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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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Maki Tsutsumi

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

Maki Tsutsumi, General Manager of APAC Business Development Group Empire Entertainment Japan, is based in Hong Kong running business in greater China as well as Japan for international clients. Since Maki joined with like-minded professionals to launch Empire Entertainment Japan, she has produced a number of events specializing in international deals for global cor...

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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. He has in the past worked as a ski and snowboard instructor, along with being a carpenter. He works hard with a smile as an events Producer, and is constantly looking for inspiration while also being reflective and keeping in go...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Naoko Itoh

Marketing & Communications - Tokyo, Japan

Naoko Itoh is a communication specialist for advertising and PR especially for the luxury industry. She started her career as public relations at Omega, the Swiss watch industry and then gained experience in the luxury watch field as a communication manager for Breguet, IWC. Since 2002 she has worked as a brand management in Swatch Group Japan and de GRISOGONO, a ...

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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 jo...

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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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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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Jun Hanamoto

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Growing up between Japan and Australia, Jun Hanamoto has spent much of his life exploring video editing around the globe. With a background in post-production, he began working as an assistant at Fox International Channels Japan, and over the next 6 years worked his way up to the position of director. He has worked extensively on projects throughout Japan and also overs...

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Yusuke Shimba

Producer - Tokyo

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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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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Orson McClellan

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

With both samurai (Japanese) and cowboy (Texan) blood coursing through his veins, 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 corporat...

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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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Gentaro Makinoda

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Gentaro is an IRONMAN triathlon survivor with a degree in architecture. During his 13 years’ experience in advertising, Gentaro has led many successful marketing projects for blue chip brands, including the global advertising campaign for Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive. Passionate about art and technology, he is now also heading up Empire’s media art business...

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Haruka Matsuno

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

ドイツ生まれの、”地球”育ち。 人生の約半分を日本、もう半分を海外(ドイツ、カナダ、パナマ、アメリカ)で過ごした、複数のアイデンティティの持ち主。 大好きなダンスをきっかけに、ステージやイベントの裏方に...

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Juliette Truffy

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Born in France, Juliette holds a Master degree in Japanese studies from the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations and a MBA in Luxury Marketing Management from ISC Paris. She also attended Waseda University & Keio University in Japan. In addition she completed the edX Harvard University program on China Studies & MIT-Harvard progr...

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Samon Takagi

Artist Manager - Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

神奈川県横浜市出身。大学卒業後、イベント会社に入社。短期間に複数の大規模なライブコンサートの運営に従事し、エンターテイメントビジネスのタフさと、イベントが成功した時の感動を同時に経験する。その後、放送局系の音楽出版社に...

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Natsuko Takasago

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Finding a passion in video production, Natsuko studied Media Studies in college in the UK. After graduation, she returned to Tokyo and worked on various projects including advertising and entertainment. In August of 2016 she joined the Empire team.

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Maya Furmanovsky

Intern - Tokyo, Japan

After spending 3 years of High School in Australia, and a one-year study abroad in New York University in New York City, Maya has made Japan home once again. She currently studies Business and Politics at the international liberal arts department of Waseda University. She have always enjoyed traveling, fashion styling, listening to live music and going to music festival...

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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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Josh Woodcock

Associate Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Josh has interests that go all over the map. He is a law school graduate with a concentration in intellectual properties. He also is a musician and runs a small independent music label, producing boutique vinyl records including the Record Store Day release of the Pizza Underground, and has released records of his own on vinyl on various record labels. Outside of mu...

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Twins Stifani

Interns - Tokyo, Japan

Luca and Gabriele were born on the same day, in the same place, the south of Italy. The Stifani Twins have shared everything since their birth. Growing up, they worked together in the family butcher shop. When they weren’t cutting meat they were cutting film, editing clips of their favorite movies using two VCRs and a Walkman. After completing their studies in ...

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Amy Duley

Intern - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Tokyo, Amy is an intern at Empire and is enjoying learning about the hustle and bustle of event production. She currently studies business at the University of Portland. Her hobbies include art, attempting to play the guitar, running, and eating. She has an unhealthy obsession with Mexican food and rice balls filed with tuna.

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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.