In collaboration with Santa Fe Relocation Services Japan KK, the J@pan Inc Arrivals & departures column takes a look at some of the key figures of Japan's expatriate business community who are either just landing in Japan or flying off to new places.
Arrivals Lounge 01
Name: Paul Francis
Family: Married with two young daughters
Personality: Outgoing, curious, engaging
Job Title: Marketing Director
Arrived in Japan: 2007
Moved From: London, UK
Reason for moving: To head up marketing for all the Bacardi brands in Japan including Bombay Sapphire and Martini.
Reaction when asked to move to Japan: "I was very excited. The Japanese market, emerging from depression has fantastic potential—huge trends can start here."
Looking forward to: ”Eating good Japanese food and working in a non-Western environment that places emphasis on the group."
Motto: "Work hard, play hard."
Arrivals Lounge 02
Name: Mark Webster
Family: Married with one daughter
Personality: "Some people describe me as a gajin on the outside but an Asian inside."
Job Title: President, Representative Director & CEO
Arrived in Japan: 2007
Moved From: Bangkok, Thailand
Experience in Asia: Mr. Webster was raised in Hong Kong, the place he calls home, end has spent years at the front of operations in Southeast Asia.
Comment on moving to Japan: "The Japanese market is a real challenge because of the unique demographics end the dominance of the domestic advertising agencies."
Looking forward to: "Tokyo is a city of discovery with something new on every corner but I am really looking forward to exploring other parts of Japan and playing more golf."
Motto: "Opportunities become threats if they are not taken quickly enough."
Departure Lounge 01
Name: Jason Hayes
Family: Married with three children
Personality: An eternal optimist
Job Title: Partner, Chartered Accountant
Arrived in Japan: 2004
Moved to: Sydney, Australia
Reason for moving: Mr. Hayes was sent to Japan on a secondment which has now come to en end.
Most memorable moment in Japan:" "Watching my son, Jack, take pert in on exhibition Sumo match against Kotooshu at Ryogoku Kokugiken."
Comment on leaving Japan: "Mostly, I'm going to miss the food. The quality here is just spectacular end you can't get sashimi like you can here in any other pert of the world.”
Advice to those arriving in Japan: "Don't hold back, get out there and explore."
Departure Lounge 02
Name: Douglas Kaplan
Family: Married with two children
Personality: Energetic, aggressive, leader
Job Title: CEO Asia-Pacific
Arrived in Japan: 1987
Moved to: Singapore
Reason for moving: To lead the regional headquarters.
Happiest moment in Japan:" "Meeting my wife."
Biggest business achievement: Launched Nikkei Biztech, establishing Nikkei's online presence.
Special talent: Kickboxing
Most influential book: It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong & Sally Jenkins