From start-ups to government institutions.
A micro global team is changing the world in a big way.
Founded in Chicago. Developed in Sydney. Now also in Tokyo.
A team made up of people with a diverse blend of cultures and
values formed from unique perspectives of viewing Japan from
the outside in. We build a bridge of ideas that connect people
around the world with our clients’ work. Because we are small,
we use our size to work for you for optimal impact.

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multi perspective innovation

Creating docking hubs that bridge culture

and bring new discoveries

to people around the world.

Innovation of ideas often come from

the borders of where different cultures

converge together in one space.

New frontiers in technology and global thinking

are created every second in the world today

by breaking down existing boundaries

of thought of what can be possible.

doq® embraces this thinking of reimagining

how culture and people can merge in new ways

in places all around the world.

We specialise in designing new meeting points

to connect people with culture at intersections

that have never existed before,

by creating bridges of experience that

bring people closer together.


global business creation

Build a bridge of ideas.

Connect the world more intimately together.

From online ventures to new start-ups,

anyone can participate in the global marketplace today.

You don’t have to be a big player

to be a global player.

doq® is creating our own definition of global.

Compact and agile.

Where it all starts with

a healthy respect for curiosity.

Where globalisation is not just about

 a collection of data.

We seek to understand

the hearts and minds of people.

We create a global business

with faces of people we can see.

We find joy in things out of the ordinary.

We believe that this is where

new ideas are born.

A micro global team

with big solutions for the world.


Yoshinori Sakuno
Group Managing Director

Originally from Hyogo, Japan Yoshi holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales. He is currently pursing another Master Degree of Digital Media Management at Hyper Island Singapore. Starting his career at advertising agency Leo Burnett’s Tokyo office (Beacon Communications) in 2001, he then continued on to Leo Burnett’s head office in Chicago in 2006, as the second team member in the company’s history to join from Japan. With over 18 years of international marketing experience for global blue chip brands, Yoshi specialises in building enduring brands and the commercialisation of products into new markets. In 2009, he founded cross-cultural marketing agency doq® in Sydney. Building a diverse cross-cultural team at doq®, partnering with clients from a broad range of industries, ranging from government institutions to start-ups, the company has grown significantly in the area of marketing products and solutions from Japan. In 2014, Yoshi was invited to speak as a cross-cultural marketing expert at TEDxTitech Tokyo. Since 2014, he has been appointed as the official Australian Market Advisor for the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan.

Ko Yamura
Managing Director doq Japan

Managing Director, doq Japan k.k. (General Manager at doq Pty Ltd)
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Ko holds a Master’s Degree from Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Applied Physics. In 2002, he began his career at advertising agency Leo Burnett’s Tokyo office (Beacon Communications), leading the communication strategy, TV advertisement implementation and in-store visual merchandising production for one of the world’s largest global fast food brands.

In 2010, Ko began work for the Japanese eyewear brand JINS. During his tenure in charge of both marketing and PR, domestic sales climbed to number one in Japan, fuelling business expansion in to China and America, in which he was also a key contributor.

Ko also led new product development for a PC use eyewear product, JINS PC (currently called JINS Screen), a breakthrough hit product that blocks blue light emitted from electronic devices, which sold over five million units and brought the Japanese brand to a global scale.

In April of 2016, Ko established doq Japan k.k. as the Managing Director.

Ryuichi Kaneda
Account Director - Head of Digital

Originally from Hyogo, Japan, in 2005 Ryuichi started his career at a commercial facility production company, leading event management and PR. In 2007, he worked at ALIEN EYE, a creative boutique agency specialising in digital as a COO / producer. In 2013, the company joined the Mullen Group, where he then worked as a COO / Head of Platforms, managing digital marketing and platform development for many global brands.
Ryuichi joined doq® in 2017 as Head of Digital, establishing d.doq Pty. Ltd (doq®‘s digital marketing agency) as Managing Director.

