Keywords Studios is delighted to announce that Fumiko Okura has joined its Tokyo studio as General Manager.
Christopher M. Kennedy, who was previously serving as both General Manager in Tokyo and Regional Managing Director for Asia, will continue his role as Asia director.
She has contributed to the localization of the Assassin’s Creed series, Rainbow Six series and release of Grand Theft Auto V in the Japanese market.
“I am delighted for the opportunity to join Keywords Studios as General Manager in Tokyo, a company that offers such a wide array of services in the game industry,” Fumiko said of her appointment.
“Keywords Studios is here to help all game creators with development, Localization, QA, Player Support, and other services.
“I will be working closely with all the service lines to increase collaboration and strengthen our value contribution to our clients.”
Established in 2009, the Tokyo studio delivers support for clients around the full game development cycle and has helped dozens of AAA franchises and titles launch in Japan and throughout Asia, including Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Endpoint, Code: D-blood and SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated.
“Keywords Studios in Tokyo is made up of employees from many different nationalities — and through improving both ethnic and gender diversity — we can make our Tokyo studio an even better place to work, resulting in better services to our clients,” explained Fumiko.
“I look forward to working with my new colleagues – both locally in Japan and throughout the wider Keywords group globally.”
Chris Kennedy added: “I am confident that Fumiko will take good care of the team here and continue to make Keywords in Tokyo the best place for video game developers, artists, animators, voice actors and beyond to contribute to the industry in Japan.
“Fumiko’s extensive knowledge and experience on the client side of the video games industry will empower the team in new ways.
“Fumiko has been highly active in past roles promoting diversity and inclusion in those organisations. This is a fantastic match with our global organisation made of people from many different backgrounds.
“After handing over my responsibilities as General Manager in Tokyo to Fumiko, I will continue in my regional role overseeing the growth of Asia.”
The Tokyo studio currently boasts 400-plus passionate and highly skilled specialists from 20 nationalities working in various disciplines across all major gaming platforms.
“Keywords in Tokyo is fast approaching its 11th anniversary and we are pleased to have more than 400 employees working passionately on projects for our clients,” said Chris.
“I am thankful for the contributions of our employees and vendors, as well as the great understanding and cooperation of our clients.
“Keywords will actively seek further acquisition opportunities in Japan and wider Asia, as we continue to build the ‘go-to’ services platform for publishers and developers worldwide.”