The second instalment in the ANZCCJ’s Youth Empowerment Programme took place on 26 April 2018, this time hosting a discussion and Q&A with leaders in Japan’s legal and finance industries. Held at the cozy Yahoo! Lodge in central Tokyo, the comfortable atmosphere helped to ensure that conversation flowed smoothly throughout the night and attendees were able to easily form connections with other like-minded guests.
Sam Brustad, moderator for the discussion, began the event by introducing the evening’s guest speakers. From the legal field, Catherine O’Connell, ANZCCJ Vice Chair and founder of Catherine O’Connell Law, and Tracy Whiriskey, from Ashurst and member of ANZCCJ Executive Council shared their experiences. Speaking in relation to the finance sector in Japan were Kohei Tsushima, head of Challenger Japan and ANZCCJ Executive Council member, and Aya Haruyama, Macquarie Capital Securities analyst and ANZCCJ member.
The panel discussion began with the speakers discussing their relation to and the importance of the ANZCCJ in their respective fields. Sam Brustad asked speakers to expound on what skills they found key to a career in Japan. Ms. Whiriskey began by highlighting cultural sensitivities as an invaluable trait for foreigners working in Japan, even noting that it was a trait that she had seen enable some people to succeed even without Japanese language skills. Ms. O’Connell commented on the massive amount of paperwork present in Japan, a difficulty she found she had to overcome, in an increasingly digital world. As the panel discussion came to a close, speakers were split into their respective sectors of Finance or Law for a Q&A session.
The night was brought to a close with a great opportunity for guests to discuss and network with the guest speakers and with other young professionals in their fields of interest.