We have spent the last 50 years in pursuit of creating tasty, healthy foods for the Japanese market with particular attention to safety and quality issues. We will devote the next 50 years to expanding our food and restaurant concepts throughout Asia in order to enrich the lives of people in those countries.
Our Management Team
Merle Aiko Okawara, Chairman
Merle Okawara has been a member of the management team of JC Comsa Corp. since 1966 after graduating from University of Geneva. She has served as non executive director on the boards of Kameda Seika, Avon Products Japan, and is presently on the Parco board. She also served as senior advisor to Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Co. Her civic activities include serving as past vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce , a member of the Advisory Council for the UN Office for Project Services, the Fulbright Commission, Merrill Lynch Diversity and Inclusion Council and is presently an advisor to the WFP. She has also served on several government advisory boards and received numerous awards. She has published two books, entitled When Women Create Companies and Business Women Leaders in the Japanese Food Industry.
Takeshi "Shin" Okawara, Chief Executive Officer
Shin Okawara graduated with a BA in economics from Sophia University and a degree in Advanced Management from Harvard Business School. He began his career with the Japan Consulting Institute and later moved to Dai Nippon Printing. He entered Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan as the store manager of its first unit and eventually became Vice President of Kentucky Fried Chicken International for North Asia and served as President and CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan from 1984 to 2002. He was Chairman of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan from 2002 until 2006. Upon his retirement he executed an MBO of the company’s noncore businesses which comprised of 150 restaurants, a food delivery business and counters in department store food sections. This was later merged with JC Foodsnet to form JC Comsa Corp. He became Chairman in 2003, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He served as advisor to Mitusubishi Corporation from 2002 to 2008. Okawara served as President of the Japan Food Service Association from 1997 to 1999. He was decorated with the Japanese Medal of honor with Blue Ribbon in 2003 and the order of the Rising Sun in 2014. Under his guidance the company received the Best Food Service Award from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in 2008.
Ryusuke Wada, President and Chief Operating Officer
Ryusuke Wada received his BA in law from Sophia University in 1970 and joined Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan in 1971. He became Managing Director in 1984 and later became Senior Managing Director of the company. He joined JC Comsa in 2000 as President and COO.
Takashi Yoshida, Managing Director, Business Development & Food Service
Takashi Yoshida graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1973 and joined Fuji Bank (now Mizuho Financial Group). He spent most of his career at the bank in the investment banking field. In 1991, he was appointed managing director of Fuji Securities Inc., a primary dealer in New York. In 2002, he moved to NIC Autotec Inc. as deputy President and listed the firm on the Jasdaq stock exchange. In 2007, he joined JC Comsa and became Managing Director in 2014.
Masahiro Hotta, Managing Director, Corporate Administration
Masahiro Hotta graduated with a BA in economics from Hitotsubashi University in 1978 and joined the Mitsubishi Bank (the current Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ).He became general manager of the Kamata Branch in 2003 and general manager of the corporate marketing division of Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc. in 2005. He joined JC Comsa in 2009 and became Managing Director in 2016.
Ernest M Higa, Director (Non-Executive)
Ernest Higa graduated with a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is presently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., LTD.; and Wendy's Japan LLC; and Outside Director of Shinsei Bank. He is also a Trustee of Keizai Doyukai, and serves on the Boards of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, New Business Conference and US Japan Council. He was named "Enterpreneur of the Year" by the New Business Conference in 1990 and was awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture for "innovation in the food industry" in 1998.
Yukari Inoue, Director (Non-Executive)
Yukari Inoue has 30 years of experience with multi-national companies in Japan and the US. After graduating from Osaka University with a BA in economics, she joined Proctor & Gamble Japan and expanded her roles in marketing and category general management. As of 2013, she is the Managing Director of Japan & Korea Kellogg. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of Cadbury / Kraft foods Japan for 7 years. She served as a non-executive director on the board of AXA Insurance Japan for 2 years. She is presently an Outside Director of Suntory Beverage & Food Limited.