Corporate Services Asia Enhanced Services Program Manager
Sophisticated Marunouchi, where both comfort and stimulation sow seeds for new ideas.
Intel Corporation continues to be a semiconductor manufacturer that leads the ICT industry. It operates in 63 countries worldwide, brings innovation to business and lifestyles, and contributes to the creation of a more convenient and comfortable world of computing through leading-edge technology.
Since 1996, the headquarters of Intel K.K., a subsidiary of Intel Corporation, have been located in Marunouchi, Tokyo, where they serve as a hub for Intel operations in Asia.
The three requirements of a business hub
- What are the core business areas at your headquarters in Marunouchi?
Sales and marketing. Using Marunouchi as our home base, we communicate with Japanese customers and work in collaboration with Japanese partner companies to develop new solutions that employ superior Japanese technology. We also transmit our messages from Japan to the world.
- Why did Intel choose Marunouchi?
There are three reasons: accessibility, hotels and status. Marunouchi is remarkably accessible. The expressway entrance is nearby and you can easily drive from there to anywhere in Japan. Haneda International Airport is also close by, providing quick access to destinations within Japan and worldwide. Our office is located in the Kokusai Building, which has direct access to 4 subway lines from the basement floors. Tokyo Station is right in front of us, which is also extremely fortunate. As far as transportation infrastructure is concerned, Marunouchi is Japan's number one location.
Hotels, the second reason for choosing Marunouchi, are abundantly available in the area. Many overseas customers visit Intel K.K., and they appreciate having the option to stay at first-class hotels where they can spend their visit comfortably.
Our third reason for choosing Marunouchi is the high status it bestows on the companies located there. From long ago, well established domestic and international companies have chosen to locate in Marunouchi for this reason, and the district has contributed to the progress of their business. Along with neighboring districts Otemachi and Ginza, Marunouchi is an administrative, social, and cultural epicenter of Japan. This fact also helped us decide to choose Marunouchi. Our workers are fascinated by Marunouchi and I often hear them say they like working here.
The town and its people stimulate innovation
- Since moving to Marunouchi 19 years ago, what changes have you seen?
As a member of the Corporate Services Division in charge of facility management, I was involved in actual construction of the workplace 19 years ago when Intel moved here to Marunouchi. My role was Project Manager for Tenant Construction.
At the time, Marunouchi was exclusively designed for businesses and looked gray. When I came to the office on weekends to supervise construction work, most eateries were closed because their usual business customers were away. I remember having a hard time finding anyplace to eat lunch.
Today, Marunouchi is a lively place, especially along Nakadori Avenue. Top brand shops line the first floors of office buildings and visitors come from all over the world. There is also much more greenery now, which makes life more comfortable.
From a business perspective, I also see changes in the tenants. Most tenants in the past were established big companies, but now they are more diversified.
There are information and communications technology companies like Intel, venture businesses and businesses with wide-ranging backgrounds that increase the chances of working together, improving the system and creating new businesses.
- Have the requirements changed for choosing a working environment?
Let’s see. 19 years ago, it was most important to find an environment that had everything we needed to run our business. Today, at Intel, an important requirement when choosing the office location is the ability to support the lives of our workers. Not just how they work, but their full lives from clothing and food to accommodations.
With the rapid progress of ICT, there is a greater need for virtual communications to be convenient and satisfactory. You can work anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. But, in reality, why do workers commute all the way to the office? I believe the answer is the difference in quality of communication. There are things you can convey only through person-to-person contact, or even if it’s not direct, there are messages that can be conveyed by atmosphere, or casual gesture, like passionate emotions. The experience of face-to-face communication becomes the basis for creating new ideas and innovations.
I don’t mean to say this applies only to our workplace. When all of us come to work, we get off the train at the nearest station, walk, and enter the building before we reach the office. All of the elements that constitute the entire space we move in, give the worker stimulation that becomes the seed for new ideas.
In this respect, workers in Marunouchi are extremely fortunate. They are exposed to new people, new information and new businesses that flow into Marunouchi one after another. The town itself is constantly responding to trends and continually evolving.
Last of all, what is Marunouchi to you?
Marunouchi offers the infrastructure necessary for smooth business operations. It makes life easy and provides an inspiring environment. Marunouchi has it all.
My favorite place is the inner court of Marunouchi Park Building. I can relax and take a break there, surrounded by brick spaces constructed 100 years ago.
Marunouchi maintains memories of the past while at the same time evolving every day. It gives me comfort and stimulation. It's one the most sophisticated business centers in the world, and I look forward to seeing how it evolves in the future.