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Shout out to our contributors!

 

Josh Smith, Ph.D.

Owner, and Podcaster
at Small Business Japan​

Josh Smith, Ph.D., owns and hosts the Small Business Japan website and podcast. They are entrepreneurs and restaurateurs with a vast amount of experience in the US and Japan.

The Small Business Japan podcast and membership community is a collision of our passion for Japan and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have created a learning center for entrepreneurs, creatives, small business owners, and side hustlers who want to start or grow their Japan-related business.
 

 

Rieko Uesaki

Founder at Isshoni and Mental Health Therapist at Mindox

Rieko started Mindox in the hope of healing and encourage kindness for those who seek support. Her method is to provide a safe space for you to explore your inner-self/knowing (conscience, compassion, humanity) and challenge your outer-self (Ego, conditioning). By also understanding your past, she will examine how certain life happenings affect your current life state. Throughout the sessions, the existential and philosophical counseling approach will be applied to find a clear and compassionate pathway (middle way) that would work best for you.

In addition, she founded ISSHONI. A company that supports eCommerce retailers' success by analyzing, identifying, strategizing, and implementing necessary tools and system integrations. We work exclusively with the Shopify platform and support enterprise-sized brands. ISSHONI also supports female and minority eCommerce starters and entrepreneurs with subsidized pricing.

 

Josh Smith, Ph.D.

Owner, and Podcaster
at Small Business Japan​

Josh Smith, Ph.D., owns and hosts the Small Business Japan website and podcast. They are entrepreneurs and restaurateurs with a vast amount of experience in the US and Japan.

The Small Business Japan podcast and membership community is a collision of our passion for Japan and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have created a learning center for entrepreneurs, creatives, small business owners, and side hustlers who want to start or grow their Japan-related business.
 

 

Nanako Aramaki

Head of Marketing at SOFTBANK TELECOM EUROPE LTD

Nanako is a London-based, Japanese-Canadian marketing and business development professional. Her interpersonal and communication skills have helped her build relationships with stakeholders in her current role and previous employment. 

 

She currently works with a team of bilingual PPC experts for SoftBank Telecom Europe, an official overseas representative of Yahoo! JAPAN. They offer complimentary support to companies based outside Japan to develop effective digital marketing strategies for Japanese audiences. They are also looking for partnerships with agencies that have clients advertising in the Japanese market. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact her to explore opportunities in the world's third-largest economy.

 

Josh Smith, Ph.D.

Owner, and Podcaster
at Small Business Japan​

Josh Smith, Ph.D., owns and hosts the Small Business Japan website and podcast. They are entrepreneurs and restaurateurs with a vast amount of experience in the US and Japan.

The Small Business Japan podcast and membership community is a collision of our passion for Japan and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have created a learning center for entrepreneurs, creatives, small business owners, and side hustlers who want to start or grow their Japan-related business.
 

 

Kristy Ishii

Kristy Ishii Website Designer & Content Editor, Career Empowerment Coach and JACL Japan President

Hailing from California, with deep American roots (5th Gen Nikkei) and a strong command of the Japanese language, she found success in supporting clients like WeWork, OYO, Netflix, iProspect, Carat Japan, and more, in their recruitment needs in Tokyo. She meets new people daily (now via Zoom) and introduces the next generation of ambitious leaders to organizations and companies willing to invest in the future change-makers of the world. Collaborating with innovators who are driving change via D&IB initiatives, intercultural communications, and community-based events has evolved into a unique synergy that is currently propelling her through a new path in entrepreneurship. Join her journey here, kristymariko.com.

As a freelance web designer & content editor, she blends her storytelling skills with the digital realm, amplifies services offered by independent consultants, and helps convey stories of people developing their unique personal brands. At the helm of JACL Japan, a US-based NPO with a branch in Tokyo, she continues to foster growing communities that are inclusive of all people residing in Japan, including Japanese returnees, TCKs, Nikkei diaspora, multiethnic youth, and more, by hosting 10-15 unique identity & career-related events per year.

 

Helen Iwata

Speaker, Writer, and Women's Success Coach at Sasuga! Communications 

I'm a UK-born business communication and women's success coach with a three-decade career in Japan. During my ten years with McKinsey & Company, I trained consultants and their clients in communication and leadership skills. In 2013, I decided to leave McKinsey. The next day, I founded my own business – now Sasuga Communications K. K. Today, I'm considered the go-to expert for multiple multinationals to design and deliver their training programs.
 

I teach presentation skills in the Tokyo University Executive Management Program and won a Waseda Business School award for my Strategic Thinking and Communication course.
I'm the creator of the popular programs Speak Like An Expert Online and Sasuga! VIP Women's Coaching.

 

I'm the author of Eigo no Shigoto-Jutsu (英語の仕事術), published by Shogakukan, and a Nikkei Woman Smart columnist.
In addition to giving presentations and workshops worldwide, I've been a guest speaker at numerous events in Japan, including TEDx Roppongi in 2016, Nikkei's Woman Expo, Google's Women will, and FEW (For Empowering Women) Tokyo.
And I'm the host of the Sasuga! Podcast.

