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    Meet Our Small Business Resiliency Program Coordinators

    Dale Watanabe
    Small Business Program Director

    Dale L. Watanabe was appointed Executive Director in May 2012 until November 2023. He was born and raised in the south end of Seattle, graduating from Tyee High School. Watanabe graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and also earned an MBA from Seattle University. He worked for over 20 years with Microsoft as a senior business development manager, before stepping away in 2011. He served as Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee in 2006 during the initial kickoff of the organization’s $2.5M Capital Campaign to remodel the NVC Memorial Hall, and has served on the NVC Board of Directors since 2004. “I have appreciated the opportunity to be a part of such a well-respected, long-standing organization whose mission it is to foster friendship, cultural exchange, and trade with the land of my ancestors,” says Watanabe. “Japan and U.S. trade, business and cultural exchange are important for many corporations and individuals here and in Japan. I've enjoyed working with and learning from the many JASSW members and volunteers who are dedicated to the mission.”

    Kanako Matsumoto
    Lead Advisor

    After 20 years in public accounting as a CPA, Kanako has started her own accounting and consulting firm to assist small businesses owned by Japanese immigrants. She is passionate about assisting small and micro businesses to maneuver through the complex world of doing business in Washington state.  During COVID, she created many YouTube videos in Japanese to breakdown the rules and regulations of grant and loan programs created by the federal and local governments, so that Japanese-immigrant business owners were aware of and were able to take advantage of those programs.  She is originally from Kyoto, Japan and grew up in a family where her entire family members were serious athletes.  Her childhood dream was to become a professional volleyball player.  Her secret from the past is an experience of singing Karaoke on a float during one of the past Torchlight parades in Seattle.


    Fred Harriman
    Interpreting & Translations

    フレッド・ハリマンは1977年から1994年まで静岡県浜松市にてプロの日本語とスペイン語翻訳・通訳者として活動していました。 現在はここアメリカで引き続きプロの通訳者として活躍しています。

    Fred Harriman has worked as a professional interpreter and translator of Japanese and Spanish since the time he lived in Hamamatsu City of Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan from 1977 to 1994. During his years in Hamamatsu with his wife Takayo he participated in the local community as a father of 2 daughters and a son-in-law to Takayo’s Mom and Dad. He also worked in local radio and television as well as volunteering to translate and interpret for the local non-Japanese community.

    Here in the U.S. Fred has continued his career as a professional interpreter. He has also worked many years recently as a contract interpreter for the US Department of State – handling DoS program work, ceremonies, conferences, and military interpreting work. He is also registered by the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts as an Interpreter of Japanese.

    Fred remarked for this profile: “Japanese people have shown me patience and kindness throughout my life. My fellow Americans can learn much from Japanese culture and the Japanese worldview, and I hope I can play a role in bringing those to the Pacific Northwest."

    Miki Smith
    Media Coordinator




    Hi! My name is Miki Smith. I’m from Funabashi, Japan. I am a media coordinator of Small Business Resiliency Program to help Japanese immigrant and Japanese-American owners of small businesses and microbusiness owners  with their business operations in Washington. Since I arrived in Washington in 2015, I have wanted to work as a bridge between Japan and the United States. It is an honor to be able to do this work at JASSW, and I am very much looking forward to it.

    Since 2020, JASSW has partnered with the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington State Small Business Recovery Working Group to stay up-to-date with the newest information regarding small business support. Feel free to contact me! I look forward to helping you.

    Satomi Mitsutomi
    Program Coordinator

    ワシントン州日米協会で、小規模/個人ビジネスを支援する「Small Business Resiliency Program」のプログラム・コーディネーターになりました光富里美です。12年半暮らしたNYから2020年、パンデミック中にシアトルに引っ越してきました。 



    Satomi Mitsutomi is a program coordinator of the Small Business Resiliency Program that helps immigrant Japanese and Japanese-American owners of small and microbusiness with their operations in Washington. She began working there in May, 2024. She moved from New York, where she had lived for twelve and a half years, to Seattle during the pandemic. She worked as an occupational therapist in Japan and in New York City. She always wanted to work in jobs that help people. Now, she is looking forward to assisting hardworking entrepreneurs in Washington state.


    List of Our Past Interns

    Shion YamazakiApril 15, 2024 ~ May 31, 2024
    Ryutaro KinzoFebruary 6, 2024 ~
    Yujin HeoDecember 18, 2023 ~ July 28, 2024
    KyungYoung (Jenny) KimApril 10, 2023 ~ November 19, 2023
    Christie JungMarch 31, 2023 ~ July 8, 2023
    Taira ShimotsuyaFebruary 27, 2023 ~ June 1, 2023
    Koki MatsumuraJanuary 23, 2023 ~ March 30, 2023
    Harin ParkOctober 3, 2022 ~ January 20, 2023
    Chihiro MatsuoJune 29, 2022 ~ September 2, 2022
    Moena YamakawaJune 29, 2022 ~ August 19, 2022
    Jiwoo JungApril 4, 2022 ~ July 31, 2022
    Satoshi MikiJune 2022
    Ellen UchidaApril 2021 ~ December 19, 2023
    Isami February 24, 2020 ~ April 3, 2020
    RioFebruary 3, 2020 ~ February 27, 2020
    DaichiFebruary 3, 2020 ~ February 27, 2020
    Tomohiro IshiiJanuary 2020 ~ February 2020
    Naoki KokubuNovember 1, 2019 ~ 
    Randy UnJuly 2019 ~ September 2019
    Tomomi July 1, 2019 ~September 13, 2019
    Nanami KikuchiAug 7, 2019 ~ August 30, 2019
    ChirikoJuly 2019 ~
    Misako SatoJuly 22, 2019 ~
    Kana KitahamaFebruary 6, 2019 ~ April 30, 2019
    Aya OgataFebruary 1, 2019 ~ February 26, 2019
    Yuno TanifujiJanuary 28, 2019 ~ March 30, 2019
    Shari MonsonOctober 2018 ~ February 2019
    Midori NakanoAugust 16, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
    Hiroki IshiiJune 26, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
    Yuka MuroiFebruary 7, 2018 ~ March 2, 2018
    Lee Hyung WooFebruary 2018 ~ June 2018
    Nao MiyamotoJanuary 28, 2018 ~ April 1, 2018
    Hitomi Kase January 2018 ~
    Ryoko YamamotoOctober 11, 2017 ~
    Raymond SimOctober, 2017 ~
    Chihiro KurokawaOctober 9, 2017 ~ December 1, 2017
    Tomomi TsukadaAugust 25, 2017 ~ September 13, 2017
    Shohgo MiuraJuly 6, 2017 ~ 
    Jumpei AsakuraEnd of February 2017 - Mid-March 2017