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From January 2019, Tatsuya Funatsu, Claims Executive, is permanently based at our office in Imabari, providing local support to our members and clients in that region. We have also further strengthened the Defence team in our Tokyo office. Sammy Smallbone, an English and Hong Kong qualified lawyer, recently joined Gard as a permanent FDD Lawyer based in our Tokyo office. This makes our Tokyo based Defence team the strongest of any Club in Japan.

Sven Jensen, Vice President, Underwriting, has been responsible for underwriting and marketing in Japan since September 2018.  His permanent presence in Tokyo will enable us to develop our business and grow our presence in this important market even further.

Tadashi Sugimoto, Managing Director,  Gard (Japan) K.K says: “These changes will focus our efforts to further develop and build our long term partnerships with the Japanese shipping and maritime trading community, including the commodity, energy and offshore sectors. “