JI Team

Jarman International CEO

Ruth Marie Jarman
( ルース・マリー・ジャーマン)

Ruth Marie Jarman grew up in the multi-cultural paradise of Hawaii. As a child, she spent a year in Edinburgh and has been hooked on “international” adventures ever since. Ruth received a BA at Tufts University in International Relations and came immediately to Japan to enter Recruit Co., Ltd. in 1988. At Recruit Ruth created the Recruit Seagulls Cheerleading team and was the first cheerleader inducted into the Seagulls American Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Ruth received her Japanese language proficiency level 1 certification in 1994 and achieved her Takken (宅地建物取引士)Japanese real estate license in 2006.

After running a small translation/interpreting operation via which she interpreted for the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Joe Montana, Serena Williams, Monica Seles, etc., Ruth was invited by her mentor Hiromasa Ezoe to help build a new venture started by Space Design Inc. in 2000. Between 2000 and 2012 Ruth oversaw the sales and marketing division and was promoted to a member of the board in 2010. By 2012, Ruth had worked to keep high occupancy in 18 buildings in Tokyo and Yokohama totaling some 1200 serviced apartments.

Over her career at Space Design, Ruth came in contact with over 40,000 executives in various industries who stayed at the apartments. This is where she learned first hand about the various challenges faced by professionals on business trips to Japan. Ruth started Jarman International KK in 2012 as a resource for Japanese companies, local communities, etc., to better connect with and welcome internationals.

Ruth currently serves as Director for the HRM Association, Councilor for the Japan Women’s Education Association, Expert for the Ministry of Reconstruction, Member of the Kanagawa Prefecture Revitalization Advisory Board and is an active member of the ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce in Japan), FEW and Leadership 111. She was selected as ACCJ Tokyo (Female) Leader of the Year and appeared on the entire 5-year-run of the national network’s NHK’s Basic Business English Series しごとの基礎英語.

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Ruth has authored six inspiring books in Japanese about the strengths of Japan’s culture and its people:

The first two books were written for a general audience and the focus of the third was to encourage Japanese women.

Ruth is a popular presenter across Japan on the speaking circuit for Kyodo and Jiji Press. Ruth’s goal is to support Japan’s smooth transition into a new, and much more international era.

Takae Ayukawa
Director of Sales and Marketing

Takae Ayukawa has had a successful work history with international corporations and education facilities. Her various professional experiences include customer service for a foreign airline (based in a foreign country) as well as work at hotels, in public relations for a tourism association, and was acting secretary for the Japan office in a foreign city. Takae also has taught at a technical college.

Takae has a treasury of valuable work experiences that allows her to be a bridge between Japan and foreign countries across several different business fields. Always conscious of the needs of customers, she excels in areas of hospitality and communication.

Yumiko Horigome
Director of Finance and Accounting

Yumiko Horigome has excellent capability in English to Japanese translation over many years working in customer service, and retail. We are lucky to have Yumiko bring her unique corporate experience to the JI team.

Managing voice recordings for car navigation systems in international markets, volunteer and education experience in the UK and involvement in the FIFA World Cup gives Yumiko excellent understanding of the differences between Japanese and international business practice.

Emi Onishi
Director of Customer Relations

Emi Onishi brings over one decade of experience in project management and in liaising with customers and staff involved with R&D, QA, and production, during which she cultivated the interpersonal and communication skills required for effective negotiations.

After graduating from university in 1997, Emi became an interpreter and translator for the Kyoto Prefectural Governor. Since 1998, she has held managerial posts in international sales with several Japanese companies including Kyocera, Omron and Saki Corporation.

After Japan’s 2011 March earthquake, Emi worked as an administrative assistant at Toshiba Corporation US Project Team for Fukushima Restoration. She gained her B.A in English from Doshisha University in 1997 and studied at UCLA in an exchange program in 1995-1996.

Joy Jarman-Walsh 
Director of Online Strategy

Joy Jarman-Walsh works as the Jarman-International Online Strategy Director, working to keep its online information up-to-date with a clear message. Joy says she enjoys keeping up with all the exciting projects and activities of the content creators, photographers, writers and marketers at Jarman-International. Joy’s role in helping to display and promote projects at Jarman-International is an important aspect of our growth strategy.