Naomi Hama
Account Director

Originally from Yokohama, Japan. Naomi spent nine years in Perth, Western Australia where she graduated from Curtin University with BA (Honours) degree. She started her career in marketing & advertising at McCANN World group in 2004 where she worked with a wide range of clients from different industries. Her main focus was Japanese blue-chip companies entering and operating in the Chinese market. After six years in Shanghai, she joined a Sydney based multicultural marketing agency, MULTICONNEXIONS in 2010. She worked as a head of client servicing. Clients included finance, telecommunications, FMCG and government. In 2013, she joined DDB Tokyo office as a business director in charge of an international automobile client account. She joined doq® in February 2017.

Hidenobu Toyota
Digital Marketing Manager

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, Hidenobu holds an MBA from Seoul National University. Hidenobu joined Obic Business Consultants, where he specialised in programming, and was in charge of the industry’s first online ERP. After that, he worked with the Samsung Japan Group, focusing on media management and lead the launch of a joint venture. From there, he managed the start-up of an internet advertising agency that was later listed on the ‘Mothers Listing’ of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and managed the marketing of major games companies. Within the marketing of these, he gained experience in project management and new business development. In addition, he became the CRM manager of a major insurance company. In 2017 Hidenobu worked as the business development director of Japan and Korea at Mob Fox (Israel AdTech company), which is a part of the Matomy Media Group (LSE: MTMY). In 2018, Hidenobu joined d.doq as digital marketing manager.

Mihoko Kurosawa
Account Supervisor

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Mihoko holds a Master’s Degree in Tourism, Hotel and Event Management from the University of Queensland. Mihoko’s passion lies in connecting cultures and people through tourism and events, and began her career managing logistics for conferences seminars and receptions at White & Case, a prestigious international law firm in Tokyo. After joining doq® in 2014, Mihoko has utilised her knowledge and skills to delivery campaigns and events for clients such as the Japan National Tourism Organization’s Sydney Office, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Aomori Prefecture, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau’s, All Nippon Airways and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

She holds the title of doq® “Crew of the Year” for 2016 and 2015, an award given to the company’s most valuable employee.

Miho Hamaue
Account Supervisor

Originally from Kagoshima, Japan, Miho holds an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). In 2012, Miho joined Johnson & Johnson Consumer Company Japan where she specialised in P/L management, promotion planning and management of in-store communication for leading drugstore chains. In 2015, Miho collaborated with cross functional partners in facilitating the launch of J&J Japan’s eCommerce division. In 2016 Miho relocated to Sydney, Australia where she commenced an internship with a start-up in addition to a local cosmetic surgical practice and NPO, here she developed SNS strategies and contents. In mid 2017 Miho began working at J&J Pacific coordinating the start-up of their online channel coinciding with entry of the World’s largest eCommerce platform into the Australian Market. Miho is highly skilled in developing digital assets for medical and FMCG specialising in beauty, baby and OTC brands with a key focus to maximise sales by enhancing the consumer’s experience online. Miho joined doq in 2018 where she utilises her experience in developing strategic marketing plans designed to get results for her customers.

Akiko Nagai
Account Manager

Originally from Yamaguchi, Japan, Akiko holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Chuo University’s Department of Business Administration. In 1998, she joined Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd, the company famous for inventing the instant cup noodle. At Nissin, Akiko managed sales promotions and events for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea, among many other new product launches, product concept development, consumer research, package design, advertising campaign implementation and distribution management. Akiko is proud to have work and life experiences across Australia, U.S.A and Japan as well as her additional job titles which include ‘mother of two children’ and ‘cafe barista’. In 2013 she joined doq®, implementing BtoB and BtoC events for clients such as Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Japan External Trade Organization and Hakkoda (Aomori Prefecture). Akiko is now back in her home country, at doq Japan k.k., where she is passionate about delivering superior marketing and event management support to the team.

