Message from the CEO

CEO of Jarman International KK, Ruth Marie JarmanMessage from the CEO of Jarman International KK, Ruth Marie Jarman

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. As we try to help Japan make a smooth transition into a more international age, we are also working to create a work environment characterized by diversity and flexibility.

In the same way, our Core 50 team visits local areas to uncover the content “jewels” that will attract new visitors to that area, we believe there is great potential in the hidden personnel jewels that abound in this country. Both Japanese and International, we have put together an eclectic team of individuals with a variety of talent and expertise. We hope that our unique perspective, flexibility, and focus on innovation will provide encouragement to all of our clients and those across Japan who are moving into the new era. I would like to thank our clients, partners and Core 50 members for helping Jarman International become an effective company with a one of a kind service.

Wishing you all the best in these exciting times,

Ruth Marie Jarman, CEO


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CEO 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 Outside Director, Member of the Board for KADOKAWA Corp. (from June 2020), and Outside Director for Fujibo Holdings, Inc., 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. She currently appears on Easy Japanese for Work しごとのにほんご with NHK World, and also in the popular TV show called ”The Most Useful School in the World 世界一受けたい授業” which was broadcasted on the Nippon TV channel in April, 2021.

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

Ruth Marie Jarman Books

CEO Ruth Marie Jarman was on a popular TV show called ”Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou 世界一受けたい授業  (The Most Useful School in the World) ” which has been broadcasting for almost 20 years! During the programme, Ruth taught us about what makes Japan so unique compared to the rest of the world, based on her over 30-year experience working and living here. In response to the broadcast, which was incredibly well-received by viewers, Ruth’s book “39 Special Features for JAPAN to Forever Hold Dear”日本人がいつまでも誇りにしたい39のこと」 ranked #1 best seller on Amazon’s “Japanese Sociology Essays” category!

Ruth Marie Jarman 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.