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Jeffrey Shimamoto

General Counsel, Head of Corporate Legal & International Business Development
U-NEXT Co. Ltd.

Date of birth: April 10, 1972

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 13 (as of February 2019)

Jeffrey Shimamoto
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

After many visits to Japan as a young child, my most memorable trip to Japan was in 1988 with a high school classmate. It was the first time that I was really exposed to the excitement and sophistication of a big city. At that moment, I was hooked.

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

“Unpreparedness is one's greatest enemy.” Whether in my personal life or my business career, I have found that being prepared for the task at hand has been my greatest asset. Conversely, when I have failed to be prepared, it has been my greatest weakness. Life is not always rosy, but if you have an open mind and prepare yourself for what could happen, success is easier to achieve.

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

If I had to identify one career achievement of which I am most proud, it would be my ability to network, in totality. My personal and professional network is truly unmatched, whether it be in my chosen field of law, entertainment, finance, the food and beverage industry, hospitality, government, etc., I am truly a hub of interesting connections.

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

My goal is to enjoy my personal time in Japan during this stint. This country is truly filled with so many great opportunities and it is up to each one of us to find success in both work and play. I also hope to successfully bridge the professional gap between my home country of the U.S. and Japan, while creating opportunities for mutual understanding between our people.

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

Despite being a country of rigid rules and societal standards, keeping an open mind and finding beauty in everyday life in Japan can be exhilarating. Keeping a sense of self and sustaining a certain level of positive energy will help endear yourself to your friends and colleagues in Japan. Most importantly, make sure to see the whole country, because though it is one, it is not at all alike.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2019