Ellie Caswell
Account Manager

Originally from a small mining town on the Gove Peninsula, Ellie spent much of her life growing up in South East Queensland, Australia. Ellie holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication, majoring in Advertising and Television at QUT.She also studied Japanese cross-institutionally at the University of Queensland and was awarded a scholarship to study a semester abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in 2011. Upon returning to Australia, Ellie decided to start her Marketing career in Sydney and has gained a wealth of experience working with agencies and some of Australia’s most successful B2C and B2B startups. Ellie loves Japanese culture and has travelled Japan extensively. She joined doq® to build on her cross-cultural marketing skills and to continue her passion for driving brand awareness with creative and impactful strategies.

Kota Nagami
Account Planner

Originally from Tokyo,Japan.Kota completed a Bachelor of Architect at the University of Japan. From the desire to contribute to people’s live from the perspective of communication,he joined the JTB Communication Design Co. Ltd., a producer within the JTB Group, specialising in tourism promotion. He mainly engaged in tourism promotion of railway companies, local governments, business development related to regional activities and planning of public works. As the Tourism Nation Promotion has been promoted in Japan, Kota believes that it is an opportunity to build his career with global perspectives.
Kota sympathized with the vision of cross culture that combines different cultures and values, and he began working at doq® in April 2018 as Account Planner.

Daisuke Kondo
Communication Planner

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Daisuke holds a Bachelor Degree from Waseda University’s Department of Commerce. In 2011, he joined Asatsu-DK inc where he worked with toy, video game clients.He was also involved in the formation of a broadcasting time zone called “late night animation” in collaboration with TV stations, contributing to the development of the Japanese animation culture.He is interested in delivering Japanese cultures to domestic but also all over the world. He began working at d.doq® in October 2017 as internship.

Megumi Goto
Account Executive

Growing up in both Georgia, USA and Toyama, Japan, Megumi holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Nagoya University, Japan. After graduating, she joined a global BtoB firm and mainly handled business planning with her statistic skills in Tokyo and Shanghai, China. She also experienced product management and CSR promotion in Toyama, Japan and Marketing in Guangzhou, China. Having lived in 5 countries and traveling over 30 countries, Megumi has always been inspired by new discoveries through cross cultural interaction and seeing Japan through different perspectives. As many countries expand their business in tourism, she joined doq® in 2018 to connect Asian and Western countries using her skills and experience.

Kanako Sugiya
Account Executive

Originally from Hokkaido, Japan, Kanako holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Tsuru University. After graduating, she joined a food company in Shizuoka and managed product launches, product concept development, consumer research, package design and sales promotions. She then moved to New York City and completed an International Business Administration program at the Manhattan Institute of Management whilst also working at a digital marketing company. Her time in The US gave her both theoretical knowledge and first hand experience working in digital marketing and with Western social media. Kanako has lived and travelled in a number of countries, which has enabled her to encounter different cultures first-hand. She is profoundly passionate about connecting people across the globe and aspires to facilitate social and economic dialogue between Japan and the rest of the world. She joined the team at d.doq® in 2018.

Satsuki Hosokawa
Assistant Account Executive

Originally from Chiba, Japan, Satsuki completed a Bachelor of Arts-International Communication. Throughout his degree he has focused on cross-cultural communication and global diversity, analyzing how culture, society and media coverage can contribute to how globalization impacts us. Satsuki has experience in the fields of public relations and social campaigns, having worked with local clients to manage campaigns and provide effective solutions. Satsuki is passionate about building a bridge between different cultures and thereby discovering the resulting value that connects the world together.

Sarah Willcoxson
Assistant Account Executive

A native of Sydney, Australia, Sarah is currently completing a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. A strong interest in Japanese culture inspired Sarah to study abroad and further her Japanese language studies in Kyoto, Japan during 2016 at Doshisha University. Sarah is passionate about introducing and promoting Japanese culture to the Australian market through international and cross-cultural marketing. In 2017, Sarah began working at doq® to start her career in international marketing.

