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The CAMS Scholarship - Japan

This new CAMS Scholarship initiative aims
to empower talented AFC professionals throughout Japan.

    Thank you to everyone who applied for the CAMS Scholarship.

    Applications are now closed.


    We are now in the final stages of the selection process. We will announce the results in early December. 
    All successful candidates will be notified prior to our announcement.


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    CAMS Scholarship Candidate Selection Panel

    Makoto (Tabo) Tagaya
    Makoto (Tabo) Tagaya, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI, CAMS-RM, CGSS, CCAS

    Senior Auditor, Internal Audit Dept, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 

    Tabo has been leading corporate governance and risk management relating internal audit responsibility at SMBC. Tokyo since June 2014. Prior to the assignment. Tabo was president of SMBC Nikko Securities America. Inc, a broker dealer in the U.S. 

    Toru Sakamuro
    Toru Sakamuro, CAMS-Audit

    Head of Compliance / AML Officer, CTBC Bank Co., Ltd. Tokyo Branch

    Toru is the Head of Compliance / AML Officer at CTBC Bank Tokyo Branch since March 2022. Prior to working at CTBC Bank, Toru worked for Mitsubishi UFJ Bank for 35 years in various roles. After 20 years of experience in the international finance division of the bank, mainly in project finance fields, he was actively engaged in risk control and risk management from the management viewpoint for 15 years, especially focusing on AML/CFT compliance areas. Toru introduced KYC to all foreign units of the bank (except for the units in the US) and TMS to Asian units while he was in the position at International Compliance Division. After that, he had been working as a Chief Auditor at the Internal Audit Division of the bank, as an AML/CFT professional, particularly for AML/CFT Audits on overseas branches and subsidiaries for 8 years until he moved to Resona Bank as Advisor in 2019. He is also a Certified CAMS Instructor.

    Hitomi Okada
    Hitomi Okada, CAMS

    AML R&C Manager, Merpay, Inc.

    After joining Japan Financial Services Agency in 2014, she was in charge of: AML/CFT monitoring of financial institutions including foreign G-SIBs' branches in Japan and cryptoasset exchange service providers; revision of red flag indicators of suspicious activities; and response to FATF's fourth round mutual evaluation of Japan (mainly in relation to cryptoasset exchange service providers). She joined Mercari (seconded to Merpay) in March 2021. She was appointed as Mercoin's AML&AFC Team Manager in July 2021 and Merpay's AML R&C Team Manager in January 2023.

    Taro Fukumoto
    Taro Fukumoto, CAMS, CGSS

    Country Senior Manager, Business Development, ACAMS Japan

    Taro has joined the U.S.-based Association of Certified Anti-MoneyLaundering Specialists (ACAMS) in 2019. He is responsible for providing support and information to ACAMS members in Japan, including planning webinars and annual conferences on practices or laws and regulations of anti-financial crime, as well as organizing and managing various other activities. He has assumed his current position since July 2020.

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    Disclosure for CAMS Scholarship

    1.  Agrees to provide ACAMS a testimonial and grants to ACAMS the irrevocable right and permission to use any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, video recordings or images, sound recordings or other data of the applicant either submitted with the application or taken by ACAMS;

      To use, re‐use, publish, republish, copy, modify, display and create derivative works in whole or in section, individually or in conjunction with other photographs, film, video, or other images, sound recordings or testimonials in any medium or format whatsoever (including without limitation, in and on print publications, the internet and other digital transmission or delivery methods) and for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation in advertising, marketing, publications, electronic distribution, and the internet and for any other commercial purpose without further consent; and

      a)    To use the applicant’s name, image, likeness, voice, other personal characteristics, and professional and personal biographical information in connection therewith; and
      b)    To copyright the same in the name of ACAMS, or any other name that ACAMS may choose.
    2. Waives all rights to such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonials (written or oral) and assigns all such rights in perpetuity to ACAMS and its affiliates and successors.

      The applicant acknowledges and agrees that ACAMS has the right to use any materials, including images, the applicant submits for marketing purposes as determined by ACAMS. ACAMS will not be liable to the applicant for its use of such materials or images.

      The applicant understands that there will be no payment or other compensation for the permitted use of any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, film, video, other images or sound recordings received or taken by ACAMS or of the applicant’s name, likeness or personal characteristics.

      ACAMS shall be the exclusive owner of all rights, including copyright, in the materials. The applicant forever releases and discharges ACAMS from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonial (written or oral), including but not limited to any claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, emotional distress or any similar right.

      The applicant undertakes and warrants that they do not have a relationship with ACAMS, or with anyone employed at ACAMS, and this includes:

      a)    Serving as a current employee in any capacity at ACAMS; and
      b)    Being related to anyone employed at ACAMS as either a spouse, domestic partner, parent, child or spouse of a child, brother, sister, or spouse of a brother or sister.

      The applicant represents and warrants that any testimonial (written or oral) given is original and does not infringe upon the copyright or proprietary rights of another person or entity.

      The applicant further warrants the information they submit will not contain any material which is defamatory, private, confidential, or which is unlawful in any way. Any application found to be in breach of the foregoing statement will be disqualified.