Arrivals And Departures

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.

Paul FrancisArrivals Lounge 01

Name: Paul Francis
Nationality: US/Canadian
Family: Married with two young daughters

Personality: Outgoing, curious, engaging
Company: Bacardi
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."

Mark WebsterArrivals Lounge 02

Name: Mark Webster
Nationality: British
Family: Married with one daughter

Personality: "Some people describe me as a gajin on the outside but an Asian inside."
Company: JWT
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."


Arrivals and Departures


 Jason HayesDeparture Lounge 01

Name: Jason Hayes
Nationality: Australian
Family: Married with three children

Personality: An eternal optimist
Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers
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."

Douglas KaplanDeparture Lounge 02

Name: Douglas Kaplan
Nationality: US
Family: Married with two children

Personality: Energetic, aggressive, leader
Company: LexisNexis
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