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Who we are:

ISPA Japan is a non-profit organization registered with the Government of Japan since 2001.

The organization consists of personal and corporate member.



  • To promote enjoyment in boating by providing safe and efficient boat training.

  • To raise global awareness in Japan through high quality sail training which meet the international standards.

  • To increase participation in boating by building relationships with other international organizations.


Training Standard:

ISPA Japan uses the same standard for boat training as the International Sail and Power Academy (ISPA) for both sail and power.


Membership statistics:

As at December 31, 2015, there are total 74 members; 68 private and 6 corporate This includes 40 ISPA Japan certified instructors.


List of affiliated marinas:

The largest and best Marina in southeast Asia.

Owned and operated by the City of Yokohama / YAMAHA Corporation.

It is known as the most famous private sector maritime school in Japan.

Established 1994 by Robert Sendoh as ISPA (Canada) certified training school.

Based in Vancouver BC, it runs various trainings throughout the world, including Canada,

Japan, Adriatic Sea, South Pacific and the Caribbean.



Executive Director

Robert Sendoh


Robert founded ISPA Japan a non-profit organization providing training programs for sailboat and powerboat operators, in 2001. He was also formerly a Canadian Yacht Association (CYA) instructor and one of the founding members of International Sail and Power Association Canada (ISPA), which commenced operations in 1994. His passion for sailing and education has lead him to dedicate his lifework on establishing sail training programs after retiring as an entrepreneur; he formerly worked on a real estate development, civil engineering, and security IT software development in Japan, USA, Canada and other Pacific Rim countries. Author of ISPA Tall Ship Workbook, and, program editor of ISPA Young Mariner Program.


Ibuki Tsuchiya


As a president of Blue Belle Corporation, a business consulting company, Ibuki brings vast experience in the business operation support and trouble shooting. She specializes in the contract negotiation, technology transfer, and business start-up. Her passion for marine sports, including sailing, has naturally lead to an involvement in the establishment of ISPA Japan. She continues to play an integral part on steering the organization.

Gozo Okada


Gozo is a well-known professional race sailor who participated in the most of the major off shore races including single-handed Transpacific race in 1981. He has been ISPA certified instructor since 1998 and has trained more than 650 sailboat operators in Seabornia and Yokohama Bay Side Marina. More importantly, his well-respected figure was crucial for ISPA Japan to establish and develop its existence in Japan. Gozo continues to passionately train sailors and strengthen the visibility of ISPA Japan in the sailing industry.

Yasufumi Murase


Yasufumi is the president of Onomichi maritime academy, a prestigious maritime institute which has produced more than 200,000 graduates since its establishment (1949). While providing national licensing programs for maritime industry, the academy continues to train numbers of sailboat operators under his initiative as an official school of ISPA Japan. He enjoys yacht race himself and is responsible of also Class A racing instruction for Japan Sailing Federation.

Shuji Nakamura


Shuji is working for Mitsubishi Research Institute, one of the best think tank in Japan, as general manager of marketing and sales division. He has been involved in the planning of maritime industry development for major port cities (i.e. Hakodate, Kushiro, Otaru and Yokohama), revitalizing fishing villages, and recently started a research program on “blue carbon”. His career reflects his strong passion for marine activities and conservation, where he is further leveraging them and providing new perspectives for ISPA Japan.

Tomohisa Ohara


Tomohisa’s passion for sail training started as a trainee on “Akogare”, a former sail training tallship operated by city of Osaka. He continued to support the program as a volunteer until Osaka city decided to stop the operation. He initiated Global Human Resource Development Organization (GHR) under corporate sponsorship to acquire “Akogare”, now known as “Miraie”. As a director of GHR, he is organizing sail training courses for youth as well as for corporate leadership training using ISPA tall ship curriculum.

Dr. Hideh(iko) Asanuma


Hideh became ISPA instructor while pursuing his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry. He has since then instructed sail operation and was involved in the young mariner programs at Vancouver, Tahiti, Australia and Croatia. Professionally he has worked in the Max Planck Institute under the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and currently working in R&I division of L’Oreal Japan leading physicochemistry team. His current role is to coordinate the activities of ISPA Japan with other international entities.

Dr. Mamoru Tomozane


Mamoru is a director at Intel Japan who brings vast experience in the promotion and business coordination for ISPA Japan. He was essential for ISPA Japan to expand the programs in particular for Young Mariner Program in coordination with multiple organizations domestically and internationally. He is also a certified ISPA Japan instructor who’s often seen around Tokyo and Sagami Bay on his 32 feet sailboat.

Hiroyuki Minamiyama


Hiroyuki is one of the pioneers of corporate branding and identity management in Japan. He is the founder and CEO of AXHUM consulting, and also act as chairman of Corporate Identity Council of Japan, president of World Branding Committee, and lecturer at Aoyama Gakuin University. The vast business experiences of Hiroyuki have been instrumental in the strategizing branding communication and establishing Young Mariner Program of ISPA Japan. He is an avid sailor who sails around Kanto-area on his 32 ft sailboat as well as in various international cruising grounds (i.e. Canada, Croatia, Tahiti, Norway, Australia, etc.)

Ichiro Zama


With experience as Senior Director of Full-services advertising agency, Ichiro has a rich, varied and deep knowledge of the fields of marketing, communication and promotion. Currently Ichiro serves at the helm of a global network agency here in Japan, as an Executive Chairman.

Outside of his day job, he has more than 3 decades of sailing experience, including ocean sailing race. He is the proud owner of a 38 foot sail boat in Yokohama, in which he enjoys taking his family and friends cruising. His other interests/pursuits include scuba diving, golf and the traditional martial art, IAI for which he holds a 6th "dan" belt with Samurai Spirits.


Tatsuya Honda M.D.  Ph.D.


Tatsuya is an executive director of KOKYUKAI Medical Group which runs medical clinic (Internal medicine & Gastroenterology) and long term care facilities.

He experienced as a research fellow at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (US).  As a medical officer of a Research and Training Vessel, he sailed to Pohnpei, New Caledonia, Australia and Saipan.

He attended many 470 class dinghy races as a member of the college sailing team.  He learned off shore sailing at one of a Royal Yachting Association certified school (UK).

Now, he sails around Kanto-area and Setonaikai-area with his family on his 33 feet sailing boat.

Tetsuo Negishi


Tetsuo started his career at computer manufacturer. Later he became sixth generation family owner of trading company for construction steel founded in 1847. He enjoys marine activities including scuba diving and sailing. Such passion leads him to pursue ISPA instructor certification in 2019. He is often seen on his 34 feet sailboat not only around his home ground of Tokyo Bay and Izu islands, but all over along the coasts of Japan with his friends.


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