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Nathaniel Pemberton

Associate Director, Osaka
Robert Walters Japan

Date of birth: March 28, 1977

Hometown: Somerset, England

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 17 (as of February 2018)

Nathaniel Pemberton
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

After graduating from university, I went on a backpacking trip around the world and had the opportunity to visit Japan. I fell in love with the country after only a couple of weeks and subsequently canceled the rest of my trip to begin looking for a job that would allow me to move here.

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

My job gives me the opportunity to identify talent, make the right connections and play a significant role in people’s lives. Therefore, one of my mottos is to always do everything to the greatest extent possible and leave no opportunity overlooked. I also believe that positive things happen to positive people, and as a manager I encourage my staff to embrace these mottos to help them realize their full potential.

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

I moved to Robert Walters Japan’s Osaka Office while it was still in its infancy, and although it was initially a struggle to get things off the ground, I take great pride in everything we have accomplished in terms of business growth and expansion into new markets. However, I am most proud of the success I’ve had bringing people into the business and helping them realize their potential as consultants.

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

As the branch manager of Robert Walters’ Osaka Office, I would like to build on the successes our company has had over the last 10 years in Kansai. Given the current favorable market conditions, we have an opportunity to grow to the point where we are recognized as the largest premium recruitment firm in central and western Japan.
Privately, I will strive to maintain a fun-loving, happy family environment.

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

Get to know the real locals, get off the beaten path a bit and see what you can find. This is especially true if you visit Kansai. The area has a great deal to offer, but it is important to explore the real Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Nara and not just visit the main tourist attractions. Make a real effort to learn the language; time may always be an issue, but it will pay off for you in the long run.

Last updated: Oct 1, 2018