Statement Regarding Ms. Rena Masuyama


March 12, 2019

Statement Regarding Ms. Rena Masuyama

It has come to our attention that there are some concerns and confusion regarding Ms. Rena Masuyama and her connection to Mr. Robert Kajiwara.

By way of background Ms. Masuyama invited Mr. Kajiwara to Tokyo for events regarding Henoko, Okinawa. Mr. Kajiwara and his team gave Ms. Masuyama permission to organize events in Tokyo for February 20-21, 2019 for Mr. Kajiwara. We acknowledge that Ms. Masuyama did a good job in hosting these events and we are thankful to her and her team for doing so. These are the only activities she was given permission to do on behalf of Mr. Kajiwara.

Mr. Kajiwara did not give Ms. Masuyama permission to organize any events for him in Okinawa or elsewhere. Ms. Masuyama scheduled a meeting for Mr. Kajiwara with Governor Denny Tamaki in Okinawa for March 6 without the knowledge or consent of Mr. Kajiwara and his management team. Mr. Kajiwara had already previously given exclusive permission to his Okinawa management team, led by Ms. Shinako Oyakawa, to handle all of his scheduling, coordinating, and correspondence for Okinawa. Ms. Masuyama claimed that the offer to meet with Governor Tamaki came from the Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG), though Mr. Kajiwara and his team confirmed with OPG that it was Ms. Masuyama who requested the appointment using his name without the knowledge or consent of Mr. Kajiwara. Due to scheduling conflicts, the meeting set up by Ms. Masuyama was declined by Mr. Kajiwara and his team. Mr. Kajiwara explained to Ms. Masuyama that his Okinawa team was already in the process of scheduling a meeting between him and Governor Tamaki and that they did not need or want the assistance of Ms. Masuyama in scheduling this. This meeting took place on March 5th and received much media coverage.

Mr. Kajiwara has been to Okinawa many times and has many close family, friends, and colleagues there. He does not require someone in Tokyo to schedule events for him in Okinawa.

Additionally, Ms. Masuyama has expressed interest in writing a book about Mr. Kajiwara. Writing a book or article about someone does not provide the writer privileges of inappropriately using a public figure’s name in inquiries, scheduling, etc., and does not allow the writer the right to speak on behalf of the person being written about. Therefore no writer or member of the press may use Mr. Kajiwara’s name to schedule events or conduct correspondence on his behalf without his expressed written consent. We are not interested in endorsing a book written by Ms. Masuyama and have requested she stop writing about Mr. Kajiwara.

As Mr. Kajiwara’s official website,, has stated since before the start of his recent trip to Okinawa, all official correspondence and scheduling is done through either Mr. Nelson Del Pino (manager for the U.S.) or Ms. Shinako Oyakawa (manager for Asia) and their respective teams of assistants. They are the only people authorized to speak on behalf of Rob Kajiwara. Anyone else attempting to speak on behalf of Mr. Kajiwara should be considered unauthorized and therefore disregarded.

We have respectfully instructed Ms. Masuyama to cease and desist using Mr. Kajiwara’s name for making her own inquiries.


The Rob Kajiwara Management Team

Robert Kajiwara (Self)

Nelson Del Pino (Producer-Manager, U.S.)

Shinako Oyakawa (Manager, Asia)

H.E. Leon K. Siu (Special Advisor)

Jan R. Weinberg (Special Advisor)













Questions and Answers!

Today, Rob takes some time to answer a few questions he has been asked frequently. 


Question 1・ハワイ、東京、沖縄館のチケットはロブさんが負担しましたよね? Did Rob buy the round-trip ticket for this Okinawa trip by himself?

Answer 1: Yes, I bought the round-trip ticket for the Okinawa and Japan trip by myself.


Question 2・結成した会の名前は、  「ロバートカジワラ来沖プロジェクト」で良いか? The host team is “Robert Kajiwara Coming to Okinawa Project”?

Answer 2: Yes, the “Robert Kajiwara Coming to Okinawa Project” was my management team in charge for the entire duration of my time in Okinawa. They handled my entire schedule for me, including coordinating, driving, translating, etc. A couple of them even did my laundry for me! I am very appreciative of all of their hard work! The trip would not have been a success without them!


Question 3・プロジェックトの結成時期とメンバー数 Who and when this team is established?

Answer 3: I won’t publicly list all of the members of the team, since I want to protect their identities, and I’m not sure if all of them want to be listed publicly. But Ms. Shinako Oyakawa was the manager for the team, and Ms. Madoka Yamada was the assistant manager. The team was established around one month before my trip to Okinawa and Japan.


Question 4・関空の入管で不当に拘束された時に最初に連絡を受けた人、 Who did Rob contact while detained by immigration in the Kansai Airport?

Answer 4: After being detained at Kansai Airport, first I called Professor Hoshin Nakamura of Okinawa University. Professor Nakamura then called Professor Masaki Tomochi of Okinawa International University. Later, I also called Professor Tomochi and spoke with him myself. Professor Tomochi then contacted Senator Kantoku Teruya. While I was waiting alone in the immigration room, I also contacted some people via messenger and social media to let them know that I was detained.

A more detailed written report of the entire incident at Kansai Airport will be released shortly.


Question 5・照屋寛徳議員にロブさん解放の依頼をした人、 Who called Senator Teruya Kantoku to help Rob while he was detained in immigration at Kansai Airport?

Answer 5: Professor Masaki Tomochi called Senator Teruya.


Question 6・県知事訪問の調整をした人、 Who made the appointment for the meeting with Governor Tamaki?

Answer 6: All of my scheduling for Okinawa was done by my Okinawan management team (The Rob Kajiwara is Coming to Okinawa Project), led by manager Shinako Oyakawa, and assistant manager Madoka Yamada.


Question 7・在沖、米国領事館との面会の交渉をした人 Who made arrangement for the meeting at the U.S. Consulate?

Answer 7: The appointment with the U.S. Consulate was scheduled by Mr. Charles Douglas Lummis, who worked in coordination with my Okinawan management team (The Rob Kajiwara is Coming to Okinawa Project) to arrange this meeting.


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Who is pushing for the base at Henoko?

“Professor Hideki Uemura of Ryutsu Keizai University told the Tokyo Shimbun that the government’s priority in the matter is to satisfy the demands of the United States.”

But the U.S. government claims that the base at Henoko is being built to satisfy the demands of Japan. So which is it?

Also, mentioned in the article, Koji Yabe states that even if the base at Henoko is built, there is no guarantee Futenma Air Base will close.

Here’s a link to the full article: