Junko joined Yamaha Motor Ventures in July 2019 as an Executive Administrator and in March 2022, she rejoined the company as Chief of Staff to support the company's leadership team. She brings extensive administrative and operationational skills and experience gained throughout her professional career. Prior to joining YMV, she supported executives from diverse backgrounds, from CEOs of retail and high-tech companies to government officials.
Junko studied fine art at Waubonsee Community College and graphic art at Cal State East Bay. She also earned apprenticeship training at San Francisco Opera, where she worked as a backstage crew member in the makeup/wig and costume departments.
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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” 〜 Mark Twain
Why work at Yamaha/Yamaha Motor Ventures? What are you most excited about working in Yamaha Motor Ventures?
I like the legacy of Yamaha. It is fascinating that the company started as a music instrument company, and later on, with some twist, Yamaha Motor Co. was founded. It was a unique innovation that made Yamaha a one-of-a-kind company.
I also have fond childhood memories of Yamaha's products. Being born and raised in Japan, Yamaha is a household name. The first and only instrument I had ever learned to play was a Yamaha's box piano that my best friend had. I still vividly remember feeling so proud to play popular kids' songs whenever I visited her, although my repertoire of songs was only two. Fast forward ten years later, small scooters became very popular among girls in Japan. I recall when one of my friends showed up at our usual hangout spot riding a brand-new red Yamaha Passol instead of her old bicycle! We thought it was the coolest scooter!
Decades later, I am a proud member of the Yamaha family, and I feel humbled to be a part of such a unique company that is also reminiscent of my childhood
What do you love to do outside of work?
I enjoy painting and drawing, visiting galleries and museums, and spending time with my four-legged best friend.