Wendel Japan principally advises Group companies on their business development and acquisition plans in Japan. Wendel made its first “test” investment in Japan in December 2013, with the acquisition of Nippon Oil Pump (NOP).

Wendel Japan KK

Marunouchi Building 24F,
Marunouchi 2-4-1,
Tokyo 100-6324
Tel: 03-3212-5811


Makoto Kawada
Makoto Kawada
Managing Director, in charge of the international development and CEO of Wendel Japan

Makoto Kawada was previously the President and CEO of Basic Capital Management (Mizuho Financial Group’s fund management company), where he successfully managed a turnaround/distressed fund. 

He had begun his career at Fuji Bank, initially in cross border M&A in Tokyo and subsequently in project finance in Tokyo and in London.

Makoto Kawada also held positions at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group in Washington DC, where he worked initially in Syndications and subsequently as Investment Officer in the Oil, Gas & Mining department. He returned eventually to Mizuho Securities in Tokyo, where he had been involved in turnaround and private equity fund businesses.

Makoto Kawada graduated in Economics from Waseda University and obtained an MBA from the Wharton School, as well as an MA from the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.

Shigeaki Oyama
Senior advisor

A 1967 graduate of the University of Tokyo, Oyama San began his career in the Numerical Control department of Fujitsu, which later became Fanuc LTD, the world’s largest industrial robotics manufacturer. 

After 39 years of experience encompassing R&D, sales, production and technology development, he was named Senior Executive Vice-President of GE Fanuc Automation North America in the USA in 1997. In 1999 he was appointed President and in 2003, Chairman of Fanuc LTD.