Matcha, Inc

  • CEO

    Yu Aoki

  • COO/CFO

    Taichi Mori

  • CTO

    Tatsuaki Wakabayashi

  • General Manager
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Kwan Srisongkram

  • General Manager
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Yuka Mori

  • Chief
    Planning Promotion Office

    Kaori Sotoku

  • Chief
    Planning Promotion Office

    Riko Koyonagi

  • Editor in Chief (Japanese)

    Hiromasa Uematsu

  • Manager of Editorial Division

    Yumi Uedo

  • Chief of Editorial Division/ Director

    Mayuko Shimogishi

  • Editor/Writer

    Miho Moriya

  • Editor in Chief - English

    Ramona Taranu

  • Editor in Chief - Chinese

    Miho Wan

  • Editor - History & Culture

    Fumi Kou

  • Editor

    Li Yi Chien

  • Editor in Chief - Thai

    Kanittha

  • Web Director

    Yuma Maezawa

  • Web Analyst

    Asako Fukushima

  • Lead Engineer

    Satoru Kuramoto

  • Engineer

    Abu Sufian

  • CEO

    Yu Aoki

    Born in Tokyo in 1989, he graduated with a degree in Japanese Studies from Meiji University. During a year off, he traveled around the world and worked for the Doha International Book Fair in 2012. After graduating, he worked for the digital agency Augment 5 Inc. He established MATCHA Inc. in 2013, and was appointed CEO/Managing Director. His hobbies are traveling and visiting hot springs.

  • COO/CFO

    Taichi Mori

    Born in 1990 in Tokyo, and a graduate of Meiji University with a degree in Japanese Studies. Has worked in domestic financial institutions, back office operations, and investment banking related fields. He joined MATCHA in 2017, supporting MATCHA's infrastructure. His hobby is playing golf monthly.

  • CTO

    Tatsuaki Wakabayashi

    Born in 1989, he joined Yahoo Japan Corporation as a new graduate, and helped to develop the "Yahoo! Japan" top page while working as an engineer. Worked as a freelance consultant in web branding and team building in 2015, and joined MATCHA in 2017.

  • General Manager
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Kwan Srisongkram

    Born in Thailand in 1986, she is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University, with a degree in Political Sciences - International Relations. Came to Japan in 2008, and graduated from Toho Gakuen Specialty College in 2011, and worked as an AD for TV programs, in overseas advance consultations, and inbound sales. Currently works as MATCHA's General Manager of Inbound Strategy Division. Her favorite food is pork shabu shabu, and her hobby is single lens camera photography.

  • General Manager
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Yuka Mori

    Engaged in domestic marketing at a web advertising agency, launching both domestic and foreign media. Became a planner at MATCHA in 2017. She dreams of changing user's attitudes on the web, and creating and instrumenting content. Her favorite lunch is a boiled egg.

  • Chief
    Planning Promotion Office

    Kaori Sotoku

    Born in Nara, she graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University with a degree in literature. After working holidays/travels abroad, she joined MATCHA in the hopes of sharing the uniqueness of Japan to a wider, international audience. Currently she works in promoting/managing advertisement projects and smoothing the operations of the strategic department. Her hobby is reading mystery novels and having picnics.

  • Chief
    Planning Promotion Office

    Riko Koyonagi

    An Edo-ko who grew up in Tokyo and loves festivals, she aspires to share the charms of Japan with the world and as such joined MATCHA in August 2017 as part of the Inbound Strategy Department. The focus of her current work is on information visualization.

  • Editor in Chief (Japanese)

    Hiromasa Uematsu

    Born in 1987, in Hiroshima. After studying under the Maritime Self-Defense Force and majoring in literature at Keio University, he worked as an editor at G.B. Publishing Co., Ltd., and joined MATCHA in 2015. In addition to handling Japanese editorial work, he is also in charge of general administration for all language editions. His hobbies are working, mountain climbing and taking care of his pet goldfish.

