The story time for children developed in Hawaii has made it here to Japan!

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Our Mission

Take at least 10 minutes at the end of your day to read together.
Give the gift of a brighter future.

There is hardly a person in the US who doesn’t know the famous entrepreneur Wally Amos.

His life work is to help all parents who are struggling to raise their children make the time to
read to their kids.

Photo by: Ric Noyle

Read it LOUD! JAPAN continues Wally’s life work here in Japan.

Our most sincere wish is to see the smiling faces of children having fun all across the country.

About Read it LOUD! JAPAN

Read it LOUD! was created so that all children—from the time that they were born to at least 6 years of age—could have their parents read to them for a minimum of 10 minutes a day.
In the beginning, the aim of Read it LOUD! was to make sure that all children could learn the joys of reading, but now the program includes the goal of helping not only parents, but also all caregivers to form closer bonds with the children in their lives.
Learning to read is one of the first steps in learning for a child, and research has shown that having someone to read to them is a big part of a child’s development.

Read it LOUD! JAPAN doesn’t just focus on reading stories in Japanese, we read stories in both English and Japanese. By switching back and forth between native English and Japanese we help children to experience the magic of story telling and, at the same time, give them exposure to English, helping them to learn effortlessly. Read it LOUD! is an interactive event, which will have children learning all the while having fun.

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13 Benefits of Reading Aloud

Reading is a child’s first subject.
Reading aloud is Early Childhood Development.
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Develops language skills

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Improves listening comprehension

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Increases the child’s attention span

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Builds vocabulary

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Exposes the child to good grammar

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Exposes the child to new experiences and information

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Stimulates the imagination

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Stimulates brain development

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Promotes higher critical thinking skills

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Creates a bond between the child and the reader

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Builds confidence and self-esteem

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Teaches values

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It’s fun for everyone

Who is Wally Amos?

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Born in Florida, Wally Amos moved to Harlem, New York to live with his Aunt Della at the age of 12, when his parents divorced. Although he did not come from a family of means, it was his positive thinking that saw him through the most trying of experiences.

Wally went on to join the Air Force and, after leaving the service, he worked for a brief period at Sak’s Fifth Avenue, eventually working his way up to be a manager at in the store’s supply department. He started working at the renowned talent agency William Morris, as a mail clerk, but his hard work would pay off, and within 1 year he would be promoted to talent agent, the first African American in the company’s history to do so. Wally would go on to discover, as well as manage, some of the biggest names in the entertainment business, including: Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Simon and Garfunkel.

In 1975, after receiving some capital from Marvin Gaye, he set up the first chocolate chip cookie store in the world, and began selling cookies made based on his Aunt Della’s recipe. Overnight, Wally Amos became a household name in America, went on to win countless awards and become a cultural icon. Propelled to fame, Wally decided to help others in their education, and, alongside of his entrepreneurial efforts, began to volunteer.

In 1979, he became the first spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America, and has engaged in many activities to promote education over the years. In 2005, he set up the Read it LOUD! Foundation. Wally's efforts have been recognized across the country. His trademark Panama Hat as well as other iconic items he has brought with him on his entrepreneurial journey are on display at the Smithsonian Institution. What’s more, July 1st (Wally’s birthday) has been designated as Wally Amos Day in the capital city of Washington D.C.

Currently Wally lives in Hawaii, where he is frequently asked to give lectures by community businesses and schools. Wally is still very active in the media, and you can find him on Television, the Radio, in Newspapers and Magazines across the US.

Awards

Awards

  • 1984 Napoleon Hill Gold Medal Entrepreneur
  • 1986 The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence (by President Ronald Reagan)
  • 1987 Horatio Alger Award (for Entrepreneurial Excellence)
  • 1987 Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs
  • 1988 The National Literacy Honors Award by President George H. Bush
  • 2010 Ageless Awards by Lutheran SeniorLife’s Abundant Life™
  • 2010 Honolulu Forever Young Awards
  • 2011 Washington D.C. Designates July 1st (Wally’s Birthday) as Wally Amos Day to commemorate his efforts to promote reading aloud to children.
1986 The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

1986 The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

1986 The President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence (by President Ronald Reagan)

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About Us

-- Company Profile --

Company Name Hale Osugi International, Inc.
CEO and President Emiko Takata ( Emiko Sugimoto )
Founded September 22, 2014
Location of Office Tokyo, Japan
Lines of Business Brand Consulting, Event Planning and Implementation,
Product Development and Sales for Children’s Reading and Education
Affiliate Company Chez Osugi, Inc.(Production and Planning Company for Radio and Television (est. 2002))

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Please direct all inquiries regarding "Read it LOUD! JAPAN," as well as contacting Wally Amos for appearances in Japan to: Hale Osugi International, Inc.