This is who we are: Team Osaka & Nagoya

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Working closely together with the Tokyo team, the Osaka and Nagoya crews are doing all they can to keep a smile on customers’ faces.

Team Osaka

Who: Tetsuharu Sunami
What: Cargo Sales Supervisor, WAI, Osaka
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“Cargo demand has been declining since March 2012. Especially many Europe-bound shipments have shifted to sea traffic. The main commodities we ship from Osaka are consumer electronics, textiles and fabrics. We are hopeful that cargo demand for Europe will soon return to the normal level.”

Travel tip: “If you are ever in Osaka, please visit a Japanese restaurant called Shin. The prices are very reasonable and the tuna sashimi and fried rice with salmon are mouth-wateringly delicious.”

Who: Karin Maeda
What: Cargo Reservation Supervisor, WAI, Osaka
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“The economic outlook is difficult, but our sales and reservation teams are working closely together to try to hit our targets and put a smile on the faces of our customers.”

 

Travel tip: “Visit the Setouchi Triennale 2013, an international art festival taking place on twelve small, beautiful islands around Takamatsu City, 3.5 hours from Osaka. Enjoy contemporary art and the laidback atmosphere of the sunny islands.”


Who: Makoto Kikuchi
What: Cargo Sales Deputy Manager, WAI, Osaka
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

"Since last December, market trends and our mindset have started to change thanks to our new Prime Minister and government. Their financial policy will hopefully soon speed up the economic recovery, which should also improve export market conditions out of Japan.”

 

Travel tip: “See onions, cabbages and fish unloaded in the local port in the Sensyu area in south Osaka. There are many good restaurants and bars serving fresh local produce.”


Who: Ai Matsumoto
What: Cargo Sales Officer, WAI, Osaka
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“I used to be a member of ground staff at Kansai International Airport, but I’m currently enjoying my present sales position. We mainly transport electrical goods and parts, machine parts, eye lotion, ship parts, textiles and fabrics from Osaka and West Japan to the EU, India and the US.”

 

Travel tip: “Try some ‘Natto’, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, usually eaten with soy sauce and karashi mustard. It is traditionally eaten with rice, but these days you find it in a variety of recipes from pasta to omelettes.”


Who: Yu Kawazu
What: Cargo Sales Officer, WAI, Osaka
Years with Finnair Cargo: 2.5

“I used to work for an export company in Osaka, mainly handling textiles bound for the Middle East. After Europe was hit by an economic crisis, cargo demand for TC2 areas (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) out of Osaka took a sharp dive, and unfortunately some shipments were shifted to ocean transport. The competition is very tough at the moment.”

Travel tip: “Meet a real giant robot called Iron-Man No.28 at Shin-Nagata Station near Kobe. This robot is a famous cartoon character on Japanese TV.”

 

Team Nagoya

Nagoya's three-member team pictured in front of the famous Nagoya castle.

Who: Akihiro Ozawa
What: General Manager, WAI, Nagoya
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“Our core agents say that market conditions are starting to look up, especially for automotive parts. Our core year-round business in Nagoya is handling automotive parts for multinational automakers. Our key challenge is securing more traffic by leveraging the extensive Finnair network.”

Travel tip: “We have many excellent golf courses around Nagoya. Come during the spring season from the end of March to April – enjoy great golf, Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms all in one trip.”

Who: Yoko Amano
What: Cargo Reservation Officer, WAI, Nagoya
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“I started out in the air industry working as an agent’s assistant, followed by five years as a Cargo Reservation Officer with a Japanese airline. My greatest personal challenge at the moment is learning Italian. I sometimes receive emails from Italy, and I look forward to surprising our customers by replying in Italian one day.”

Travel tip: “I live in Gifu prefecture. The castle in my hometown was burnt down by the military commander Nobunaga Oda during a civil war in the 16th century. The rice that was burned at that time can still be found in the ground.”

Who: Masahiro Sato
What: Cargo Sales Officer, WAI, Nagoya
Years with Finnair Cargo: 3

“Before my current position, I used to work as a dispatcher of trucks for air cargo. Our market has weathered tough storms recently, but we hope things will soon start getting better through “Abenomics” (the economic policies advocated by the current Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe). We try to stay in close contact with our customers to gain insights on cargo movement and demand for specific cargo.”

Travel tip: “Take a popular night cruise in Yokkaichi City, the industrial zone of the Chibu area. The view of the bay area is spectacular by night.”

Text by Silja Kudel

 

Published April 15, 2013

Category: Finnair Cargo

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