Michael Pearce


Independent Agent


Giving up everything to move to Japan and apprentice with the last living ninja Grandmaster, my (so far) elusive goal of brewing the perfect craft beer, and reaching the Okuden level of Nihon Buyou (Japanese traditional dance).


A California native, Michael moved to Japan in 1991 to pursue his passion of martial arts and Japanese cultural studies. Since coming to Japan, he has studied intensively with the top teachers in his chosen arts. He has obtained rank and teaching degrees in the martial arts as well as in Nihon Buyou (traditional Japanese dance) and bonsai cultivation. His studies have given him an intimate perspective and appreciation for Asian culture and heritage.

Michael has learned that all things worthwhile take time, and that patience and commitment are essential ingredients for building long term relationships in any area of life. This attitude has served him well as a legal specialist recruiter. He strives to provide the highest quality of service in his work and loves providing creative advice and solutions to clients that help them achieve their professional objectives.

Before joining Zensho, Michael was a consultant in the biotech industry and had the pleasure of working with some of the leading pioneers in the field. In addition to his consulting engagements he founded several companies, including a movie production company based in Los Angeles which he is still active in. He truly believes that “the work is the reward.” This is what drives him to perform each and every day. He enjoys surfing, paramotoring, reading, philosophy, and time with his family.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.