- Executive Director
- European Business Council in Japan
Date of birth: Sept. 21, 1964
Hometown: Recanati, Italy
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 15 (as of December 2019)
In 1989 I won a scholarship from the Japanese government and came to Japan as a university research fellow to study the network organization of Japanese companies at Hitotsubashi University. Until then, I hadn’t studied the Japanese language at all and the first impact of it was rather shocking, both culturally and from a communication point of view.
Whatever you do is like a boomerang, at a certain point in time it will come back to you, but from a different direction. This is true when you do good things to other people; you don’t have to expect anything back from them, but ultimately it will come back to you from others. However, that also applies when you do bad things, so think twice before acting.
After my first three years in Japan I had to go back to Europe and for 15 years I tried to find a way to come back to Japan. It took 15 years of effort and accumulating failure, but ultimately I made it. I am very proud of my resilience and of never losing sight of my final goal, no matter what happened.
I hope I can leave this planet a better place than the way I found it; even little things matter. Being in Japan, I hope I can contribute to making this society more open, more ready to accept and bear with diversity and definitely a more pet-friendly environment. It is outrageous how people with pets are discriminated in Japan compared to the rest of the world.
Always try to be the bigger person. If you feel lack of empathy, be more emphatic. If you feel discriminated, be more tolerant about diversity. If you feel nobody understands your points, try to first put yourself in other people's shoes. If you think you are not getting what you deserve think first objectively of what is that you give out to others. Be less self-centered, use more “we” and less “I.”