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Makaira K.K.
Ko Fujii, Director and CEO

Global Communicators' Asia-Pacific presence was expanded in early 2015 through a strategic affiliation agreement with Makaira K.K., a Tokyo-based public affairs consultancy focused on technology, culture, and social innovation. Ko Fujii, Representative Director and CEO of Makaira, and Global Communicators have collaborated jointly on several Japanese-U.S. projects over the last year. Considered a "Japanese 3.0 Renaissance Man," Mr. Fujii has been described as "a connector of intelligence, technology, and people." He is former head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google Japan. Before Google he worked at FleishmanHillard Japan.

His areas of expertise include Internet and technical innovations in policy and practice, branding, public and digital diplomacy, civic technology, corporate social responsibility, and regional revitalization.

Mr. Fujii spent most of his elementary and junior high school years with his parents who lived in Chicago. A graduate of the Kaiser Academy in Tokyo, he received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo. He joined the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology where he worked for nine years in international science, copyright law, and technology promotion. He was granted a two-year professional leave to earn an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Read Article: A Japanese 3.0 Renaissance Man for Global Good

Our Advertising Agency Partner

August, Lang & Husak, Global Communicators’ strategic advertising agency partner, is a full-service firm that shares a similar corporate culture and our commitment to excellence in communications. Launched in 1992, AL&H is based in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Mike August, director of client services, has had a prolific career in front-line positions with Washington’s most successful advertising agencies. Bill Lang, a strategic leader in marketing, media, public relations and promotional tactics, is an active volunteer in the public service arena. Chuck Husak, creative director, is a strategic thinker at home in the studio, marketing meeting, or client’s office. He is a winner of advertising’s highest awards. Together, AL&H adds incredible synergy to our client projects that have an advertising, branding or promotional component.

Our Graphic Design/Web Development Partner

Global Communicators’ graphic design partner is Two Rider Design, a full-service design and marketing firm that specializes in corporate identity packages, branding campaigns and custom web site design and development. The agency offers our clients the competitive edge they need to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace.

Whether a GC client needs a comprehensive review and analysis of its current marketing efforts or a freshening of its company’s logo and marketing materials, Two Rider Design has the knowledge and experience needed to take a project from concept to completion.

Two Rider, like Global Communicators, believes in working closely with a client to develop ideas and implement projects based upon a client’s needs and objectives while maintaining deadlines and budgets. GC shares with Two Rider a pride in the relationships we build, as well as the personalized attention we place on individual projects.

Graphic Design

Kiku Obata & Company is a research and design practice specializing in strategic thinking and cross-disciplinary design solutions. Founded in 1977, our work spans over thirty years and represents diverse expertise across sectors. Considering every interaction and all surroundings holistically, we design complete experiences integrated across print, interactive, and the built environment. Kiku Obata founded St. Louis-based Kiku Obata & Company in 1977. The firm is committed to effectively creating identities, places and ideas for clients by successfully integrating graphic design, architecture, environmental graphic design, interiors and lighting design. Ms. Obata is an adviser to Global Communicators on graphic design strategy and creation of graphic applications including corporate logos.