Who We Are

Takanobu Matsuura


Partner and Creative Director

Starting as an entrepreneur in New York, Taka built his own import business through his experience as a buyer. Won the Best Allover Collection from the top U.S. International Trade Fair, New York International Gift Fair / Accent on Design.


Taka came to the U.S. in 1982. In 1986, he founded a New York State corporation focused on U.S. – Japanese trade business and consulting for various related industries.

In 2000, Taka opened a showroom and developed sales and marketing for Japanese lifestyle related products in the U.S. and European markets.


After establishing a Japanese corporation in 1998, he opened a lifestyle shop, STYLE MEETS PEOPLE, in Tokyo Midtown in 2007. Taka moved back to Japan in 2009.  He consults Japanese companies aiming to enter the U.S. and European markets on developing and producing retail stores and product development. He has deep knowledge around product development and developing sales channels targeting international high-end luxury markets.

Fumihiko Kakinuma


Partner and Managing Director

Working in the public sector, Fumihiko was responsible for the planning and management of group booths and consult sessions for domestic and overseas exhibitions focused on consumer goods as part of the support structure for local businesses.


He also built a B2B platform to develop sales channels and product development that tie distribution buyers and creators with manufacturing companies who revitalize local resources. Participating from the planning and conception stage to the actual establishment and operation, Fumihiko has a deep knowledge of induvial local areas' attractive products and makers as well as the related supporting policies. During that time, Fumihiko has lead seminars on business matching and the Cool Japan initiative, acted as a panelist, and worked as a columnist.


From 2016, Fumihiko has been working as a SME diagnostician focusing on consumer goods companies of traditional craft products, providing support and advices for business matching collaborating with creatives.

For the business matching projects of nationally and regionally supported enterprises and local governments, Fumihiko continues to be in supportive relationship as a specialist and a committee member, and he also is involved with support for overseas expansion.



Yukino Matsumoto


Simply Native, Sydney, Australia  & Japan


A Graduate of International Christian University, Yukino was born into an artisan family creating silk products with the Oshima tsumugi weave, famous for producing the highest quality silk products.


In 2016 Yukino started Simply Native Japan (ABN: 84790609477) in Sydney, Australia, selling Japanese high-quality construction materials and interior products mainly to Oceania. She also has coordinated the interior design and furnishing for many star awarded restaurants. In 2017 Yukino established Simply Native, LLC in Japan, built with a structure of overseas expansion along with domestic operations. Yukino also is involved with consulting Japanese companies aiming to enter the Oceania market.

With diverse clients ranging from commercial construction, public facilities, and even residential housing, Yukino is introducing Japan's construction materials and products that shine a light on Japanese craftsmanship.

Coco Masuda


CoCollaborations, New York

Founder | Managing Director

Coco Masuda is a native of Tokyo, Japan, but a New Yorker since 1980. She founded a creative and business services company, CoCollaborations, LLC in the summer of 2017. As a consultant collaborating with talented freelancers, she has been a bridge between Japan and the US/Europe for small and medium enterprises and artists. 


A graduate of Parsons School of Design, she is a renowned illustrator, graphic designer, and an artist. She worked with numerous corporations and international organizations over the years. Through the experiences of managing artists for a Japanese owned gallery in Chelsea area of New York, taking over her late father’s remittance and shipping business in Tokyo in 2013, managing it by commuting between New York and Tokyo for 2 and half years, then successfully selling the business to a direct competitor, she found that her real strength lies in managing creative talents and producing projects.