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Nathan Cook

General Manager
The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo

Date of birth: April 15, 1979

Hometown: Cambridge, New Zealand

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 11 (as of December 2017)

Nathan Cook
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I spent a year in Japan through the AFS Exchange program when I was only 15 years old. At the time everything was very new and I was placed in Yanagawa, surrounded by rice fields on the island of Kyushu with the Fujiyoshi family. I found myself totally immersed in Japanese culture and to this day it is still one of my most-cherished experiences.

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

It’s all about the little things. Whether it’s for our guests, our team members, or even our families, if we remember to take the time to personally recognize and engage people, life and our relationships can be an amazing journey.

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

I love to connect with people and to build great teams. In every role I have had, I am very proud to look back and see what those teams have achieved over the years, and there is no greater satisfaction in life than reconnecting with those special people and hearing each of their stories.

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

I want to make an impact on people’s lives. In 10 years nobody will remember the financial success of your business; what they will remember is how you were able to engage and develop them into the leaders of the future.

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

Manage your expectations around what value you can add to your team during your time here, and most of all enjoy the wonderful and intricate experiences Japan has to offer. And perhaps the most obvious, try and learn some of the language so as to engage the people and their culture.

Last updated: Aug 24, 2021