Company: Hard Rock International
Family Name: Machida
Given Name: Ado
Role: President of Hard Rock Japan
Profile: Before his appointment to lead Hard Rock’s campaign in Japan, Ado Machida was a sometimes corporate lobbyist and sometimes US Republican Party activist with deep political ties in Tokyo. The most prominent political positions that Machida held were Chief Domestic Policy Officer for Vice-President Dick Cheney and Director of Policy Implementation for the Donald Trump presidential transition team. When not in government he was a lobbyist for the defense industry and other US business groups.
Hard Rock Japan’s Tomakomai office has now opened—shortly after the election of Governor Naomichi Suzuki and a conservative prefectural assembly has kept the city’s IR hopes very much alive.
Hard Rock Japan, which is aiming to build an IR at Tomakomai, Hokkaido, has concluded an agreement to become the “Official Top Partner” of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, the local professional soccer team. The financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
The selection of Ado Machida to front Hard Rock’s effort to win an IR license in Japan highlights a trend that was already clearly visible—some US operators are attempting to leverage in a not-too-subtle fashion the military and security links between Washington and Tokyo.
Hard Rock Japan has turned to Ado Machida, a sometimes corporate lobbyist and sometimes US Republican Party activist with deep political ties in Tokyo, to help power its IR bid in Japan to a successful conclusion.