Our people


Saeko, NODA

Cross Cultural Business Trainer
Lecturer (SME promotion, Business Promotion)

Registered Management consultant
(Certified by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan)


MA at Institute of Social Studies (Den Hague, the Netherlands).
BA at International Christian University (Tokyo)

Work experiences:
She was in charge as Associate Portfolio Manager at United Nations Office for Project Services (New York), after having served as a researcher of JICA-Vietnam project. Moved to Senegal, of West Africa in 2003 and returned home and established a consulting company in 2005 which delivers management consulting services and training opportunities to enterprises in Japan. Currently serving as a part-time lecturer at Nihon Fukushi University, Graduate School.

Lecture/workshop experiences:
>She has delivered relevant and practical cross-cultural communication training workshops to non-Japanese/Japanese staff at foreign affiliated companies such as Reckitt Benckiser Japan, Oracle Japan & Oracle India, Plansee Japan, Shaeffler Japan etc.. She has also many lecturing experiences with Japanese companies such as Ibiden, Brother Industries, Sekisui Plastics, Chamber of Commerce, NGOs, and international organizations such as Asia Productivity Organization (APO). She has been also serving as a course leader and lecturer of the following courses hosted by JICA and had many experiences in designing the course curriculum and delivering some lecturing and workshop sessions to government officers in the following countries.


Saeko Noda, Noriko Yoshikawa, Kiriko Okuda (2016)
“Business Promotion and Management” Hitonomori Co.,Ltd.


Yui Fumie (Edited) with Social Business Study group (2012)
“You can also become a social entrepreneur!”, Fuzanbo International



The Japanese Version of Project Cycle Management: Adoption, Adaptation and Application of ZOPP ?. A comparative analysis of methods and methodologies"
published as Institute of Social Studies working paper (August 2000),
Working Paper NO.319

Robert Chambers’ ‘Ideas for Development' (2007) Akashi Shoten


Language: English, Japanese

Masanobu, ABE

Global business trainer and management consultant

Profile: MBA, Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rennes.After serving as Director of the Euro Research Institute, he was Professor at Rennes School of Business in France (Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rennes), lecturing Global management, Inter-cultural communication, and Japanese-style management etc. As a freelance journalist for 'Foresight' 'Weekly Shincho' 'Themis' etc., he has in-depth knowledge of the current business trend in Europe, US, and Japan.

Lecture Experiences: Major companies in Japan such as Nissan, Nichirei, NGK, Hitachi, JVC, Bandai, TBS etc. have benefited from his relevant business briefings/cross-cultural case study/conflict management training which led to performance improvement of each company.His lecturing experiences as a global business trainer also include European/American capital based enterprises in Japan such as Reckitt Benckiser, HSBC, and Philips Japan etc..

Publication: 'Servant spirit: the Japanese Mentality'

Research visits; European countries, USA, Russia, Middle east and Asia

Language: English, French, Japanese

Yuria Elvinia
Global business trainer

M.A. in International Cooperation Studies, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University

Work experiences:Born between her Japanese parents, Yuria spent 10 years of her childhood in Malaysia and Singapore. After obtaining a master�fs degree, she worked as a human resources staff for a Japanese server hosting company where multi-national engineers gather. Later on, Yuria pursued her career in a translation/interpretation agency where she served as translator, interpreter as well as client coordinator. After staying in the Philippines due to her husband�fs job, she came back to Japan to work for a major trading company. Her main duties in the Mineral Resources Department of the corporation include in-house translation, interpretation, secretary to manager, assisting the incorporation of an overseas subsidy, and business skills training to the newly employed staff. Her career as a translator covers various business settings from board levels to party reception, which makes her well acquainted with diverse business environment.

Lecture experiences:

Lectures for government officials from the developing countries organized by JICA

Languages: Japanese, English and Spanish


Cross-cultural business/legal trainer

Juris Doctor at Nagoya Graduated University, LL.M at University College London, London University, Master of Business and International Law at Yokohana National University.

She worked for programme on environment and sustainable development, in academic division, the United Nation University. She was in charge as a project researcher and conducted training projects and field research in various countries, such as China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, England and E.U. After continued academic research in international environmental law at UCL, she handled legal documents at a private company in Japan. She has a license of immigration lawyer (Gyosei-shoshi).

Lecture experiences:Japanese Law, Hanoi Law University, 2010
Training workshop for government officials, JICA, 2011

Language: English and Japanese

Akiko Obayashi

Japanese business manner trainer

Work Experiences;

She grew up in Hong Kong for 8 years but with Japanese family background, As a flight attendant in a foreign based airline company, she accumulated for 8 years of rich cross-cultural working experiences with her colleagues from China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Sri-Lanka, and Indonesia).

Later, as a business manner trainers, she provided abundant lectures and workshops on Japanese business manner (telephone conversations, taboos and rituals, exchanging of name cards, greetings).

Language: English and Japanese