  • Manager of Editorial Division

    Yumi Uedo

    Born in Maebashi, Gunma, in 1983. She joined MATCHA in December 2016, after working for a mail order company and in publishing. Her hobbies are caming, visiting hot springs and joining craft beer brewery tours.

  • Chief of Editorial Division/ Director

    Mayuko Shimogishi

    Previously worked as an editor for Japanese web media company,  focusing on women's fashion and health.  Lived in Australia and joined Matcha after returning to Japan. Responsible for editing, sponsored content promotion and creative direction.  Hobby is watching foreign TV dramas.

  • Editor/Writer

    Miho Moriya

    Libra, with AB blood type. Thanks to her travels to over 30 countries, is fascinated by the heartwarming encounters she has enjoyed all around the world. After many twists and turns, came to work at MATCHA in 2017. Faces her work everyday with the hope that her beloved Japan will come to be loved by people from all over the world. Her favorite things are traveling, camels, and seeing starry skies over the desert.

  • Editor in Chief - English

    Ramona Taranu

    Born in 1985 in Romania. While studing Nohgaku at the Waseda University Graduate School in the literature department, she coordinated the literary periodical "Bungaku Kingyo", which features serialized drama criticisms and essays. She joined MATCHA straight from graduate school. Currently she is responsible for the English edition of MATCHA, with an emphasis on editing and writing original articles.

  • Editor in Chief - Chinese

    Miho Wan

    Born in 1989, she graduated with a degree in film studies and began writing her own blogs on Japan as a student here. She has worked as an editor for translations of Japanese fashion magazines, copywriter for advertising agencies, author for tourism agencies and private travel companies, and has published four books on Japan in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Currently is the head editor for MATCHA's Taiwanese edition.

  • Editor - History & Culture

    Fumi Kou

    Born in 1986, she has a degree in history. She has worked as a journalist for a Taiwanese economics magazine, a Taiwanese agent corporation public relations officer, and in American skin care product marketing. Currently, she is an editor for the Taiwanese edition of MATCHA. She is a big fan of history and manga, and is a huge pre-Edo history buff. She loves visiting Japan's 100 Top Castles, and is learning to play the sanshin. Her favorite dogs are huskies and Shiba inu.

  • Editor

    Li Yi Chien

    Born in 1988, is an Aquarius with the AB blood type. Graduated with a degree in risk management and insurance. She likes to travel and eat, and has a personal blog where she posts travel impressions and information on Japan. Currently she works as an editor for MATCHA's Taiwanese edition. Although a self-confessed foodie, she is not a fan of alcohol or sticky foods.

  • Editor in Chief - Thai

    Kanittha

    From Bangkok, Thailand, she graduated from Chulalongkorn University witha degree in Philosophy from the Literature Department. She is a fan of Japan's otaku culture and first came to Japan to see the real Japan that she had learned about first on paper. Currently she is in charge of editing MATCHA's Thai edition. She has over 10 years of experience in translation and interpretation. Her mind is eternally 20 years old, however her actual age is a company secret.

  • Web Director

    Yuma Maezawa

    After working at a travel agency and software development company, he joined MATCHA as a web designer. Currently, in addition to web design, he also conducts site improvements and does site renewal project management. His two pugs are his reason for living.

  • Web Analyst

    Asako Fukushima

    Worked as a graphic designer in the design of leaflets/promotional materials, then in the operation and analysis of hotels and ryokan sites as a web designer. After becoming interested in regional tourism, she joined MATCHA. Currently, she works hard everyday to change the future through web analysis. Is a WACA certified web analyst.

  • Lead Engineer

    Satoru Kuramoto

    Born in the winter of 1985. After working in design in the game and video industry, he moved to the web industry. After leaving his former company, he joined MATCHA in April 2016 as an engineer. Although formerly a designer, he now works mainly in systems. His hobbies are reading and painting.

  • Engineer

    Abu Sufian

    Born in 1991, he is an engineer from Bangladesh. His interest in Japanese robotics brought him to Japan. He loves Japanese tea and miso soup, and is proficient in Java. His hobbies are watching movies, and playing soccer and cricket.