Media Journalist Yohei Hayakawa
Yohei Hayakawa is a journalist, interviewer, and a CEO of KIQTAS Co.,Ltd, a company known for producing podcasts for well-known Japanese authors and celebrities.

Hayakawa’s background is in journalism, and in 2008 he started his podcast career interviewing authors such as Banana Yoshimoto, Tokiko Kato, Shuntaro Torigoe, Kenichiro Mogi, Ira Ishida, Tsuyoshi Takashiro, and many more. Altogether, he has conducted over 150 interviews with A-list celebrities and best selling authors in Japan. His podcast programs KIQMAGA/LIFE UPDATE have 15 million downloads per year. He also has a web magazine Cosmopolitan  that features successful Japanese living abroad.

Hayakawa’s interviews with Japanese celebrities have been featured in TV commercials with worldwide known brands such as UNIQLO and Nescafe.

As the CEO of KIQTAS Co.,Ltd., Hayakawa produces podcasts and other media material for individual clients, companies and organizations. Some of the most successful projects he worked on are ‘Dear Ken’ with the best selling author Ken Honda, a very popular program with a total of 26 million downloads, Yokohama Museum’s ‘Radio museum’, Tama University Channel, Shuntaro Torigoe’s craftsman channel, and ‘The Trading Company Man’ (C.Itoh & Co., Ltd).

Hayakawa’s lifework project is ‘Memories of War’ in which he interviews World War 2 survivors in Japan to share their stories of the war.

KIQTAS: Our Meaning and Mission

The name KIQTAS combines the Japanese verb 聞く(pronounced KIQ) meaning to hear, listen, and ask and TAS, meaning to add. Our company helps to share wisdom gained through stories to add value to our listener’s lives.
KIQMAGA is the “MAGAzine” portion of our website that allows viewers to find out more about our featured guests.


Produced programs

  • Yokohama Art Museum’s Radio Bijyutsukan ( 2010~2012)
  • Tama Dai Channel (2010~2012)
  • Shuntaro Torigoe News Shokunin Channel (2012~)
  • ITOCHU Corporation’s The Shosha Man (2013)

And more.

Those interviewed until now

  • Will Bowen : the World Authority on Complaining, a multiple #1 International Bestselling author
  • Banana Yoshimoto : Author of “Kitchen” (World bestseller book)
  • Shuntaro Torigoe : Journalist; TV Broadcaster
  • Miki Watanabe : Founder of “Watami Co., Ltd”; Politician
  • Ira Ishida : Novelist (Bestseller book novelist)
  • Wahei Takeda : President of “TAKEDA Confectionery Co., Ltd”
  • Kouta Matsuda : Founder of “Tully’s Coffee Japan”; Politician
  • Jitsuro Terashima : President of Tama University; Columnist
  • Jin Tatsumura : Film Director
  • Shunmyo Masuno : Zen Priest; Landscape Designer
    President of Japan Landscape Consultants, Ltd
    Professor of Tama Art University
  • Ken Honda : Author
  • Yataro Matsuura : Head Editor of “Kurashino-Techo”
  • Yuichi Higuchi : Author; Professor of Tama University
  • Seiryoin Ryusui : Novelist
  • Hiroaki Koide : Assistant Professor of Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
  • Ryuichi Hirokawa : Photojournalist
  • Tokiko Kato : Singer and Songwriter
  • Fuyuko Matsui : Artist
  • Tsuyoshi Takashiro : DJ; Filmmaker
  • Maki Nomiya : Musician
  • Joined “Pizzicato Five” in the 90s as the third vocalist
  • Nao Matsushita : Actress; Pianist; Singer
  • Sonim : Entertainer
  • Tetsuo Nakanishi : Former J. League Football Player; Sports Journalist
    J. League(Japan Professional Football League)
  • Hajime Moriyasu : Director of J. League Football Team “SANFRECCE HIOSHIMA”
  • Ramos Ruy : Former Representative of Japan National Football Team
  • Minoru Kamata : Doctor
  • Kenichiro Mogi : Neuroscientist
  • Rika Kayama : Psychiatrist
  • Maki Ohashi : Aromatherapist; Announcer
  • Shigeru Kajiwara : Announcer
  • Ken Noguchi : Alpinist
  • Hideki Wada : Psychiatrist

And more than 1,000 people, names listed without honorifics.

“Life with Gentle Wind”
Benesse Counseling Room Everything You Study
Part 1 – Part 4
NESCAFÉ : Regular Soluble Coffee is Coming Up!
“Japanese Tea Sommelier”
“Café Taster”