On top of providing the physical location to base your initial operations out of, the team behind Anchorstar knows what it takes to succeed here, and has assembled a collection of resources and people that will be at your disposal to help you get it right.

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Taro Kodama

Founder & CEO of Anchorstar Inc.

In 2014, Taro began his own entrepreneurial path, utilizing his expertise in the Japanese market and engaging in growth support as an advisor for new business projects for a variety of companies interested in exploring the Japanese market. The culmination of these experiences led to the founding of Anchorstar in 2015.

Prior to founding Anchorstar, Taro joined Facebook in January of 2010 as their first employee in Japan, where he served as their Country Growth Manager. He was instrumental to Facebook’s expansion into the Japanese market and drove the adoption of SNS culture and users registering under their real names, which was a first in Japan for social networking services.

He entered Yahoo Japan Corp. in November of 1999 and was responsible for their social media business until he joined Facebook in January of 2010.

Taro was born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture in 1977.

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Tammy Kogure

Community Manager

Tammy currently works as an Associate at Anchorstar where she assists with the daily operations in the Anchorstar Lounge.

Prior to joining Anchorstar, Tammy acted as an entertainment hospitality & service technician with the Tokyo Disneyland Resort and Theme Park, and also has experience working in customer service & retail for a large international fashion brand.

Tammy is fluent in both English and Japanese, and was originally born and raised in the United States in California. In her free time she loves to travel to different countries, and has a passion for dancing.

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Andreas Seidler

Director, Strategy

In his function as Director of Strategy at Anchorstar, Andreas produces and steers projects to help Japanese companies to reimagine the way they do collaboration with partner companies abroad.

Prior to joining Anchorstar, Andi worked at Boston Consulting Group where he was involved in turnaround strategy planning and global post-merger integration in the healthcare and industrial goods sector.

Before starting college, he was a Manzai comedian in training and appeared in several Japanese TV programs. In his free time he enjoys watching Rakugo theater and exploring the streets of Tokyo.

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Miku Kanemaki

Assistant Producer

As an Assistant Producer, she is in charge of corporate management and accounting. She also assists Anchorstar's projects as a multi-functional talent.

Miku started her career at Anchorstar as an intern, and received an offer to work before graduation. While she was studying abroad in New York, she and Anchorstar helped Kickstarter expand their market to Japan by leading the localization. During her sophomore year, she experienced sales while interning at Origami.

Miku has 10 years of experience in classic ballet. She loves dancing and singing, especially Karaoke.

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Hodaka Kokeguchi

Director, Japan Entry

Hodaka currently leads the Japan Entry efforts at Anchorstar Inc., supporting the market entry for overseas startups and services into Japan.

Priorly he worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo, with a focus on cross border sales strategy, organization restructure and various PMI projects. He started his career as a pilot for ANA.

As he grew up in Washington DC, New York, and Yokohama, his mission is to continue bridging Japan and the world. He loves traveling and enjoys arts and music.

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Rina Shin

Area Activation

Rina is currently seconded to Anchorstar from Mori Building. She has lead the skateboard park construction project, engaged in the project for starting points such as the expansion of the Anchorstar Lounge, and participated in the launch of the Workplace Mural art project.

At Mori Building, she was in charge of accounting, and ran the department of property management for the Tokyo Garden Terrace in Kioicho.

Rina has 20 years of experience playing piano and tennis. She loves to travel and has taken an excursion around Europe during her college years.

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Yuki Kishi

Director, Discovery

Yuki is currently seconded to Anchorstar from Kodansha. He manages partnership agreements between his company and Kickstarter. He also collaborated with Colossal Media on creating the commercial wall painting, “Attack on Titans”, and created the Ikebana hands on arrangement project with Japanese Ikebana artist Yuki Tsuji as the supervisor.

After graduating college, Yuki joined Kodansha and was responsible for the advertising sales and Weekly Young Magazine’s Manga and gravure department.

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Ikue Nomura

Design Consultant

Ikue is a design consultant and partner in design firm Makeshift. She has 8 years of experience working as a design consultant and spatial designer in Chicago, Vienna, and Tokyo.

She has consulted and worked on a wide range of projects for both public and private spaces including transportation facilities, retail spaces, and workplace design.

She has a passion for good design, and loves to experiment with the power and impact it can have over people, businesses, and the spaces we interact with.

She initially earned her degree in Timber Engineering from The Vienna University of Technology and has both studied and worked in a design capacity in the U.S., Italy, Germany, Austria, and now Japan.

When she's not contemplating her next project she loves to explore and indulge in the many delicious foods found throughout Japan.

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Goro Sasaka

Co-Founder of Limret Inc.

Goro is a founding member of Limret, one of the first growth accelerators in Japan.

Prior to co-founding Limret, he worked at Dentsu where he provided holistic communication design, media planning, marketing ROI, KPI design, marketing strategy development and other services as an account executive for a range of multinational companies.

Before joining Dentsu, Goro spent time outside of Japan working in various marketing capacities for several international organizations.

Goro graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a focus in International Trade & Marketing.

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Anri Okamoto

Int'l Corporate/M&A Lawyer

Anri is a Japanese and New York State qualified lawyer currently working as in-house counsel at Mercari, Inc., a Japanese startup company running a C to C secondhand marketplace.

Prior to her role at Mercari, Anri practiced law in New York City at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP after graduating from Stanford Law School (LLM ), and passing the New York State Bar Examination in July of 2014.

Before going to Stanford Anri worked for four years at Nishimura & Asahi, one of the largest domestic law firms in Japan. There she played a key role representing both domestic and international clients in over 50 mergers and acquisitions as a Corporate/M&A lawyer.

She is bilingual and has extensive experience in providing legal advice, negotiating, and drafting agreements in both English and Japanese in collaboration with partners in U.S., European, and Asian law firms.

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Keigo Fukugaki

Designer & Entrepreneur

"I dream in color"

"Inspire to be inspired"

Keigo is a designer and entrepreneur. He is CEO of the multidisciplinary design firm Makeshift, co-founder and CEO of BnA (Bed & Art Project), and is the founder of startup Honeywedding.

Keigo has worked as an architectural designer and interior designer around the world in cities including San Francisco, Vienna, and Tokyo, where he has designed and managed a wide range of projects, pushing the established boundaries and roles of designers.

Previous projects include bridge design, luxury homes in California, office interiors for international corporations, as well as brand development and strategy, web app development, product and furniture design.

Keigo is a father, husband, audiophile, and dreamer.

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Saaya Inoue

Workplace Director

Saaya is the Workplace Director at Anchorstar where she handles everything behind the scenes to ensure daily operations run smoothly so that guest and partner needs are met.

She is bilingual in Japanese and English and the bulk of her experience comes from working with one of the top global property management firms, where she had the opportunity to work abroad on international teams in the APAC region in both Singapore and Shanghai.

In her free time she is a proponent of the arts and likes to do set design for independent theater productions organized by local artists in Tokyo.

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