After working in the engineering department, he also experienced working as a sales representative in charge of sales to the United States. Starting in 2014, he was put in charge of sales to his home country at the company, as he had wanted to for a long time. The company then decided to establish a local subsidiary in Vietnam with the goal of launching in 2020, and Mr. Nguyen was to play a central role and handle the location, legal and tax matters.
Mr. Nguyen: Whether it was in Japan, the United States, or Vietnam, it is always a challenge in a new environment when you start something. Although there were many things that I was not used to, each time I thought of the time when I started living in Japan. Even though I taught myself before coming to Japan, I could barely speak Japanese. However, I was able to move forward, saying, “it is going to work out.” While it was because of the great support of the Panasonic Scholarship, I think it was also because I was able to gain experience and confidence through that sense of security.
Mr. Nguyen says that he wants to keep valuing the sense of “different but the same in nature,” which he felt through his experience studying abroad, in using his experience to expand his work and business in the future.
Mr. Nguyen: The environment varies from country to country and from land to land. But the wish of the people who live there “to want water with good quality” remains the same. And Japanese technology possesses the high quality to provide it. However, the cost performance demanded varies, and that is part of the needs. I would like to play a role as a bridge to understand, coordinate and deliver the necessary equipment.
At present, even though he lives in Vietnam, he maintains relations with Japan while holding exchange meetings with the employees of Japanese companies in the industrial park. This is because he still has the desire to learn from Japan and use it for the development of Vietnam.
Mr. Nguyen: Japanese industries’ commitment to quality, organization, etc. are things that the Vietnamese companies and factories should incorporate. In particular, the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, and Act), which is used to improve the quality control and business management at Japanese factories, is very important. I would also like to deepen my own understanding of IT and AI so that new technology such as equipment operation and automatic operation can be introduced to the world from Vietnam.
Looking back on the Panasonic Scholarship as a major step forward in his life and then another, Mr. Nguyen also shared his opinions with young people.
Mr. Nguyen: You may think that unknown fields have nothing to do with who you are now. However, there will always come a day when the environment, experiences, hardships, and all the unexperienced things will be useful to you in the future. If you have the chance, take a step forward, participate, and experience. Years from now, you will feel that you needed it.