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Yoshiaki NOGUCHI

Founder Yoshiaki NOGUCHI

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.

Mikako INAMASU

Chief Executive Officer Mikako INAMASU

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.

Ayaka SOMEYA

Director Ayaka SOMEYA
Ayaka Someya completed a Master’s degree from Aoyama Gakuin Graduate School in international politics and economics. She has also spent a year studying abroad at University of California Reverside in the US. She began her career at Sony Corporation, where she was involved in the planning for video products. A veteran at HRI, she remains actively involved in human resource development for business communication, critical thinking, marketing, and corporate strategy. Ms. Someya is actively involved with our process consulting called “workout” facilitation, where company managers produce output to solve problems and improve their business. She is also a major contributor to HRI print publications.

Ken MISAKA

Director Ken MISAKA
Mr. Misaka is a graduate of Keio University with a degree in economics. He began his career at a major insurance company in sales, and also was involved in developing new products and designing a human resources training system. At HRI, Ken has been instrumental in creating the Change Maker program, which involves activities for young adults in making a difference as volunteers in developing countries. He also has direct responsibility for the business development of HRI’s foreign offices. Mr. Misaka is also a major contributor to HRI print publications.

Katsumasa NESORI

Senior Consultant Katsumasa NESORI
Mr. Nesori graduated from Rikkyo University with a degree in economics. He is an experienced veteran of human resources development and training, and has conducted seminars and workshops for new recruits, mid-careers and executive management. Mr. Nesori is actively involved with our process consulting called “workout” facilitation, where company managers produce output to solve problems and improve their business. His consulting practice focuses on development and implementation of corporate strategy, change management, and executive leadership. Mr. Nesori has been a prolific contributor to HRI publications, and is also actively involved with volunteer efforts in Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Hideki KUNITOMO

Senior Consultant Hideki KUNITOMO
Mr. Kunitomo is a graduate of Meiji University with a commerce degree from the school of business. He began his career in human resources training at a major credit financing company. At HRI, Mr. Kunitomo is involved with our process consulting called “workout” facilitation, where company managers produce output designed to improve their own business. Mr. Kunitomo is also an adjunct professor for the executive program at Chukyo University’s economics department. He has participated in volunteer activities in Vietnam and Madagascar, and is also a contributor to HRI print publications.

Tomomi UCHIDA

Chief Consultant Tomomi UCHIDA
Ms. Uchida is a graduate of Meiji University School of Business. She also received a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Tsukuba University Graduate School. She has also studied abroad in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Uchida began her career with an international NGO organization, whose mission was to provide support and assistance to developing countries. A veteran at HRI, she remains actively involved in human resource development and training, corporate marketing strategy, and organizational development. She is also a major contributor to HRI print publications. Ms. Uchida remains actively involved in social activities, making frequent visits to Vietnam and Cambodia to keep contacts with local pre-schools and primary schools supported by HRI.

Hideaki AZUMA

Chief Consultant Hideaki AZUMA
Mr. Azuma graduated from Gakushuin University with a degree in economics. He also completed an MBA degree from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in the US. Mr. Azuma is actively involved in corporate in-house training for marketing, corporate strategy, business communication, and logical thinking, to name a few. He is an official facilitator of the “Awakening the Dreamer” program in Japan, and is pursuing certification for “System Coaching” for organizational change. He is a frequent writer for HRI publications. In addition, he also has acted as an adjunct professor at Chukyo University. Mr. Azuma is an avid environmentalist and is interested in promoting sustainability issues. He has also participated in social activities in Vietnam, Cambodia and Madagascar.

Naoshi KANOU

Consultant Naoshi KANOU
Mr. Kanou completed a management of technology (MOT) from Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has also pursued graduate studies abroad in the UK.
Mr. Kanou began his career at an architectural materials company and was involved with the development of distribution sales channels. He was also involved in the training of associates, and was honored as a distinguished instructor by the firm for six consecutive years. At HRI, Mr. Kanou is the leader of the vision strategy team, which develops training programs to assist companies in creating business strategies, corporate mission and vision, and leadership skills. In addition, he is involved with our process consulting called “workout” facilitation, where company managers produce output designed to improve their own business. He is a contributor to HRI publications, and has participated in volunteer activities in Vietnam and South Korea.

