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Paul R.

Japan BizDev, etc.

Gig Harbor, WA (98332)

Travel radius
40 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
Background check passed as of 7/30/14
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I am retired, and live with my family in suburban Seattle. After 5 years as a Naval Aviator, I took Intensive Japanese and related studies in Tokyo for three years. And for the next 40 years, I worked in Tokyo first in market research/translation, then as an aviation/defense journalist and -- for most of my career -- in market research and business development for U.S. automotive and high-tech companies in Japan and NE Asia.

I have always enjoyed tutoring and coaching non-Japanese trying to learn the language:

o While at TRW Overseas Inc. HQ in Tokyo, for 12 years my collateral duty was to mentor and coach our intern program. These interns were U.S. engineering grads with a basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese. During their one-year internship, they used Japanese in their progressively advancing work responsibilities centering on research (spoken and written) on Japanese technology.

o And for almost 20 years, I tutored non-Japanese beginners learning Japanese at the Kichijoji Community Center in Tokyo.

From my own experience as a non-Japanese adult learning Japanese, my approach is to help the student first learn 50 Japanese verbs. Of course, this is done in parallel with their textbook study. The purpose of mastering these 50 verbs as soon as possible is that it facilitates learning verb conjugation rules and gives the student confidence.

Other parts of speech, grammar, and vocabulary are then learned in the order introduced by their textbooks. And when a student reaches a basic level of comfort with Japanese, I supplement their study with comics, articles and videos about subjects that they like: e.g., sports, arts, history, etc.

I would welcome the opportunity to hear about your interests and discuss how my experience and approach to learniing Japanese might be helpful to you.

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Business

I am a native English speaker, with advanced business-level Japanese (written & spoken) capabilities.

I worked for both Japanese and U.S. companies in Tokyo for some 40 years. Primary field was high-tech (aerospace,automotive, aviation, defense, software, system integration and telecommunications), but I also have experience with financial systems.

Moreover, I completed a mini-MBA at Stanford Univ.

Japanese

After 5 years as a Naval Aviator, I took Intensive Japanese and related studies for three years at International Christian University in Tokyo. And for the next nearly 40 years, I worked in Tokyo first in market research/translation, then as an aviation/defense journalist and -- for most of my career -- in Japan business development and market research for U.S. high-tech companies.

I have always enjoyed tutoring and coaching non-Japanese trying to learn the language: While at TRW Overseas Inc. HQ in Tokyo, for over 12 years my collateral duty was to mentor and coach our intern program. These interns were U.S. engineering grads with a basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese. During their one-year internship, they used Japanese in their progressively advancing work responsibilities centering on research (spoken and written) on Japanese technology. For almost 20 years, I tutored non-Japanese beginners learn Japanese at the Kichijoji Community Center in Tokyo.

From my personal experience as a non-Japanese adult who became business-fluent in spoken and written Japanese, my approach is to help students to first learn 50 Japanese verbs. Of course, this is done in parallel with textbook study. The purpose of mastering these 50 verbs as soon as possible is that it facilitates learning verb-conjugation rules and it gives the student confidence.
Other parts of speech, grammar, and vocabulary are then learned in the order introduced by their textbooks.

And when a student reaches a basic level of comfort with Japanese, I supplement their study with comics, articles and video about subjects that they like: e.g., sports, arts, history, etc.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your interests and how my experience might help you reach your objectives.

Public Speaking

In my 40-year business career, and my 5-year U.S.N. career (aviator) prior to that, I have done a lot of public speaking . . . for which I have had help from some excellent public-speaking coaches.

over an 18-month period I made presentations to business leaders (and in one case on local TV) in each of the U.S. state capitals and Canadian provincial capitals. My coaches were particularly helpful to me during that experience.

Moreover, as a student of Japanese, I always enjoyed participating in Japanese-as-a-foreign-language speech contests. And in my 20 years of Japanese-language tutoring and coaching, I have mentored and coached many non-Japanese nationals for their participation in Japanese speech contests.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and how my experience might be of help to you.

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Education

Rider University (Business Administrat)

USN Aviation Command (flight school) (Other)

Stanford Univ. (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 40 miles of Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

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