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Asako Kinouchi
May 09, 2012

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

Asako Kinouchi

+ Office :
* Job :
Import proxy service of copper concentrates (*)
* Materials to be used for smelting copper
* Hobby :
Traveling, playing the piano
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)