Andrew Yanagihara is the Managing Director of D-Dining Inc., in Japan. He established the company in 2008 with 80 McDonald’s franchises in Japan, and today owns and runs 90 restaurants in Chiba prefecture, employing nearly 5,000 people. Before starting D-Dining, from 1999-2008, Andrew was a Senior Vice President at Delmar Co., Ltd., which is a long-time supplier of fish and shrimp products to McDonald’s Japan. At Delmar, Andrew was in charge of production, quality assurance, imports and exports, customs clearance, and distribution. Andrew has also worked as a manager of international imports and exports for Toshoku America, Inc. in New York, importing coffee and cacao beans from South and Central America to Japan. From 1993-1996, he was a pilot trainee for Japan Airlines, where he obtained his pilot’s license.
Andrew has a Master of Business Administration degree from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. He lives in Tokyo.