Age17I saw Japanese robots and bullet trains introduced on Indonesian TV and became interested in Japanese science and technology.
Age24I participated in an exchange program which saw me leave the Bandung Institute of Technology to study science and technology and the Japanese language for one year at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. I also gained experience as an intern during this stay in Japan.
Age26My desire to come to Tokyo again grew stronger after finding employment at a major Japanese general trading company in Jakarta.
Age27I applied for and was awarded a scholarship from the Embassy of Japan, and studied at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering where I majored in Materials Engineering.
Age35I applied for international sales positions with the desire to combine my knowledge of engineering with work involving "people", and found employment in Tokyo.
An "Indonesian with no sales experience" hired for a "position for a Japanese person with international sales experience"!?
Even if you are lacking in skills and knowledge at present, there are companies in Tokyo that will hire you believing in your future growth and potential. In my case, although it seemed as though my company initially wanted to hire Japanese employees with international sales experience, they interviewed me and ultimately hired me based on future expectations despite me being an Indonesian with no sales experience. After joining your company, I think it's important to improve your ability so that you can earn trust of your co-workers. Working in Tokyo is the greatest! There is work that can only be done and technology that can only be studied at Tokyo HQ, and there are also plently of places to enjoy hobbies and relax. Come, let's work in Tokyo together!
Work on an international stage involving advanced Japanese technical capabilities
The company in which I am employed is a device manufacturer engaged in the melting together and melting apart of plastic with heat which enjoys the top market share in Japan. It also has offices in the US, China and Thailand and is competing on an international stage with its highly-advanced Japanese technical capabilities. My job in international sales is to expand business overseas and develop new markets including in Indonesia. I introduce new products to Indonesian customers and engage in technical discussions utilizing a test room.
Before joining the company, it seemed as though everyone was busy and I thought that I would have to learn how to do everything by myself as a rookie. Frankly speaking, I was anxious because, although had engineering knowledge, I had no product knowledge or sales experience. However, I joined the company, started training, and was kindly taught the basics of the technology and sales by my seniors. Initially I didn't want to proceed with my work without understanding what I was doing, so I actively asked questions to seniors and had them draw figures for me, etc. until I had a firm understanding. I studied the technology of the products that I sell, gained confidence, and am now able to operate machinery on my own.
Tokyo is the center of technical development. Working in Tokyo HQ, I am able to consider design "theory".
Many Japanese companies are headquartered in Tokyo, and I think that Tokyo itself is the center of technical development. There are many technical fields with which involvement is only possible in Tokyo. There are many opportunities for persons with a technical background to learn about the basics of technology, development and cutting-edge technology in companies, so being in Tokyo really increases one's motivation to work and is advantageous for the development of one's capabilities.
The other day, a representative of one of our Indonesian customers came to Japan and I taught him how to use our company's machinery. Although he operates machinery in Indonesia, it seemed as though he had no involvement with the content and policies of that machinery's development. The basics of technology and the underlying development policies are determined in Japanese HQ, so being able to consider the theory of design is also a bonus of working in Tokyo.
I am surprised by the large-scale industry! I want to work in Tokyo, where I can put what I have learned into practice
My interest in Tokyo was sparked by an Indonesian TV program that introduced Japanese anime, travel and science and technology. Japanese robotics and bullet trains was particularly popular at the time, and I became interested in Japanese technology and culture. After enrolling in the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia, I wanted to acquire deeper knowledge and I set my sights on studying in Japan - the developed country the shortest distance from Indonesia. I acquired a Japanese scholarship as a 4th year student and attended the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo as an exchange student for one year where I studied in the science and technology program.
When I first came to Tokyo, I was shocked by Japan's amazing technical capabilities and the differences in the social systems compared to Indonesia. I gained experience as an intern at a laboratory of a major chemical manufacturer as part of the science and technology program of the University of Electro-Communications and it was there that I learned that each industry in Japan is made up of its own respective large-scale industries and also realized that what I had been studying is connected with actual work.
I returned to Indonesia, graduated from university and joined a major Japanese general trading company in Jakarta. The work there was interesting, but I really wanted to go back to Japan. I checked for ways how to get to Japan with the Embassy of Japan, searched for scholarships for which I was eligible, applied for said scholarships and ultimately was able to gain a scholarship to come to Japan again as a research student of the University of Tokyo. I studied as a graduate student of the University of Tokyo for seven years and developed a desire to utilize the knowledge of engineering that I learned in Japan in work involving ""people"" in Tokyo. I was introduced to my current employer by an Indonesian friend working for a recruitment company in Tokyo and ultimately secured employment.
The appeal of living in Tokyo is that it is easy to achieve a work-life balance
The appeal of living in Tokyo is that it is easy to achieve a work-life balance. While there is pressure from work, I have just as many opportunities to refresh and relax.
Trains and subways run in all directions, and it is even possible to ride a train after midnight. Public safety is good, and it is perfectly safe to go out alone at night, so I can relieve stress by catching up with friends for dinner, going to cafes or window shopping on my way home from work.
I love to travel, and have been almost everywhere in Japan. I go skiing in winter and enjoy photography in summer. There are many places to enjoy in Tokyo, so you don't have to travel to enjoy your weekend. If you keep studying and get better at Japanese, you will be able to enjoy work and life here even more.
Interviews with Corporations
President Noriaki Matsugishi
I want people from many foreign countries to come to Tokyo and enjoy working together with us.
Our products are used in many overseas production bases. However, these production sites are managed by local managers and Japanese are increasingly not involved in production, even if these sites are operated by a Japanese company. Considering this, having local born personnel communicate with customers in their native language not only enhances our customer's understanding of and sense of security in our products and increases quality and production efficiency, but also facilitates a rapid response to problems that may occur. It is a better option for our customers compared to having a Japanese person perform the job.
In addition, we have also had Japanese employees who initially didn't want to travel to foreign countries but, as a result of working together with foreign staff members in Tokyo, became aware of the differences in ideas and the way of using products between Japan and abroad, changed their way of thinking about products, revised development policies, became more interested in foreign countries and ultimately came to want to learn more about the differences with Japan by traveling abroad. So we feel that employing foreign employees facilitates the growth of all our employees as well as improves product-related aspects.
Tokyo is an exciting city which presents many opportunities for work and play. I want people from many foreign countries to come to Tokyo and enjoy working together with us.