Our Team

Hiroshi Tamura

Co-Founder, Managing director

Hiroshi Tamura is Co-founder and Managing Director at Re:public Inc. Hiroshi also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Fellow at i.school of The University of Tokyo where ground-breaking interdisciplinary innovation education program is offered to all the schools at the university since 2009. His career started at Hakuhodo Inc., one of major advertising agencies in Asia and he has developed his career as a research expert through investigating in digital media, ethnographic praxis and design-led innovation aka. design thinking. After leaving Hakuhodo, Hiroshi launched Re:public, a novel think-do-tank dedicated to innovation architecture with Fumiko Ichikawa, and started a new initiative to co-develop innovation ecosystems partnering with government, industry and university at home and overseas. Now he is also taking a teaching profession at Kyushu University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as Visiting Professor.

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Fumiko Ichikawa

Co-Founder, Managing director

Fumiko Ichikawa has received her Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction from Keio University. In her commercial career, she has worked with many leading companies and design offices, where she took lead in global design research based in Finland, China, and Japan. After the financial crisis and the great earthquake that took place in Northern Japan in 2011, Fumiko co-founded a company Re:public, Inc together with Hiroshi Tamura. Together with national and regional governments, companies of all sizes, and educational institutes, her mission is to empower individuals and develop innovation platforms for the better future. Fumiko is a member of Reach, the global design research network, and a founding director of Innovators 100, an innovation program commissioned by Hiroshima prefecture. She also organizes a Serial Innovators consortium, an alliance where she studies how innovators create and deliver breakthrough innovations.

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Yuki Uchida

Senior Director

Yuki Uchida graduated from Waseda University with bachelor degree in Architecture. After working as a media producer at Recruit Ltd., she majored in Sustainable City Design at Ferrara University graduate school in Italy in 2012. She was involved in regional planning projects in Italy, Brazil, Chile, Vietnam etc. as well as UN Sustainable City Alliance Project in the Brazilian Government. Also, she took part in a project to produce participatory guidebook : “Fukui-jin:People in Fukui” in 2012, as a founder.
Yuki was involved in the establishment of Re:public in 2013. She is a founding director of “Innovation Studio Fukuoka” which program to promotes citizen innovation in Fukuoka, “make.fukui” including XSCHOOL, a design school and project incubation program for young innovators and local industries commissioned by Fukui city. She has also managed foresight programs with a R&D department in several companies, universities and so on. She appointed as a regional revitalization evangelist by the Cabinet Office in 2017.

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Ryo Shirai

Director / Editor in Chief, MOMENT Magazine

Ryo Shirai is a director at Re:public, working with local governments, companies of all sizes, and educational institutes. He has studied Cultural Anthropology at Waseda university in Japan and also, studied at Media Lab Amsterdam. Since June 2014, Ryo has started working at Re:public and managed several projects: a Serial Innovators Consortium, an alliance where he research how innovators create and deliver breakthrough innovations in mature firms, and XSCHOOL, an innovation program for young innovators and local industries commissioned by Fukui city. Since June 2019, he is an editor in chief of MOMENT Magazine, a trans-local magazine for people exploring the futures of cities published by Re:public.

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Atsushi Suzuki

Director

Atsushi holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. He also earned bachelor’s degrees both from International Christian University (political economy major) and Aichi Sangyo University (architecture major) . He has an extensive experience in market and policy research through his work at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), especially through his position as a Director of Research at the JETRO New York Office between from 2014 to 2019. He joined Re:Public in 2019.

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Noriko Yahata

Assistant Director

Majoring in sociology, Noriko has rich background experiencing different cultures. After working as sales and purchasing in a major department store, has lived in Seoul, Korea, and has worked for a marketing company promoting Japan overseas. In 2012, she enrolled herself in a Women’s Innovation Leadership Program as the first batch. Since 2017, works as a director for Re:public, inc. and since then, has been responsible for multiple projects including foresight project for Kyushu Electricity and New Normal, a new project identifying craftsmanship in today’s context, for Saga prefecture.

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Yoko Tada

Office Manager / Tax accountant

Yoko Tada is an office manager responsible for the back office of Re:public. For over 13 years she has been a professional tax accountant, offering a support to any individual and organizations in field of entrepreneurship and business creation. Her aim is to have a long-term relationship so that people involved in economic activities can continue to be fulfilling and heart-full. She studied management and tax policy at Kagoshima University, and previously worked at Kagayaki Tax Office and Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Corporation.

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Yumiko Matsumaru

Assistant director

Yumiko is an independent editor based in Tokyo. Joined Re:public in 2017, she has been engaged in several projects including make.f in Fukui. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Art History at Hitotsubashi University and University of California Santa Cruz. She had worked for a magazine titled ‘Tokyo-jin’ , exploring various cultural heritage of the city of Tokyo.

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Hazuki Kosaka

Assistant director

Hazuki Kosaka is an Assistant Director at Re:public, and is involved in the research and co-creation of emerging lifestyles, based on the interplay with the local. She also serves as Research Fellow at the Social Art Lab in Kyushu University’s Faculty of Design. As a recipient of Austrian Government scholarship, she conducted the majority of her research at Innsbruck University, and was awarded her doctorate in musicology from the Tokyo University of the Arts. An active critique of Classical Music, she is a regular contributor to Ongaku no tomo magazine, a major Japanese periodical in the genre.

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Ryota Kamio

Director

Ryota is a Tokyo native, an urbanist, and a designer. He earned a master’s degree in Design for Emergent Futures from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) / ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Barcelona in Spatial Planning & Environmental Management. Since 2016, Ryota has been a freelance researcher working around urban issues that deal with housing, gentrification, and public spaces. He also designs lifestyles and living environments that complement emerging technologies.

