We have spent the last 60 years in pursuit of creating tasty, healthy foods for the Japanese market with particular attention to safety and quality issues. We will devote the next 60 years to expanding our food and restaurant concepts throughout Asia in order to enrich the lives of people around the world.
Our Management Team
Takeshi "Shin" Okawara, Chief Executive Officer
Graduated with a BA in economics from Sophia University and a degree in Advanced Management from Harvard Business School. He began his career with the Japan Consulting Institute and later moved to Dai Nippon Printing. He entered Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan as the store manager of its first unit and eventually became Vice President of Kentucky Fried Chicken International for North Asia and served as President and CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan from 1984 to 2002. He was Chairman of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan from 2002 until 2006. Upon his retirement he executed an MBO of the company’s non core businesses which comprised of 150 restaurants, a food delivery business and counters in department store food sections. He became Chairman of DELSOLE Corp. in 2003, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He served as advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation from 2002 to 2008. Shin Okawara served as President of the Japan Food Service Association from 1997 to 1999. He was decorated with the Medal with Blue Ribbon in 2003. Under his guidance the company received the Best Food Service Award from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In 2014, he was decorated by the Emperor with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. In 2019 he was appointed honorary consul of the Republic of Lithuania in recognition of his contribution to the bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan.
Yasushi Okawara, President
Yasushi Okawara graduated with a BA in law from Keio Gijuku University in 1986 and joined Mitsubishi Corporation. He became SVP / Living Essential Group of Mitsubishi Corporation Europe in 2011. He joined DELSOLE in 2019 as Corporate officer, Assistant to the President. He became Director in 2020, Managing Director 2022 and became President in 2023.
Ernest M Higa, Director
Ernest Higa graduated with a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is presently Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., LTD.; and Chairman and Representative Director of Wendy's Japan KK; and Outside Director of Shinsei Bank. He is also a member of Keizai Doyukai, and serves on the Boards of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, New Business Conference, US Japan Council- Japan, and Board of Trustees of Showa Women’s University. He was named "Enterpreneur of the Year" by the New Business Conference in 1990 and was awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture for "innovation in the food industry" in 1998.
Toshiharu Moriyama, Director, Food Business Sales Function
Toshiharu Moriyama graduated from Tokai University in 1980 and joined Tokyo Video Service Co., Ltd. Following a career at Zenchiku Co.Ltd., he joined DELSOLE Corp. in 1984. He became branch manager of the East Japan second branch in 2005 and became Corporate Officer in 2007. He appointed Director in 2021.
Shuichi Imbe, Director, Corporate Administration
Shuichi Imbe graduated with a BA in law from Tokyo University in 1990 and joined the Mitsubishi Bank (the current MUFG Bank). He became Managing Directer of Business Loan Division in 2016. He joined DELSOLE in 2019 as Acting General Manager of Corporate Strategy. He became Corporate Officer in 2020 and became Director in 2021.
Hiroyuki Saegusa, Director, Administration Department
Hiroyuki Saegusa graduated with a BA in laws from Gakushuin University in 1986 and joined SECOM General Insurance Co.,Ltd. He became Section Chief of Sales Planning Department in 1999. He joined DELSOLE Corp. in 2006. He became Manager of HR and General Affairs in 2007 and became Corporate Officer in 2008. He appointed Director in 2022.
Eiji Takenaga, Director, Production & Development Unit
Eiji Takenaga graduated with a BA in Hospitality Administration from Boston University in 2001 and joined Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. Following a career in Mic Food Co., Ltd, he became President of Japan Food System Co., Ltd in 2005. He joined DELSOLE in 2009. He became Corporate Officer in 2013 and became Director in 2022.
Mitsugu Endo, Director (Non-Executive)
Mitsugu Endo graduated from Nihon University in 1970 and joined Kewpie Corporation. He became Director & General Manager of Wide Area Sales division in 2001, and appointed Managing director in 2010. Since 2013, he serves as a counsellor of Sugita Ace Corporation, Director of Try International and director of Int’l Food Culture Exchange Association. He joined DELSOLE as Non-executive Director in 2023.