YOUNG Japanese should venture out of Japan to seek their fortune on foreign soil.
Texchem Resources chairman and chief executive officer Tan Sri Fumihiko Konishi advised his coun-trymen not to limit themselves to doing business in Japan.
“Do not be afraid. You must be courageous enough to take opportunities and look for better prospects,” he said after receiving the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations award recently.
Konishi first came to Malaysia on a “goodwill cruise to Asia” sponsored by the Japanese Government for 300 Japanese youth in 1968, and has been in love with the country since.
In 1973, he founded Texchem in Penang with a workforce of seven. Today, the Texcham Group has 40 companies under it.
“I am very happy. This is an honour for me because it is a recognition from my country of birth.
“The award will make my family and in-laws back in Japan very proud,” he said, adding that it would also spur him on to contribute more to the bilateral relationship between Malaysian and Japan.
“Under the Texchem Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, we will continue promoting youth, sports and performing art activities here.
“From an economic standpoint, Texchem will look towards creating more job opportunities, provide human resource training and increase exports in the years to come,” he said.
Also present to receive the award was Penang Japanese Association president Ichiro Shimizu.
Shimizu said the association which now had a membership of 850 was set to grow even bigger.
“With more Japanese coming to live here under the Malaysia My Second Home programme, we ex-pect even more to join the association.
“Thus, we need to look at more ways to help foster an even stronger bond with the local community,” he said.
The duo received their awards at the official residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Jalan Brown.
Japanese Consul-General Hideaki Hoshi handed out the awards to the recipients.
Thirty-four specially invited guests attended the ceremony.