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Magnus Hansson

Jaguar Land Rover Japan

Date of birth: Nov. 21, 1974

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 5 (as of October 2017)

Magnus Hansson
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I was actually born in Japan, but my family moved abroad shortly after. So I had no real experience of Japan until later in life, and it's only since 2013 I have had the chance to really get to know Japan by working and living here. My family and I thoroughly enjoy the experience of being here.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I feel more guided by principles and values. I value and respect diversity, tolerance, loyalty, honor, thirst for life-long learning, encouragement and integrity. I dislike elitism, egoism, discrimination betrayal and self-promotion to give some obvious examples. When in need of direction, I reflect on my belief and value systems to steer me to what I feel is right. This works better for me personally than any motto.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

Being given the chance and pleasure to meet and learn from so many different nationalities, cultures and people by living and working in Europe, North America and different parts of Asia. It has been immensely stimulating, educational and rewarding, which I think has helped me become a balanced, respected and open-minded leader. I take pride in that in every job I have had no matter in which country.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

At work, to clearly help my team improve individually and collectively perform toward our objectives, which is equally important for any of their personal goals. In parallel, to help build a diverse and motivational culture where people feel supported and respected. In life, to enjoy experiences with my family as much as possible in Japan, and help my kids develop into people who believe in themselves as they grow up.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Like anything in life, what you give is what you will get; Japan is a challenging place to initially come to as a foreigner for all the known reasons. Keep a really open mind and just take things as they are and not get hung up on differences versus “back home” or how things “should be.” When most frustrating, remember and ponder, “Why go abroad if you want everything to be like back home?” Find the things that are great about Japan and Japanese people and focus on those instead. Plus, avoid only socializing with your original nationalities and cultures as expats. Then soon enough you'll feel at ease here and truly enjoy it.

Last updated: Sep 14, 2018