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Joerg Hanel

Sales and Marketing Director
Legoland Japan Resort

Date of birth: Aug. 5, 1969

Hometown: Munich

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): Less than 1 (as of August 2018)

Joerg Hanel
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I am a mountaineer in my leisure time and was fascinated early on as a teenager by the iconic shape of Mount Fuji and wanted to climb it. However, Japan as a travel destination was always so far away from Germany, so I never had the chance. Now that I’m here, I will definitely climb it as soon as possible this summer.

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

It is not a real motto, but my key, guiding principle is to always focus your energy on what you can influence or change, but do not spend too much time on what you cannot change. By doing that, you focus much more on the positive and proactive side of life, and it helps drive you forward to achieve what you want.

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

I am actually most proud of having achieved my current role here in Japan. Having the chance to help drive our amazing Legoland Japan resort forward as a foreigner who does not speak Japanese is a real challenge every day.

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

My goal in my actual role is to deliver, in line with our company values, memorable experiences to all of our guests. Having a job where the purpose is to make other people happy is outstandingly rewarding.

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

Being patient, respectful and always listening first before making any judgments is the most important key attitude I recommend to all foreigners just starting to live and work in Japan. Especially for me as a German, the Japanese culture and practices in daily life, and especially in business, are very different compared to how I grew up. Nevertheless, it is important to respect this and find a way to acclimate yourself to it if you want to achieve your objectives.

Last updated: Sep 5, 2018