Chairman, USACO Corporation
2-17-12 Higashi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 81+335056161 • Fax 81+335056281
Early life: Perfectly fine, thank you.
Family: I and my wife Nobuko.
In my spare time I like: Playing golf, painting, traveling, and concert and opera.
Favorite books: Books that cover Japanese history.
Pet peeves/what makes me mad: None.
Philosophy: Be healthy and be thoughtful to everybody.
Most meaningful career achievement: Executive chairman at JAIP (Japan Association of International Publications); Council member of Aoyama Gakuin University.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: To be alive until Tokyo Olympics 2020. Also, I hope to help young people in this industry to shift from the existing book distribution industry to the new business models.
How/Where do I see the industry in five years: I cannot predict the next five years to come. As you know, our major customer base — libraries — are experiencing major changes. Although, not like the U.S., no dynamic change will come to the library world in Japan; we carefully watch their changes to better serve library communities. One of our challenges is that due to the ever-decreasing population, our customer base will shrink while it is getting difficult to find and train young people with skills needed by ever-demanding customers’ needs. However, as the average age of USACO employees is 32, I believe USACO can adapt to the change and with those young people, lead the STM information service industry.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.