Tokyo-Based Real Estate Industry Veteran Kaishu Okada Joins RKF to Lead the Office and Facilitate Japan-Based Retailers’ Entry and Expansion to the U.S.
NEW YORK AND TOKYO – RKF, the North America’s leading independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, announced today the opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan. RKF also announced that Kaishu Okada has joined the firm as a Vice President and business development associate in Japan to facilitate Japanese retail real estate expansion opportunities in the United States.
Okada, who has more than 10 years of commercial real estate experience in Japan, will be based in the Tokyo office and will work directly with RKF Executive Vice President David Friedman, who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Okada will be in charge of sourcing and developing new business opportunities specifically for Japan-based retailers looking to explore, initiate or expand their physical retail presence in the U.S.
“We are delighted with our expansion to Japan and are pleased to welcome Kaishu to RKF,” said Robert K. Futterman, Chairman & CEO of RKF. “With Okada’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of the business environment and government regulations in Japan, he will help us orchestrate and drive Japanese-based retail expansion in the U.S., creating valuable opportunities for many of Japan’s leading retail and restaurant brands.”
Under Friedman’s lead, RKF has worked extensively as the U.S. retail real estate representative for several Japanese brands, including Round One Entertainment, Gameworks and Marukai Corporation. The firm also has vast experience working with other international retailers on their entry and expansions in the U.S., including Tomorrowland, Tsurutontan, Topshop, Pret A Manger, Zadig & Voltaire, Orlebar Brown and Michael Hill. The firm’s extensive network of partner service providers allows retailers to access key vendors, architects, legal counsel, project managers and real estate brokers, with ease.
“I was drawn to RKF upon learning about the firm’s work with several Japanese companies who have successfully expanded to the U.S.,” said Okada. “RKF’s leading position in retail real estate and its portfolio of national and international clients is very impressive to me. I’m excited to join the firm and leverage RKF’s expertise to unlock new opportunities for retail brands in Japan.”
Okada is formally educated in the U.S. and Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Keio University. He is a member of the All Japan Real Estate Association.
The leading independent real estate firm in North America specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, RKF serves a broad spectrum of domestic and global clients in services ranging from national tenant and owner representation to advisory, consulting and dispositions. With approximately $30 billion in aggregate real estate transactions to its credit, RKF has been responsible for identifying scores of real estate opportunities throughout the United States for leading American and international chains, retailers, developers and institutional clients. RKF is headquartered in New York with offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Northern New Jersey, San Francisco and Toronto. RKF operates in Canada as RKF Group Canada Realty, a retail brokerage.
RKF’s Headquarters is located at 521 Fifth Avenue, Floor 7, New York, NY 10175. T: 212.599.3700. www.rkf.com