• Business Development

    Communication Services

    • Fukuoka, Japan • Since 1985 •

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    From the biggest brands to local heroes...

    The North Face

    Product Testing


    Opened A New Market


    Made Him Bilingual

    Canal City

    Boosted Customer Numbers

  • What We Do For You

    Looking to expand your market, build a stronger brand, or cash-in on Japan's inbound tourism boom? We are experts at marketing communications and strategy. 


    We help you prepare business cards, business model, catalogs, manuals, menus, mobile apps, online content, packaging, pamphlets, posters, presentations, press releases, signage, websites and whatever you need to deliver YOUR message and make your Japan business foreign-friendly.


    Bringing a new product or service into Japan? Let's jumpstart your market entry together. Need connections to great people in business, government, academia, art, music, or sports? You've come to the right place.


    If you wish to arrange an engagement, please CONTACT US.

  • Results Matter

    What We Delivered

    Tourism Consulting

    We offer guidance to enrich the in-bound tourist experience in West Japan. With the 2020 Olympics fast approaching, we help implement active, cultural, green tourism for travelers to Kyushu Island.

    Mobile Print System

    PhonePrint is a wireless, thermal-printer with powerful, rechargeable battery, for Android and iOS phones and tablets. Open Mind coordinates app development, aids funding, and helps with global promotion.


    TOTO, one of Japan’s largest corporations, contracted us to create text announcing their new products to the international market in 7 languages.


    TOTO is a global market leader and enjoys luxury brand status worldwide.

    Presentation Coaching

    Prepped TOTO's CEO for Annual General Meetings and enhanced the International Division's presentations.

    Business Optimization

    Delivered branding, online content, sourced partners, and new leadership for PicoCELA Technology's global licensing strategy for the IoT.


    Gundam fans can share the character’s ironic inner thoughts, thanks to our English translation in Teruhisa Tajima's ground-breaking Gundam Photography (Kodansha).

    M&A Support

    Helped Protel International (now Altium, a market-leading PCB tool provider) to acquire their Japanese distributor just prior to listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.


    Japanese researchers’ presentations met with little or no response at international conferences until they asked us to improve their scripts.


    We removed grammatical errors and awkward phrases. Attendees began asking questions and forming lasting

    international collaborations.


    A Fukuoka graphic design firm sought assistance with re-branding.


    We helped them choose a new name that sounded great in both English and Japanese.

    Event Planning and Promotion

    During the historic Japan visit of Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein, we arranged accommodations, transportation, promotion,

    VIP banquet, mayoral visit, and public forum with simultaneous translation. Prince Alfred is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Vienna-based International Peace Foundation.

  • Your New Partners

    Bruce R. Haendel

    Co-Founder, Director


    Bruce is your new right-hand man, with more than 32 years of Japan experience in hundreds of print, radio, tv, video, web, mobile tech, and tourism projects.


    One of Fukuoka's first internet users and content creators, he has a highly diverse human network forged from work and travel in nearly 50 countries. He often appears in Japanese media.


    Bruce holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. He lectured at Kyushu Institute of Technology for 15 years and at Nakamura Gakuen University's School of Business, Marketing, and Distribution, for 7 years.

    Ling Zang

    Co-Founder, Trainer


    Ling, a former Chinese National Badminton Team Member, speaks Japanese, English, and Mandarin Chinese.


    Ling joined China's most prestigious sports academy at age 9 and began traveling to international competitions at age 14. She was invited to Japan as a professional athlete in 1995.


    Ling now trains Japan's Junior National Team at the National Training Center in Tokyo and around the world. She coaches the Fukuoka University Badminton Team, Fukuoka Jyogakuin Badminton Team, and interprets for the Japan Para-Badminton Association.

  • Strategic Partners

    A Super Team At Your Service!


    Market Entry & Business Strategy


    IT & IP Strategy Advisory Group SA, Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1982 and opened its Fukuoka branch in 2009. Core activities include legal and business consulting, IT services, photography, web-design, and promotion.


    Educational App Development


    FUNX develops ed-tech, games, and cloud-based systems that change the world. Creators of the PhonePrint App and the technology that drives PhonicsByPhone in the developing world.

    Stellar Jay Films

    Aerial Drone



    Award-winning creative drone photography and video-editing, Fukuoka City. Focus on in-bound tourism promotion. "Made in Japan" winner at the CinéDrones Festival in France, November 23, 2017.


    Risuke Office

    Communications and Planning


    Risuke is comprised of talented writers, artists, and planners. Serves academic, corporate, and governmental clients, with offices in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Partner since 1992.

    Educators International

    UK Registered Global Charity

    EI introduces

    programs of national education reform in developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. Registered with HMRC (XT35297) and the Charity Commission.(1156412).


    Sport Training & International Exchange


    Private and group classes for all ages and abilities, including special needs, with an international flair and music for kinesthetic awareness. Sports exchange tours to Japan for English and Chinese-speaking athletes.

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