OUR STORY

About Us

Our Mission

We want to build a more inclusive world. Our hope is to create social cohesion by partnering with local communities to both revitalise the countryside and shift negative perspectives of global workers in Japan.

Social Issue

Skilled global talents continue to be excluded from the entirety of Japan’s workforce despite a shrinking population and strides toward globalisation. 

People from all over the world come to Japan to live and work. In spite of their education and previous work experience, employment opportunities are limited. This is due in part to negative attitudes toward foreign workers, language barriers and precarious legal status.

At the same time, Japan’s rural areas face an uncertain future as depopulation is on the rise.

Our Approach

We harness the language and professional skills of Japan’s diverse population to revitalize rural areas in decline.

Discover Deep Japan fosters a unique environment where we can directly address both the underemployment of talented foreigners and work to revitalise Japan’s countryside areas. Our talented multilingual staff have the language ability, skills and insight to promote Japan’s small towns to an international market. We work and live within local communities and provide tailored digital marketing services to attract foreign tourists and foreign customers for locally produced products.

Culture and Values

– Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
– Life First, Work Second
– High Performance for High Social Impact
– Autonomy and Accountability
– Candor and Collaboration

Our Team

Seira Yun

Founder & CEO

Seira Yun is a social entrepreneur with years of experience across countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia leading teams within the ICRC, UNHCR, and social ventures. His lived experience as both a migrant and a pansexual queer drives Seira’s passion for social justice. Seira holds a Master in Social Innovation degree from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Seira is fluent in Japanese, Korean, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Seira enjoys basketball, playing with his child, and getting lost while traveling.

Kwok Hei Shum

Creative Director

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Kwok Hei studied in University of the Arts London after a few years working in an academic library and obtained a master level diploma. He worked as a freelance photographer, translator and article writer for five years after graduation and joined DDJ afterwards. He is fluent in Cantonese, Chinese, English and Japanese.

Haruno Nakajima

head of Fukuoka

Haruno Nakajima was born in Kawasaki, Japan. After Haruno received a Diploma in Social Service Worker for Immigrants and Refugees in Toronto, Canada, she worked for a student agency for 3 years. After she came back to Japan, worked for a refugee assistance agency, and joined Discover Deep Japan later. She is fluent in Japanese and English.