“Passionate about creating a better mobility in society and respect for all people in the world.”
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m very good at the moonwalk. When I was an undergraduate, I practiced it very hard.
Undergraduate School and Major: The University of Tokyo, Bachelor of Economics
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Toyota Motor Corporation / Strategy Planner for the Chief Communications Officer
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Upgraded the information sharing system among public relation headquarters of Toyota.
What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? They are my motivation to be entrepreneurial. Many of them have a strong passion for starting business, and we have a lot of opportunities to discuss it.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Entrepreneurial mindset. In the changing automobile industry, we have to identify the right opportunities and continue to create new values for the society, such as autonomous, connected, and electric vehicles.
What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Manufacturing Club and Automobile Club.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? When I worked with the Chief Communications Officer of Toyota, who has an MBA. I felt a huge gap between him and me.
How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment? It is important for me to acquire knowledge of an MBA and to develop my international experience and networks so that I can make up the gap quickly.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? I didn’t apply to any others.
How did you determine your fit at various schools? I thought a school’s culture and emphasis were important. I had an opportunity to meet with Babson students who came to Japan in the Japan trek program and asked them about Babson to know whether it fits my goals.
What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? When I was a university student, I was a leader of a dancing club, which consisted of over 200 students. The success of the dancing performance at the club taught me the power of teamwork, and I started to want to collaborate with many people and make something that contributes to our society.
What do you plan to do after you graduate? I plan to go back to Toyota and contribute to the company’s challenge of new business.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Leading global external affairs at Toyota.