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.

Akira Kato

Taisei Zen

Fujio Nakagawa

Masaaki Yamagishi

Yoichi Kawakita

Kazuya Kimijima


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.