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Yang Zhong

Yang Zhong

MY TOKYO STORY

  • Age12

    I often listened to my grandfather playing a Japanese shamisen, and that gave me a random interest in Japan.
    I often saw Japanese anime and manga, and used to read translated manga.
  • Age18

    I liked Japanese TV drama, music, and movies, perhaps because of influences from childhood. I started studying the Japanese language at university because I wanted to find new challenges in Japan.
  • Age19

    I visited Tokyo for the first time as an exchange student. While studying in a Japanese university, I met many Japanese students.
    In university, I belonged to the Chinese Language Club and taught Chinese language to students in this club.
  • Age21

    I joined Innovation Inc. I started working in Tokyo. My first position was in sales, and I worked hard in a call center, making sales calls to find new leads.
  • Age22

    With guidance from my seniors at Innovation Inc., I gave programming a try.
    Through that experience, I noticed that working with people was a better fit for me.
  • Age24

    I started my career in personnel. I was handling things like organizing group camp for prospective employees, and got involved in work that felt really worthwhile.

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You should adapt yourself flexibly to Tokyo’s changes, and the harder you try, the more growth opportunities it will give you.

Yang Zhong message

Tokyo is an environment that changes every day, and everything is fresh. At first, I was very confused in daily life, and unable to keep up with trends. By learning to be flexible and adapting to change, I was able to build up experiences and knowledge that I never had before. Instead of fearing change, how about taking a step out into the world? The harder you try in Tokyo, the more growth opportunities it will give you.

In Tokyo, I can test my potential in various ways.

Yang Zhong Job description

At Innovation Inc., I work on all aspects of hiring. Within HR work, the job that required the most effort was operating a group camp for future employees. Organizing the training program at Miura Kaigan and facilitating real-work experience workshops was a really great opportunity to close the distance between myself and those future employees. HR is a great kind of job since I get to involved with all types of people. By providing guidance to the students, coordinating interviews and working with recruiting agencies, I had the chance to deepen interpersonal relationships within and outside the company. Other than HR work, I learned a great deal from my work in the Executive Office of the Employee Shareholding Association. These were valuable opportunities to build good relationships with individual shareholders, so in order to earn trust, I prepared carefully by learning all about the company. I also gained experience in sales, programming, and Web marketing, and I think getting involved in a wide range of duties was a precious opportunity for my career.

I am feeling the speed and the passion as I work.

Yang Zhong Attractive to work in Tokyo

In Tokyo, I work every day with people who are speedy and passionate. Tokyo people are strict about time, and there is a strong demand of speed in the job as a whole, with a very high awareness of deadlines. In particular, in the HR work that I do, it is essential to promptly contact the students in order to ensure we get the most oustanding ones. By actively making contacts, and never being passive, I think I can have better understanding of the feelings of outstanding students. Also, in Tokyo, there are teachers of all ages. For example, a junior in his first year at the company can also teach me stuffs. I was impressed by his strong determination and his attitude of taking the initiative. His youthful energy and enthusiasm was something I could learn from. My dream for the future is to have a family in Japan and bring Japan and my home country closer together. I expect to go on pursuing my dream, while being motivated by Japan’s superb working environment.

Drawn by the passion of Tokyo people, I'm determined to take on the challenges of adult life

Yang Zhong Background and up to work in Tokyo

I studied Japanese language for four years in university. The idea of putting my Japanese to use in a job grew gradually as I attended university. I was particularly encouraged by my Japanese teacher in my first year of university. He was Chinese, but could use Japanese at native level. That teacher’s lessons were very strict, and speaking Chinese was prohibited in class. Students who didn’t finish their homework or failed minor tests were not allowed to attend classes. At first I really didn’t fit into that tough environment, but I came to feel a strong sense of attachment to the Japanese language I had struggled to learn. I reached a turning point in my third year of university. That was the first time I studied in Japan, as an exchange student. I belonged to the Chinese Language Education Club and had the opportunity to teach Chinese language to ten students in this club. While I was far away from home in Tokyo, I was delighted to meet a lot of young people who were interested in China, my homeland. That was when I first thought I would like to work alongside such passionate people. I started a part-time job, and always looked for places where there were many Japanese people. I worked in a beer restaurant, where everyone was very kind, and I felt a strong affinity for Tokyo people. When I graduated from university, I had an opportunity to get a job in China, but I chose Japan without hesitation.

It’s a city where I can encounter the delicacy of Japanese culture

Yang Zhong Attractive to live in Tokyo

On my days off, I like to spend time meeting friends or watching movies. I often go to those few mini theaters in Shibuya, where I’m into seeing minor movies that are not well known even in Japan. Many Japanese movies have very delicate content, from which I can gain better insights into a culture that is different from China. That "delicacy" is not just in the movies, it’s overflowing in everyday life in Tokyo. I think courtesy is an example of that. For example the habit of bowing and the customs of expressing gratitude. Back when I just came to Japan, I didn’t pick up the habit very easily, but once I’d seen the good side of it, I always reminded myself to bow when I greet someone. Just like that the bowing became my habit, so much so that I bowed even when didn't have to. When I went back to China, I ended up bowing automatically, which really surprised my friends. That made me realize how far the good things of Japan had became a part of me without me noticing it happening, and I was delighted. Compared to when I was in China, I learned to put feelings of gratitude into words. I practice the habit of saying "thank you" to my family, colleagues, and friends, just as I’m happy when people are grateful to me. In Tokyo there are encounters of all kinds, and this delicacy of Japanese people will be even more necessary in the future.

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