September 17, 2018

Employee spotlight: 12 questions with Akimi Asakawa

Employee spotlight: 12 questions with Akimi Asakawa

This month, meet Akimi Asakawa, Operations Manager for the Asia-Pacific/China region.

  1. Briefly describe what you do all day.
    My main role is order processing in Japan, but I also help the sales people in the APAC offices do localization of English materials, conduct marketing activities, assist with accounting services, and do other miscellaneous work related to the operation of the Japan office.

  2. What’s the best thing about your job?
    I’m not on the sales team, but I do feel a sense of accomplishment when our team achieves its goals. Being able to support them is rewarding.

  3. What’s the best thing about Zemax?
    I work with great people who are very nice, smart, and supportive. I’m very happy to work here.

  4. What does your workspace look like?
    My desk is in the middle of the office, and it’s usually tidy except when I’m processing many orders at once. I have one drawer with lots of snacks. The only thing I don’t like is when it’s too cold in the summer when the AC hits me directly.

  5. Who is one of your role models and why?
    I have a few, but let me pick up one of my colleagues, Brandy, Accounting Manager in the U.S. office. She is always very helpful, prompt, knowledgeable, flexible, and happy! I’m so happy to work with her and want to be like her in the APAC team.

  6. What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?
    The best moments are when I’m having good wine with friends or going to music festivals—I’m going to three of them this summer.

  7. What inspires you?
    Meeting people with different backgrounds. It helps me to have a wider perspective.

  8. Fill in the blank: I once met…
    Cameron Diaz. She was very cute and friendly.

  9. Fill in the blank: I’d most like to have dinner with…
    My dearest mom and younger sister who are already in heaven

  10. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?
    Teleportation! I could sleep longer every morning.

  11. How would you most like to time travel?
    In the time machine from DORAMEMON, which is a famous cartoon in Japan

  12. What are six words of advice for others in your profession?
    The answer is not only one.

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