• Akane Ochi


    Akane is Japanese, born and raised in Ehime, Japan, with experience living in the US.

    From 2008 to 2016, she was sales manager at the English-language magazine Metropolis, where she was responsible for over 3,700 advertising and promotional campaigns targeting international readers. In 2011, she was a founding member of, a Japan-tourism site for the international market. Now, Akane brings to SEDO her expertise in content creation and marketing acquired during her work on a range of inbound-tourism projects for Japan's cabinet office, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, JETRO, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, and other clients. Between September 2016 and August 2017, she served as a board member of FEW Japan, a network of English-speaking women who motivate, inspire, and connect with one another.

  • Samuel Thomas

    Content Director

    Samuel is British and was raised in Europe before settling in Japan.

    He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and is a highly talented writer with newspaper, magazine, and web-media experience at the Japan Times and other high-profile publications. He also has a background in video and television, including as editor-in-chief of the Tokyo office for Fashion One TV, which is broadcast in about 120 countries. He was appointed lead writer for the international blog of Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Japan's oldest department store, and is a lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University.

  • Born in Montevideo, Uruguay

    Julio is an award-winning graphic designer, having received prestigious prizes from the SND (Society for News Design), an international design competition held in New York. He has been based in Japan since 1996, and his work has appeared in a variety of news media. From 2007 to 2016, he was the art director at Metropolis magazine. In addition, he has worked as a professional photographer and videographer in both directing and editing.