About Us

Our 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.

Senior Management

Isabelita T. Manalastas is President and Representative Director, and founder of the Company. She 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). She 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. She 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 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.

Ken Torii is SMTJ’s Managing Director. He has more than ten (10) years of banking experience in Japan. The last position he held was that of Director, Personal Banking Japan, at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., Tokyo. In that capacity, he had the responsibility to update and prepare local procedure manual and guidelines reflecting regulatory changes and risk management. He was responsible for business unit’s compliance and risk management – adherence to local rules and policy and government regulatory compliance and audit inspection with compliance training for staff. Ken graduated from Arizona State University in the U.S., and is bilingual in Japanese and English. Before his current appointment, he acted as the Compliance Officer of SMTJ.