meet the team in japan

Meet the team in Japan

Impact is bursting with energetic, talented and passionate people who want to make a difference.

Itsuyo Watanabe, Japan

Itsuyo (Barbara) Watanabe

Consultant, Japan

Itsuyo (Barbara) Watanabe

Consultant, Japan

As a consultant, I like Impact's programmes because every one of our projects could make the participants think deeply about their issues in the workplace, and move forward for their business success. I am excited when exploring a solution for my clients' current and future business challenges. Besides my job, I like cooking, travelling, fine arts, musicals, Japanese KABUKI, opera etc.

Naoto Sekijima, Japan

Naoto Sekijima

Coordinator, Japan

Naoto Sekijima

Coordinator, Japan

Before joining Impact, I was a Ph.D. research assistant focusing on Cultural and Musical Sociology. Through my studies, I’ve played over 40 culturally unique string instruments and have similarly heard over 300. Using this experience and knowledge, I currently develop new innovative experiential learning solutions for our clients and facilitate their completion. 

Akane Tsuburaoka, Japan

Akane Tsuburaoka

Consultant, Japan

Akane Tsuburaoka

Consultant, Japan

I like Impact's people, its culture and the programmes we run so much! I always try to figure out what kind of programme would "Inspire & Develop" the participants, and then propose a solution which meets the client's expectation. I am very happy and inspired when I see the behavioural changes in teams and each participant. My hobbies are scuba diving and road biking!

Hisae Hashimoto, Impact International

Hisae Hashimoto

HR Manager, Japan

Hisae Hashimoto

HR Manager, Japan

I provide inspiring opportunities for leaders to explore possibilities in expanding sustainable business and organisational development. As a staff support manager I have been leading operations such as talent acquisitions. Supporting others and organisations to expand their full potential is my passion. I enjoy ensuring we have a unique workplace where we can maximise potential and strengths. I love climbing mountains, hot springs and good organic foods.

Yasushi Igarashi, Impact International

Yasushi Igarashi

Co-ordinator, Japan

Yasushi Igarashi

Co-ordinator, Japan

Before Joining Impact in 2002 I worked as an outdoor guide for nature tourism, kayaking and trekking in the ocean and forest. Using this experience, my strengths are in creating and coordinating programmes that provide learning experiences through outdoor activities. Beyond this role I wear several different hats, such as managing our website and managing H&S. Personally, I love to do challenging journeys by sea kayak and bike in many countries.

Yuki Takahashi, Impact International

Yuki Takahashi

Coordinator, Japan

Yuki Takahashi

Coordinator, Japan

Since 2006 I have coordinated programme delivery. This involves meeting facilitators and consultants to design great modules, using creativity to ensure participants have profound learning experiences that add value to their organisation. I manage project set up and use technical skills such as abseil belaying. I have a teaching licence to teach PE. Now I enjoy working using my body, so I love to do exercise and jogging, swimming, gymnastics, and most outdoor things!

Tomoko Uryu, Impact International

Tomoko Uryu

R&D Specialist, Japan

Tomoko Uryu

R&D Specialist, Japan

I have used my multi-cultural background in a range of multinational organisations. I have supported diverse multicultural organisations in developing and localising strategies to instil & realise behavioural change at an organisational & individual level.
I have also contributed in HRD/OD solution development and localisation. Fluent in Japanese and English and with MA in Linguistics. Love gardening and pottery. 

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Yuichi Ishikawa

Yuichi Ishikawa

Coordinator, Japan

Yuichi Ishikawa

Coordinator, Japan

I joined Impact in 2015 as the youngest member of the Impact Japan team. I enjoy the work we do in this great company and the way we work together. We provide a unique value to clients. We all value contributing to Impact, which makes us happy in life.

Hidehiko Yamada, Impact International

Hidehiko Yamada

Creative Producer, Japan

Hidehiko Yamada

Creative Producer, Japan

I belong to a Creative Production Unit in the Consulting Department. My role is to develop frameworks and tools for consulting, text books for new consultants, sales promoting tools and more. When working on proposals I take advantage of my experience as an ex-consultant, as well as being a fun person at Impact. As a father of three sons and a daughter, I am always looking for the best way to quickly restore energy.

