Akira Yamaguchi has been appointed as Investissement Québec International’s next representative in Japan dedicated to attracting Japanese investment to the province of Québec. She will be based at the Québec Government Office in Tokyo led by David Brulotte.
Fluently trilingual in English, French and Japanese, Akira brings over 15 years of experience in international business development in France, Québec and Japan. Her in-depth knowledge of the Japanese market and the Québec-Japan business cultures, combined with her vast network in high-growth sectors such as animation and video games, make Akira well positioned to help Investissement Québec International achieve greater success in the Japanese market. Akira joined Investissement Québec International in April to ensure a transition with Mohan Patel, who plans to take gradual retirement later this year.
Prior to her position at Investissement Quebec International, she has close to a decade of experience as a independent consultant. She coordinated the opening of two branch offices for Japanese video game companies in Montreal, she participated in several official trade missions including the Asia Pacific Foundation First Canada’s first women-only business mission to Japan in 2019.
She has assisted many companies in their efforts to develop business opportunities in Japan and the Western countries. Akira was a board member and secretary of the Quebec Japan Business Forum (QJBF) for 2 years and was then elected as President for 3 years. Akira was also the moderator and MC of “L’Effet Québec “in Shibuya, a B2B event from the Quebec Government initiative, showcasing the Quebec creator’s know-how in digital creativity.
Akira was born and raised in France from Japanese parents. She has lived in Montreal for 11 years and has become a Canadian citizen in 2014.