Emma Johnson


Lived and worked in Hokkaido, Japan for three years from 1992 – 1995, teaching English, after which she gained a Master’s Degree in Japanese.  Emma worked in the Embassy of Japan in London for 2 years, undertaking written translation, diplomat correspondence and assisting Japanese citizens in distress. (During this time she passed the top level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test – Level 1). 

As ‘Inward Investment Manager – Japan’ at Yorkshire Forward (Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber), Emma worked closely with Japanese corporations in encouraging them to invest in the region and during that time, several Japanese corporations chose to invest in the area.  Emma was offered the opportunity to return to her home city of Manchester, to take up the post of Associate Director at the Japan Centre North West, developing and delivering a range of Japan-related business services, including translation & interpreting services and cultural awareness business briefings.  Emma also has experience working as Asia Pacific Consultant for UKTI North West.

Emma was invited to be a guest speaker at the 2007 Institute of Linguists Annual Members Day, speaking about ‘Japanese Business Culture and Language:  Overcoming the Barriers’. 

Throughout her career, she has undertaken countless business trips to Japan talking to corporations in their own language and she has organised many Japanese delegations to the UK.  Emma has used advanced level written and spoken Japanese throughout her career in addition to making presentations in Japanese. She has been a finalist in the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese. 

Emma has delivered a seminar entitled “Japan:  Road to Recovery” for the University of Chester’s Diversity Festival, as well as working closely with a large Japanese logistics company, in the preparation of an International Training Programme, to help the company’s high-potential managers to become more ‘globalised’.  Emma has also conducted market research into the importance of cross-cultural awareness in business.

It is Emma’s love for and experience with Japan that has triggered her desire to set up Enterprise Japan-UK, as she is passionate about the opportunity to act as a cross-cultural bridge between the UK and Japan, both at a business level and at an educational level, bringing a greater awareness of the spirit of Japanese culture.

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