asia as a food-exporting industry expert at public organizations such as JETRO and Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation. He supports over 50 companies yearly, leading them to successfully reach contracts to export food to Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia. Masahiro is strong in providing comprehensive support throughout the exporting process. His support includes designing a roadmap and necessary followup after participating in the negotiation all the way through contracting, as well as checking on regulations on the importing side, FDA registration, various exporting procedures and marketing and promotion planning after the export.
Certified Expert (Environmental Business-related Legal Affairs): Mari Shibata
Shibata Total Law Offices
Specialized in environmental issues, especially those related to industrial waste, Mari is one of Japan’s leading attorneys handling administrative (including administrative litigations and requests for administrative appeal), civil, criminal and M&A cases that are related to environmental issues and waste problems nationwide. She is possibly the only attorney in Japan who accompanies her client companies during negotiation with administrations, in order to discover legal issues and solve those problems together. She also supports her clients with legislative preparations necessary in establishing new businesses in the environmental field and even obtains permissions from final disposal sites and intermediate treatment facilities for industrial waste. Her clientele includes a variety of enterprises from small- to mid-sized companies to listed corporations. She believes in preventive law. Mari also serves as a member of municipality’s Resource Recycling Promotion Committee and manages environmental law seminars by Sophia Law School. She has delivered numerous lectures, and written many books and papers.
Certified Expert (Legal Affairs for Startup Companies & International Transactions): Koh Matsuzawa
Komazawa Legal Chambers
Member of Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association
Born in the state of Washington, Koh soon moved to Japan and grew up in Saitama. He provides legal support in international business expansion of Japanese corporations utilizing his abundant network of lawyers worldwide. When he first started working at a major law office in Saitama Prefecture, he concentrated on all forms of court work including civil, criminal, and domestic trials for individuals and corporations. Koh strongly felt the importance of preventing troubles while working there. Since his transfer to the current office in Tokyo, he has been supporting his clients through legal consultation, drawing up contracts and business alliances, as he focuses on balancing trouble prevention and rapid business development. He actively supports new startup enterprises and businesses – up to 100 new businesses and startup companies yearly. He also gives lectures on intellectual property rights at technical schools in Tokyo.
Certified Partner (Manufacturing Business): Manabu Mitsuya
Fuji Metal Craft Inc.
Manabu is a founder and president in the metal-processing industry. He participates in a spacecraft development project in which major corporations collaborate, as his experience of creating 3 million items and technology acquired in field experience during 30 years he devoted to metal can and sheet metal processing were highly evaluated. Having many major corporations in Aichi Prefecture that run a 24-hour operation as clients, Manabu has been meeting highly-urgent demands of such clients for whom a few-hour stop of production would cause a major damage, and he has also established a unique “express” correspondence method others can’t imitate. His clients now call him the “Paramedic of Craftsman.” Furthermore, goods he delivers are known for their beautility – beautiful appearance backed by functionality and convenience, which shows how Manabu understands the feelings of users.
Certified Partner (Creative/Promotional Translation): Hiroshi Kato
Techno Pro Japan, Inc.
Hiroshi manages a translation company, which has been continuously receiving orders for translation work from both national and foreign-owned companies, including major IT corporations, for over 20 years. As his company provides translation with the highest-level quality in the industry, its adoption of freelance translators is kept minimal at 2-3%. Thus the number of affiliated translators is kept relatively small at around 80, with only the most-talented freelancers taking parts. Introducing the abilities of professional translators to Japanese people and companies who wish to expand their businesses abroad shall boost the probability of those business people to convey their true messages more attractively in the country and market they wish to expand. Hiroshi also aims to suggest the BEST form of words by having translators work together with GSJ experts, instead of simply delivering translations.
Certified Partner (Food Trading & Food Consultant): Shingo Yamamoto
Being in pursuit of “food and health” for 30 years, Shingo widely introduces business opportunities pertaining to Japanese food culture and traditions domestically and internationally. He worked with clients all over Japan as well as in Asian countries (Mongolia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Thailand). When suggesting products (food items), Shingo always visits the producers. It is his belief to listen to their story, understand and become one with their values. He also likes to actually feel the surrounding environment – the air, water and soil of the land – to get a hint for true added values of the products. With “food and health” as his theme, Shingo hopes to solve problems related to food situation, food production and health problems in Glocal Solutions Japan and contribute to the society by achieving SDGs.
GSJ Concierge : Eiko Nakamura
EIKO SHOW WORKS
Acting as a “concierge” to business owners who hope to make their companies last over 100 years, Eiko interviews owners and successors of small- to mid-sized companies so as to suggest appropriate solutions to problems and support their business operations. Specifically, she provides domestic and global sales support, makes human resource proposals, creates sales tools such as movies, designs graphics and creates documents and logos. Eiko has previously taken part in operations such as overseas sales, trading and international logistics for over 10 years at a precision equipment manufacturer. While handling international transactions mainly with China, USA, France and Italy, she also developed new markets, doubling the sales from the previous year within one year into the development. She is strong in existing product rollout in certain markets, which are different from existing markets and uses within Japan. Eiko later worked at a manufacturer of automotive design models (mock-ups) on projects to produce concept cars for auto manufacturers. There she promoted and managed the process comprehensively by making production proposals to clients (major auto manufacturers), managing outsourcing of parts processing through delivery. She then worked with a startup IT system development company in expansion of engineers network. Eiko has various experiences in such a wide variety of industries.