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 around the world.
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
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 non core businesses which comprised of 150 restaurants, a food delivery business and counters in department store food sections. He became Chairman of JC Comsa Corp. in 2003, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He served as advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation from 2002 to 2008. Shin Okawara served as President of the Japan Food Service Association from 1997 to 1999. He was decorated with the Medal with Blue Ribbon in 2003. Under his guidance the company received the Best Food Service Award from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In 2014, he was decorated by the Emperor with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. In 2019 he was appointed honorary consul of the Republic of Lithuania in recognition of his contribution to the bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan.
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.
Masahiro Hotta, Senior 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. He became Managing Director in 2016 and became Senior Managing Director in 2017
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, President and Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., LTD.; and Chairman and Representative Director of Wendy's Japan KK; and Outside Director of Shinsei Bank. He is also a member of Keizai Doyukai, and serves on the Boards of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, New Business Conference, US Japan Council- Japan, and Board of Trustees of Showa Women’s University. 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.
Tatsushi Nakagawa, Director and C.O.O., Food Service Division
Tatsushi Nakagawa graduated from Nagoya College of Nutrition in 1971 and joined Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan. He became Managing Director in 1990 and later became Senior Managing Director. He was appointed as President of Sawayaka Corporation, a major KFCJ franchisee from 2012 to 2014. He joined JC Comsa in 2014 and became Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Food Service Division.
Keiji Yokoyama, Director, Sales Management Group, Del Sole Division
Keiji Yokoyama graduated from Osaka Gakuin University in 1982. Following a career at Narita coffee Co., Ltd., he joined JC Comsa Corp. in 1989. He became Corporate Officer & West Japan Branch Manager after becoming Nagoya Branch Manager in 2005 and Osaka Branch Manager in 2007. Since 2016, he has served as Sales Management Group Leader and became Director in 2019.