Leadership

Hidehito Kanai

PRESIDENT & CEO
Los Angeles

Hidehito “Jake” Kanai joined Takenaka Partners in 2020 and has been in his current role since April 2024. Before joining Takenaka Partners, Mr. Kanai spent three years working as a Partner in the Assurance and Outsourcing Services Group at Singer Lewak, specializing in rendering financial statement audits under US GAAP/JGAAP/IFRS, attestation services such as J-SOX audit, M&A due diligence, and business process outsourcing and leading the business development activities of the Asia Practice. Prior to that he spent ten years in Japan, first working as a Minority Owner, COO, and CFO at Capital Servicing Group – Asia and then working as the Executive Director of Sales Management at CBRE Japan K.K.

Mr. Kanai first began his career at KPMG LLP in the Los Angeles and Mountain View offices, as a Partner in the Assurance and Advisory Service Group, servicing high-tech, manufacturing, and consumer market clients.

Mr. Kanai received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Board of Accountancy.

Kristine Fujita

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Los Angeles

Kristine Fujita joined Takenaka Partners in September 1998, and is currently responsible for managing our firm’s Investment Banking transactions.  Since joining Takenaka Partners, Ms. Fujita has successfully executed strategic transactions on behalf of clients involved in a diverse array of industries.  Prior to Takenaka Partners, Ms. Fujita was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Capital Markets Group and Business Assurance & Advisory Division, servicing large multinational corporations.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Ms. Fujita was a Postgraduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Ms. Fujita earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California and Master of Accounting degree from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Fujita is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the CFA Institute (formerly known as the Association of Investment Management and Research).

Joseph Kim

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Los Angeles

Joseph Kim joined Takenaka Partners in January 2005, and has extensive experience in investment banking, financial advisory, and strategic planning. Mr. Kim’s prior experience includes serving as a Director at Marshall & Stevens and as an Associate at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin (HLHZ).   As a Director at Marshall & Stevens, Mr. Kim managed valuation and consulting engagements for merger & acquisition, fairness opinions, and SEC related purposes.  Prior to Marshall & Stevens, during his tenure at HLHZ, Mr. Kim co-founded the Communications, Entertainment & Media group where he supported a variety of corporate finance, mergers & acquisition, and restructuring engagements within those industries.  Mr. Kim was also a Director of Corporate Development at PeopleLink, an Internet infrastructure company.  At PeopleLink, Mr. Kim was responsible for business development, strategic planning, technology licensing, and strategic partnership initiatives.  Mr. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Yoshinori Fujimoto

YAMADA Consulting Group USA Inc.
Executive Director

Yoshinori Fujimoto joined Yamada Consulting Group in 2007 and engaged in consulting duties. He was seconded to Nomura Securities’ Investment Banking Business Development Department for one year in 2012. He established the Cross-border M&A Department in 2017 and has since been involved in various cross-border M&A advisory services. Since being assigned to the local US office in 2020, he has been working on projects between Japan and the US.

Representatives

Fumio Narita

Detroit

Hideo Takada

Atlanta

Yoshio Takai

New York

Yasuteru Tachibana

Chicago
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