JI Team

Jarman International CEO

Ruth Marie Jarman
( ルース・マリー・ジャーマン CEO)

Grew up in the multi-cultural paradise, Hawaii. Spent time in Edinburgh as a child and has been hooked on “international” adventures ever since. Finished high school in Mililani (go Trojans!) and received a BA at Tufts University in International Relations. Studied Japanese at Nanzan University and was hired by Recruit Co. Ltd. in 1988. Worked in general affairs for four years at Recruit, where she honed her Japanese-language ability as well as experienced first-hand the energy and grit required for business development in Japan.

Ruth then started her own translation/interpreting business and learned customer service and sales first hand. She later joined Space Design Inc. to support some 40,000 expats during their stays in Japan. Ruth has over twelve years of experience in real estate, hospitality, and business consultation. She established Jarman International in April 2012. She is the first and currently only western woman to be awarded the Takken license 宅地建物取引主任者 in Japan and is certified at JLPT Level 1 Japanese language proficiency.

Ruth currently serves as Board Member of HRM Association, Advisor for the Board of the Japan Women’s Education Association, and Special Events Committee Co-Chair for the ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce in Japan). Ruth was selected as Tokyo Leader of the Year for 2013 by the ACCJ and currently appears on 「しごとの基礎英語」on NHK E Television. She has now authored five best-selling books on Japan 「日本人が世界に誇れる33のこと」, followed by 「やっぱり凄いよ、日本人」and 「世界に輝く ヤマトナデシコ日本の底力」and “The Magical Response” 「魔法の切り返し」, speaks to business groups across Japan about Japan’s strengths and how this country can use those strengths to contribute to a vibrant and ever internationalizing business environment.

Yumiko Horigome
Content Specialist

Yumiko Horigome is the Content Specialist at Jarman International.

Yumiko has proved an 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.

Takae Ayukawa
Promotion Specialist

Takae Ayukawa is the Promotion Specialist at Jarman International.

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.

Emi Onishi
Marketing and Promotion Manager

Emi Onishi works as the Jarman International Marketing and Promotion Manager.

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.

Emi also 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 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.


Petra Canan Trudell
Director of Internet Strategy

Petra is a skilled social media manager, project manager and blogger for clients in Japan as well as the United States. Her skills as a freelance writer for various forms of media and extensive experience make her a fantastic contributor to the effectiveness of JI’s service to our partners and new companies looking to strengthen their own web presence and effectiveness.

Petra’s writing covers travel, health, entertainment and pop culture for outlets both in Japan and abroad. Recently published in The Wall Street Journal, Petra’s work is recognized and well read.



Akane Oikawa
Communications Director


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




Keiji Yumiyama
Executive Advisor


As Chairman of the HRM Association of which JI CEO Ruth Jarman is a Director, Mr. Keiji Yumiyama brings an extensive history of 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. He assists with excellent advice and guidance on how to get firms connected in certain industries in Japan and is acutely tuned in to the vast SME community.


Andrea Negosanti
Social Media Expert


Andrea Negosanti is a Social Media Specialist that helps small and big companies to express themselves effectively through social media, building and improving the engagement of the editorial plans.

Originally from Italy, he’s also the owner of an Italian Facebook page about traveling to Japan with more than 150,000 followers all around the world.



Steven Liu
Social Media Expert


Steven speaks Chinese, English, and Japanese. He is a Social Media Consultant that helps clients to use different social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, Weibo and WeChat) to accelerate clients’ business expansion to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.




Gen Shiraishi brings the fresh viewpoints of the young adult to content provided by Jarman International KK. He is also helping Jarman reach a larger audience and advises on growth and expansion.

Gen describes Jarman International as “JI’s effectiveness emulates from its amoeba-like foundation, allowing for direct and grassroots contact with partners. Efficiency in staffing and meetings and a strong focus on attaining solid results to contribute and serve our partners are two of the many ways we realize our effectiveness. However, an effective executive always leads an effective organization. JI’s effectiveness does not result entirely from its structure, efficiency, or focus on results and contributions. Instead, its strength results from the effective executive who keeps the company on track as she astutely guides it forward. Even the great Peter Drucker would agree with me on that”.

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