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David Kim

Japan Country Head / Representative Director
Vanguard Investments Japan Ltd.

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 2 (as of April 2019)

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

In 1999, I came to Japan when I was at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and believe it or not, took part in a study session at the building I currently work in. Ever since, I’ve been so impressed with Japan — the industry, the business, the people — and the opportunity I currently have has been a dream of mine for some time.

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

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This has proven time and time again to be the most positive, empowering approach to my life and work, no matter who I’m interacting with.

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

I’m proudest of the fact that, over the last couple of years, we’ve experienced incredible growth here in Japan and managed to build a great team.

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

Growing our business in Japan and giving investors in Japan the best chance for investment success. I truly believe we can make a difference here by assisting investors, both individual and institutional.

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

Venture out of your comfort zone, even if you’re living the expat life, and make an effort to learn Japanese. It doesn’t matter if you don’t become fluent — the effort is what matters. Also, to enjoy your time in Japan as much as possible; there are so many positive aspects of Japan that are different from the rest of the world that are really worth exploring.

Last updated: Apr 1, 2019