About us

Charles E. McJilton


This job is a once in a lifetime opportunity: pioneering a new concept in a unique way with great people. Japan has given me so much. This is a small way to give back. My secret in life is eating plenty of SPAM.

Kazuhisa Masuda

Food Bank Team/Manager
Licensed in Food Safety and Hygiene

As I lived in Italy for long, I became fond of a culture of cherishing things such as enjoying dusty yellow books. So, I naturally started getting involved in activities of taking care of "food" and distributing it to the needy. I now make every effort to get any closer to an ideal of "food for all".

Hiromi Ishikawa

Office Manager

I am a rookie who was found by 2HJ in an unpredicted way when I had a hard time to get a job at my age. 2HJ recognized that my former career worked for them. Actually I did not know anything about activities of 2HJ, so I have been surprised and puzzled everyday since I joined 2HJ. I really respect the kindness of 2HJ staff and volunteers. My favorite food is Buntan from my birthplace!

Sachika Takeda

Harvest Kitchen
Registered Dietitian

I first learned about food bank from a documentary film, when I worked for a company cafeteria. It was eye opening, and my curiosity lead me to contact 2HJ and became a volunteer. I believe that food 2HJ serves has a lot more than “nutrition values” printed on label.

Hiroshi Aita

Facilities Manager

A place to eat sleep and live.... No one can live without food. I work here because I’ve always loved cooking and eating. I came to Second Harvest Japan after a career in IT. I also love kitties.

Yuji Shibata

Pantry Coordinator/Manager

I had always been interested in food loss, so when I read about 2HJ in the newspaper I thought, “I have to be a part of this!” and immediately began volunteering by delivering food to welfare agencies. I joined 2HJ as staff after the Tohoku disaster, and I am now struggling along as the leader of the Ishinomaki Project.

Yoko Sakamoto

Food Bank team
Licensed in Food Safety and Hygiene

I have always felt a sense of regret about food waste, especially when there are those in need. Those feelings eventually led me to 2HJ. With my prior “sales” experience and “mom” power (3 kids including twins), I would like to build a better infrastructure that would make both donors and recipients happy!

Hiroaki Takahashi

Hiroaki Takahashi

Food Bank Team
Large-sized motor vehicle second-class license

After I got to know about 2HJ in a TV program, I signed up for the food delivery volunteer. I soon wanted to be committed more to this wonderful activity of distributing food that is doomed to be wasted to those in need. I became a paid worker there. Now I distribute food in a two-ton truck every day.

Suzuki Shigeaki

Food Bank Team

In August 2011, while volunteering at Ishinomaki, I met Shibata-san from 2HJ, and as such, I learned about food banks. Returning to Tokyo, I immediately registered to volunteer with 2HJ. The smiles and gratitude of recipients blow away my fatigue. I volunteer at the Kanagawa warehouse and at Asakusabashi.

Hayashi Koichi

Food Bank Team

Food resources are becoming exhausted, there are people who fear for tomorrow’s meal, yet millions of tons of safe & edible food are discarded daily. While there are limits what 2HJ can do, I hope our activities and our message can influence people, change mindsets, and result in a reduction of food loss.

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