Our Staff

At Tokyo Orientations, we have 2 groups of staff who will assist clients when providing services. Client Relations Managers often conduct their duties in the office, whereas the Field Consultants are mainly outside providing accompanied assistance to clients.

We currently have 6 office staffs and 12 field consultants. Our consultants reside in different areas of Japan - Tokyo, Yokohama, Kansai, Okinawa, and more. This unique structure allows flexibility to serve clients across Japan, even on national holidays or weekends.

Meet the Tokyo Orientations Team

Please refer to the below profiles and learn more about our staffs.

Ken Arbour


Ken is Canadian and came to Japan over 30 years ago with the Canadian Forest Industry, and after endeavors in management consulting, came to his current career assisting expatriate relocation to Japan. As a long term resident of Japan he has grown to love his adopted country and hopes to give others who come here the understanding and enjoyment of Japan that he has experienced for so long. His past education includes a degree in Asian History from McGill University and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.

Mikiko Nakayama

Head of Operations/Senior Client Relations Manager

Mikiko was born in Japan and spent the years between age 1-9 in Europe and US as a daughter of an expatriate. She has spent most of her career working in Tokyo, working for a nationwide hotel chain in the early years of her career and then working for both a Japanese and Global relocation firm. She has also spent 4 years in Hong Kong working in sales for a European Manufacturing company.

Manami Ono

Client Relations Manager

Manami was born in Tokyo. She studied global communication in university and has two years’ experience living in Melbourne. She worked as a store manager and project manager in FMCG and has rich experience in client service before moving to her current position. she's interested in cross cultural communication and she enjoys driving.

Ami Nishimura

Client Relations Manager

Ami was born and raised in Japan. She spent one year in London studying English.
She taught Japanese to foreigners in the Philippines and Vietnam for 3 years and helped her students prepare for life in Japan.
She enjoys travelling and playing with her dog.

Noriko Furuyama

Client Relations Manager Assistant

Noriko was born in Fukushima, Japan. She has spent 13 years in California, US. She worked at an international preschool for 10 years where she has encountered many families with different cultural backgrounds. She loves to eat and likes to try new restaurants and cafes during weekends.

Hiroko Boles


Hiroko was born and grew up in Tokyo. She been working in the field of accounting for 20 years.
Her husband is a retired U.S Military veteran and they have 2 sons.

Etsuko Nakamura


Etsuko was born in Japan but lived and worked in the US for 12 years. She moved to Tokyo for the first time on an overseas assignment with an American firm. She has worked in both the US and Japan as a cross-cultural liaison in business environments for over 15 years.

Sanae Nunokawa


Sanae has lived in England, the United States and Monaco and has a great deal of experience as an expatriate spouse. She has a daughter who is attending international school in Tokyo. Sanae enjoys traveling and has visited 25 countries so far.

Mieko Ward


Mieko has been a Tokyo Orientations field consultant since 1994. She is originally from Kobe, Japan and worked for an airline company before moving to the US. She worked in the Foreign Language Department of a US university as a liaison for its exchange program with a Japanese school. Mieko has relocated abroad and in Japan several times with her family and is happy to offer advice on various issues that expatriate families face.

Yoshie Horii


Yoshie was born and raised in Kobe. As an expatriate spouse, she raised 3 children in various cultures: Toronto and Montreal, Canada; Jakarta, Indonesia and New Jersey, USA. Yoshie is happy to support expatriates and their families in any way. During her free time, she enjoys acrylic painting.

Yoko Smith


Yoko lives on Mount Hiei just outside of Kyoto. She is married to a Canadian and they have one daughter attending university in Japan. For many years, Yoko was manager of an English language school in Kyoto. Presently, she is helping out at a volunteer center near the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Suzuka Bennett


Suzuka was born on the sub-tropical island of Okinawa and lived in New Zealand for 5 years. She has taught Japanese to foreigners for 5 years and also has worked as an interpreter and translator for 10 years.
Currently she works as a Tourism concierge in Okinawa. It is her joy to assist expatriates and their family to settle in Okinawa. She loves traveling abroad and marine sports.

Ayako King


Ayako was born in Japan, but grew up in the U.S. (New York and Los Angeles).
After graduating from the university in Tokyo, she worked in the financial,medical, and manufacturing industries. As an expatriate spouse in Tokyo, she has put her children through the international school system. She enjoys skiing and the outdoors.

Megumi Aita


Megumi was born in Osaka and grew up in Hyogo. She graduated from university in Canada and worked for food bank organization in Tokyo.
Currently she works in tourism industry in Okinawa. She loves to explore Okinawa's local culture.

Yumi Matsuo


Yumi was born in Nagano city and has lived in Tokyo over 40 years. She has a daughter and a son who attended International schools in Tokyo.
She loves golf and playing the piano.

Not Pictured:

Aki Harada, Consultant
Jennie Mooney, Consultant
Tamaki Okumura, Consultant
Miwa Annis, Consultant