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David Chalk

Managing Director
M-Industry Japan Inc.

Date of birth: Feb. 14, 1967

Hometown: Toronto

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 10 (as of May 2018)

David Chalk
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I first encountered Japan as a young man through martial arts. Then, at the age of 20, I took a year off of university to come and train in Japan and to discover the language and culture. I fell in love with the people and the country.

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

Treat people as you wish to be treated. And smile. I have always found that treating people with respect and kindness is the best way to lead a happy and successful life. Is there really any other way? I try my best not to judge people, but if I had to, it would be by the size of their heart, and not their pocketbook.

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

I am most proud of having been able to create several successful businesses between overseas companies and the Japanese market, primarily in the food and beverage industry. Once the market research and strategic business plans are finished, it comes down to execution and the key there is getting the right people on the team. I am very happy to have been able to work with many excellent and talented people.

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

My current goal is to make my current company and team as successful as we can be. We started just three years ago and are growing every month. No one was waiting for us to arrive so it is up to us to prove ourselves. Beyond my work goals, spending more time with my family is a priority.

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

Everyone is different and on a different life path so I am always wary about giving advice. Practical advice would be to learn Japanese, including the kanji, and find a hobby and develop Japanese friends outside of work. Without the language and a hobby, you will always be on the outside looking in. Be a participant, not a spectator in life.

Last updated: Sep 7, 2018