JCS - Meet Our People
   
 
  Meet Our People
At JCS, 200 full-time professionals are supporting our clients’ academic and business successes across the nation. Here are just a few of our dedicated team members.





Keiko Nishimoto
Keiko Nishimoto
Keiko Nishimoto, Group Manager, International Conference Group based at JCS’s Tokyo Headquarters, has more than 10 years experience in managing various types of international conferences and events. She is particularly well known for her strong capacity for contingency planning and risk management. In her career as a meeting planner, Keiko has faced many challenges, including SARS epidemic (2003) and Great East Japan Earthquake (2011), which forced many events to be cancelled or postponed. However, with professional passion and thorough assessment, she always made her projects a great success even under such difficult circumstances. It was Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 which first taught her how to cope with challenges. On that day, public transportation in the affected areas was paralyzed, but Keiko rode a bicycle through the rubble to her office in Osaka, where she worked as a fiber company’s International Sales Manager, to conduct shipping rearrangements. “Conferences are prone to risks. I have always strived to find the best solution for my clients, and each experience has enabled me to offer a wider range of counter-measures.” Keiko also represents JCS at ICCA and IAPCO.


Yukari Ikeda
Yukari Ikeda
Based at our headquarters in Tokyo, Yukari Ikeda is Chief Project Manager specializing in medical congress planning and operations. Yukari’s interest in meetings and communications began while employed part-time at NHK, Japan’s Public Broadcasting Network, during her university days. Upon joining JCS, she was assigned to handle registration duties and soon began developing the skills that led to her present position. She has been a leading member of the teams responsible for many successful medical conferences that JCS has supported. Asked what she thought was the key to holding a successful congress, she said, “Preparation. And understanding. I can’t stress this enough. Even before we are officially assigned for a congress, when my objective is still sales - to gain a potential client’s trust and understanding of our capabilities - I don’t spare any effort in getting information about the client and their needs. We need to understand the client as deeply as we can to give them the very best support possible.”





Hiromi Usui
Hiromi Usui
Hiromi Usui is Regional Manager of JCS Kansai Regional Office in Osaka where she has been responsible for the success of a variety of events, including corporate seminars, cultural symposiums for the general public, flower shows and sporting events. “I am very fortunate to have been involved in so many different things,” she confirms. “Our responsibility becomes more complicated when the events are open to the general public; we are expected to entertain the visitors, while we satisfy the needs of our client and all other parties involved.” Hiromi, who has spent her university days in nearby Kyoto, also serves as the Head of our Kyoto Branch. “The ancient capital is one of the most popular destinations within Japan for both international and domestic events because it offers the ultimate, quintessential Japanese experience. Kyoto is truly fascinating.” She continues to develop social programs full of unique, local flavors for her overseas clientele.





Asuka Ito
Asuka Ito
Asuka Ito is Chief of our Abstract Management Group that handles the large volume of abstracts and papers central to any scientific and academic conference program. “It is not just simple data processing that we do. We are always in close contact with a conference’s organizing committee as well as other team members within JCS, because the details of a program usually continue to be finalized as abstracts arrive,” comments Asuka who joined JCS in 1996 after studying business in Ireland. “A conference program requires a variety of critical decisions - how the dates will be scheduled, how many authors to present in each session, and so on. Although the client is the expert on the scientific content, we play an important role in assisting them determine the feasibility of structuring and scheduling the program.” When asked about future prospects, she replied, “Academic meetings are evolving rapidly with technologies - there came the online management systems, e-posters and webcasts. I wonder what’s next and how we can develop our services further.”





Ai Ishii
Ai Ishii
Over 3,000 clients use JCS’s interpretation services each year, and Ai Ishii is proud to be one of our behind-the-scene coordinators in this department. “My responsibilities are much more than assigning the most suitable interpreters to each case, based on their skills, specialties and personalities; I always make sure that the client and the interpreters have enough communication via myself prior to the actual event, even when the preparation period is relatively short,” she explains. Ai often visits conference venues in order to conduct on-site coordination. “It is also my job to secure the best possible environment for our interpreters so that they can achieve their best performance for our clients. I have worked for a couple of historic international events, but to me, even one-to-one business meetings are just as important and interesting because in the world of interpretation, there is no second chance. I sometimes work under a lot of pressure, and yet it is so fulfilling to witness language barriers being broken down and bridges for international communication being built.”


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