About the Authors

The 2014 edition of The Japan Visa Handbook – was written by a group of highly experienced Japanese and foreign professionals lead by Dean Page and Naoko Sumida. Together they have more than 20 years experience advising on Japanese visas and related tax issues.

Dean Page - Japan Visa Handbook

Dean Page commenced his professional career in 1993 at a Japanese international law firm in Tokyo. In 1997 he joined PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) and established the Japan office of that firm’s Global Visa Solutions group. He subsequently moved to Ernst & Young and left that firm in 2010 as a partner in the Business Tax Advisory group. He is currently CEO of Accounting Asia (www.Accounting.asia). He serves on the advisory board of several professional start-ups including Legal Asia (www.legal.asia) and Japan Visa (www.japanvisa.com).

He has been an adjunct Professor at the Tokyo campus of Temple University’s Beasley School of law since 2001. He is qualified as an attorney (England / Wales and Australia) and a CPA (US and Hong Kong).

Naoko Sumida - Japan Visa Handbook

Naoko Sumida has been involved with immigration matters since the beginning of her career at Ernst & Young in 1997. She is often called on to advise multinational clients on issues that arise at the intersection individual tax, corporate tax, and immigration. In particular, she is considered a leading expert in the complex area of director compensation. She is currently a senior partner in Tokyo professional services firm JAX KK (www.JAX.co.jp)

Naoko is qualified as both a Japanese immigration attorney (gyoseishoshi) and as a tax accountant (zeirishi.) Naoko is a graduate of Tsukuba University, from which she received a Master’s Degree in Law.