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Chikara Okada

Deloitte Japan

Shin-Tokyo Building 3-3-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005

Tel: +81 (3) 6213 3900

Chikara Okada is the leader of Deloitte Japan's indirect tax practice in Tokyo. Chikara has 15 years' experience in Customs duty, Japanese consumption tax and other excise taxes. Before joining Deloitte, he worked for a leading Japanese logistics company as a registered Japanese Customs specialist.

Chikara has in-depth experience in Customs classification, valuation, trade control and negotiation with the Japanese Customs authorities. He provides indirect tax compliance/consultation services to many multinational companies. Due to recent Japanese consumption tax reforms, he is focused on providing input tax optimisation planning to retail and financial industries.

Chikara regularly presents at various indirect tax seminars. In addition, he has contributed to several articles and publications on indirect tax matters such as Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD).

Chikara is a certified public tax accountant (Japan) and a licence holder of Customs specialist (Japan).

Masaharu Umetsuji

KPMG Tax Corporation

Izumi Garden Tower
1-6-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-6012

Tel: +81 3 6229 8070
Fax: +81 3 5575 3065

Masaharu Umetsuji is a tax partner in the Tokyo office of KPMG Tax Corporation, advising clients on a broad range of Japanese and international corporate tax and indirect tax issues. Masaharu advises multinationals, both inbound and outbound, on maximising tax efficiency on cross-border supply chain operation and business restructuring. Based on his substantial background in dealing with cross-border tax advisory, his primary focus is strategic tax advisory services covering the international tax arena. His functional expertise includes supply chain related global direct and indirect tax advisory including customs duty and VAT.

Masaharu is a certified public accountant, a chartered tax adviser and a qualified Customs service provider. He is chairman of the international tax subcommittee of the Taxation Committee of the Japan Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a frequent speaker at seminars concerning taxation on cross-border operations. Masaharu was selected for inclusion in Euromoney Legal Media Group's 2010 Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers.

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