About me

I arrived, fresh faced, on a two year assignment from my company in London to the affiliate in Japan. That was in 1991 and I haven't quite got around to leaving yet. In the intervening years I've worked in finance, automotive, luxury and sports. My days in the sports industry led to the privilege of meeting some of the top athletes in the world, past and present, and I have to say all of them have been surprisingly approachable and genuine people.

These days I write about the country. My first book "The Beginner's Guide to Japan" has caught the eye of many Japanese colleagues who ask if I'll have it translated so they can understand what it is that foreigners don't understand about Japan. May be one day. My second book is the story of the earthquake and follows what happened around me as the disaster unfurled. The third "The Expat's Guide to Japan" is a companion to The Beginner's Guide and focusses on all those things in business that are designed to make life just that little more complicated and, more importantly, how to make them simple again.

In addition to writing I also speak about Japan at corporate events on various subjects ranging from "Building a Billion Dollar Business" to "Extreme Crisis Management" and of course, "The Beginner's Guide". If you have any questions about life, work or play here please feel free to leave a comment below (and please include an email address so I can reply) or email me directly at jonathan@tengulife.com.

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