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Ted Miller

CEO, Empire Japan - Tokyo, Japan

Based in Tokyo, Theodore is President and Representative Director of Empire Entertainment Japan, managing the company’s growing operations in Asia. He has over 25 years’ experience working in Asia in the areas of creative media, marketing communications, information technology and general management. Theodore began his career in Japan at Dentsu Inc., Japan&#...

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Maki Tsutsumi

General Manager / Head of Empire Artist Division - Hong Kong & Tokyo, Japan

Maki Tsutsumi, General Manager of Empire Asia is based in Hong Kong and runs Empire's expanding business there and in greater China. Since Maki joined with like-minded professionals to launch Empire Entertainment Japan, she has produced a number of events specializing in international projects for global corporations including Mercedes Benz, Richard Hennessy, Gucci,...

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Kohei Izawa

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Kohei Izawa majored in Theatre Arts at Waseda University's School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. After working as a director for several years, he joined Empire Entertainment Japan as a Producer in 2008. Kohei’s project experience ranges from national events to closed parties and includes major artist concert tours, motor shows, fashion shows, launch events, movie...

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Gen Okamura

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Gen graduated from North Glasgow College, Scotland in 1996, having studied Sports/Coaching Development and Leisure & Recreation Management. Upon his graduation, for 4 years he worked as a ski and snowboard instructor in Nagano, Japan where the 1998 Winter Olympics was held. At the turn of the century, he began his work as an event producer for Ceatec Japan, Ex...

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Masato Seki

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Masato was born in Shizuoka, Japan. In the past, he worked as a banquet operator and director for a number of major hotels, directing many kinds of events such as award ceremonies, hair shows and weddings. In March 2014, Masato joined Empire as a Producer, and is putting his vast experience to good use as part of the Empire team. He loves Disney, Doraemon, and Beer.

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Yuka Kawaguchi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Yuka was born in Aichi prefecture in Japan. While attending university, she also worked as a show attendant for the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan / Mitsui Toshiba pavilion. After graduating, she began work at a startup event company in Nagoya, and few years later she worked also as a radio DJ in Aichi. After experiencing various fields, she joined Empire Entert...

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Eric Gibbs

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Eric Gibbs has over 14 years’ experience working in Japan, 10 of which have been in the convention and meetings industry. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a BA degree in Asian Studies that included one year at Waseda University in Tokyo. Eric’s experience includes the direction of long term international conferences, handling of sum...

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Hiroki Takahashi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After graduating Aoyama Gakuin University, Hiroki started to work on Events. During his 10 year career, he has been achieved many successes, such as the Berlin World Athletics, the Sochi Olympics and other massive corporate events. He also have deep knowledge of art, which allowed him to work on the cow parade held in Tokyo. He loves outdoor activities such as mountaine...

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Go Kimura

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Go Kimura is a Latino born Japanese starting his childhood in Mexico City, to Los Angeles, Tokyo then onto likes of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His in-depth experience include documentary co-production in Brazil, event creation for Mexican cultural promotion, very often casting unique talents even from the other side of the world. Realm of his scopes reach as far as ...

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Maiko Doi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After studying business in university, Maiko joined fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto and helped develop fashion events while also acting as a secretary. After that, Maiko became a pro Taiko drummer and toured the world with her group. She had over 600 performances in 30 countries. She later separated from the group and, while producing events, began selling "MICO Rhy...

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Yusuke Shimba

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Yusuke studied architecture at university. While learning about the use of space, he became fascinated with flowers and after graduation joined internationally renowned Nicolai Bergmann Flower & Design. After gaining a deep understanding of flower creations he went freelance as a flower designer. Later, as a member \\\"Plantica\\\" he gained experience through a myr...

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Nobufumi Shindo

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Nobu graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz, worked for a Japanese restaurant supplies & equipment wholesaler and a trade shows organizer before joining Empire Entertainment Japan in 2015. His widespread interests and limitless curiosity have brought him various experience and unique aspects to see things differently. With these aspects, he love...

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Haruka Matsuno

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Germany and an "owner" of multiple identities, Haruka spent half of her life in Japan and the other half overseas (Germany, Canada, Panama, USA). Following her passion for dance, she found an interest in events which led her studies in Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University in the USA. After returning to Japan, she joined Empire...

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Orson McClellan

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Japan but raised in Texas, Orson is an aspiring actor with a degree in International Business. In May 2012, Orson joined the Empire team as an intern. Finding a passion for producing he officially joined upon his graduation from Temple University Japan. He has assisted in producing in various projects, from corporate to non-profit.

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Samon Takagi

Artist Manager - Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Yokohama City. Samon managed several large concerts, got in to music publishing for a broadcasting station and coordinated music and copy rights for film ("Viriyaru" and "64 - Rokuyo -"). In 2016 he joined Empire Entertainment Japan. His hobbies are traveling, watching sports, watching movies and listening to music. He has no eye for beer.

