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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 20 years of 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

Associate 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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Alex Michaelson

Artist Manager - Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alex has also lived in Boston, New York City, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and both Kanazawa and Kyoto in Japan before coming to Tokyo. A lover of music and the performing arts, as well as languages, cuisine, nature, and travel, Alex majored in Japanese at Tufts University with a minor in Mass Communications & Media Studies and further s...

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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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Satoshi Inui

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After graduation in Japan, Satoshi moved to Manchester, UK, to study a Higher National Diploma in Music and New Media Management, driven by his passion for UK rock music. After a successful two years in Manchester he decided to pursue his study of Music Business further by moving down to London. While studying as a postgraduate there he staged an event based on the them...

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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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Sara Genung

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

After a 4-year psychology major in Bard college in New York, Sara has then moved back to Tokyo to pursue a career in event management. Since joining Empire this year in 2018, Sara has been involved in several large projects for SAP, Bvlgari, Adidas and many more.

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Moses Lim

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

A Malaysian who has lived in both Singapore & Malaysia (multi-ethnic countries), Lim grew up with a colorful background consisting of various Southeast-Asian cultural perspective. He then continued to further expand his knowledge of culture while studying cultural anthropology at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. Possessing the desire to connect people with differen...

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Daisuke Furuya

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

While immersed in music and skateboarding, Daisuke lived on the West Coast of the US learning architecture and interior design. After returning home, with his skills, he contributed expanding California shoe brands as a PR / Marketing. Joining Empire from 2018, he aims to produce events that takes full advantage of his experience. His hobbies is carpeting, traveling...

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Seiko Mihashi

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Tokyo. After graduating from university, Seiko worked for an advertising agency where she was mainly in charge of fashion clients and engaged in a wide range of projects. Seiko joined Empire in 2018. Everyday she works on the motto of “cheerfully, happily, brightly”. She likes traveling, beer and chilling out at public baths.

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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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Laly Woo

Editor - Tokyo, Japan

A recent addition to the creative talent at Empire, Laly applies 7 years experience in the event industry and managing community art initiatives in Hong Kong to creating and realizing breakthrough activations. Applying a Human Centered Design approach in her work, Laly is adept at visualizing ideas, turning a simple spoken thought into 3D images that express the core...

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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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Kazutomo Oshima

Sales and Operations Manager - Tokyo, Japan

Born in Tokyo, Kazutomo initially joined Yamagiwa to work with lighting and interior design, but was placed in the audio and visual department. He then moved onto a domestic DJ manufacturing business. He also worked for a company that imported products to be sold on TV, and subsequently worked long and busy days at an audio and visual rental company. Kazutomo joined ...

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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.