UAE Ambassador Alfaheem grew up with Japan

People | The Big Questions Jan 25, 2022

UAE Ambassador Alfaheem grew up with Japan

by Joe Muntal

Name: Shihab Alfaheem Title: UAE Ambassador URL: https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/ Hometown: Abu Dhabi Years in Japan: 1 What was your first encounter with Japan? My relationship with Japan started at an early age. In the UAE, we grew up watching Japanese animation and hearing from family members how Japan’s innovation  affected our ...

Kyoto Seika head Sacko flexes architecture for all

People | The Big Questions Dec 3, 2021

Kyoto Seika head Sacko flexes architecture for all

by Joe Muntal

Name: Oussouby Sacko Title: President of Kyoto Seika University URL: www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp/eng/ Hometown: Bamako, Mali Years in Japan: 30 What was your first encounter with Japan? Oussouby Sacko | © KYOTO SEIKA UNIVERSITY I first came to Japan in the summer of 1990. I didn’t really know anything about Japan at the ...

Read the Air guides firms to sustainable ways

People | The Big Questions Nov 8, 2021

Read the Air guides firms to sustainable ways

by Joe Muntal

Name: Trista Bridges Title: Principal and co-founder of Read the Air and co-author of “Leading Sustainably” URL: https://www.readtheair.jp Hometown: New Jersey Years in Japan: 6 What was your impetus for coming to Japan? Trista Bridges | © HIROMICHI MATONO My husband, our son and I had been in France for many ...

Puratos: Good food, good company, better future

People | The Big Questions Oct 4, 2021

Puratos: Good food, good company, better future

by Louise George Kittaka

Name: Jean-Pierre Bernardino Title: President & Representative Director, Area General Manager for North-East Asia URL: https://www.puratos.co.jp/ja Hometown: Lisbon Years in Japan: Over 30 What was your first connection to Japan, and what led to the opportunity to come here? Jean-Pierre Bernardino | © HIROMICHI MATONO I was born and raised in ...

Goldman partner Ben Ferguson in it for long term

People | The Big Questions Sep 20, 2021

Goldman partner Ben Ferguson in it for long term

by Joe Muntal

Name: Ben Ferguson Title: Head of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific Equities and co-head of Japan Securities Sales URL: www.goldmansachs.com/japan/ Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio Years in Japan: 23 What was your first encounter with Japan? I grew up in the 1980s in the Midwest. Japan was pretty scary back then. Lots of ...

Company rescues hardware with support alternative

People | The Big Questions Aug 24, 2021

Company rescues hardware with support alternative

by Joe Muntal

Name: Bob Van den Broecke Title: Managing Director of Evernex Japan URL: https://www.evernex.com/ Hometown: Belgium Years in Japan: 4 What was your first encounter with Japan? My first exposure to Japan came through my father, who started working for Ajinomoto in Paris shortly after I was born. We lived there ...

Building a global Panasonic compliance network

People | The Big Questions May 25, 2021

Building a global Panasonic compliance network

by Joe Muntal

Name: Laurence Bates Title: Managing Executive Officer, Panasonic URL: www.panasonic.com/global Hometown: Mystic, Connecticut Years in Japan: 30 What was your first encounter with Japan? My dad was a career Coast Guard officer, and he spent time in Hokkaido around the time I was born. I used to hear stories from ...

From small town to big city to new age of clean tourism

People | The Big Questions Mar 4, 2021

From small town to big city to new age of clean tourism

by Joe Muntal

Name: Mark Choon Title: General Manager, The Peninsula Tokyo URL: https://www.peninsula.com/en/tokyo/5-star-luxury-hotel-ginza Hometown: Seattle, U.S. Years in Japan: 2.5 What was your first encounter with Japan? My first trip through Tokyo was a bit of delayed honeymoon in 2007. I did a small trip that went through Hong Kong, Japan and ...

German ambassador lives out childhood dream

People | The Big Questions Jan 3, 2021

German ambassador lives out childhood dream

by Joe Muntal

Name: Ina Lepel Title: Ambassador of Germany URL: https://japan.diplo.de/ja-ja Hometown: Cuxhaven, Germany Years in Japan: 1.5 What was your first encounter with Japan? Japan was a very important subject of my studies as an economics student. In the business administration class I took in the '80s, we learned about fashionable ...