About Us

Mission and Vision

Speed Money Transfer Japan K.K. has been incorporated and established in Japan specifically to be engaged in the money transfer business, agency and undertaking of services relating to money transfer, and all matters incidental or relating to the conduct of said money transfer business. The company vision and mission statements are as follows:

Speed Money Transfer Japan株式会社は その目的を外国送金事業に従事することに特定して設立されました。当社のビジョン及びミッションは下記のとおりです。

VISION: To become the remittance company of choice by the migrant workers in Japan.

ビジョン: 日本在住の外国人労働者に好んで利用される外国送金会社となる。

MISSION:To provide efficient, reliable, trustworthy, speedy funds transfers from Japan, to all parts of the world, starting with the Philippines, while being compliant to all regulatory requirements of its host country, Japan.

ミッション: 日本から世界全域への-当初はフィリピン向けとする-効率的で、信頼できる、迅速な資金移動を提供する。

SMTJ prides itself as a company for the migrant workers, by the migrant workers.

Who we are

SMTJ has a highly qualified management team which has a stake in the future of the company because the officers and staff themselves will share whatever profits the company makes. A member of the team is even one of the major shareholders of the company. SMTJ’s officers and staff, majority of whom are migrants themselves, will be entrusted to run the day-to-day affairs of the company, draw up the marketing plans and strategies to better compete in the market, and ensure full compliance to regulatory restrictions of the host country. SMTJ also draws on the expertise of various consultants in the IT, legal, accounting, and tax fields, to help support its operations. The company’s major investors – 2 Asians, and 1 European, can therefore be rest assured that the SMTJ team will manage the company’s interests well.

 

TOP MANAGEMENT 

ISABELITA “LITA” T. MANALASTAS-WATANABE
President and Representative Director
Founder of SPEED Money Transfer Japan K.K.

Lita was formerly the First Senior Vice President of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and was Area Head for Europe, Israel and Africa (based in Rome) and Area Head for Asia-Pacific (based in Tokyo). Lita has studied, worked and lived in Japan for over 30 years. Before joining PNB, she was Deputy Director for Investment at the ASEAN-Japan Centre in Tokyo. Lita has more than 25 years of solid experience in the remittance business and was formerly an Asian Development Bank international consultant on Southeast Asian remittances. She was educated at Harvard University (USA), Tsukuba University (Japan), Osaka University of Foreign Studies (Japan), and the University of the Philippines (Diliman). The Filipina Women’s Network based in San Francisco, U.S.A., awarded Lita the honor of being one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World under the “Founder & Pioneer” category for her successful launch of Speed in Japan.

 

DR. FUMIO WATANABE
Director

An expert in cognitive strategy for intercultural interactions and its application to intercultural education and training. He had conducted training for Honda, Nissan, Volvo, Nippon Express, NSK, JICA and other global companies in the past, and more recently, for an American company in Japan. Dr. Watanabe holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Sophia (Jochi) University. He was formerly a senior lecturer at University of the Philippines at Diliman, a research associate at East West Center in Hawaii, and a JICA expert assigned to Indonesia. Dr. Watanabe was professor at Sophia University’s Department of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences until his retirement in March, 2014, and is now Professor Emeritus. He has published twelve books in his area of specialization.

 

DELFIN “JUN” S. CASTRO, JR.
Director

Delfin “Jun” S. Castro, Jr. was elected to the SMTJ Board of Directors on June 7, 2021. He holds an MBA from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, under a scholarship grant from the then Sanwa Bank Foundation Japan. He finished his B.S. in Business Administration from the same university. Jun is also a Licensed Securities Salesman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines and is also a qualified Real Estate Broker. Jun currently holds several top positions in the Angping Group of Companies in the Philippines, including Director/President/Member of the Audit Committee, Risk Management , and Governance. As senior officer and top management of several other companies, including mining, real estate, and his past banking experience, he brings in to SMTJ his vast experience in corporate planning and development, due diligence and operations audit, financial feasibilities, risk assessment and compliance.
 

HIROKO MURASUGI
General Manager & Compliance Officer

Hiroko has proven track record of extensive payment experience, problem solving ability, and high customer satisfaction in a diverse environment. She is well versed in remittance and clearing system of major currencies. As a payment specialist at HSBC, she collaborated with IT team and introduced programs for account verification, revenue increase, YCS Wolf to monitor OFAC grey payments, and etc. Immersed in a diverse environment, she is excellent in communication with different people from different cultures. She has stayed in Guangzhou to train local staff, and worked as a customer rep at JPMorgan Chase Singapore. She received the global top 95 customer reps award in 2016. She joined SMTJ on March 11, 2021.

 

DESIREE JOY D. DELOS REYES
Manager, Remittance Fulfillment Services

Des is the Head of the Remittance Operations of SMTJ and is responsible for remittance fulfillment and delivery. A consistent Dean’s Lister and “Iskolar ng Bayan”, graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension in Pampanga with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Prior to joining SMTJ, Des was a Software Test Lead in Accenture, Inc. with 8 years of experience in team management, quality control and service delivery. In her 5 years in the remittance industry, Des has had experience in Treasury and Accounting.