Active in Tokyo
A highly experienced expert in strategic communications with over twenty years of experience, Minako has a proven track record in M&A and PMI communications, crisis communications, strategic messaging, reputation management, profile raising, media relations, and employee communications. She also leads the Finsbury media training practice bringing an extensive track record of training for corporate leaders and executives in Japan. Before joining Finsbury in 2019, Minako served as Head of Marketing & Communications at J.P. Morgan in Japan where she managed overall communications activities for both internal and external stakeholders in the areas of media relations, issues management, thought leadership, employee engagement in CSR, diversity & inclusion and talent acquisition. She was previously a partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson where she led the financial communications practice and advised on numerous M&A and capital markets deals. She also managed a number of corporate reputation and issues management situations. Minako previously worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, initially in equity research, later moving to investment banking where she covered general industry as well as investor communications. This followed earlier positions at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo (assistant to the Counselor for Industrial and Scientific Affairs), Morgan Stanley (equity research), and Jardine Fleming (equity research). She translated the book “The Bursting of the Yen Bubble” in 1995 and passed the US CPA exam in 1999. She graduated from Tsuda University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Currently, she is an adviser to “Social Investment Partners” which manages Japan’s first venture philanthropy fund and “Music Dialogue” which develops young musicians and educates audiences through chamber music.