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.
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 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 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 is working to keep the Jarman-International website information up-to-date by 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 content from Jarman International’s website and care for the Core 50 community is an important aspect of overall 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 to the international market. Joy 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. Her articles have been published in research journals, and at GetHiroshima, Japan Tourist, the Kyoto Journal and Inbound Ambassador.
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 200,000 followers from across the globe.
Steven Liu speaks Chinese, English, and Japanese and is a Social Media Consultant for Jarman International who introduces 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’ ability to become attractive destinations for visitors from Taiwan.
Chiara Terzuolo brings her expertise in online content creation to the Jarman Team. With more than 10 years in Japan and extensive knowledge of the European and American markets, Chiara will enhance the online presence for Jarman clients. As the former Marketing Manager for Japan, Asia and Oceania at the travel booking site Veltra and Editor in Chief of All About Japan, Chiara combines her marketing experience with years of writing, editing and consulting for both online and print media. From SEO to social media content creation, Chiara will help all Jarman clients find the perfect tone and style for their message.
Chiara has also written a book with important insight into Tokyo’s plant-based diet options – the Tokyo Vegan Guide helps vegan and vegetarian residents and visitors enjoy a stress-free experience in Japan’s capital. Catering to the diverse needs of international travelers to Japan is important to Jarman’s efforts to help Japan become a more welcoming place for all visitors. Chiara is also an opera singer, speaks five languages (English, Italian, Japanese, French, and Dutch) and enjoys learning about local sake.
Sarah Achilles has a 20-year career in international relations, translation and consulting. She has a solid background in advising and working with both Japan-based businesses and global companies doing business in Japan. Sarah’s expertise is in translation, editing and global communication which she has applied to needs across a wide range of industries. Sarah’s projects have had a particular focus on tourism, hospitality, and marketing.
Sarah brings to the Jarman team extensive experience supporting international residents in Japan, in particular women, and a wide network of connections in the Tokyo business community.
At Jarman-international, Sarah has a key role is to support strategy development, execution, and to create and edit niche content to help Japanese companies expand their reach and services to the international community in Japan and beyond.
Sheila Ryan originally hails from Seattle, Washington in the U.S., and has spent many years living and working as a teacher, translator and consultant in the Kyushu area of Japan. Sheila is the project manager and content specialist for Jarman-International promoting the wonderful appeal of Kobayashi, Miyazaki. From translating and proofreading content to recording audio guides, Sheila is able to leverage her experience to introduce the hidden corners of Japan to international visitors. Sheila is also helping Jarman-International introduce new international residents to the charms of living and working in Japan.
Sheila loves taking part in fun-run events, loves writing Japanese calligraphy and spends her free time at good coffee shops or traditional Japanese Kissaten cafes enjoying a cake-set!
She 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 Kudo has a degree from Aoyama Gakuin University and 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-springs. Her favorite place in Japan is Tochigi prefecture where she loves to golf. Kiyoko is helping Jarman’s growth in the golf tourism sector.
Masako Suzuki 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 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 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 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.