Our Team

Neil Butler
Chief Operating Officer
From Australia
Bachelor Business, Monash University, Australia. Neil has been in business in Japan and Asia for 35 years, working in marketing, branding, management, trade facilitation and business development. Neil implemented Australia's largest single international consumer marketing program. He is bilingual (English/Japanese).
Paul
Editor-In-Chief
From Glasgow, Scotland
MA and M.Phil in Literature from the University of Glasgow. Former writer and contributing editor to The Japan Times, Time Out Tokyo, Tokyo Weekender, the Telegraph, TokyoFashion, Stylus and Sportswear International. Currently Senior Editor of Metropolis.
Taryn
Assistant Editor
Taryn graduated with a B.A. with honors in Astrophysics and a B.A. in Engish from Williams College in the US. She then worked as a computer programmer for 2 years before moving to Japan as a freelance writer, editor and translator. She has been with Metropolis since May 2017.
Andrew
Assistant Editor
American raised in Tokyo, Japan.
B.A. English with Honors from Brown University. Former writer for Popular Mechanics, Dell's Power More, The College Hill Independent, and Brown Political Review. Editor of the Voices from Japan exhibition catalog.
Claas
Art Director
From Germany.
MA in graphic design from the Royal Danish Academy of Arts. Over 7 years of experience from large and small offices, and as an independent designer. Passionate about creating engaging designs in both print and digital, with a focus on editorial design and info graphics. Spending my free time at museums, hiking and taking photos, or enjoying good food, wine and sake.
Fernando
Designer/Developer
From São Paulo, Brazil.
I've been programming for more than 10 years building websites and systems. I'm passionate about technology, music and discovering new places.
Natsuki
Web Designer
Natsuki is an ex-professional dancer and a mom from Fukuoka.
She graduated from a university in New York, and now works as a web designer at Metropolis.
Christian
Web Intern
From London, England.
Formerly Filmmaker in Residence at Raindance Film Festival in London. Now settled in Tokyo and learning about Japanese language, design and culture.
Kaoru
Sales Manager
From Totori. Kaoru has more than 21 years experience in media in both Japan and Australia. In particular, he has achieved great success in niche market (Japanese market in Australia, Foreign Market in Japan) strategy, marketing and promotion.
Niki
Sales Manager
Born in Kobe, Hyogo
Lived and worked in Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney and Honolulu.
I resided in Sydney and Hawaii for 15 years. After graduating from school in Sydney, I worked for a Japanese travel agency for nine years, and proceeded to work in Japan for another four years. I joined Metropolis Magazine in 2007, and coordinates the print, web and social media surrounding the magazine. I have also worked for an advertising agency as well.
Eri
Sales Administrator
From Tokyo.
After working in Hawaii as a writer targeting Japanese residents, She began working at Metropolis. She serves as a liaison between the editorial team and sales team.
Her hoppy is diving.
Toby
Editorial Intern
Toby was raised in Western Australia, where he completed a Masters of Journalism. Before recently relocating to Tokyo, he had been freelancing for culture and lifestyle magazines in Melbourne. Crazy about music, movies, snowboarding and travel.