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Takashi IKEMATSU
Managing Director

I experienced working as a vintage clothing dealer during my years studying abroad in the United States. After working for an executive search firm in Japan, I founded A Balloon Consulting in 2008. I am mainly in charge of executive searches and M&A projects.

My daily routine involves waking up at 6 AM and walking my dog! I also serve as the captain of the A Balloon marathon club.
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Masato ISONO
Vice President

I have experience working in management for international luxury brands. At A Balloon Consulting, I utilize my past networks and recruit prospective candidates for fashion stores throughout the country.

My hobbies include basketball and shoe shining. My shoe shining skills are second to none.
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Tomoko MIYASHITA
Senior Consultant

I have been working in the recruitment business since 1997. I am in charge of searching for executive positions for international companies and for all domestic positions. During interviews, I place a heavy emphasis on creating a relaxing atmosphere. Consult with me about anything!

I am a health nut, and work out with the Gyrotonic method and have recently begun running!
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Takashi Miyanouchi
Senior Consultant

I have committed 20 years of my career as a pattern maker and eventually became a brand director to create a brand from scratch to re-branding of a brand. My strength is the massive network in the fashion industry from manufacturers, trading companies, and people in the industry I have encountered over the years.

I enjoy playing baseball with friends from the fashion industry on weekends. I also practice and perform Rakugo (comic storyteller), by the name, Shitateya Fukunouchi.
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Masahiro HANATANI
Consultant

After working for a luxury brand and studying abroad, I joined A Balloon Consulting. I search for job positions throughout Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

On my days off I like to drink Japanese sake and watch sumo wrestling, traditional Japanese rakugo storytelling, and kabuki performances.
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Cage Kaneko
Consultant

Prior to joining A Balloon Consulting, I used to work as executive search consultant, and as internal recruiter in a global IT consulting firm. Currently in charge of executive searches for international companies.

Outside work, I usually spend my days actively by doing fitness and sports, preparing for next year's National Men's Physique Competition. Other than that, I like reading books and watching movies.
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Akane MOTOSHUKU
Associate Consultant/Marketing

I spent many of my impressionable years in New York, the mecca of fashion. I joined A Balloon after working as a wholesale specialist in the overseas sales division at a domestic brand.

My hobbies include traveling, watching movies, and learning new things. I also like planning events, and am referred to as “B Balloon’s master coordinator”.
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Ai GOKUDEN
Associate Consultant

I joined A Balloon after working in the bridal industry. I am mainly in charge of research in western Japan.

I am a skilled researcher, and enjoy music, planning parties, and conducting research on good restaurants.
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Louella Dedoyco
Associate Consultant

Because of being exposed to Business Process Outsourcing services, my expertise includes project management and knowledge transfer with significant commitment to customer satisfaction. At A Balloon, I am responsible for operations outside of Japan which mainly focuses on research work.

During holidays and weekends, I enjoy the simplest things in life including watching TV, driving out of town and spending time with my girl.
Ai Fujiie
Associate Consultant

In 2006, I moved to NY where I spent most of my years in my 20’s. After I graduated from College, I started my career with a Japanese Cosmetic trading company. 8 years of lifetime memories and magic in NY, I returned to Japan in 2014. I joined A Balloon after working as a Sales Assistant for an Apparel Distributor for 2 years.

Besides work, I enjoy being a mother of two; mother to an amazing little boy and an Italian Greyhound girl. Nothing is more precious than the time spent with these two little babies of mine.
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Mizutani Tomoko
Associate Consultant/PR

I joined A Balloon after working as a BA at a Luxury cosmetic brand for over 10 years. At A Balloon, I am responsible for Back Office and Domestic Searches. ( Mainly Eastern Japan position) Actively attending fashion events as an A Balloon PR. Love anything that are trendy, new, and photogenic. Please feel free to say hi if you ever bump into me!

Outside work, I love attending Fashion/Music Events and spend time with my beloved cat Oreo. Lately I’ve been hitting the gym to become BIJIRIST.