Place of birth: Kyoto, Japan
Education: Osaka University of Foreign Studies, French literature
First job: Exporting with ASICS
Whom do you most admire in business?
Kihachiro Onitsuka, the founder of ASICS
What was your most important business lesson?
Retain your patience and your optimism.
What are the qualities that you look for in the people that you hire?
Sincerity, honesty and passion
How would you describe your leadership style?
I’m patient and a good listener. That’s why God gave me two ears and one mouth.