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Asako Kinouchi
Japan
Updated
May 09, 2012

Tokyo Head Office, Sumitomo Corporation
Non-Ferrous Metals & Raw Materials Dept.,

Asako Kinouchi

+ Office :
Tokyo
* Job :
Import proxy service of copper concentrates (*)
* Materials to be used for smelting copper
* Hobby :
Traveling, playing the piano
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What motivates you in your job?
To make the people around me, both inside and outside the company, feel happy. When in high school, as the head of a cheerleading group, I served as a bridge between the advisory teacher and group members and made efforts so that we could practice without feeling uncomfortable with each other. Even now as a productive member of society, if I imagine that business partners and internal members will feel happy, I become highly motivated.

In March 2011, I went to the Cerro Verde copper mine (in Peru) in which Sumitomo Corporation had invested, and I visited a station within the transportation route to the port (Vice President, Sumitomo Corporation Del Peru S.A. [right], and the author [left])

Could you tell us about some of your impressive accomplishments?
In March, almost one year after I joined Sumitomo Corporation, I made my first solo business trip to Anhui Province located in southeast China. It took about three hours by car from Nanjing Airport to the client's company. I felt lonely along the way, but I think it was a very good experience. Although at first, I was not able to communicate sufficiently with business partners and local employees, I have now established good communication with them, and they call me "Mazi," which is the Chinese version of my first name, "Asako."

In December 2011, I visited Lake Toya in Hokkaido, which is the northernmost ice-free lake in Japan

How would you like to carry out your work in the future?
First of all, I would like to carry out the tasks at hand and fulfill the roles expected of me in the proper way. By steadily carrying out each of my tasks, I would like to grow as a person, and in so doing, I would like to contribute to the company.

In November 2011, I visited Hakone with employees who joined the company in the same year as me. This is Owakudani, a major tourist spot in Hakone.

How do you spend your holidays?
After joining the company, I had a greater opportunity to go traveling within the country as well as abroad and have learned to be able to spend my off-time effectively to vary the pace of my life. In the winter of 2011, I visited Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture and was impressed by the snowy landscape of the Gassho-zukuri Village. In addition, I attend a cooking class once a month with employees who joined the company the same year that I did. "Eating" rather than "cooking" is becoming the main part of the class for me, but it's nice for a change.

(January, 2012)

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