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Kojin Nakakita

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 “I’ve had a bit of a different life from everyone else”.

His accent too is hard to place. It is definitely Japanese but mixed with something else, and peppered generously with colloquialisms like “man” – enunciated with a full-on Southern twang – to convey exasperated disbelief.

It is probably safe to say that this Hitachi lifer – who is vice president and executive officer at the Japanese conglomerate, and concurrently serving as chairman of Hitachi Asia and Hitachi India – did not see corporate life as his future when he was a young boy.

Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.