My background is a little bit unusual. After graduating from university in Japan, I started working in a department store selling art. Then, I decided to follow my childhood dream of going to a U.S. university, and I got a degree in film. Finally, as fate would have it, I joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
To be honest, I did think about working in film. However, I knew I wanted to take on a new challenge in a very different line of work, and I decided to hunt for a job in a completely different industry. Once a year, representatives of large Japanese companies gather in Boston, providing students an opportunity to interview with them. I was lucky enough to get an interview at the Otsuka Pharmaceutical booth. I knew it was very unusual for film majors to apply for jobs at mainstream companies, and sure enough, most companies turned me away as soon as I mentioned my degree in film. Although the Otsuka recruiter naturally asked me why I decided to apply to Otsuka with my film degree, I didn't sense any kind of barrier at all. It felt like Otsuka would give me an opportunity regardless of my gender, experience, or title.