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Achieving business success your with Asian partners requires a thorough understanding of both language and culture. Our team has decades of experience successfully bridging the gap between the East and the West. It is our pride and our pleasure to help you avoid the obstacles that claim the unprepared.

Hiroshi Kagawa

Hiroshi Kagawa is an internationally recognized trainer, coach, consultant, and author. In addition to his home country, Japan, Mr. Kagawa has worked extensively in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and across the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Korea, China, and Taiwan. Mr. Kagawa has coached more than 4,000 executives, focusing on developing their intercultural communication skills. Mr. Kagawa also founded and serves as the chairman of IBC, a publishing company and consulting firm specializing in global and cross-cultural management and communication. Mr. Kagawa has authored more than twenty books, and his articles on cross-cultural management and related issues have appeared in such publications as The Japan Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and Nikkei. He received a publishing academy award in 2000 in Japan. Mr. Kagawa has also supplied commentary for the NHK radio program, Tokyo FM, and others.

Hiroshi Kagawa
John Gillespie

John Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Culture. Dr. Gillespie has worked extensively in Europe and East and Southeast Asia—particularly in Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Dr. Gillespie has made presentations on trans-Pacific intercultural business issues to such groups as the Asian Business League (ABL), Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS), and American Management Association (AMA). Dr. Gillespie writes frequently on intercultural management and related issues, such as U.S.-Japan trade. His pieces have appeared in the Op-Ed pages of The Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. Dr. Gillespie is the author/co-author of Traditional Japanese Culture and Modern Japan, A Bilingual Handbook on Japanese Culture, Introduction to Business English, and Tips for How to Succeed in a Global Business Context. Dr. Gillespie has also taught at several universities and served as the Executive Vice President of Clarke Consulting Group.

Andrew Robbins

Born in Washington, D.C., Andrew Robbins has been living in Japan since 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Robbins frequently consults with major automobile manufacturers and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in matters of intercultural communication. He is the author/co-author of several books concerning language and communication, and he frequently produces English language learning and study materials for major publishing organizations and cram school chains in Japan. Mr. Robbins is also a technical consultant and has been working as a programmer and system administrator for more than two decades.


Andrew Robbins

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Isle of Innovation

With offices in the U.K. and the Middle East, Isle of Innovation provides unparalleled training solutions and consulting to customers all over the world. In addition, they are a certified partner of the following services:

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