Member

Kotaro Takahashi / President

Kotaro has more than 15 years of extensive experience, as the founder and president of Kenndo Management (formally named “Devex Japan“), in supporting Japanese companies to formulate concrete and realistic overseas business plan and implement the operation, mainly in South East Asian countries.

He has abundant experience of leading project formulation and implementation in the government's overseas expansion support system for SMEs funded by such government organizations as METI, SME Support Japan (SMRJ), SME Agency, Japanese Foreign Ministry, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), etc.

As part of this work, he has also assisted client SMEs to access financing from PE funds, and to realize cross-border M&A with local companies.

Prior to that, he was involved in ODA sector for 11 years, working for JICA and Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Kotaro earned a MPA2 degree from Harvard University (Kennedy) in 2002 and a Master’s degree from the University of Tokyo in 1996.

Hideki Kino / Executive Director

Hideki has been working as an advisor to Japanese SMEs for 25 years, mainly focusing on product development and business models.

In the area of regional revitalization and cooperation, he has made full use of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and other public offices schemes to launch a variety of projects, from planning to on-site implementation.

At the same time as the commencement of JICA's SME overseas expansion support program in 2012, he moved his base of activity as an advisor from Japan to overseas based on his desire to “take Japanese technology to the world” and has successfully implemented several JICA projects and business development.

Misato Ota / Executive Director

Misato has 10 years of experience working overseas. After graduating university, she joined a Japanese company based in Mexico as a marketing and PR officer. She then moved to Oregon in the United States and accumulated experiences as a web creator.

After joining Kenndo Management, she works as a SME consultant and conducts market research, negotiation with local government or business partners, and field trip or feasibility study on the ground in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, Kenya, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, etc.

She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Yasuko Komaru / Senior Manager

After experiencing management of an English language school, acceptance of foreign trainees at a foundation and launching interpreter dispatch business, Yasuko joined Kenndo Management with her own career theme of working with foreigners. She is in charge of Foreigners Employment Servise with the aim of matching talented and skilled foreign personnel with Japanese companies.

Kota Iwaki / Manager

Kota has nearly 10 years of overseas experience, especially in developing countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, Malaysia and Philippines.

He has worked for Japanese NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without borders) and UNHCR and has devoted himself especially to medical activities and refugee protection.

After joining Kenndo Management, he is passionate about disseminating products and technologies of SMEs which can be effective in solving social and economic challenges in developing countries and manages wide range of projects in Asia and Africa regions.

He earned a Master's Degree in International Law and Settlement of Disputes from University for PEACE and Bachelor's degree in Law from Kwansei Gakuin University.

Kikuyo Takahashi / Manager

After working at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a specialist of expense settlement and payment of projects and an officer at the social environment support unit, Kikuyo joined Kenndo Management. She is in charge of administration and expense settlement of all governmental projects.

Miyuki Ayuha / Assistant Manager

After working as an IT engineer in Japan, Miyuki joined Kenndo Management Co., Ltd.

After studying and working in Indonesia, she has acquired deep understanding of Indonesian businesses and culture.

She manages administrative tasks and project management, especially in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Nguyen Minh Thai / Assistant Manager

After graduating from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science, Nguyen came to Japan in 2014 and enrolled in the University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences in Japan. After graduation, he worked for a Japanese SME in the Kansai region, being in charge of business expansion in Asia. He then joined a recruitment agency in Tokyo. With a desire to contribute as a bridge between Japan and Vietnam and other countries, he joined Kenndo Management and he is now engaged in our Japanese clients’ business expansion to Vietnam and foreigners employment services.

Kazumi Kato / PT.AJIRUSHI DISTRIBUSI INDONESIA :Manager

In 1999, Kazumi was deployed to Indonesia as a JICA’s overseas cooperation volunteer. Since then, she was engaged in several projects of JICA until 2017. Later on, she she continued working in the south Sulawesi province in Indonesia aiming for Japanese companies business expansion there. She is a specialist for Indonesia with 20 years of living experience there.

Munenori Tada / Policy Advisor

After 10 years of working for Nippon Koei (an engineering consulting firm), he worked for KRI International Corp (the affiliate company of Nippon Koei) for 22 years. In 2017 he retired KRI and moved to Kenndo Management Co., Ltd.

In the era of Nippon Koei, he was, as a project economist, engaged in the different type of JICA/ADB infrastructural projects in the areas of agriculture, port development, water supply, urban development and special economic zone. While during his registration of KRI, he made his career in industrial studies of developing countries, SME development, PPP project finance and JICA scheme of supporting Japan's SMEs in overseas business.

Graduated in the faculty of economics of Chuo University in 1976, acquired the post graduate diploma of economics in London School of Economics in 1982 and the master degree of development economics in School of Oriental and African Studies in 1983.

His theme in further career development will be how to promote overseas business of the Japan’s domestic industries such as medical services/equipment and recycling businesses in terms of finance, public-private partnership and human development.

Jun Akabane, PhD. / Management Advisor

Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Chuo University, Area of Specialization: Business administration

After graduating, he worked at Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. where he was mainly engaged in consulting services for Japanese manufacturing companies expanding overseas (mainly to emerging countries).From 1999 to 2001, he studied at National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University. Based on his extensive research and consulting experience, he is currently engaged in practical education and research activities. He is the author of "Innovation Capability of Local Asian Companies" and "The Development of the East Asian LCD Panel Industry". In January 2020, he was appointed as a management advisor to Kenndo Management Co.,Ltd.

Tetsutaro Muraki / Management Advisor

President of Paramount Aim, Inc.

After completing graduate school, he worked at a foreign brokerage company, the World Bank headquarters, and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting before becoming a representative director and partner of Idea Capital Co.,Ltd. In 2003, he joined the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ) as CFO of Kanebo Cosmetics, where he was in charge of the company's restructuring. In 2007, he joined the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. and was appointed as Chief Planning Officer of the Corporate Planning Department. With the establishment of TOKYO AIM, Inc. in 2009, he was appointed President and CEO of the company.

In 2012, he joined Frontier Management Inc. as Senior Managing Executive Officer and Branch Manager of Singapore. He received a master's degree in Comparative Culture from Sophia University in 1991. He received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2001. In January 2020, he was appointed as a business advisor to Kenndo Management, Co.,Ltd.

Shingo Okubo / Corporate Lawyer

He belongs to Vasco Da Gama Offices as Lawyer admitted in Japan, after working for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as Diplomat, University of Yangon (Myanmar) Department of Law as Visiting Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Law School as Senior Scholar (IP Laws, Information Laws, and Data Science), and McDermott Will & Emery AARPI (Paris) as Visiting Lawyer.

He earned Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Law School, Keio University in 2008, and Master of Laws (LL.M. with Certificate of Law & Technology) at UC Berkeley Law School in 2018..