Selling Japanese Food in the World: Gyoza and Beyond

Feb 23, 2023

Feb 23, 2023

12:30 pm To 1:30 pm

645 West 130th Street, New York, NY 10027


Event Description

Selling Japanese Food in the World: Gyoza and Beyond

Selling Japanese Food in the World:

Gyoza and Beyond

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM (Lunch will be provided)

Room 640, Geffen Hall, Columbia Business School (Map)

(645 West 130th Street, New York, NY 10027)


Hiroshi Kaho

President and CEO

Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc.


Dr. Yumiko Shimabukuro

Faculty, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Co-Founder, Japanese Management Leadership Program, CJEB

Topics to be covered:

● Mr. Kaho’s career (in Japan, Hong Kong/China, France, and North America)

● Ajinomoto Global’s food strategy, focusing on Gyoza/Frozen foods

● Our strategy and vital issues in the North America food business

● Key challenges to working as a business leader in North America compared with experiences in China/Europe and Japan

About the Speaker:

Hiroshi Kaho is the President and CEO of Ajinomoto Foods North America. He has been a leader at the Ajinomoto group since 2002, building upon a career in the food industry lasting more than 30 years. He specializes in business, general management, strategy, sales, and marketing.

In his previous roles at Ajinomoto, He managed business strategy and development in Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, before assuming his current role as North American President and CEO in Ontario, California. As Senior Vice President of Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Japan), he led $1 billion Japan frozen foods sales, marketing, R&D as well as joint venture production in Thailand and China. As Vice President of Ajinomoto Europe, he led M&A projects in Europe and Africa including the acquisition of a French frozen foods company. Before that, as General Manager of the M&A team at Ajinomoto’s headquarters in Tokyo, he successfully closed acquisitions of companies worth nearly $2 billion USD combined.

In his current role, he oversees all aspects of Ajinomoto’s $1 billion North American operation, including business strategy, production and supply chain, R&D, sales and marketing, and corporate functions.

He earned an MBA in general management from UCLA and a BA in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University. He is fluent in both Japanese and English and maintains a working knowledge of Chinese and French. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, cooking, reading, and tennis.

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Center on Japanese Economy and Business

About the Organizers

Established at Columbia Business School in 1986 under the direction of its founder, Professor Hugh Patrick, and led currently by its director, Professor David Weinstein, the Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) promotes knowledge and understanding of Japanese business and economics in an international context. CJEB is a research organization widely recognized for its vigorous research activities, international symposia, conferences, and lectures, held in New York City and Tokyo, which provide prominent speakers from the public and private sectors a forum for collaboration and reflection on Japan, the United States, and the global economy.

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