Kei Izawa

Small Business Owner and Aikido Instructor in Boulder, Colorado

Kei Izawa

Small Business Owner and Aikido Instructor in Boulder, Colorado

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As a senior executive of General Motors Corporation for 14 years and 10 years working for the Japanese government in international trade, Kei Izawa was involved in many joint venture negotiations and in the implementations of numerous projects, including the NUMMI project between GM and Toyota Motor in Fremont California, the CAMI project between GM and Suzuki Motor Company in Ingersoll, Canada, the IBC project between GM and Isuzu Motors in Luton, England, and the Opel Distribution Agreement between GM and Yanase in Japan. He served as the Representative General Director of GM's Opel Division in Japan, 1991 - 1996. His last position with GM, in Ruesselsheim, Germany, was Regional Sales Director of Light Commercial Vehicles and SUVs for Europe.

Kei Izawa currently resides in Boulder, Colorado. With strong interest in healthy life style, Izawa is involved in a new project to disseminate healthy lifestyles of Boulder. Izawa currently heads Teppei LLC exporting blue agave and other organic products to Japan. Recently started the sale of Karami Salsa in Colorado.

As an avid practitioner of Aikido, a Japanese martial art, for the last 49 years, Izawa has been active in teaching the art around the world. Izawa holds the rank of 6th degree black belt. Izawa was elected in 2008 as the Secretary General of the International Aikido Federation and then elected as Chairman for the term ending in 2020.

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Kei Izawa graduated from Keio University in Tokyo majoring in political science and completed his graduate studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in International Relations. He is currently an advisor to the University of Colorado East Asian programs. Kei Izawa is fluent in Japanese, Spanish, and English.

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