Joy had a long career as a teacher of tourism and business studies at the university level, enjoys outdoor sports, is a vegetarian, avid photographer and world traveler. She co-founded the regional website GetHiroshima in 2000 and In 2018, she founded the blog InboundAmbassador and FB page to introduce sustainability-focused innovation, sustainable tourism initiatives, disruptive business ideas, and sustainable products from across Japan which appeal to the international market. Joy has a strong online presence and holds degrees in Psychology, Applied Linguistics, and Sustainable Tourism. Her education, research, and work background is a great asset to her work on Jarman-International projects.

Andrea Negosanti
Content Specialist

Andrea Negosanti is a Social Media Specialist that helps small and big companies to express themselves effectively through social media. Andrea also helps businesses build and improve their overall engagement across all editorial plans.

Originally from Italy, Andrea is also the owner of an Italian Facebook page about traveling to Japan. Andrea has earned the status of ‘influencer’ as he has now built up an audience of more than 150,000 followers from across the globe.


Steven Liu
Content Specialist

Steven  Liu speaks Chinese, English, and Japanese and is a Social Media Consultant for Jarman-International who introduced content and marketing promotions across international channels and helps our clients communicate to potential markets by utilizing different social media mediums such as Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, and WeChat.

Steven has a keen understanding of the Asian markets and is an influencer in this field. His role at Jarman-International is to help accelerate our clients’ business expansion to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

John Lawrence
Customer Support

John Lawrence has had a long career working at international businesses in Japan. John grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the US and came to Japan as a student on an exchange program to Kyoto in the late 80’s. He then lived in Kobe and now resides in Yokohama.

Currently, he specializes in the fields of drug safety and adverse event reporting while working as a consultant at Foresight Group Japan.

In addition to consulting work, he is also very interested in clean energy, renewable energy, AI, machine learning, supply chain management, distribution.

Akane Oikawa

Akane Oikawa
Content Specialist

Akane Oikawa is an experienced director, managing international medical conferences and seminars held in Japan.

Akane Oikawa also worked as an assistant manager at the public relations section of an English conversation school and secretary.

Akane is highly effective at supporting our partners with her excellent communication ability and a broad point of view derived from her work experience in various industries.


Kiyoko Terauchi-Kudoh<br /> Content Specialist

Kiyoko Terauchi-Kudoh
Content Specialist

Kiyoko Kudo works as a content specialist for JarmanInternational. She has a degree from Aoyama Gakuin University. Kiyoko was an AFS Exchange student in high school, and stayed in PA, US. After graduation from university, Kiyoko started a career at Morgan Stanley Tokyo and has over 20 years of operations experience with trade support and customer service in both Japanese and English.

In her free time, she enjoys going out for meals with her husband. She’s also been a huge fan of Japanese pop music artist Hideaki Tokunaga for over 30 years. Kiyoko loves playing golf and going to Japanese Onsen (hot-spring) in Japan. Her favorite place in Japan is Tochigi prefecture where she loves to golf.

Masako Yutaka
Finance and Accounting


Masako Yutaka has had experience as a president’s secretary, has worked in human resources departments as well as general accounting jobs in company administration departments.

Masako is also familiar with the development and operation of professional systems from her experience as a system engineer at a software development company.


Keiji Yumiyama

Keiji Yumiyama
Executive Advisor

Keiji Yumiyama is the Chairman of the HRM Association of which JI CEO Ruth Jarman is a Director. Keiji brings an extensive knowledge-base of all things related to business consulting to the JI consulting expertise.

An MBA graduate of Thunderbird University, Mr. Yumiyama is privy to an extensive business network in the US and Japan.

Keiji assists the JI Team with excellent advice and guidance on how to get firms connected in certain industries in Japan as he is acutely tuned in to the vast SME community.

Gen Shiraishi - Advisor

Gen Shiraishi

Gen Shiraishi is an advisor at Jarman International KK and an associate consultant at Bain & Company in Washington, D.C. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy and minoring in Chinese.

Gen provides advisory support to Jarman International based on management consulting experience across multiple industries and functions (e.g., M&A support in aerospace and defense, sales force transformation in tech distribution), as well as over 20 years of experience living in Japan as a Japanese-American.

Hana Shiraishi- Advisor

Hana Shiraishi

Hana Shiraishi is an advisor at Jarman International KK, currently studying environmental studies and film at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

As a Japanese-American, she has a well-rounded understanding and global perspective on both Western and Asian cultures. When she is back in Japan, Hana also supports Jarman International through her passion for photography by capturing its various cultural beauties. In her free time, Hana makes original videos and songs for her personal YouTube channel.