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Kate Samson


“The most important thing that the firm has taught me about myself is that I can exceed what I think is my limit.”

How was Japan in reality to what you had imagined before you arrived?

Japan is what I expected it to be and more. It is not just about anime, modern technology and efficient transport system. As I get to know more locals and explore places in Japan during my free time, I get to learn more about Japan and its rich culture.

What were the initial difficulties of adjusting to life in Japan?

Yes. Living in Japan away from my family and friends at first is difficult but once you get through the language barrier and homesickness you get to appreciate what it is like living in Japan. The orientation, reading materials and the advice given by the firm before I go to Japan and when I arrived in Japan helped me adapt faster.

How would you describe your co-workers during your initial time at work?

My co-workers are very helpful, patient and inspiring. Cultural differences were not an obstacle when it comes to working with them. They are very professional.

What is the most important thing that working at the firm has taught you about yourself?

The most important thing that the firm has taught me about myself is that I can exceed what I think is my limit.

What are the challenging or difficult aspects of your work?

The challenging aspect of my work would be to be able to focus, multi-task and get the work done on time and make sure that your work is well done. It becomes demanding especially when you handle complicated cases and you have to consult various members outside your own team.

When I am not at work, I am ...

exploring different places in Japan, climbing mountains, paragliding in Tottori or eating sushi and ramen with friends.

What have been your fondest experiences in Japan?

My fondest experience in Japan would be when I went together with my friends to paraglide in Tottori.

What three words best define your experience in Japan thus far?

Enlightening- I learnt a lot of new things about myself (i.e. being independent), about Japanese culture and their work ethic.

Challenging - at SY, every day you are challenged to give your best in everything. You get to learn new things every day, be it from a case you handle or from a co-worker. Living in Japan, it all boils down to the language barrier and how we can easily adapt.

Fulfilling - working at one of the best IP law firm in Japan and living in this wonderful country (the food, the people you meet and the wonderful places that you can visit) is definitely fulfilling.

Could you share a story from your time with SY that exemplifies our work culture in action?

During my first all-staff meeting Mr. Yamamoto told everyone that we should prioritize our client`s interest more than anything. He said that in order to do that, we should provide speed and quality service to our client. Therefore, I think the act of responding to our client`s queries on time regarding a case and responding to them with the correct details and cost efficient yet quality strategy for the grant of their patent exemplifies SY’s work culture in action.

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

The best thing about being part of a global team is that you get to learn a lot from your team mates whose background and perspective might be different from yours.

I would tell someone just starting their career here at SY to ...

be prepared. Working at SY, you might encounter some difficulties along the way but be strong, take the challenge and do your best because it’s worth it. You get to work with and learn from great and inspiring people.

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