 

John Cunningham

Trainer & Education Solution Design Expert​ at The Effective Communicator

John is an executive coach and corporate trainer with over 20 years of experience helping people from all walks of life become effective communicators and more productive in their endeavors. He has worked with international consultants, Fortune 500 companies in the technology, investment banking, consumer electronics, and automobile industries. Moreover, John has also served small business owners and individuals aiding their achievement of both personal and professional goals. He has been a successful content creator in a broad range of communication mediums. His motto is, "Win the day!" And he helps his clients to make incremental improvements that lead to big payoffs.

 

Josh Smith, Ph.D.

Owner, and Podcaster
at Small Business Japan​

Josh Smith, Ph.D., owns and hosts the Small Business Japan website and podcast. They are entrepreneurs and restaurateurs with a vast amount of experience in the US and Japan.

The Small Business Japan podcast and membership community is a collision of our passion for Japan and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have created a learning center for entrepreneurs, creatives, small business owners, and side hustlers who want to start or grow their Japan-related business.
 

 

Daniel Gallagher

Founder and Chief Storyteller at Misthios Media

His experience in corporate and freelance marketing, coupled with his knowledge in branding and consumer psychology makes him a “triple threat” in the industry.

As a producer, creative director, and marketing savant with a decade of experience, Gallagher spearheads the collective at Misthios Media and is the key activator of the For the Love of Versace immersive art and fashion experience.

Brands that built the foundation for Danny’s career include The Ritz-Carlton, Red Bull, Macy’s, Everlast Boxing, Pullman Resorts, Bills Hawaii, Il Lupino, and Marriott International.

Danny Gallagher currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has devoted his life to influencing others through storytelling that matters.

 

Jessica Brown

Founder at NIHONGO CONNECTION

  

When Jessica came back from Japan, her Japanese was at an intermediate level, and despite weekly Japanese lessons, she craved more opportunities to practice speaking Japanese. In 2014, she started a Japanese conversation club. Japanese friends heard what Jessica was doing and came along to support the group on their journey to fluency.

In 2017, their members suggested we start an online conversation club as well. Currently, Nihongo Connection is a growing and thriving community online community. They arrange weekly online conversation club calls in Japanese, supporting and introducing Japanese speakers from around the world.

 

Andrew Edsall

Director at Response: AI Consultant, Market Researcher, and Japan Expert

  

 Upon graduating, he immediately moved to Tokyo in 2002. After a few years of teaching with intensive Japanese study in his spare time, he moved into translation, and project management, and consulting roles. Each of these roles had a common issue - how do you solve a problem? And the solution was similar as well; market research to better understand the customer and users. After 10 years of applied market research, Andrew started working with market research agencies, and he recently took on a new role with Response: AI to head up their APAC expansion.

  

 
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​Tyson Batino

Co-Founder and Director at Japan Switch and One Coin English

Tyson co-founded one business that is on track to reach eight figures, built an affordable yet effective Japanese school that has enriched the lives of hundreds of Foreign professionals, and manages more than 200 employees. He has mastered the magical balance between Japanese and Western businesses with empathy and humility. In addition, Tyson created BFF Tokyo, the most reliable and informative website for foreigners on learning Japanesefinding a job in Tokyo, and for life in Tokyo

 

Miho Tanaka

Founder at StartUpJapan

An entrepreneur with many talents (Legal Consulting · Writing · Translation · Public Speaking · Immigration Law), Miho started StartUp Japan, a company that supports and empowers foreign entrepreneurs with legal advice and visa support and consulting. 

 

Brittany Arthur

Co-Founder - CEO at Design Thinking Japan

Brittany Co-Founded Design Thinking Japan, where she trained over 2,500 business people, which translated into a new business worth over 700,000,000 JPY.


Apart from the love of exchanging ideas around Innovation and Design Thinking in Japan, she is a member of Rotary International and the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan. 

  

 

Ayako Sasaki

Co-Founder of ニコハチ

  Throughout her professional career, Ayako has provided English and intercultural communication training to business people. She has created curricula and in-house training materials for over 200 corporate courses.

Having worked in the Corporate Division of an industry-leading English language training company for 10 years, she hired and trained more than 200 instructors. As a Human Resources Manager at a global logistics company, she also has experience overseeing complex international projects. 

 

Anthony Griffith

Founder and Principal Consultant of

Saga Consulting

Anthony Griffin is a marketer and communications coach who helps small to mid-sized Japanese companies market to global audiences. Before founding Saga Consulting, he served as the marketing and communications manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Additionally, as a communications coach, he has been credited for helping Fortune 500 executives earn global-level promotions.

Before moving to Japan in 2009, he managed the workflow of more than 250 marketing projects a year for the City of Riverside, California. Additionally, as a marketing consultant and copywriter, he leveraged his M.B.A. degree to help local businesses attract more clients. 

 

Asama Toyozawa

Community Developer Intern at Blink

​Asama is a Japanese/Pakistani student who goes to Keio University studying Economics while doing an internship at Blink Roppongi as a marketing strategist and event organizer.

After experiencing the multi-cultural lifestyle during his childhood living in Dubai, he excels in analyzing topics in perspectives of different markets and planning for a marketing strategy specified for each target. He has also successfully created and developed an international community consisting of young professionals and students who gather to learn, connect, and interact through professional events organized every month. 

  

 
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