Misako Onoda is dedicated to helping multinational companies and the individuals in them develop the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to overcome intercultural issues and succeed in globalizing their businesses. She is particularly experienced in working with Japanese companies as they evolve into global corporations. Her broad knowledge and ability to assess situations comes from the breadth and depth of her background working with people from China, Southeast Asia, the Middle and Near East, Europe and America.
Misako graduated from Meiji University with a degree in French. She then worked for Korean Airlines before moving overseas for over 10 years, living in Seoul, Brussels, and New York. While living in Belgium she studied Sociology at the Free University of Brussels and trained at its phonetics research institute. She has passed the Belgian government’s highest level certification test in the French language. In addition to Japanese and French, she also speaks English and Korean. During her time abroad as a freelance journalist, she wrote about various political, social, and cultural topics for major Japanese publications. Among her many publications on Korean culture are two books—Wonderland Seoul and Shokutaku a la Carte (Korean Gourmet a la Carte). Misako also edited Chugoku de Seiko Suru Jinzai Management Manual (A Manual of Human Resource Management for Business Success in China).
Misako served as Japan Intercultural Consulting’s first Japan Representative for 14 years. Currently as a Senior Consultant, Misako creates training materials and leads seminars on a variety of topics such as developing a global workforce, preparing employees for overseas assignments, intercultural understanding, communication skills, and sexual harassment prevention.
Misako has taught at Ritsumeikan University and Hokkaido University, and frequently writes on topics related to the development of human resources for success in global business.