Toshihiro NAKANO

Chief Consultant Toshihiro NAKANO
Mr. Nakano graduated from Keio University with a degree in business. He began his career with stints at Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola where he was involved in marketing and product planning and development. At HRI, Mr. Nakano is the leader of the communications team, and works closely with clients to develop customized programs for business communication, sales and presentations. He is also a major contributor to HRI print publications. Mr. Nakano has participated in volunteer projects in Vietnam and Madagascar.

Ichiro INAGAKI

Consultant Ichiro INAGAKI

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.

Junko KOJIMA

Consultant Junko KOJIMA
Junko Kojima graduated from Aoyama University with a degree in social informatics (Thesis title: Disrupted Learning Design). She began her career at Senden-Kaigi where she was involved with the planning and promotion of educational programs. She joined HRI and has been assigned to the communications team where she focuses on business communication skills programs. She is a passionate person that brings a lot of energy into her classes, Ms. Kojima has created the Artful Thinking program that fosters creativity, and regularly facilitates the ‘Hara Café,’ which are casual get-togethers that discuss social topics.

Naoko ISHIDA

Consultant Naoko ISHIDA
Ms. Ishida graduated from Ryukyu University with a degree in international language and culture. She has also pursued graduate studies abroad at Heinrich-Heine-Universitat in Dusseldorf Germany. She began her career in a leading fast food chain involved with the development and training of human resources. At HRI, Ms. Ishida conducts seminars for a variety of business communication skills and presentation. She is the coordinator of the Manpower project, which is a service that teaches critical thinking and analytical skills to college students. She is an active contributor to HRI’s print publications, and has participated in volunteer efforts in Vietnam and the Tohoku region.

Kohei HIGASHI

Researcher Kohei HIGASHI
Mr. Higashi graduated from Tokyo University School of Agriculture with a degree in international agricultural development.  He began his career as a human resources specialist, involved with the planning and training for new recruits and mid-careers.  At HRI, Mr. Higashi is active in providing seminars for business communication skills, logical thinking, and time management.  He is an active contributor to HRI publications, and is often involved in specialized research assignments.  Mr. Higashi often participates in social volunteer activities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Madagascar, and the Tohoku area.

Yumi SEIMIYA

Consultant Yumi SEIMIYA
Ms. Seimiya is a graduate of Dokkyo University with a major in the Law of International Relations.  She also received a Diploma from the University of East Anglia in Development Studies, and a Master’s degree in Multi-cultural Education from London University. She spent some time in Kenya as part of her education requirement. She began her career at a leading English training company in Japan.  At HRI,  she provides logical thinking, business communication skills, and presentation programs in her native Japanese language, but is also involved with global English-based programs as well.  She is also Vietnam Business Development Director and a contributing writer for HRI publications and has appeared as a guest speaker on FM Yokohama for her volunteer efforts with the Touch Tohoku project.

Santiago Kentaro IIDA

Consultant Santiago Kentaro IIDA
Mr. Iida graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo, with a degree in Business Administration. He was named the Intern of the Year in 2008 from the School of Management. He began his career as a steward with an international carrier based in Dubai. At HRI, he provides logical thinking, business communication skills, and presentation programs in his native Japanese language and in English as well. He creates his own program such as cross cultural communication. He provides some seminars overseas as well. In addition, he is involved with our process consulting called "workout" facilitation, where company managers produce output designed to improve their own business. He is a contributor to HRI publications. He also provides classes to Economic department at Chukyo University. Mr. Iida is committed to social innovation and creating awareness among young adults.

Atsunori YASHIMA

Consultant Yasuhiro KAWAMURA

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.

Atsunori YASHIMA

Consultant Atsunori YASHIMA

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 KIYOHIRO

Executive Consultant Larry KIYOHIRO

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.

Ginger Griggs

HRI Partner / Senior Consultant Ginger Griggs

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.

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