MATCHA Inc.

  • CEO

    Yu Aoki

  • Chief Editor
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Hiromasa Uematsu

  • General Manager
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Kwan Srisongkram

  • Producer
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Kenta Sugizaki

  • Producer
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Shinnosuke Saito

  • Chief Editor - English
    Media / Editorial Division

    Ramona Taranu

  • Editor - Thai
    Media / Editorial Division

    Kanittha

  • Chief of Editorial Division
    Media / Editorial Division

    Mayuko Shimogishi

  • Editor - Traditional Chinese / History & Culture
    Media / Editorial Division

    Fumi Kou

  • Editor
    Media / Editorial Division

    Naoki Mizobata

  • Editor - Traditional Chinese
    Media / Editorial Division

    Chen Jou Yuan

  • Chief of Planning Promotion Office
    Media / Editorial Division

    Riko Koyonagi

  • Planning Promotion Office
    Media / Editorial Division

    Monami Ishii

  • Chief Editor - Traditional Chinese
    Media / Editorial Division

    Miho Wang

  • Editor/Writer

    Miho Moriya

  • Editor
    Media / Editorial Division

    Kosuke Deki

  • Editor - Thai
    Media / Editorial Division

    Chayangkul

  • Web Analyst / Designer
    Media / Editorial Division

    Asako Fukushima

  • Designer
    Media / Editorial Division

    Kenji Asami

  • Lead Engineer
    Systems Division

    Satoru Kuramoto

  • Engineer
    Systems Division

    Abu Sufian

  • Engineer
    Systems Division

    Naoya Akimoto

  • 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.

  • Chief Editor
    Inbound Strategy Division

    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.

  • 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.

  • Producer
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Kenta Sugizaki

    After working at a domestic financial institution, he embarked on a trip around the world that lasted for a year and a half. After experiencing a warm reception during his overseas travels, he decided that he would like visitors to Japan to also have a similar experience, and this prompted him to join MATCHA. Is a fan of the Yokohama DeNA Baystars baseball team. His hobbies are camping, mountain climbing, attending festivals, eating ramen, listening to music, and watching movies.

  • Producer
    Inbound Strategy Division

    Shinnosuke Saito

    Born in 1992 in Miyagi Prefecture. Graduate of Meiji University School of Commerce. Studied abroad in New York and became passionate about international exchange. After gaining experience in digital producing at an advertising firm, he joined MATCHA in Fall 2018. Likes places with good music and sake. He splits his time between Tokyo and the Shonan area. Founding member of MATCHA.

  • Chief Editor - English
    Media / Editorial Division

    Ramona Taranu

    Born in 1985 in Romania. While studying 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 - Thai
    Media / Editorial Division

    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.

  • Chief of Editorial Division
    Media / Editorial Division

    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 - Traditional Chinese / History & Culture
    Media / Editorial Division

    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
    Media / Editorial Division

    Naoki Mizobata

    Sagittarius, blood type O. Graduated from the Russian Language and Literature Department of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Took part in public relations activities for company CSR (corporate social responsibility), and was involved with media work in the field of international cooperation. After connecting with people engaged in the revitalization of local communities, he became interested in the attractive features of Japan’s different regions, and subsequently joined MATCHA. Yoga enthusiast.

  • Editor - Traditional Chinese
    Media / Editorial Division

    Chen Jou Yuan

    Born in Taiwan. Before joining MATCHA, held positions at a travel agency, an interview coordinating agency, and an application operating company. Currently works as editor on MATCHA’s Taiwanese website, and as inbound editorial director. He’s currently in charge of project proposals, of writing and editing articles and also of the Taiwanese translation department. His hobbies are reading, basketball, photography appreciation, and visiting hot springs (onsen).

  • Chief of Planning Promotion Office
    Media / Editorial Division

    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.

  • Planning Promotion Office
    Media / Editorial Division

    Monami Ishii

    Born in Tokyo in 1993. A graduate of Meiji University’s School of Global Japanese Studies. Can never sit still for very long, so likes to go out and do things. While walking around the town, is always on the lookout for news and information of relevance to international visitors to Japan. Hobbies are traveling and photography. While visiting all sorts of places throughout Japan and overseas as well, likes taking pictures.

  • Chief Editor - Traditional Chinese
    Media / Editorial Division

    Miho Wang

    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/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
    Media / Editorial Division

    Kosuke Deki

    Born in Osaka in 1989. Graduated from Waseda University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (French Studies). After working as a book and magazine editor at a publishing company, he then joined MATCHA. Is currently in charge of writing and editing articles written in Japanese. He has a deep appreciation for the animation series "Kochi Kame" and is proud to be living in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. Usually never sticks with any new hobby and soon gives up, but surprisingly he has been enjoying listening to the radio and watching theater for a relatively long time.

  • Editor - Thai
    Media / Editorial Division

    Chayangkul

    Born in Thailand in 1983. Graduated from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Education (Department of Art). Interested in Japanese art, also graduated from Nihon Kogakuin College’s Graphic Design Department in 2012. Afterwards, helped to produce pamphlets on Japanese tourism while back in Thailand. Currently serves as an editor of MATCHA’s Thai language website.

  • Web Analyst / Designer
    Media / Editorial Division

    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.

  • Designer
    Media / Editorial Division

    Kenji Asami

    A graduate of Musashino Art University’s Department of Design Informatics. Joined MATCHA in 2018, after spending time at a production company. As a web designer, he handles the company’s website design and implementation, as well as conducting site improvements. His hobbies are fishing, mountain climbing, cooking, and vaudeville theater. He especially likes peaceful, rural landscapes.

  • Lead Engineer
    Systems Division

    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
    Systems Division

    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.

  • Engineer
    Systems Division

    Naoya Akimoto

    During university, he studied how to help international travelers in Japan, presenting at conferences in and outside of Japan. After graduating, he joined a IT venture company and learned web engineering. He joined MATCHA wanting to put his university research to use. His favorite food is yaki manju.