Annamarie Sasagawa, CCCJ Governor

Annamarie Sasagawa

Kao Corporation

I grew up in British Columbia and first came to Japan 16 years ago. I’m a cultural anthropologist by training and worked in tourism in Japan and China and consumer ethnography in Japan before taking my current role in global communications at a Japanese multinational. I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Tokyo and an Adjunct MBA Instructor of Corporate Philosophy at the University of Tsukuba, where I teach MBA students in Tokyo the frameworks and strategies they need to clarify, embed, and measure purpose in global organizations. 

The CCCJ exists to develop the Japan-Canada business relationship, and I want this to be a relationship based on mutual understanding and a willingness to learn from each other. As an active member of the CCCJ’s Global Diversity Management Committee, I have been working to organize events where interested people on both sides of the Japan-Canada business relationships can learn about diversity management.

As a CCCJ governor, I will apply my expertise in communications and stakeholder management to two specific goals: implementing a communications strategy that builds a strong, sustainable Chamber by increasing engagement with diverse stakeholders in the Japan-Canada business community; and continuing to support the Global Diversity Management Committee to position the CCCJ as the go-to place in Japan for interested people to learn about how to leverage diverse perspectives to create both business and social value.

Like all CCCJ members, I know firsthand the challenges and rewards of doing business across cultures, and the value an active Chamber of Commerce provides. I appreciate the CCCJ’s culture of respect and openness, and look forward to the opportunity to further invest in the Japan-Canada relationship.