Team

Ko FujiiRepresentative Director and CEO

Ko FujiiRepresentative Director and CEO

As a public affairs professional with strong focus on the tech sector, Ko’s expertise ranges from strategic global communications to local community engagement. Prior to his current position, Ko was Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google in Japan, and before that, a public affairs consultant at FleishmanHillard Japan. Ko originally started his career at the Japanese government’s Science and Technology Agency, Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), where he was mainly responsible for international policy. Ko studied Law at the University of Tokyo, and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, majoring in Marketing and Public/Nonprofit Management. Ko is a Consulting Fellow at the PHP Institute, Advisor to Volunteer Platform, a student volunteer NGO, and a Certified Public Relations Planner of the Public Relations Society of Japan.

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Naoki KarayamaSenior Consultant

As a professional of Government Relations consulting, Naoki follows advocacy advisory especially on shearing economy and US-Japan relationship.

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Before joining Makaira, he worked as the head of external affairs of a French construction material company and engaged in promoting the policy of energy saving on buildings/houses. He also has built his career regarding government relations in KPMG, Ernst & young, British Parliament and US Congress. He started his political career as a secretary to MPs (e.g. MP. Masahiko Komura, LDP) in Tokyo. He earned diploma degree on International Relations from SOAS, University of London, and bachelor of Law from Chuo University.

Shintaro TakahashiConsultant/Digital Strategist

Shintaro is a consultant and digital strategist who has advised top management in political organizations, public sectors, education, media and ICT on digital communication, political communication, public relations and growth strategy.

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He is also a senior researcher at the Media Science Laboratory in the Digital Hollywood University. He studied social policy at the University of York, UK and was awarded Highly Commended Student of the International Student Awards by The British Council. He obtained Master of Digital Content Management at the Graduate School of Digital Content, the Digital Hollywood University. Prior to joining Makaira, he practiced as a senior researcher on public policy and an editor on political publications in Tokyo.

Fumiko KudoConsultant

Fumiko has a strong consulting capability for information law and policy.

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Before joining Makaira, Fumiko worked at FleishmanHillard Japan, and handles several accounts such as IT, telecom, medical device, biotech and energy industry. Her strengths are especially in digital public affairs, digital PR strategy, media relations, event planning, and social listening.
She also worked at a global social petition platform, Change.org where she gained experience in planning campaigns, developing and organizing community for advocacy.
Fumiko is a senior researcher at Keio University Research Institute at SFC and a special fellow of Institute for Information and Communications Policy at Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. She is a co-founder of MIAU (Movements for the Internet Active Users). Fumiko received a LL.B. form Sophia University and Juris Doctor from Sophia Law School in Tokyo, Japan.

Saaya KuriharaConsultant

Saaya engages in wide range of clients such as health care, tourism, and ICT supporting advocacy for advanced medicine, energy, social finance and philanthropy.

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In the past she has worked on evaluation study of internship program at universities for promoting collaboration between local companies and students, support and promotion for high school students studying abroad and advocacy for social impact investment. As a master (Shihan) of Japanese traditional dance bando-ryu, she has performed at various occasions such as National Theatre of Japan, in addition to engaging in cultural exchange activities. She has received B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University.

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Hitomi SuzukiConsultant

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Hiroyuki YasuiConsultant

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Naotake HibiyaSenior Consultant

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Hatsuji MatsumotoBio

Basing his operations in the Hokuriku Region, he has supported various projects involving local companies, universities, regional governments, non-profit organizations, through management and facilitation. He graduated from Shizuoka University.

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With Japan’s domestic major system integrator company operated and managed a local government working system. The Tokyo Metropolitan area engaged in new business development sales and marketing. After retiring, returned to hometown in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture where he traveled to the US to participate in a leadership program by the US NPO iLeap. Engaged in the Community Team internship program provided by a US NPO organization; Code for America. After returning from the US, he became engaged in a NPO organization in Toyama Prefecture dedicated to developing the local towns. In 2016, operating on a free-lance basis, as [coordinating specialist] has developed a role as the connector of businesses, and local issues, becoming deeply involved in revitalizing local regions. As representative director of Code for Nanto, he conducts, on a volunteer basis, activities toward IT technology and regional issues. An official member of the NPO organization of advancing idea development (ICON), iCON authorized facilitator、iCON authorized conference facilitator.