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Our Recruiting Philosophy

We aim to set the highest standard in Accounting & Finance, Supply Chain Management and Human Resouces recruiting for small and medium enterprises (SME) in Tokyo by providing an efficient, effective and enjoyable service.

The majority of the foreign capital companies in Japan fall into the SME category. Coupled with fierce competition for talent from big companies and the increasing number of Tokyo start-ups, SME employers face immense challenges when searching for the right candidate. 

Recruiting difficulties are exacerbated when a strong recruiting partner cannot be found. Career Scout Japan was set-up specifically to provide a higher level of recruiting service to Tokyo's SMEs.

Message from the Managing Director

I am fully committed to delivering a first-class candidate-focused recruiting service to SMEs. This highly candidate-centric and customer service driven recruiting methodology is the product of recruiting expertise I've developed since 2006. To date, I've helped more than 200 mid-career professionals advance their career, many of which obtained pay increases or promotions, at foreign capital companies.

Many large scale global recruiting firms in Tokyo assign the majority of their resources and best recruiters to “big name clients,” which leaves little left over for SMEs. Unfortunately, the service provided produces less than stellar recruiting results. This puts SMEs at risk of missing a critical hire. I set-up Career Scout Japan specifically to address this need for an efficient, effective and enjoyable recruiting service to help SMEs achieve success.

Rocco Li 2020

Rocco Trapanese, Managing Director


Rocco Trapanese has been living and working in Japan since 2005. Before starting his recruiting career, Rocco worked in Mie Prefecture as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) under the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) and studied Japanese and International Business at San Francisco State and Waseda University. Rocco was born and raised in the Bay Area, California, but also calls Japan his home.

Rocco has introduced 100+ mid-career candidates since setting up Career Scout Japan in 2013.

Recruiting Track Record

- Received accreditation for retained searches in May 2021
- More than 200 successful bilingual accounting & finance candidate introductions since 2006
- Back to back #1 in APAC region award for permanent introductions from global blue-chip recruiting firm​

About Career Scout Japan 

Career Scout Japan (CSJ) focused primarily on mid-career Accounting & Finance, Supply Chain Management and Human Resources recruiting for Kanto (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba) SMEs. We've built our expertise and reputation in this niche to provide exclusive job opportunities and higher level of service to our candidates.

We strive to make our candidates' career aspirations a reality. CSJ will match you with the right recruiting consultant to plan and execute your recruiting activities as a trusted advisor. We treat our candidates as our long-term partners. 

Company Information

 Company Name

 Career Scout Japan K.K

 Recruiting License

 13-ユ- 305874

 Business Launch


 Managing Director  

 Mr. Rocco Trapenese

 Business Type

 Executive Search and Recruitment


 Daimon Urbanist #502, 2-3-6, Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012