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Meet Japan Car Direct’s Core Team

Scott Bower

Scott Bower

President

Scott first came to Japan in 1985 while travelling in Asia and fell in love with the country. He came back to teach English in 1987 and has never looked back. In 2004 he learned of a prize-winning JDM import business plan that sparked him to go through the process of purchasing a vehicle from auction in Japan, exporting it to Canada, and then importing it with his brother-in-law to learn the entire process, and Japan Car Direct was born. JCD’s goal is most definitely customer satisfaction and it’s done by providing accurate translations, in depth inspections, auction bidding and efficient logistical services, all allowing customers to get the best condition vehicles at the lowest possible prices. Scott also takes advantage of the auctions for his family transportation needs and enjoys golfing, skiing and playing ice hockey in his free time. His accomplished team is ready and waiting to assist you realize your JDM dreams today!

Mathew Matusiak

Mathew Matusiak

Founder CEO

Matt has been in the car business since 2015 and leads the JCD team. His initial interest in van life and overlanding drew him to vehicles at the Japanese Dealer Auctions. Matt has a degree in Japanese and international business. He has resided in Japan for 15 years and is completely fluent in Japanese. Before moving to Japan, Matt worked logistics and automotive parts import with NYK in Chicago, IL. His detailed auction sheet translations and pre-bidding vehicle inspections set the tone for JCD customer service. In his free time, he enjoys taking his boys camping & skiing, playing ice hockey and he knows his way around a kitchen very well.

Hiroki Deguchi

Hiroki Deguchi

Office Manager

Hiroki grew up in Japan but chose to go to university in Alaska where he studied global logistics management and information systems. He then went onto acquire his MBA with a focus on data analysis. After 13 years of studying and working in logistics and IT in the US he came back to Japan. After returning he worked in a large Japanese firm, but due to his desire to maintain his diverse language, business, and IT skills, he joined the JCD team. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, back country skiing, playing ice hockey, motorcycle riding, and working on DIY projects.

Yoshiro Nakajima

Yoshiro Nakajima

Auction & Export Manager

Yoshi was born in San Francisco and lived most of his life in California before moving to Japan in 2013 and is fluent in both English and Japanese. He is also a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast and has worked on cars for most of his adult life. He has owned 4 first generation Z cars (1971,1973,1975,1978), a 1960 Mini, 1970 Honda CB750, 1975 Honda CB400F, and a 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III. He enjoys working on his 1975 Fairlady Z, and also owns a 1997 Yamaha SZR660. When not working on cars, he enjoys cooking, manga, anime, video games and spending time with kids as a registered foster parent.

Taylor Harrison

Taylor Harrison

Auction & Export Agent

Taylor was born in Canada, raised in Japan until graduating high school and then moved back to Vancouver and studied business at the University of British Columbia. After graduating he worked as a logs and lumber broker in Canada, at the farms in New Zealand, and at the mines in Western Australia. He is now very happy to be back in Japan and helping people from all over the globe find their dream JDM vehicles. Nothing better than hearing back from a customer after they’ve received their car and seeing a photo of them with a big smile on their face in the foreground and their JDM ride in the background! At JCD we take pride in making dreams come true!

Mike Nguyen

Mike Nguyen

Auction & Export Agent

Mike became interested in Japanese cars and auction cars when he bought his first car in Japan, a 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Mini. Having adventured across the country in his car, as well as in the kei trucks and vans of his friends, he has a healthy amount of respect for what these little machines can do. Mike is a SoCal native and has lived in Japan for 10 years. He recently affirmed his Japanese ability by passing level one of the Japanese proficiency examination. In his free time, he enjoys camping, hiking and spearfishing. These hobbies have taken him to visit 40 of the 47 wonderful Japanese prefectures by car. The snowy north of Hokkaido and Tohoku are the last places on his checklist.

Mason V

Mason V

Auction & Export Agent

Mason is a Canadian who grew up in Calgary and spent his teenage years moving around South America before returning to Canada for university, where he graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Political Science and Japanese. A fan of JDM cars since first playing Gran Turismo as a child, Mason personally loves anything with a small, high revving engine. Despite being nearly six and a half feet tall, he loves Kei cars and 250cc sport bikes. In fact, his dream garage consists of a Honda Beat parked next to a Honda NSR250SP. His hobbies include motorcycle touring, playing video games, watching motorsports, studying Japanese, and photographing the beauty of Japan.

Dustin Gustafson

Dustin Gustafson

Auction & Export Agent

Dustin was born and raised in Lucketts, Virginia where he grew up riding pretty much anything you can imagine off-road: horses, dirt bikes and his grandpa’s WWII Jeep (Ford, not Willys!). In 2005 he earned a BA in Japanese Lit at the University of Virginia and joined the JET Program as a CIR (coordinator for international relations), earning his Japanese Language Proficiency Test level-1 (N1) in 2006. After JET he worked in a Japanese hospital for 8 years as an medical interpreter and translator. Then, after almost 15 years in Japan he got his feet wet (greasy?!) in the auto industry. His love of everything off-road landed him an admin job at the original Mitsubishi Jeep factory, the home of the legendary Pajero/Montero and JDM-only Delica D:5. After the plant was closed in 2021, he entered technical school and is now a certified welder in all common processes. When he’s not working on his lime green W650, you can probably find him hauling the mini bikes in the Delica to go trail riding with his boys!

