Marlene Martinez Mendez
- Vice Consul
- Embassy of Mexico in Japan
Date of birth: Jan. 30, 1988
Hometown: Mexico City
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 2 (as of November 2019)
My first encounter with Japan was as a child. My mother’s sister married a Japanese national and gave birth to my two Mexican-Japanese cousins. My first visit to Japan was at age 14, to visit my family and it was an amazing experience that brought me closer to Japanese culture from a local point of view rather than a foreign one.
“If you are going to do something, do it perfectly, otherwise it is better not to do it.” My mom always told me that whatever you decide to do, give it all and do your best. It is not good to leave unfinished business or do something incorrectly. If you can’t give your best, it is better not to do it and let someone else do it right.
In my career as a diplomat, I have worked mainly in the consular protection division for Mexicans abroad, a job that gives me great satisfaction since it allows me to see the results of my work immediately. Therefore, I consider that among my greatest achievements in this area; it is knowing that my work has helped to provide relief and support to Mexicans who need it, especially in moments of anguish.
As for my diplomatic work, my goal is to promote my country and make it known among Japanese culture. I want Japan to know all about our cultural wealth so we may create a greater understanding between both societies. As for a personal goal, I would like to learn to speak Japanese fluently, as well as learn about Japanese traditions.
“Just go with the flow.” Japanese society is very different from many other cultures, so it is better to observe, respect and enjoy it rather than try to understand it and change it.