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Akemi Solloway Tanaka

Rimika Solloway

Sumika Hayakawa


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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.akemitanaka.co.uk

Rimi is part of an arts organisation called The Audience Agency. She researches why people interact with the arts and cultural sector.

Previously she has worked in the communications team for the London children’s arts charity Creative Futures. She has experience in marketing and production for live theatre and comedy.

She is the daughter of Akemi Tanaka.


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.

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Matt Perkins

Paul Browne

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Matt is a freelance scriptwriter, copyeditor and translator, currently living and working in Berlin.

He previously worked in documentary distribution, and has worked with companies in Japan to write and research documentary films for international audiences. He has an MA in Japanese Studies from SOAS, where he wrote a thesis on works of literature about the earthquake and tsunami, and also studied at the Japan University of Economics in Fukuoka.

He is a former student of Akemi Tanaka.
Paul has worked with Akemi on many of her projects in the past, including the Japanese Art Festival, Bunkasai Club and Japanese Study School. His main role is administration and coordination of Aid For Japan's website and social media presence.

With a keen interest in Japanese culture, Paul has written about topics including J-pop and anime for a broad range of outlets. This includes Electronic Sound, Metro and Japan Update Weekly. He also runs the Japanese music site J-Pop Go