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James Forsythe

Biotechnology Specialist

“I would certainly hope that I’m having an impact directly on the clients that I work for, it's always gratifying to see a patent granted when I previously gave advice on the case.”

How was Osaka in reality to what you had imagined before you started working in Osaka?

There were many similarities between my expectation and the reality of working here, my previous experiences in Japan were very helpful for settling in. A handful of the train lines were actually worse than I expected though, I never would have predicted they could be quite so unreliable.

How would you describe co-workers when you arrived?

Motivated, sharp, and driven. Everybody is working towards shared goals.

Do you feel like you're having an impact directly on the clients that you work for?

Yes. I would certainly hope so, it's always gratifying to see a patent granted when I previously gave advice on the case.

When I am not at work, I ...

usually traveling around Japan, or just exploring more of my local neighborhood. There is such a lot to see and experience.

What are the challenging or difficult aspects of your work?

Analysis of similar issues brought up repeatedly in a single case can be challenging. It can be difficult to think of a new solution when an optimal response does not appear to be attainable.

What is the best thing about being a part of a global team?

Everyone is accepting and tolerant, and we all have our own life experiences to share. I recently brought a chocolate advent calendar to the office, which was a novelty for several of my colleagues.

I am looking forward to ...

hiking up Mt. Fuji. And perhaps seeing Hokkaido in Summer. Or trying the many sake varieties in Niigata!

What three words describe the Firm best?

Innovation, speed, professional.

What have been your 3 fondest leisure experiences in Japan?

I have thoroughly enjoyed many trips around Japan. On the Golden Week national holidays, I visited many of the cities in Kyushu. I was particularly impressed by Mount Unzen, just east of Nagasaki, with its natural geothermal activity. I also greatly enjoyed the burning mountain festival in Nara, though it did get quite cold after dark in January. I certainly have a soft spot for Kyoto as well, particularly wandering around East of the river from Shimogamo shrine to Heian shrine.

What is your most treasured possession that you've obtained during your stay in Osaka thus far and why?

I have obtained a book of pilgrimage, a "御朱印帳". I take this book with me to the temples and shrines I visit, and page by page it is being filled with a handwritten record of where I have been. The quality and variety of calligraphy the priests or attendants use to write the record is truly exceptional.

What advice would you give to a potential new colleague?

Eat your vegetables, they're good for you. And more seriously, be open to improving yourself and don't be afraid to approach the rest of us for advice or assistance.

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