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Yutaka Sugimoto, Impact International

Yutaka Sugimoto

Managing Director, Japan

Yutaka Sugimoto

Managing Director, Japan

I was inspired by experiential learning on a leadership programme in 1992 and have worked for Impact ever since. Experiential learning and reflection alongside theory and skills input is a platform for real behaviour change for leaders. My passion is building an organisation worth working for and supporting our clients by developing people. I play football and enjoy discussing the match with friends. Drinking beer maybe more important than playing football.

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Yoshinori (Yossi) Kaino, International

Yoshinori (Yossi) Kaino

Chief Operating Officer, Japan

Yoshinori (Yossi) Kaino

Chief Operating Officer, Japan

I am responsible for “Re-Born Strategy” in Impact Japan, I am passionate about developing people and our organisation by executing all Re-Born strategic agendas. As a facilitator, I love creating and sharing the precious moments together with executives and managers who are reflectively asking themselves what leadership they would like to realise in their life/work. What I love most is drinking after working hard to make effort in realising my vision.

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Yuka Mikami, Impact International

Yuka Mikami

Staff Support Department, Japan

Yuka Mikami

Staff Support Department, Japan

I have been working in the Tokyo office since 1997. My main role is to support the entire office and delivery of operations including booking venues for programmes and communicating with associate facilitators. Controlling finances, including the monthly report to UK, is also in my responsibility. I am very busy handing a variety of projects every day! I enjoy watching performing arts and especially love wonderful musical collections from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Koji Fukuta Japan Impact

Koji Fukuta (Hook)

Facilitator, Japan

Koji Fukuta (Hook)

Facilitator, Japan

I joined Impact after a long work experience in airline business and HRD business. After working with hundreds of people I became convinced in the power of fun which I believe drives us to advance. Impact is a unique place where I can share that power with more people. 

Kiyoshi Uemura Impact International

Kiyoshi Uemura

Project Designer, Japan

Kiyoshi Uemura

Project Designer, Japan

Having joined Impact Japan in 1993, my main role is company cook and carpenter. I cook lunch every couple of months by request. As carpenter, I work on refurbishing our office and equipment used in our projects. I occasionally join our delivery team to offer technical support on programmes. I have experience facilitating for Sony, Canon, Japan rail and more, plus Eclipse management for sales and delivery. My hobby is down river kayaking.

Harutaka Kitayama Impact Japan

Harutaka Kitayama

Facilitator, Japan

Harutaka Kitayama

Facilitator, Japan

I have worked Impact Japan since 2003 and have progressed from sales manager to facilitator. I focus on developing leadership capabilities of middle managers and young people. I have been interested in the growth of people since majoring in psychology at university. As well as personal development, I want to concentrate on organisational development and workplace development. I like the culture of Impact International and enjoy my work.

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Yukiko Asano (Coco), Impact International

Yukiko Asano (Coco)

Staff Support Department, Japan

Yukiko Asano (Coco)

Staff Support Department, Japan

I have worked at Impact Japan since 2015, coordinating the delivery of programmes. I support our consultants and delivery operations. What makes me happy is seeing my colleagues, clients and participants smile, as my job is supporting them. My hobby is collecting Starbucks Coffee mugs from around the world, although I don’t drink coffee personally!

Yoshinobu (Hosshan) Hosoki, Impact International

Yoshinobu (Hosshan) Hosoki

Delivery Quality Manager, Japan

Yoshinobu (Hosshan) Hosoki

Delivery Quality Manager, Japan

Being a manager of the delivery team in Impact Japan, I have been putting great effort and energy into realising our “Re-Born Strategy” from the delivery quality aspect. For my leadership style, creating trust is the most important factor. I support my team by creating trusting relationships, and as a facilitator, I use this quality to create a completely safe and open learning space in programmes. I love having a good time with people, drinking and karaoke.

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