Takuto Matsushita


Independent Agent


The mysterious Frenchman in my family tree, Egyptian hieroglyphs, or treating myself with herbal medicine in the middle of the Sahara Desert.


Sometimes you hear voices. Takuto grew up in Fuji City, Shizuoka, basking in the magic of his prefecture’s famous seafood and green tea, and gazing up at the peak of – you guessed it – Mount Fuji. From its mystical peak he drew his first inspiration. “Go and be an example to others,” it seemed to whisper – words echoed years later by a ghost onstage at an empty amphitheater in Sicily that urged him to release his voice to the world. And he took all those words to heart. What else can you say about an aspiring tenor who models himself after the 20thcentury’s most famous opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti? Good enough never is. Making a hundred people weep when he sang at his own wedding was just for starters, as Tak fully intends to perform in the world’s great concert halls one day, but his passion extends beyond music into all realms of existence. Which is why, after six years working at an in-house HR job, he took up the reins of recruitment entrepreneurship, determined to have matchless expertise and autonomy in his professional life. Where else could such principles have led him besides to us? “Ours is a community of independent but collaborative partners,” he says. “Here I can go up against the market and prove the power of the Zensho Agency business model.” Which he’s doing like a maestro. Lots of folks around here used to reckon themselves at karaoke. Not anymore. Known for his commitment, reliability, and wealth of sector knowledge, whether Tak is crooning a bel canto or simply talking industry shop, his voice is one you’ll want to hear.

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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.