Miyuki Hosotani

Miyuki Hosotani

Document Department Manager

Miyuki is an accomplished office professional with backgrounds in both the medical and automotive fields. Before joining JCD she was an export agent for Tau Corporation in Chicago IL where she handled shipments to New Zealand. Miyuki enjoys movie going and drives her kei car to get there.

Dave Price

Dave Price

Content Writer

I’ve never bought a new car in my life, and the best part of working in the Japanese used car export business is helping other guys to avoid buying new cars. I’ve worked in various industries in Japan, the UK, and Canada and, somehow, my jobs have always related to cars. Actually, I love cars and, for me, the best are Japanese cars from the 1990s. Those are my favorites because component quality, build, concept and design were generally spot on in the ’90s here in Japan. I always buy second hand and I really enjoy keeping a good old car on the road; and I save a pack of money while I’m at it. So, yeah, I’m a used car believer. Let’s keep the good old machines running!

Web: https://japancardirect.com/blog/

    Andrew Gilroy

    Andrew Gilroy

    Social Media Manager

    Andrew is the team’s British representative. He has lived in Japan for 8 years after studying French and Japanese at university in the UK. He has always been into cars and would paint his house Racing Green if it wasn’t a rental! He is a keen snowboarder and his first job in Japan was at a rental shop at the base of the Japanese Alps in Hakuba, which is famous for the 1998 Winter Olympics. Since then, he has settled down in Osaka and enjoys watching Cerezo Osaka play footie on weekends. Working daily on the social posts, he is able to share examples of happy customers from around the globe who have partnered with JCD to get their dream cars delivered to their nearest port!

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/JapanCarDirect

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      • Matthew at JCD is the man. I’ve now imported three of my own cars through him. JCD was able to accommodate my unique needs, everything from short turn around inspections,... read more

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        Chan Shin
        7/29/2022

        I highly recommend Japan Car Direct. They help you find exactly what you are looking for and are with you throughout the entire process. Import was seamless. Mike was great... read more

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        Sir Selrahc
        7/14/2022

        Before this I have never imported any vehicles to NZ let alone one from Japan! I decided to give these guys a shot and bought a JDM Tesla into the... read more

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        Edward Yuan
        7/11/2022
      • Great experience. Extremely easy process and Kept me well informed. Highly recommend them if looking to purchase a vehicle from Japan.

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        Antonio Sevilla
        7/08/2022

        It's hard to say anything that hasn't been said from other reviewers! This was my first experience importing a vehicle. Mike Nguyen was super patient with me and my indecisiveness.... read more

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        Law_of_the Za
        6/30/2022

        I used Japan Car Direct's services to import a Nissan Silvia from Japan to Australia. Mike was very helpful from start to finish and definitely made the process stress free.

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        matthew martin
        6/24/2022
      • Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read more

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        TK Mad
        6/18/2022

        I worked with Mathew on getting my first Japanese Kei truck. The process and communication were great. For me the back-and-forth communication was the reason why I decided to go... read more

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        John Penny
        6/12/2022

        Taylor at JCD has been incredibly helpful in my search for a couple of unique rigs from overseas -- We've scored one, and are looking forward to finding another.

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        camden lindsay
        5/31/2022
      • After seeing quite a few Kei Trucks on the road, I was intrigued. Seeing the local retail prices gave me sticker shock, so I immediately thought there has to be... read more

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        Chris Okano
        5/24/2022

        Can't fault these guys - this was the first time I've bought a car at any auction, let alone one in Japan. The support from Yoshiro was brilliant, very patient... read more

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        Phil Stebbing
        4/14/2022

        Japan Car Direct helped me find my dream car. We found a great deal on an ST205. Yoshiro was fantastic and super responsive and patient with all of my questions.... read more

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        Brandon Moore
        4/11/2022
      • So pleased with our companies new Japanese mini-truck import. Japan Car Direct made it all too easy. We made a few first-timer mistakes on the paperwork but the next import... read more

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        MARKNADEN Studio
        4/08/2022

        Great dependable business! Highly recommended! Thank you Mathew for all your hard work!

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        Dmitri Gordei
        3/30/2022

        Yoshiro and the folks over at JapanCarDirect are the best! They were super helpful with my first time importing a vehicle to the US and were quick to answer all... read more

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        Mike McD
        3/20/2022
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      Good day!

      We will be away from the office while the majority of the auctions are closed from August 7th - August 17th during the Obon summer holiday. 

      We hope you are having a great summer and we look forward to getting in touch with you soon.

      Thank you.
      The JCD Team
      Good day!
      We will be away from the office while the majority of the auctions are closed from August 7th - August 17th during the Obon summer holiday. 

      We hope you are having a great summer and we look forward to getting in touch with you soon.

      Thank you.
      The JCD Team
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