Anthony Leyba
Assistant Account Executive

Originally from Manila, the Philippines, Anthony has spent a majority of his life in Sydney, Australia. Currently a student at Macquarie University through a double degree in a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce, he also underwent an exchange program at Waseda University. Originally inspired to study Japanese by wanting to communicate on even grounds with his Japanese friends, Anthony’s passion lies within his keen interest in understanding the psychology of how people think, feel and are influenced by the world – and that this can be achieved through curiosity and cultural understanding. Throughout his degree, he has focused on international business and marketing management, intrigued by businesses that are looking into international marketing and expansion. Through doq, he aspires to contribute to the cultural bridge and relationship between Australia and Japan.

Our working style is influenced by our team's combined years of work experience across Japan, Australia, the United States and other countries.


our clients

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Australia
Japanese Film Festival
Japan Airlines
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hoshino Resorts Tomamu
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) UK
Johnson & Johnson
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Japan External Trade Organization
The Japan Foundation
Aomori Prefecture
Triple Jump
The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR Sydney)
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Indonesia
Vitacain Pharmaceutical
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Sumi Robata Bar
Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation
Vision Personal Training
University of New South Wales
Australian Graduate School of Management
All Nippon Airways
Japan Foundation Asia Center
Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Canada
Auburn City Council 
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Germany
Otsuka Pharmaceutical
RIKI Japow Guide
Schneider Electric
TOBU Railway


Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

All-encompassing marketing consulting, from strategy development to execution management from the
Oceania market.

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

All-encompassing marketing consulting, from strategy development to execution management from the Oceania market.

Utilising Australia and New Zealand markets as leading examples for English speaking markets for Hoshino Resorts Tomamu’s ski resort business, doq® has been engaged to create a comprehensive, cross cultural marketing campaign from planning through to execution. Campaigns have integrated the following services: Strategy Development, Creative Development, Media Planning & Buying, Social Media Management, B2B Marketing.

Japan National Tourism Organization

Planning and managing large scale Japan inbound destination marketing campaigns in Oceania, Europe, North America and Asia markets.

The Japan Foundation

Promoting Japanese films abroad as a singular brand

doq® has been engaged by the Japan National Tourism Organization to promote travel to Japan for consumers in Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Indonesia and Malaysia. From media planning and buying, creative development, digital marketing and event management, doq® has utilised its cross cultural skill set and unique network to enable working with in various countries, regardless of language, business culture or distance, to provide high quality solutions and results for clients.

The Japan Foundation

Promoting Japanese films abroad as a singular brand

The Japan Foundation

Promoting Japanese films abroad as a singular brand

The Japanese Film Festival first began in Australia in 1997 and has established itself as a prestigious film festival in the Oceania region, featuring solely Japanese films. doq® was engaged to rebrand the festival in 2013, implementing a comprehensive brand and sales campaign to go along with it, as member of Japanese Film Festival Operational and Management Committee. The Japanese Film Festival has achieved noteworthy success with a rapid growth in attendees (33,000 Australia-wide in 2014). doq® has continued to growth along with the Japanese Film Festival, as a leading strategic and creative partner for the JFF Asia Pacific Gateway Project, involving in total of 10 ASEAN countries in addition to Australia.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)

Campaign promoting Japanese ingredients in Asia and Oceania markets, inclusive of celebrity endorsement, television commercial planning and production, media planning and buying and event planning and management

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)

Campaign promoting Japanese ingredients in Asia and Oceania markets, inclusive of celebrity endorsement, television commercial planning and production, media planning and buying and event planning and management

doq® was engaged for MAFF’s Taste of Japan campaign with the aim of increasing the awareness and interest in purchasing Japanese ingredients in the Asia and Oceania markets. doq® secured the involvement of Adam Liaw, MasterChef Australia winner, cook, author and television presenter as the campaign ambassador, featuring Adam in the television commercial as well as the live events. Other facets of the campaign included television commercial creative development and production, event planning and implementation.