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Bruce Nachbar

Director - Tokyo, Japan

Bruce Nachbar is a film and television producer/director with extensive experience in across many genres (Feature Film. Network and Cable Television, Documentary) and budget ranges. Project have included: Academy Award winning film MONSTERS, INC; Emmy and Golden Globe winning television shows THE WONDER YEARS and HOUSE, M.D.; Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film F...

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Kento Watanabe

Editor - Tokyo, Japan

Kento is a film editor and photographer. He started working in the film industry in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. Kento has worked on a variety of formats including TV, commercials & film. Most notably, Kento was the VFX Editor of Mad Max: Fury Road, and from 2015-2017, worked as the the Senior VFX Editor for ILM Singapore.

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Yukari Fujihara

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

From Kofu city, Yamanashi, Yukari interested in concert production studied at the National Music College. Upon graduation, she study music business and English becoming a concert promote. She was in charge of invitation and concert production of foreign artists. Burned out with large-scale concerts, she return to her origin becoming a stage manager at the concert hal...

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Mana Kuwasawa

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Talented in the piano and classic ballet, Mana made her piano debut at Suntory Hall all the while attending Musashino Music College. Prior to joining Empire Entertainment Japan, she worked on the planning and production of classical concerts for Sony Music Foundation and the NHK Music Program. Putting her experiences to good use. Beside music, she has a deep fondness...

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Martina Beszedesova

Producer - Tokyo

With more than a decade in Asia under her belt working for a variety of agencies - dealing with a vast array of Fortune 500 companies and global market leaders, Martina is a high-level interpersonal communicator with astute attention to detail and solution-finding vision. She is constantly seeking opportunities to further create positive impact, connect with others, bui...

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Crystal Ortiz

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Crystal Ortiz was born and raised in Northern Japan. Attended Waseda and Temple University Japan majoring in Communications and Media Studies. Having worked in a variety of industries including entertainment & renewable energy she now uses her unique experience as an associate producer at Empire. She enjoys winter sports and outdoor events.

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Azure Yeung

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Azure is an event producer with over 7 years of experience. As a show runner and project manager, Azure is good at creatively realizing the vision of clients and turning them into various exciting events, exhibitions, launch parties and press events with a focus on the marketing perspectives. Experienced in client connections, understanding client’s brief thoroug...

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Nana Blank

Editor - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Russia, Nana studied Russian literature, Fashion design and Movie directing. After moving to Japan, as a editor/designer, she is putting her vast experience to great use as part of the Empire team.

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Yumi Hirayama

Office Manager & Accountant - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Yumi studied business administration at college and since then has utilized her skills in accounting and computer studies at a great variety of companies. After college she began work as an administrator for a construction company, subsequently working as an instructor at a communication software development company for about four yea...

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Melissa Lim

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Singapore, an interest in Japanese sub-culture spurred Melissa to self-study the language. She moved to Kashihara, Nara in 2015 and was involved in various local festivals and community events as a Coordinator for International Relations. Having attended lots of concerts, fan events and shows, she hopes to be on the other side of the veil, produci...

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Mariko Yokogi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Mariko a proud holder of a B.A and M.A in Architecture at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, passed the National Licensure exam becoming a qualified architect (1st class) in Japan. She has experiences in the fields of architectural design, graphic design, intellectual property, editing and organizing media publication, presentation ev...

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Kei Kawasaki

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Kei born in Tokyo and raised in Chiba and London graduated at Tamagawa University. Joining the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Kei worked in Sales, Internal control and event planning with different embassies for 10 years. These experiences open her eyes and led her to join Empire. She loves to watch movies, musicals and play sports.

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Ryogo Hashiba

Producer - Tokyo

Ryogo was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan. After graduating from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law at Doshisha University he joined the Sapporo Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. He spends most of his time on STV radio, and was in charge as director of "Hidaka Akirarou Show" and "Live Spica". After his time with STV, he worked as a marriage informatio...

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Chihiro Fukudome

Associate Producer - Tokyo

After graduating from Musashino Art University, Chihiro gained experience planning and designing advertisements for TV/Web commercials and newspaper at an advertisement agency. She has used her design and art knowledge in many of the events produced with Empire . Chihiro enjoys traveling abroad, watching movies, photography, and cooking.

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Japan's top event production company, empire entertainment japan produces music, press, product launch, keynote, premiere and experiential events for many of the world's most respected brands. Empire's award winning video and film production team produces commercials, film, Internet shorts and viral videos for our many clients. Empire Artists represents top talent from genres such as video, dance, fashion, technology and variety performance for both corporate and theatrical engagements. Artists represented by Empire Artists include, enra, Marco Tempest, Alexa Meade, Han Ahn Soon, Yo-Yo world champion Black, Circus of Now and Taiko performers Mico Rhythm. Empire Entertainment Japan, based in Tokyo, is the premier experimential marketing and corporate event production agency in Japan.