About Us

J. Walter ThompsonJapan

J. Walter Thompson Japan was established in Tokyo in 1956 and is the oldest foreign-affiliated advertising agency in Japan. J. Walter Thompson Japan will support your brands, helping them grow strong both in Japan and around the world.

Date Established: April 1 1956
Capital: 490 million yen
Number of Employees: 160 as of January 2017 
Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Managing Director: Hironobu Kitajima
Privacy Mark: Accreditation No.10830324 (Accredited on April 2007)

Services & Offerings

Brand Building

We grow our clients’ business by building brands. Finding solutions that are global when needed, or as singular as a simple human emotion. We build pioneering brands with purpose. We exist to help companies navigate the market, and drive long-term growth.

Media

Finding the best channels to speak to your audience and making the most of those channels is integral to the effectiveness of a campaign. Through careful planning and buying, brands can optimize the reach of their messages.

Sector Expertise

We have accumulated massive sector and market expertise throughout the J. Walter Thompson agency’s lifetime, giving our clients a unique advantage. We know government, health, sports, retail and a lot more.

Internal Communications

People join cultures, not companies. When companies understand, live and share their own culture, they naturally attract the best talent, and inspire and empower employees to own, innovate and drive business results. We help shape culture.

Analytics

Our in-house analytics department focuses on the innovative application of data and technology to inform and inspire new marketing solutions. It offers a suite of bespoke analytics tools.

Social

Forging strong relationships between brands and consumers, our deep partnerships with social platforms give our clients a leading edge when developing interactive plans. Building on that knowledge, we use insights from social data to develop social strategies, run campaigns, deliver contagious content, manage communities and measure success.

Activation

We connect consumers with brands in ways that transcend conventional means of interaction. These experiences result in immersive experiences leveraging VR or Artificial Intelligence, as well as interactive live entertainment or IOT innovations. We aim to connect people to brands in a way that inspires and requires action.

Digital Transformation

Whether transforming an existing digital strategy or developing a new plan for the future, we build brands for digital. At the intersection of innovation, creative and analytics, we solve problems and deliver a measurable impact on our clients’ business.

Innovation, Trends & Insights

We are always exploring cultural shifts and converting them into opportunities for brands.

Data

Our in-house research unit, SONAR, develops and exploits new quantitative and qualitative research techniques to understand cultures, brands and consumer motivation around the world.

Our Clients

Unicharm
BMW
Unilever
Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
Schick
Nestlé
Bayer
Kraft
Haagen Dazs
Rolex
taylormade

Leadership

Hironobu Kitajima
Managing Director

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Takumi Ichihara
General Manager

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Masaki Tanaka
Senior Account Director

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Takashi Aoki
Head of Brand & Innovation

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Makiko Imao
Head of Brand & Innovation

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Kyohei Nakajo
Group Account Director

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Yukio Okada
Regional Creative Director

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Keizo Mugita
Senior Creative Director

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Kumiko Ohashi
Head of Planning

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