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Justin Choulochas

Finance Director
Goodyear Japan Ltd.

Date of birth: May 26, 1972

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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

Justin Choulochas
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I studied Japanese in college and my first time to actually visit Japan was as an exchange student in 1993. I spent a short time doing a homestay in the rural part of the prefecture of Kyoto, followed by several months studying at Tokai University in Kanagawa Prefecture. This experience played a big role in my decision to return to Japan after graduating in 1994.

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

I don’t have a motto, but I believe it is important to try to learn something or improve yourself in some way every day. Whether it is at work or outside of work, each day is an opportunity that you will not have again. Beyond that, it is important to spend energy on the things you consider important and not waste time on things outside of your control.

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

I am proud to have built the career that has brought me to where I am today. I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked in Japan, the Netherlands, France and China with people of many different backgrounds and in a variety of corporate cultures. Learning to contribute in such a range of situations has helped me to develop my career and myself.

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

Professionally, my goal is to develop my team and transform the finance function at Goodyear to better help drive business growth. Outside of work, my goal is to continue to find new ways to challenge myself mentally and physically. This past winter I got back into skiing and have enjoyed trying to push myself to take on progressively challenging runs and ski off-piste.

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

See as much of Japan as you can. Don’t spend all your time in one place such as Tokyo. One of the great things about Japan is that within a few hours of travel by car, train or bus you can go from the city to the mountains, ocean or vice-versa.

Last updated: Sep 7, 2018