Akemi Solloway Tanaka

Sumika Hayakawa

Isabelle Demaude

FounderTrustee/PR (Japan)PR (UK)
Akemi Solloway is the founder of Aid for Japan.

Travelling between Japan and the UK, Akemi promotes Japanese culture as a speaker and teacher. She regularly organises demonstrations of the traditional tea ceremony, kimono, brush-writing, Japanese food as well as teaching the Japanese language.

You can read more about the services that Akemi provides via her website at www.akemisolloway.com

Sumika met Akemi while studying in London. She was keen to work with Akemi on Aid For Japan and became a trustee when the charity first formed in 2011.

On her return to Japan, Sumika has continued in a PR role and also works with Japanese volunteers. She also enjoys Anime and Manga.
Isabelle has been working in PR for a number of years and manages Aid for Japan's press office and corporate enquiries.

Before her career in communications, Isabelle studied Japanese at the University of Leeds and spent a year living in Akashi, Japan where she developed a profound love for the country, the culture and its people. In her spare time, Isabelle keeps up her language skills by teaching Japanese to school children and watching J-Doramas.

Paul Algar

Angela Shaffer

TrusteePR Assistant
Paul worked at the Science museum in London as as a craftsman for 29 years. Since he was a child, he has been an artist.

"I am so happy to be able to help,in some way, the Orphans of the 2011 Tsunami".
"I first found out about Akemi Solloway and Aid For Japan from a flyer at The Japan Centre, Piccadilly. I started to attend The British/Japanese social group at The 5th floor cafe of Waterstone's in Piccadilly on a Wednesday evening".

"This was about three years ago when I became interested in Japan and its culture. Then I started sponsoring a Japanese teenager, called Maria, who suffered and lost family from the 2011 Tsunami".

"I am currently PR Assistant with Aid For Japan. I am also a member of The Japan Society. I attend and help out at many fundraising events in the UK. One of my hobbies is Kendo, a form of Japanese Martial Arts".