Happy 2021 to all our friends, clients and associates!
The corona pandemic this past year has forced us to pivot, to improvise, to adapt …but after an initial scramble to get all our online tools in place, we believe this year has been opportunity to try new approaches, to innovate and to ultimately become a stronger company than ever.
2020 only demonstrated more clearly than ever the need for strong, flexible and sustainable food and ag supply chains. Impactful investments in food and agri technologies and partnerships with smart and innovative start-ups are more essential than ever for our clients and partners.
Although we have not been able to travel as much as we used to, Meros continues to provide strong support for our clients and partners by fully utilizing the domestic and overseas networks we have developed over the years.
We hope all our clients and network have also been able to find opportunities in the chaos and we look forward to helping you all as you prepare to move forward.
We look forward to working with you again in this upcoming Year of the Cow!
Note: Team Meros’ response to the Dec 2020 State of Emergency (SOE) in Japan
Meros is making every effort to prevent the spread of infection within our global team and our local communities. We encourage remote work for all employees and emphasize good ventilation and disinfection in our offices. In Tokyo we expect all of our team to work remotely at least three days a week and encourage fully remote when possible.
Our company phones are still open, but email will be the fastest and most reliable way to contact us. We look forward to talking to you online!
The safety of our Meros team and health of our Tokyo community is number one as we all work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Therefore as of March 30, 2020 Meros has moved primarily to remote work for the time being.
This has not changed how to contact us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out as usual!
Meros is committed as always to working with our global clients and partners to understand how international food and agriculture markets are changing in these uncertain times and how businesses can best adjust to these changes.
In times like these, Meros team’s agility is our strength and we will pivot to fit our clients’ changing needs and expectations. Our network of research affiliates around the world are online and ready to help assess how conditions are evolving on-the-ground.
We will be using our social media feeds to provide updates on some of the trends on the ground in global food and agriculture industries, especially in Japan. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at email@example.com.
We apologize for any disruptions or delays during this challenging period and remain deeply grateful for the people and businesses around the world supporting our common fight against coronavirus spread.
We are excited to introduce our newest Meros member, Hiroki Seki. Hiroki joined us a month ago and is already diving deep into the mysteries of seafood trade and distribution in Asia.
Hiroki has a background in public policy and management and previously worked for Ernst and Young (EY)’s consulting division in Tokyo. His recent work focused on research and advising for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) including strategies to support Japanese female entrepreneurs and improve working environments for foreign and immigrant workers in Japan.
“I came to Meros because I was looking for work environment that was international, where I could contribute my English language abilities and interest in policy. This kind of company is very rare in Tokyo and was a great fit for me, “ Hiroki explained recently.
Hiroki is an avid traveler and always willing to face a new challenge. His recent interest is in edible insects after reporting on the recent Insect Experience Day for Meros. So far he has sampled scorpions, cricket chocolate and waterbug cider and is determined to add to this list in his next travels. We are all looking forward to his next reports from the field.
Hiroki holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University Australia. A native Japanese speaker and fluent in English.