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    Meet Our Small Business Resiliency Program Coordinators

    Asako Tateishi
    Small Business Resiliency Program Coordinator


    2008年の経済危機を機にシアトルへ移り、パートナーと二人でのマイクロビジネスとして「ジャパン・クリエイティブアーツ」を立ち上げ「太鼓の学校/The School of TAIKO」を運営、2014年より「Bellevue World TAIKO Festival をプロデュースするなど、主に邦楽を通じて日本の魅力をアメリカで伝える活動を行っている。


    Born in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture of Japan.

    After the 2008 financial crisis, she moved to Seattle and founded the microbusiness, “Japan Creative Arts” in 2009 which provided Japanese music, arts and culture mainly though “The School of TAIKO/太鼓の学校”.  In addition, in 2014 she started to produce the “Bellevue World TAIKO Festival” to introduce and promote high quality, unique Japanese culture.

    She is pleased to take part in this new project to support the community in Japanese, taking advantage of her experience running a small business in the United States as a Japanese immigrant, to surviving the current challenging days due to COVID-19.

    Fred Harriman
    Interpreting & Translations



    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
    Small Business Resiliency Program Coordinator




    Hi! My name is Miki Smith. I’m from Funabashi, Japan. I will be in charge of helping 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.


    List of Our Past Interns

    Chihiro MatsuoJune 29, 2022 ~ September 2, 2022
    Moena YamakawaJune 29, 2022 ~ August 19, 2022
    Jiwoo JungApril 4, 2022 ~ July 31, 2022
    Satoshi MikiJune 2022