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Himanshu Jain

Managing Director
ReachExt K.K.
Advisory Board Member
Smartbeings Inc.

Date of birth: April 20, 1964

Hometown: Ajmer, India

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 16 (as of December 2019)

Himanshu Jain
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I came to Japan for an assignment of two months for a SAP (an ERP software used by companies worldwide) project. I still smile about the night when, after checking in, I went out for food in Osaka. The menu was in Japanese and I closed my eyes and pointed my finger on some picture. I had never used chopsticks. The girl on the next table saw me struggling to use them and came to my table to help.

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

I live with two mottos. “Think about the ‘why’ before the ‘how,’” and that “There is always a new solution to every old problem.” Don’t be afraid of change. It’s never late to change your path and not worry about how long you have walked as a better way may take you to the destination more efficiently.

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

I measure the success by depth of relationships. A guy who came to Japan for two months on assignment. 19 years back and who didn’t even know how to say “good morning” in Japanese is still here, with most relationships turning into hugging or patting backs from bowing at 90 degrees.

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

To grow ReachExt K.K., not just in business terms, but in terms of satisfaction to help our clients and candidates. I then want to expand into helping foreign startups here and Japanese companies in India. Trying to bridge the cultural gaps is something I love to do. On a more personal side, I wish to explore Japan more and more, especially all the remote places.

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

In two words, adopt and change. Be it a person or place, everything has good and not-so-good points. Complimenting each other is what makes things better and successful. We need to understand ourselves and others. Adopt and change ourselves and also try to change what may need improvement on the other side without being judgmental.

Last updated: Dec 26, 2019