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Erika Meneses Inoue

Assistant Director

Erika graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies specialized in Architecture. Her research centered around Istanbul, Turkey where she explored how urban design mobilizes or hinders protest activity. She also conducted research on emergency housing in Ecuador and an immersive study in Brazil, India, and South Africa where she explored the privatization of public spaces. After moving back to Tokyo, she joined Re:public in 2019.

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Hiromi Kimoto

Assistant Director

Hiromi Kimoto graduated from Keio University with a bachelors degree in Environment and Information studies. She is currently enrolled in Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Technology and Innovation Management course. She is specialized in design research, participatory design. Hiromi’s work on designing future foods for the elderly was selected as the top 20 international artwork by Design Indaba and presented at the Dutch Design Week in 2018. Since 2019, she has joined Re:public, inc as an Assistant Director.

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Chitose Oka

Assistant Director

A Fukuoka native, Chitose moved to Seattle, Washington after graduating high-school, to study music technology, health psychology, and interior design. After receiving her bachelors of fine arts from the Art Institute of Seattle, she started her professional career as an interior designer working on green remodeling projects with a design firm focused on sustainability. Upon returning to Japan, Chitose expanded her professional career to include environmental education, local tourism promotion, human resources development, and cross-cultural communications. Working for an educational institution as well as national and local governments, allowed her to share her experiences so as to promote sustainability and international collaboration. Her goal is to build a sustainable society that values long-term wellbeing. She joined Re:public in 2020.

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Kanako Tokuda

Director

Kanako Tokuda graduated from Tsuda College. After working at a marketing research farm, she had worked at Suntory Publicity Service Limited for 16 years. She was involved in factory tour services at Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery and public cultural facilities, then engaged in company-wide operations in the Corporate Planning Department and HR Department. She has received her master’s degree in Knowledge Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2018. She joined Re:Public in 2020.

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Valentina Maria Vasile

Assistant Director

Valentina is an Italian Interior Designer who graduated from Politecnico di Milano. In 2019 she came to Japan as an exchange student at Kyushu University in Fukuoka to learn more about Japanese architecture and design. After an internship in which she designed the interior renovation of a traditional Japanese house in the rural area of Yame, she joined the Re:public team in 2021. Now she is involved in a circular design and renovation project in the Kyushu area. Her background is about spatial and landscape design, focusing on how space can actively affect people’s behaviors and their emotions. Skilled in digital graphics, use of materials, and illumination.

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Kae Hirose

Assistant Director

Kae graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Keio University / Graduate School of Media and Governance (X-Design program), Keio University. In 2019, she was a research intern at RMIT University where she participated in a project that bridges Japan and Australia. She also conducted her masters research in Morioka, Japan on the documentation and visualization of fieldwork using the omnidirectional-camera. She joined Re:public in 2020 and specializes in service design, fieldwork, and digital ethnography.

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Shotaro To

Assistant Director

Born and raised in Fukuoka, Shotaro graduated from Kyushu University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and a master’s degree in design strategy. During this time, he also completed an exchange program at Aalto University in Finland. After his studies, Shotaro worked as a manager of a hotel in Fukue, part of Nagasaki Prefecture’s Goto Islands. He joined Re:public in 2021.

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Edward Masui

Director

Edward received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA from the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. After returning to Japan in 2010, Edward was part of the launching of Japan Digital Archives Center, while acting as an international liaison between the library sector in Japan and those around the world for the Japan Library Fair Organizing Committee. He also took lead in several company-wide projects, including but not limited to, re-branding and business incubation projects.

Edward’s focus is on designing learning environments that are conducive to collaborative making (things, events, social systems, etc.) activities, with an emphasis on digital fabrication technologies. He completed the Creative Leadership Program at Tama Art University in 2020, and joined Re:public Inc. in 2021.

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Mariko Fujiwara

Fellow

Mariko is a Japanese consumer futurist, named by Time Magazine as the foremost commentator in Tokyo, and a regular contributor to BBC World. A US-trained anthropology graduate from Stanford, she is one of the founding members of the Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living and policy adviser to the board of Hakuhodo, Japan’s second-largest ad agency. She has been a member of more than a hundred government committees, for MOF and MITI among others, and is currently a policy adviser on telecom competition and ITS (telematics). She is a regular speaker at international conferences, prolific author and adviser to many leading corporations.

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Kun-Pyo Lee

Fellow

Dr. Kun-Pyo Lee is a professor and head at Department of Industrial Design, KAIST, and Dean-elected, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a former Executive Vice President and Head of the Corporate Design Center of LG Electronics, and a former President of IASDR (International Association of Societies of Design Research). He studied design in Korea, the United States and Japan, with his research interests including user experience design, human centered design, design methodology, and open design with crowds. He has published over 350 articles, papers, and books in Korea and abroad, and has been a keynote speaker and lecturer at over 150 conferences and institutions globally.

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Bryan Boyer

Fellow

Bryan is cofounder and partner at Dash Marshall, an architecture and strategic design studio working with people who care about cities. Bryan runs the studio’s Civic Futures practice, serving clients such as Google, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Museum of Modern Art with a focus on reinventing urban environments and institutions. Previously he was a founding member of Helsinki Design Lab at the Finnish Innovation Fund, a pioneering organization working under the auspices of Parliament. Bryan writes on topics of design, entrepreneurship, culture, and public innovation, with publications including LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (2016), Helsinki Street Eats (2012), Legible Practices (2013), and In Studio: Recipes For Systemic Change (2011). He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture I degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Bryan serves on the board of directors for Public Policy Lab in New York City and is based in Detroit, MI.

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Re:public is a small team, working with people from different sectors around the world.
We are always looking for new Re:public members and partners.
If you are interested, please contact via e-mail below.

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