Japan Intercultural Consulting was established in the UK in 2004 by Pernille Rudlin, who heads up the UK team of  consultants covering a wide range of expertise and industries.


Cécile Buckenmeyer
Senior Consultant  - France and United Kingdom

Cécile is a graduate from Tours Graduate School of Management in France. Before completing her degree, she studied for one year in the Department of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo. She holds an MSc in Psychodynamics from Birkbeck College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Born and raised in France, she has spent five years living in Japan and the past twelve years in the UK. She is fluent in French, English and Japanese and regularly works in these languages.

Since joining Japan Intercultural Consulting in 2006, Cécile has worked as a coach and facilitator with over thirty companies in industries as diverse as financial services, electronics, telecoms, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. She has coached Japanese senior managers on leadership development as well as working with cross-cultural issues. She facilitates cross-cultural communications and management training programmes, including workshops introducing coaching skills to Japanese managers.

In her previous career, Cécile worked with a leading Japanese recruitment company which is partly owned by the Nikkei group. She advised Japan-based multinational companies on their international recruitment strategies and, in collaboration with European Chambers of Commerce, she led a PR campaign raising the profile of European companies in Japan. She was later appointed head of European operations in London where she managed a team promoting recruitment events across ten European countries. More recently she was a manager at Manchester Business School where she offered coaching and career services for MBA participants and alumni.


Emma Johnson
Consultant - United Kingdom

After graduating with honors with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Reading, Emma Johnson lived and worked in Hokkaido, Japan from 1992 – 1995. She then gained a Master’s Degree in Japanese from Sheffield University and went on to work at the Embassy of Japan in London, during which time she passed the top level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test – Level 1.

As ‘Inward Investment Manager – Japan’ at Yorkshire Forward, Emma encouraged several Japanese companies to invest in the region. Emma then took up the post of Associate Director at the Japan Centre North West, developing and delivering a range of Japan-related business services, including the ‘English Language Study and Work Experience Programme’ for Japanese organisations, translation services and cross-cultural awareness business briefings.

Throughout her career, she has undertaken countless business trips to Japan talking to corporations in their own language and she has organised many Japanese delegations to the UK. She has been a finalist in the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese.

More recently, Emma has worked closely with a large Japanese logistics company, in the preparation of an International Training Programme, to help the company’s high-potential middle managers to become more ‘globalised’. Emma has also conducted market research into the importance of cross-cultural awareness in business and has gained her Certificate in Intercultural Training.