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Mr. Noguchi is the founder and president of HR Institute (HRI). He received his Master’s degree from Yokohama National University Graduate School of Engineering, and began his career in architectural design. Subsequently, he joined a major Japanese consulting firm, and became head of the Management Consulting division, where he advised over 200 companies and local governments.
In 1993, he established HR Institute in Tokyo. HRI’s corporate message is “We Choose Who We Are.” The home of HRI is called “Vision House,” where programs are provided not only for business people, but also for students, teachers, housewives, and kids. In short, Vision House is for anyone having a vision and the desire to achieve it.
Mr. Noguchi oversees all consulting projects and training programs of the company. He is highly sought after by executives to help them formulate corporate strategies using a process called “Workout,” where the consultant facilitates an in-house group that develops their own solutions.
Mr. Noguchi is a visiting lecturer at Chukyo University for business and public policy, and also is a deputy vice-president for an NPO dedicated to training teachers in business management skills. Mr. Noguchi is the author of more than 100 books in Japanese, among them: Company DNA, The Thinking Organization, Never Give Up on Your Employees, and Spike! Management. He also acts as a radio talk show host on FM Yokohama that features volunteerism and social change.
Ms. Inamasu, known as ‘Mercy,’ is a graduate of Gakushuin University. She began her career as a systems engineer for Fujitsu. She has also studied abroad at the Japan-America School of Management Science (JAIMS), and received an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the US. In 1993, she co-founded HR Institute with Mr. Noguchi. Mercy has been a major contributor of numerous HRI books, and created the firm’s Know-how Do-how series, which are guide books that develop practical business skills. She is also a professor at Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business.
Mercy has been instrumental in expanding the social activities of HRI. Through her active participation with the Franciscan Chapel Center and the Missionaries of Charity, her network provides more opportunities for HRI to render assistance. The company has supported the development of elementary schools in the Mekong region of Vietnam and Cambodia, and has provided assistance to a Catholic hospital and schools in Madagascar.
Mr. Inagaki graduated from Kwansei University in Osaka with a major in international economics and business administration. He also studied abroad at Temple University in the US. Mr. Inagaki began his career at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant. He is certified as a Qualified Internal Auditor. At HRI, his consulting practice has a focus on risk management, strategic analysis, decision making, and management accounting. He is also a contributor to HRI publications for problem solving and corporate strategy.
Mr. Inagaki has participated in social activities in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Mr. Kawamura graduated from Waseda University with a major in Social science.
After graduation, he worked for Japanese manufacturing company in Tokyo for 2 years. Mr. Kawamura had experienced Sales. Now he joined HRI-Japan and stays at Vietnam for developing consulting business in Vietnam. He is also Vietnam Business Development Director.
Mr. Yashima graduated from Fudan University in China with a major in Chinese literature. After graduation, he worked at Japanese engineering company located in Shanghai for 7 years. Mr. Yashima had experienced sales, technical engineer, human resources, and teaching seminar in the company and for customers.
He now joined HRI, making business program for Chinese market with using 11 years experience in China.
Larry has been instrumental in developing the global programs for HRI. His consulting practice draws upon his vast international experience as a lawyer and former investment banker. At HRI, he regularly conducts English-based training for cross-cultural communication skills, global leadership, legal analysis, advanced negotiation, and critical thinking. In addition, he acts as an executive coach to Japanese executives having foreign-based responsibilities. Larry was also an adjunct professor at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS) teaching global management and finance. He is a member of the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD), the Japan HR Society, and the JAIMS bond alumni association in Tokyo.
Ms. Griggs is a senior consultant, trainer and executive coach who specializes in leadership development and communication. She is also a professor in the MBA program at Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business. Ms. Griggs' professional experience includes 17 years as an educator in the USA and a decade in Europe and Japan with The Coca-Cola Company, where, among other key roles, she served as financial/operational controller of a $500 million Coca-Cola business unit and manager of Sales Planning and Analysis for one of The Coca-Cola Company's top 3 international markets. Ms. Griggs speaks four languages fluently and has Master's Degrees in International Business Management, Conflict Facilitation & Organizational Change, and French Language and Literature. She received her executive coach training at the College of Executive Coaching and is also a certified "Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach." She is a member of ICF, ATD and SoL, is co-chair of the Human Resource Management Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and serves on the boards of the United Sports Foundation and the Tokyo American Club.