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Minako Suematsu

Chairperson and Publisher, The Japan Times, Ltd.
Born in Hiroshima Prefecture, Minako Suematsu received a master’s degree from Gakushuin University Graduate School. She then started up an Internet-related business, getting involved in website production and online marketing.
In 2001, she established News2u Corporation as a company promoting Internet advertising. In 2017, she became CEO of News2u Holdings, Inc. In June 2017, Minako became representative director, chairperson, and publisher of The Japan Times, which celebrated its 120th anniversary of its inaugural issue and has reported on the current situation in Japan as well as global trends as “Japan’s window to the world.”

News2u Holdings, Inc.: CEO
Next Educational Environment Development Inc.: Managing Director
Miroku no Sato Japanese Language School, International Institute of Culture: Chairperson


Michael Rob Gray

Michael Robert (Rob) Gray graduated from Cambridge University (UK), and then worked as a teacher and Head in schools and universities in Spain, the UK, France, and Brussels. He was Head Master and Deputy Director-general of Le Rosey, Switzerland’s leading boarding school, from 2002 to 2019 and remains a member of the General Director.
Le Rosey is almost certainly the most international boarding school in the world. Over 100 of its 440 pupils are from Asia, and Le Rosey has a long tradition of welcoming Japanese students.
He is a passionate believer in the benefits of a boarding school education and of the importance of balance between rigorous but forward-looking academics, the creative arts, sport and personal development.
He has published a number of articles, given presentations at international conferences and has been on several international inspection and accreditation visits.

John Baugh

Has over thirty years’ experience as a Headmaster in UK. Solefield School, Sevenoaks (1986-1997), Edge Grove, Herts. (1997-2002) the Dragon School, Oxford, (2002-2017).He is currently Executive Director of St Andrew’s School, Turi, Kenya. (2018-) Member of the Independent Preparatory Schools Association (IAPS) Governing Council and Chairperson of their Education Committee. He has also been Chairperson of the UK Boarding Schools’ Association. He has undertaken many inspections for the UK Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

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