After graduating with honors with a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Reading, Emma Johnson lived and worked in Hokkaido, Japan from 1992 – 1995. She then earned a Master’s in Japanese from Sheffield University and went on to work at the Embassy of Japan in London, during which time she passed the top level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test – Level 1.
As Inward Investment Manager – Japan at Yorkshire Forward, Emma encouraged several Japanese companies to invest in the region. Emma then took up the post of Associate Director at the Japan Centre North West, developing and delivering a range of Japan-related business services, including the English Language Study and Work Experience Programme for Japanese organisations, translation services and cross-cultural awareness business briefings.
Throughout her career, she has undertaken countless business trips to Japan talking to corporations in their own language and she has organized many Japanese delegations to the UK. She has been a finalist in the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese.
More recently, Emma has worked closely with a large Japanese logistics company to prepare an international training program to help the company’s high-potential middle managers develop a global mindset. Emma has also conducted market research into the importance of cross-cultural awareness in business and has gained her Certificate in Intercultural Training.