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Ask Kojin Nakakita to talk about himself and the chairman
of Hitachi Asia immediately says he is an ice hockey
player, after opening with a rather enigmatic āIāve had a
bit of a different life from everyone elseā.
His accent too is hard to place. It is definitely Japanese but mixed with something else, and peppered generously with colloquialisms like āmanā ā enunciated with a full-on Southern twang ā to convey exasperated disbelief.
It is probably safe to say that this Hitachi lifer ā who is vice president and executive officer at the Japanese conglomerate, and concurrently serving as chairman of Hitachi Asia and Hitachi India ā did not see corporate life as his future when he was a young boy.
Source: The Business Times Ā© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.