Our board members come from various fields of profession. The current JaNet board of directors and advisers include the following well-accomplished individuals –
Hirofumi Sakaeda (Chairman of the Board)
Since joining Asatsu-DK (ADK) in 1989, Hirofumi Sakaeda, the current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Asatsu-DK America, has become a management expert in the field of global advertisement/marketing strategies. He has worked with a number of major Japanese corporations as the international advertising/marketing/branding manager to help their U.S. launch and business strategies. He received an MBA from Columbia University.
Hitomi Fujisaki (Treasure, Executive Director)
Hitomi Fujisaki is a former IT engineer for the Panasonic (2000~2007) where he played a major role in the development of laptop computers, earning more than 10 patents in the U.S. and Japan. He established Mirai IT Solutions, Inc., a New York state corporation specialized in IT-related technical/engineering solutions, in 2007. A New York resident since 2006, Hitomi Fujisaki received a master’s degree from Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan.
Yasuyuki Kojima has more than 24-year experience in the hotel industry. Before being appointed as the Director/Deputy General Manager in The Kitano New York and Hotel Operations, he has served as a Project Manger for the hotel’s 1993 renovation. In 1998, he was awarded the distinguished “Chief Concierge in the Metropolitan Area.” Graduate of Seijo University (Economic Management) and Paul Smiths College (Hotel & Restaurant), he has lived in the U.S. for the past 25 years.
Hideaki “Don” Iwatani (Honorary Chairman of the Board/Adviser)
Former Chairman/CEO of Panasonic U.S.A., Don Iwatani who came to the U.S. in the late 60s, is a member of the board of directors of Meiji University where he also serves as a special lecturer. He spends several months each year in Dalian, China as a visiting professor at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. As an author, Don Iwatani wrote “Matshushita Kounosuke Lives,” a book about philosophies, life and memories of Kounosuke Matushita, the founder of Panasonic (2009).
Emiko Lindsay Akutagawa (Adviser)
Executive Director, NPO Friends of Rinri Kenkyusha Inc.
Saori Kawano (Adviser)
President, Korin Japanese Trading Corp.