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Sōdanyaku (相談役, lit. "official advisor") is a title given to senior members of Japanese companies and non-profit organizations.[1] A sodanyaku is often a former president or chairman of the organization who has relinquished day-to-day control of the organization but continues to offer advice to its full-time managers. An advisor may be, but is not always, a director of the organization. Similar titles include chief consultant (最高顧問, saikō komon) and advisor emeritus (名誉相談役, meiyo sōdanyaku).[2]


  1. ^ "Nissan considers scrapping advisory roles for former executives". The Japan Times. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  2. ^ Mente, Boye Lafayette De (2014-08-12). Tuttle Japanese Business Dictionary Revised Edition. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4629-1136-3.