About the CEO
Toshiaki Ogasawara is Chairman and Publisher of The Japan Times, Ltd., which publishes Japan's oldest English language newspaper. The company was founded in 1897 and is today the country's only independent English-language newspaper.
Concurrently, he is Chairman of Nifco Inc., which is Japan's premier manufacturer of plastic parts and components for the automobile and home electronic appliance makers. He was elected Chairman in 2001 and, before this, had been President of the company since its formation in 1967.
He also acts as Chairman of Simmons Co. Ltd. This Japanese company is the Far Eastern franchisee of Simmons USA and controls the Simmons franchises' in 18 Asian countries.
He was formerly an Advisory Director with Bank of America, and also presently serves or has served on the advisory boards of Avon, General Electric, LucasVarity, Prudential and NIKE.
He has also served on a number of government committees and is presently a member of the Japan Committee for Cultural & Educational Interchange which reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and he is also a member of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Global Industrial & Social Program Research Institute and a member of the same ministry's Advisory Board of Japan International Co-operation System.
In addition, he is also active in Japanese business organisations such as Nippon Keidanren and Keizai Doyukai and international organizations such as Asia Pacific Association of Japan, Youth for Understanding, United World Colleges, Japan Center for International Exchange, and others. He has also been appointed as a Trustee for the University of Southern California; Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management; and Temple University Japan: he is also a Governor of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and is a Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society.
He was born in 1931 and is married with two children. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of South Florida and Florida State.