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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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vision

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.

mission

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.

crew

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.

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.

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.

Noriyuki Furuyama
Account Supervisor

Originally from Kanagawa, Japan. After graduating from University he began his career building bridges to connect people internationally. He was employed at the International Hospitality and Conference Service Association of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an international conference assistant coordinator. In 2008, he moved to Jalisco, Mexico where he was responsible for the promotional planning at a local language school, while also teaching Japanese. In 2013, Noriyuki returned to Tokyo as a Marketing Director, where he was able to combine the skills and knowledge gained from his previous experiences both domestically and internationally. For six years, he specialised in sports marketing and local activation where he dedicated himself to his accounts, planning, production and administration work. He has directed regional revitalization projects, the branding and promotion of specialty foods, as well as sports events management. In 2017 and 2018, he successfully organised the visit of Australian professional rugby teams, to Tokyo. At this time he coordinated other sporting events such as friendly international rugby matches and festivals. He joined doq® in 2019 with the goal of furthering the cultural understanding between Australia and Japan to making a brighter global community.

Kota Nagami
Strategic Planning Supervisor

Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Kota completed a Bachelor of Architect at the University of Japan. From the desire to contribute to people’s lives 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.

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.

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.

Megumi Goto
Account Manager

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.

Victoria Fang
Account Manager

Born in Japan to Australian and Taiwanese parents, Victoria has spent most of her life in Tokyo. Upon completing compulsory education at an international school in Tokyo, she moved to Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications from Bond University in Queensland. With an offer from the European Business Council in Japan already waiting for her in 2008, she spent the next 5 years in Tokyo to help bring Europe and Japan closer together through commercial and governmental initiatives, ultimately leading to the EU-Japan economic partnership agreement. Returning to Australia in 2013, Victoria helped an Australian startup from Melbourne enter the Japanese market. In 2019, she joined doq to utilise her cross-cultural experience, extensive knowledge on Japan and Australia, and a unique perspective to further develop the relationship between Japan and Australia.

Satsuki Hosokawa
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.

Maaya Fujita
Account Executive

Born and raised in Tokyo, Maaya decided to study abroad in America as a high school student to broaden her global perspective. At Waseda University she studied International Liberal Studies, with a minor in Gender Studies. In her second year, She did a second exchange in Canada. While studying, she worked as a translator at Iseshima G7 summit and did an internship at an inbound tour agency in Tokyo. She has travelled to 20 countries, and her experiences outside of Japan have inspired her to work and live in a multicultural environment where she can bridge Japan with the rest of the world. After working in sales at Procter and Gamble Japan for over a year, she came to doq® to fulfil her dream career while living in Sydney’s multicultural environment.

Miyako Kuroiwa
Account Executive

Originally from Gumma, Japan, Miyako holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Yokohama National University’s Department of Business Administration. She has a strong interest in data science, and in her third year of university, joined a competition of data analysis for the retail industry. Since graduating, she has worked in the fashion retail industry as a web marketer, collaborating with agencies and digital media platforms. She would like to use her experience of web marketing and new technologies to support both Australian and Japanese companies to expand their markets.

Ayaka Hayashida
Assistant Account Executive

Born and raised in Sydney, Ayaka is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney where she completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies. Throughout her studies, she has been enthusiastic in exploring Japan-Australia ties, interning with Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan, and in 2018, studying abroad at Keio University for a year. In 2019, Ayaka joined doq® and is excited to apply her combined passion for cross-cultural relations and love of both Japan and Sydney.

Amelia Spagnolo-Messinger
Assistant Account Executive

Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Amelia has been living in both Japan and Australia since the age of 15. Following a one-year high school exchange in Tokyo, she studied a Bachelor of Linguistics and Intercultural Communications majoring in Japanese and Fine Arts. In her third year, she studied abroad at Kansai University of Foreign Studies. On return to Australia, she was hired as a cultural advisor and in-house translator for a South Australian Oil and Energy Company who was working with the Japanese government at the time. In 2015 she was granted a MEXT scholarship to study Sculpture at Kyoto Saga University of Fine Arts Japan from where she graduated in 2018 with a Master degree. After working in Kyoto in the hospitality and tourism industry, she joined doq hoping to use her communication, language and artistic skills in the international marketing world.

Mao Morita
Assistant Account Executive

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Mao previously worked for an IT company that took part in the development of systems used by trading companies. It was here that she acquired skills through the planning and implementation of web applications. Dreaming of a fresh start, Mao decided to work in the film industry that she had admired since childhood. She worked as a film distributor for a foreign-affiliated mobile advertising and media company where she gained experience in project management and direction. She then decided to challenge herself further by moving to Australia, so she could develop a more global perspective. In 2019, Mao joined d.doq® to contribute to cross-cultural marketing that combines different cultures and values, and to promote overseas expansion of Japanese films.

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portfolio

our clients

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Australia
Japanese Film Festival
Hoshino Resorts
takagi
Daiwa House
East Japan Railway Company
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Japan Foundation Asia Center
The Japan Foundation
Kyushu Tourism Organization
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) UK
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
The Oriental Land Company
ALPICO HOLDINGS
Aomori Prefecture
Hakkoda
Kanagawa Prefecture
TOBU Railway
All Nippon Airways
Panasonic Corporation
IPPUDO Australia
GOGYO
FUJITSU LIMITED
KOKUYO
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Oita Asahi Broadcasting
Johnson & Johnson
Travelex Limited
Japan External Trade Organization
The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR Sydney)
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Indonesia
Vitacain Pharmaceutical
Ishikawa Prefecture
University of New South Wales
Australian Graduate School of Management
Triple Jump
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Canada
RIKI Japow Guide
Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau
Japan Airlines
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Germany
Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Unilever
Plenus
NIPPON ZETTOC
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Auburn City Council 
Vision Personal Training
TOKYO MARINE NICHIDO
Schneider Electric
Sumi Robata Bar

works

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

news

doq launches cross-cultural working space “doq 89” at its new office.

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

  • 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
    14
  • Postal Address
    PO Box 577
    Pyrmont NSW 2009 Australia
  • HQ Office Telephone
    Australia +61 (0)2 8084 0043
  • General Email
    doq@thedoq.com
  • Company Name
    doq Japan k.k.
  • Company Registration Number
    0100-01-175147
  • Director
    Ko Yamura
  • Address
    33F QBC Shiroyama Trust Tower 4-3-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-6033, Japan
  • Date of Incorporation
    15th April 2016
  • Number of Employees
    3
  • Office Telephone
    Japan +81 (0)3 3590 6766
  • General Email
    doq@thedoq.com

Services

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.

d.doq focuses on digital marketing solutions and is a
subsidiary company of doq®, For all of your digital
marketing enquiries, please visit:
http://theddoq.com/

Services provided:
Digital marketing
SEO
Social media marketing
Web design…and more

Company Name
d.doq Pty Ltd

Director
Ryuichi Kaneda (Yongil Huh)

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