Takeshi Shimotaya
Executive Director

Takeshi Shimotaya is Executive Director of the ASSC. During his 10 years’ in the Heavy Industries sector, he has gained expert knowledge in HR, General Affairs, Pay Structures, Health and Safety and Worker-Management Communication. He led an internal project team that designed and implemented a “Health and Safety internal audit system”.

Takeshi founded an Sustainability research and training company in 2010. He has an MSc from the University of East Anglia and an MBA from the University of Lancaster. He has been participating in the UN forum on Business and Human Rights since 2013, and is dedicated to promoting the awareness of modern slavery, supply chain issues, and the importance of human rights and worker’s rights amongst Japanese businesses. Takeshi has carried out numerous social audit projects based on FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. A certified RBA Lead Auditor.

Masaki Wada
Director

Masaki Wada is a Director of the ASSC. He graduated from Southern Illinois University, Faculty of Economics. Masaki worked for a major, global manufacturer of sports equipment, where he managed CSR procurement and promoted CSR in Japan and Southeast Asia. In 2012, he was invited by the Business Policy Forum, Japan, to become a researcher for a study group on “Business and Human Rights”. In 2013, he joined the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization(JITCO). Masaki works to provide research and consulting services for CSR, and that also tackle human rights and labour issues around migrant workers within the supply-chain in the developing countries.

Shoto Mori
Director

Shoto Mori is a Director of the ASSC. He is actively engaged in research on (labour related) sustainability in global supply chain. Shoto specialises in the implementation of supplier audits for businesses. He manages a series of open panel sessions, that are known as an “Ethical Salon”; the purpose of these is to raise consumers’ awareness of the association between their own behaviour and issues within the supply chain, with the hope that this will then drive a change in consumer behaviour. Shoto has a master’s degree from Hosei University Graduate School of Social Well-being Studies. Received the Special Jury Award at Sumitomo Riko the 2nd Student Essay Award.

Takeo Nishiwaki
(Attorney-at-Law)
Auditor-Secretary

Takeo Nishiwaki is an Attorney-at-Law (registered in 1996) and acts as the Auditor-Secretary at the ASSC. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University and earned an LLM from University of Washington. Specialising in corporate legal affairs, Takeo has worked for law firms both in Japan and the US, including a globally renowned sports brand as in-house counsel until he started his own business in August 2012. His expertise focus on Compliance and Labour Issues; he is able to support both Japanese firms working with foreign companies and foreign businesses that are or plan to operate in Japanese markets. His work covers wide range of industries including Retail, Fashion, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Sports, Real Estate, and IT. Takeo has been involved in many lawsuits, as well as contract agreement work.

Katsuhisa Takesue
Researcher

Wang Kun
research fellow

Wang Kun graduated from Master of Business Administration at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. While he had been in his masters in Ritsumeikan University, he worked for a major automobile parts manufacturing company in Japan and was responsible for labor and personnel sections on foreign workers. After that, he also worked on research and solving labor problems in supply chains at CSR department of apparel brands in Japan.
After returning to China in 2011, he had been in charge of foreign exchange, lending, investment, etc. in Japanese bank for Japanese related companies for many years. Now, he is mainly working on labour problems and conducting CSR/sustainability research projects in China and Southeast Asian countries. He is based in China, RBA (Former EICC) certified Lead Auditor.

Li Wenyao
Research Fellow

Li Wenyao completed in Japanese Language Education of Master of Language Education at J. F. Oberlin University. After her masters, she was in charge of business planning and store management at a major Japanese retailer. After returning to China in 2013, she had been in charge of foreign exchange, loans, investment etc in Japanese bank for Japanese related companies for many years. Currently she is working on health and safety and labor management based in China.

Kaori Kuroda
Advisor

Kaori Kuroda is an Adviser at the ASSC. After working for a private company, she worked at the Columbia Business School Center on Japanese Economy and Business and also the Asia Foundation Japan. Kaori joined CSO Network Japan (formerly CSO Renrakukai) in 2004 and has been acting as Executive Director since 2011. She participated in the adoption of ISO 26000 as a representative of Japanese NGOs. Since 2010, she has also served as Japan Director for the Asia Foundation. She is a member of the sustainable sourcing code working group for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Her other activities include serving as a member of a roundtable promoting the SDGs. She received a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hideki Matsuoka
Advisor

Hideki Matsuoka is an Adviser at the ASSC. After gaining valuable experience at a local government, an international NGO and an environmental NGO, he served as Executive Director of Kyoto CSR promotion committee. Hideki has been working for Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA) as a Specially Appointed Researcher. His work covers research on Business and Human Rights, CSR, the development of teaching materials, advisory and speaking at seminars and workshops. He is conducting internal auditor training for ISO14001. His other activities include teaching CSR at Doshisha University Graduate School and Kwansei Gakuin University Graduate School as a part-time lecturer.

Emi Sugawara
Advisor

Dr Emi Sugawara is an Advisor at the ASSC. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of International Studies at Osaka University of Economics and Law. She is also Director of Global Compact Research Center. Emi received an LLB from Niigata University in 2003, an LLM from Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies in 2005, an LLM(Legum Magister)in International Human Rights Law from University of Notre Dame The Law School in 2007 and PhD in International Public Policy from Osaka University Osaka School of International Public Policy in 2014.