As a student, I wasn’t good at languages and I never studied abroad. I didn’t study, and only played baseball. However, in my first year I got injured and couldn’t play baseball.
I wanted to concentrate on something other than baseball, so I started part-time work at an advertising agency. The part-time contract became a little troublesome, so I became independent and became an individual subcontractor. I was a student slash one-man advertisement agency. I signed contracts with companies that possessed advertising mediums, such as publishers and internet companies, and sold those advertising mediums to restaurants and PR companies. Regardless of whether I was a student or worker, I received the same amount of salary, so I worked with a sense of professionalism. I earned a lot through this job, and used it to socialize with acquaintances made through advertising agencies. Interacting with people from different generations was a real world experience that gave me a genuine stimulus. I wanted to become great businessmen like them.
I wasn’t sure if I shoud find another job or continue this job, so I didn’t do much job-hunting. However when I had the opportunity to meet with Takatsugu Suzuki, now president of the company en-Japan, I decided to join the company from a sales position.
I met my sales target and produced positive results. As the next step I moved to Toyota Tsusho the following year. Toyota Tsusho is a company that has bases around the world, extending its business in various categories such as metal and automobiles, medical care and foodstuffs. I developed my career at Toyota Tsusho, not because I wanted to work overseas, but with the passion to create new business and develop new markets.
I have been dispatched from Toyota Tsusho to Toyota Tsusho Insurance Management since 2014. As an insurance broker, I have spent most of the year in Myanmar.
Myanmar became a democracy in 2011. The Myanmar government requested Japan for assistance in law development, and cooperation in law development support activities began in 2013. Among those activities, Toyota Tsusho Insurance Management has been contributing to economic growth from an insurance perspective. Myanmar is still in the development stage. Even if foreign corporations enter the country and want to take out fire insurance in order to build factories, it is impossible to insure due to a lack of funds at the state-run Myanmar Insurance. Foreign corporations detest construction that bears risks and are reluctant to enter the Myanmar market. For that reason, local jobs are not created, and Myanmar’s economic growth stagnates. There, we as insurance brokers bring together the insurance capacity of contracts accepted by Myanmar Insurance from overseas reinsurance companies.