President & Founder
Tempstaff Co Ltd
Yoshiko Shinohara did not just start a company when she founded Tempstaff in 1973. She also introduced a completely new concept to the Japanese workplace, one that would benefit women in particular. Shinohara was a young divorcee working in Australia when she first came into contact with temping. "Whenever a colleague took leave, someone I didn't know would appear from somewhere and without even being shown the ropes, would take care of the task and go home."
The company that now has 285 offices from Los Angeles to Taiwan was launched in a one-room apartment in central Tokyo. Shinohara taught English in the evening to pay the rent.
Tempstaff provides specialist staff in HR, IT, retail, media, insurance, childcare and care services across Japan and in 13 overseas sites. The latest fiscal year showed sales of Y224.6bn ($2.8bn), and the company has 5,000 employees.