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Sector Five is a global executive search firm headquartered in Tokyo, with additional operations in the United States. In August 2020, we became the Japanese partner of the world’s fastest-growing network of executive search firms, GESN. Our primary markets are Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the United States. We work globally from our main office in central Tokyo. Still, we were founded in Honolulu and continue trying to keep that “Aloha” spirit.

We have a unique team-driven model and pride ourselves in handling challenging assignments quickly and quietly. Between decades of experience and state-of-the-art technology, we produce high-quality shortlists, which leads to long-term success for our client companies and the executives we serve. We can often do this faster than our competitors can create a long list.

executive recruiting

Our core mission is to provide our clients an unfair advantage over their competitors when hiring top-tier executives. Although we do not disclose our clients' names, we can tell you that they are a select group of multinational companies. We offer a two-year guarantee on any retained search and are proud of our long-term success rate of over 95% at the three-year point.

We provide expert executive recruitment services in the following core areas:

  • Consumer Goods and Marketing Services

  • Health and Wellness (Medical Device and Pharmaceutical)

  • Private Equity

  • Management Consulting

  • Gaming, Leisure, and Hospitality

  • Entertainment and Music


Our main clients are top tier consumer brands and various types of communications service providers (agencies) across Asia, such as:

  • Management Consultancies

  • Private Equity Firms

  • B2B and B2C Technology Companies

  • The Entertainment Industry

  • Integrated Resort Developers (and other Hospitality, Leisure, Gaming, and Tourism parties/consultancies)

  • Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies


We focus on recruiting top performers, usually for specific positions. Most people we place aren't actively looking for a job when we first get in touch. Most of the executive search assignments we make and new business opportunities come through referrals and long-term relationships. We rarely, if ever, rely on recruitment media to identify candidates for our clients.


Sector Five occasionally takes on assignments outside these core areas of expertise, particularly for sensitive senior management roles in finance, operations, human resources, corporate strategy, supply chain, and procurement. In recent years, we have become especially active in recruiting “digital transformation” leaders, leading us to dedicate Ai.Agency to this specific cause.

We are a small firm by design and don't have the resources to help everyone, though we will always try our best. If we cannot help, we will refer you to someone who can as a courtesy.

business development

Beyond our core business, we provide a variety of human resources advisory, advocacy, business development, and other strategic organizational consulting services.

We consult with senior management to achieve various business development opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Specialty Agency/Communications Service Provider

  • Agency Pitch Consulting

  • Business Development Services for Agencies

  • Market Entry

  • Business Partnerships/Introductions

  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures

  • New Agency Formulation

  • Complex Negotiations

  • Government Relations

  • Specialized Market Research

We also introduce external board advisors with quick discretion to facilitate expert interim management solutions when companies are in a crisis.

other services

Sector Five supports Japan and Vietnam Integrated Resort Development and Tourism by:

  • serving International Operators and Japanese IR Consortium members

  • assisting expert consultants and others associated with the gaming and leisure industries to enter Japan

Consulting services provided to corporate clients include:

  • executive search and human resources consulting

  • board advisory search

  • strategic organizational management consulting

Sector Five training services are, but not limited to:

  • recruitment training for talent acquisition teams

  • human resources management training

Confidential services provided to individual executives are:

  • long term career planning

  • compensation negotiations

  • interview preparation

license & compliance

Sector Five is a registered Japanese company, licensed to conduct executive search and recruitment services by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
License number: 13-ユ-312590

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