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Arrivals & 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.

Arrivals 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 Saphire 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

Nationality: British

Family: Married with one daughter

Personality: "Some people describe me as a gaijin 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, and 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 and 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

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 an end.

Most memorable moment in Japan: "Watching my son, Jack, take part in an exhibition Sumo match against Kotooshu at Ryogoku Kokugikan."

Comment on leaving Japan: "Mostly, I'm going to miss the food. The quality here is just spectacular and you can't get sashimi like you can here in any other part of the world."

Advice to those arriving in Japan: "Don't hold back, get out there and explore."


Departure 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

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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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