OUR STORY

About Us

Our Mission

We want to create a society where everyone can be proud of who they are and where they have come from, regardless of their past experiences. 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.

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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.

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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

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Our Impact

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Discover Deep Japan is currently working with ten municipalities and eight local organizations and businesses to revitalise depopulated communities. 

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diversity of individuals.

Our global workforce is made up of people from all different backgrounds, nationalities, genders, ethnicities and other facets of identity. We actively foster a supportive, strengths-based environment where inclusivity is the norm and everyone has equal opportunities for success. By partnering with local communities we hope to shift negative perceptions of migrant talents and promote further social cohesion in Japan.

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Our Team

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mayu Tatsuki

Head of Niigata

Mayu Tatsuki was born in Tokyo, Japan. She went abroad to study Anthropology in Nova Scotia, Canada for 1 year for her Bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s in Anthropology in 2018. After she worked at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Palau for 2 years, she joined Discover Deep Japan in 2020. She is fluent in English and Japanese.

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Ke Xin Tan

Tourism Marketer

Ke Xin Tan is a Malaysian Chinese born in 1995. She studied Biotechnology at the University of Science Malaysia, Penang. She discovered her interest in foreign languages and cultures throughout university life. Prior to Discover Deep Japan, she engaged in social media marketing at Pasona Group in Japan. She is fluent in Mandarin, English, Malay and Japanese.

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Ryan Aynz

Advisor

Ryan Aynz has 17+ years of experience in sales and marketing, founder of one of the largest Digital Marketing & Advertising communities in Tokyo, and author of Advertising in Asia. Past and current clients include Google, Oracle, TripAdvisor, American Express, LG, Casio, Pernod Ricard, Slim-Fast, Knorr, Atkins, GE, Jabra, Steve Madden, Bud Light, TrueCar, Steve Madden, and Lawson Staff.

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Toufic Sarieddine

Content Creator

Toufic Sarieddine was born and raised in Lebanon. After studying sociology, creative writing, and media communications at the American University of Beirut, he worked at the United Nations.
He now lives and studies in Japan, earning a Master’s degree in Peacebuilding from Japan’s Nagoya University and working on his PhD in international cooperation. His writing has been published under a pseudonym which he will divulge if he deems you trustworthy and open-minded. He enjoys court TV and funny people. When he isn’t creating YouTube videos, writing standup, working on his novel, researching for his PhD, doing a part-time job, exercising, cooking, and/or bathing, you can find him yelling at himself: “You’re not being productive!”
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Tadashi Kobayashi

Sales & Support

Tadashi Kobayashi was born in Sagamihara, Japan. He holds Bachelor’s in Precision Engineering.
Prior to joining Discover Deep Japan, he  worked in the Sales Departments of global trading companies. He is fluent in Japanese and English. 

 

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Adama Forkam

Advisor

He serves as DDJ’s advisor. President of ADAMA.COM CONSULTING CO.LTD.