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Brunswick strengthens its capabilities in Japan with the appointments of Yoichiro Sato and Takashi Kawamoto

4 September 2018 - Brunswick Group, the global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations, today announced the appointments in Japan of Yoichiro Sato and Takashi Kawamoto.

The appointments follow over ten years of activity in Japan for Brunswick, led by Partners Daisuke Tsuchiya in London and Sarah Lubman in New York, working for a range of Japanese clients across different sectors, as well as international clients looking to do more business in Japan.

Yoichiro joins Brunswick from Goldman Sachs’ Executive Office where he provided insights on Asia-Pacific political and regulatory developments. Prior to this, he spent eleven years as a Japanese diplomat, working in both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in roles focusing on trade and economy as well as international security.

Takashi joins Brunswick from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Brussels. Previously, he spent many years closely engaged in Japanese business, policy and politics through roles at the World Economic Forum Japan Office, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Japan is an exciting and important growth market for Brunswick. Yoichiro’s and Takashi’s appointments will strengthen the range of capabilities and expertise Brunswick can deliver to clients.” 

Tim Payne, Senior Partner, Head of Asia, said: “Japanese companies have been an important part of our business in Asia for many years, especially as one of the leaders providing advice on Japanese outbound M&A. These exciting hires enable us to offer deeper and more sophisticated advice, both to Japanese and global clients.”

Yoichiro Sato, Director, said: “It is a great pleasure and honor to join Brunswick as it strengthens its offerings to domestic and international clients in Japan. It is more important than ever that organizations doing business within, or with Japan, have an understanding of the market and Japanese stakeholders and I look forward to being able to help deliver for clients.”

About Brunswick Group

Brunswick Group LLP is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations. Founded in 1987, Brunswick is an organically grown, private partnership with 23 offices around the world.

Brunswick has had a presence in Asia since 2004. It has offices in Singapore and Mumbai and three offices in Greater China: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Brunswick has supported some of Asia’s most iconic companies locally and across the world, as well as multinationals, drawing on Brunswick’s international expertise. 


Lisa Foley, Asia Managing Partner

About Yoichiro Sato

Yoichiro Sato joins Brunswick from Goldman Sachs Japan where he worked in Government Affairs in the Executive Office, providing insights on political and regulatory developments in the Asia Pacific Region. He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan where he held several roles, including a two-year stint in Islamabad and a two-year station in New York, during which time he completed a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University.

After returning to Tokyo as Deputy Director for the International Economy Division, he worked in the office of the Prime Minister of Japan as his Special Assistant. He then re-joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan as Deputy Director of the Economic Policy Division and the Public-Private Partnership Division.

In addition to his Masters, Yoichiro has a BA in Law from Waseda University, Tokyo, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Tokyo.

About Takashi Kawamoto

Takashi joins Brunswick from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), based in Brussels. In this role, he spearheads the Europe office’s strategic planning, execution, and business development in areas including climate change adaptation, sustainable finance, and open-data innovation.

Prior to the UN, Takashi was an independent consultant at the World Economic Forum Tokyo Office, and before this, a Senior Consultant and Special Advisor to Executive Board members at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC. Takashi has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan for the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs department and at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. In addition, Takashi has served as a policy advisor to the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and the Government of Japan.

Takashi has a BA in Intercultural Communication from Hosei University, Tokyo, a Master of Global Studies from Missouri State University and in 2018, completed a General Management Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge.