Our Team

Neil Butler
Chief Operating Officer
From Australia
Bachelor Business, Monash University, Australia. Neil has been in business in Japan and Asia for 36 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).
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 Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis.
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.
Stephan Jarvis
Stephan Jarvis
A graduate of the University of the Arts London, Stephan has over 10 years experience living and working in Japan for a variety of publications and is currently the editor and contributing photographer at Metropolis.
Julia Mascetti
Interactive Media Associate
Julia is from Essex, England, and studied music at the University of Leeds. She began her career at a classical music PR agency in London before moving to Japan in 2015. Currently she writes for Metropolis as well as assisting with marketing and communications for the Japan Partnership and their clients. When not in the office, Julia can be found playing the harp in venues around Tokyo
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 his free time at museums, hiking and taking photos, or enjoying good food, wine and sake.
From São Paulo, Brazil.
Fernando has been programming for more than 10 years building websites and systems. He is passionate about technology, music and discovering new places.
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.
Design & Editorial Assistant
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.
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.
Sales Manager
Born in Kobe, Hyogo
Lived and worked in Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney and Honolulu.
Resided in Sydney and Hawaii for 15 years. After graduating from school in Sydney, she worked for a Japanese travel agency for nine years, and proceeded to work in Japan for another four years. She joined Metropolis in 2007, and coordinates the print, web and social media surrounding the magazine. Niki has also worked for an advertising agency.
Sales Administrator
From Tokyo.
After working in Hawaii as a writer targeting Japanese residents, Eri began working at Metropolis in 2016. She handles the office administration and serves as a liaison between the editorial team and sales team.
Her hobby is diving.