- Haruo Matsuzaki
- Chief delegate
- Sake Journalist / Consultant
President and Chief Consultant of Delica Network Service
Chairman of Sake Export Association
Born in Yokohama, in 1960. After graduated from Sophia University Foreign Language department, majored in Spanish, he joined Seibu Department Stores. He was a buyer of food and liqueur at Hachioji and Shibuya stores. In 1997, he has started his new career as Sake journalist and consultant. He published several books about Sake including “A Guidebook of Nihonshu(sake).”
- Chief delegate
- John Gauntner
- Sake Journalist
Born in Ohio, in 1962. He joined JET program and came to Japan in 1988. After working as an electrical engineer, he decided to be Sake journalist spread sake culture outside of Japan. He has written series of articles about Japanese sake culture in the Japan Times (Japan’s most widely read English language newspaper) for 8 years since 1994. He has been running “Sake-Professional Course,” in Japan and several cities in the US. More than 600 people worldwide has participated the course. He is the co-founder and content editor of the world’s first and only sake-only magazine, Sake Today, which was founded in 2014. He also hosts sake seminar to foreign residents of Japan. Furthermore he has joined SEA (Sake Export Association), contributing to spread Japanese sake to US, Canada and Europe. He lectured in Harvard University, Colombia University, and several divisions of Japan-America Societies. He has published “Sake Handbook” (Tuttle Pub), “Nihonshu ga umai, Otona-no Izakaya Tokyo-hen” (Good restaurants with excellent sake in Tokyo), “Nihon-jin mo shiranai, nihonshu no hanashi? America-jin no Nihonshu Dendo-shi John Gauntner” (Facts of Sake that Japanese don’t know - Sake Evangelist, John Gauntner)
- Yoko Yamamoto
- Sake and Food Journalist
Born in Sakaiminato-shi, Tottori. As an editor-in-chief, she has been introducing Japanese traditional foods, condiments and sake, such as macrobiotic food, lean diet and brown rice. After being a free-lancer, she stated her lifework as “Cheering up precious Japanese food.” And she has been actively providing seminars of sake, brand advisor of Japanese regional foods, journalists across Japan. She has edited “Junmaishu Book,” Gensen Nihonshu Techo (book of selected Sake)” and other books. Her motto is “a cup of sake a day!”http://www.yohkoyama.com
- Eisuke Iida
- President of Okanaga Inc.
Chief Manager of Japan Prestige Sake Association
Born in Tokyo, in 1956. After graduated from Saitama University Economics department, he joined Okanaga. He became the president of the company in1994. In 1995, he because vice president of SSI (Sake Service Institute International). He has become chief manager of Japan Prestige Sake Association in 2006. In 2009 he became board of trustee of Food & Beverage Specialists Organization and Master of Sake. Now he leads Japan Prestige Sake Association. From May 2004, he serves as taster of Sake Buying Guide of Vinotheque, the only wine magazine published in Japan.
- Tomotake Kawagoe
- Creative Director
President of Tomograph Inc.,
Board member of Best In Class Producers Inc.
He is born Miyazaki in 1969. After graduated from Hitotsubashi University Social Science Division in 1992, he started his career at ADK. He worked as a system engineer, a strategic planner, tvc planner and a creative director. In 2011, he joined Drill, a non-traditional creative boutique owned by Dentsu and ADK. In 2013, he launched TOMOGRAPH. In 2015 he has become a board member of Best In Class Producers. Now as a creative director, he’s field of work include TVC and communication campaign planning, marketing strategy development, and product development. He served as a judge of Adfest and Adman awards in 2006, Cannes Lions in 2008, Spikes Asia in 2009, New York festivals in 2009 and 2015.
- Akiko Shibata
- President of Tokyo Saketen Inc.
Born in Akita Prefecture, raised up in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. She graduated from Hitotsubashi University, Commerce Department. She has built her career in American consulting corporation, American advertising agency, securities company and global banking group, she has started her own company called Tokyo Shuten (Tokyo Sake shop), as she sees great potential in sake market in and out of Japan.