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Stephane BeaulieuFounder, Managing Director
In my over 15 years in Japan, including 3 stints at the Embassy of Canada, I have helped hundreds of companies successfully do business here. As a member of the Canadian Trade Commission, I excelled at helping Canadian organizations navigate the unique nature of the Japanese market space. I am excited to now offer my knowledge and skills to all firms wishing to enter the market. I speak fluent Japanese and have an extensive network covering a variety of strategic sectors, within the private and public sector. I will help you succeed in Japan.
Digital media and marketing have long been a part of my professional career. I was part of a team that helped build my university’s first official website back in the mid-90s when the internet and email were still in their infancy. Now I am helping Japanese firms keep up to speed in the ever changing online landscape. As a founder of First Step I bring 12 years of professional experience in Japan as well as 7 years as the head of Rain Interactive, our online marketing and development strategic partner.