Aomori Prefecture

Annual marketing planning and management for
regional destination marketing in Japan, including
website development, a familiarisation trip, and media event

Aomori Prefecture

Annual marketing planning and management for regional destination marketing in Japan, including website development, a familiarisation trip, and media event

doq® was engaged to promote the Aomori region of Japan (located in the northern tip of the main island) to Australian travellers. Beginning with an analysis of the issues and cultural background of the area and the local government organisations that managed it, doq® proposed flexible solutions and an operation that met the client’s budget and needs.

Pranq (Japanese Film and Content Distribution Management Business)

Managing independent theatrical distribution
and rights in the Oceania region

Pranq (Japanese Film and Content Distribution Management Business)

Managing independent theatrical distribution and rights in the Oceania region

Established in 2013 as a branch of doq® Pty Ltd. pranq undertakes the distribution and rights management of Japanese films and content in the Oceania region. Recent titles owned and distributed by pranq include: BAKUMAN。, Thermae Romae I, Thermae Romae II, Lady Maiko, WOOD JOB! and The God of Ramen. Our passion lies in bringing Japanese culture to the Oceania region through Japanese films and content.

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Rebranding, creative development, sponsor acquisition and management and cross cultural event consulting

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Rebranding, creative development, sponsor acquisition and management and cross cultural event consulting

The doq® team was engaged by the Cumberland Council to bring cultural authenticity and engage the sponsorship of Japanese government organisations and companies to Australia’s largest cherry blossom festival, held in the Japanese Garden within the Auburn Botanic Gardens.

In 2016, the festival boasted over 50,000 attendees in its sixth year, breaking all previous records.

Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation

As an official representative of the Okinawa Prefectural Goverment, Promoting Okinawa's products, services and tourism in Australia Market.

Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation

As an official representative of the Okinawa Prefectural Goverment,
Promoting Okinawa’s products, services and tourism in Australia Market.

An innovative collaboration between the public and private sectors, Okinawa Prefecture and doq® engage in activities to create value from the assets and natural charm that Okinawa has to offer. For this initiative, doq® specialises in building strong relationships with trade partners, marketing strategy development, campaign implementation and gaining media exposure through TV, print and online media.

global partners


doq has been nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.
Export Council of Australia Official Website

doq has been nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.
Export Council of Australia Official Website

doq attended 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards ceremony and gala dinner at The Star.


  • Company Name
    doq Pty Ltd
  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
    35 137 462 161
  • Director
    Yoshinori Sakuno
  • Head Office Address
    Suite 89 Jones Bay Wharf 26-32 Pirrama Road Pyrmont NSW 2009 Australia
  • Date of Incorporation
    2nd June 2009
  • Number of Employees
  • Postal Address
    PO Box 577
    Pyrmont NSW 2009 Australia
  • HQ Office Telephone
    Australia +61 (0)2 8084 0043
  • General Email
  • Company Name
    doq Japan k.k.
  • Company Registration Number
  • Director
    Ko Yamura
  • Address
    Mitsui Higashinihonnbashi Bldg. 5F 2-25-8 Higashinihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0004 Japan
  • Date of Incorporation
    15th April 2016
  • Number of Employees
  • Office Telephone
    Japan +81 (0)3 5829 4553
  • General Email


Brand Marketing Consulting and Strategy Development
Cross Cultural Marketing Plan Development and Execution Management
Advertising Creative Solution Development
Digital Marketing Strategy Development and Execution Management
Offline and Online Media Planning and Buying
Event Planning and Management
Global Licencing and Distribution Development
Bridging Japan and the World’s Tourism, Art & Culture, Education, Businesses and Products


d.doq focuses on digital marketing solutions and is a
subsidiary company of doq®, For all of your digital
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Services provided:
Digital marketing
Social media marketing
Web design…and more

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