Sony's culture accepts the way people want to live and work
After I joined the company, I was assigned to the International Relations Division, which was in charge of external relations activities. I was mainly involved in activities with external associations. Although the job was very interesting, after several years I felt I needed to know Sony itself better. So I took the chance to be transferred to the International Trade Affairs Department, where we dealt with issues related to Customs Law. As the work required not only legal knowledge of customs laws and regulations around the world but knowledge of Sony's international operations in detail, the department offered many opportunities for international interaction. Several years later, I took up a post in the United States that dealt with trade issues. During the time I worked in San Diego, I had the opportunity to work with colleagues of a wide range of nationalities. When I worked on projects together with members comprising of Americans and Mexicans, I was bewildered at the differences in their ways of thinking and getting things done. It turned out to be an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with one aspect of Sony's diversity.
Not long after I returned from the United States after spending about four years there, I married a colleague, and took maternity leave for the first time. Then a few years ago, I took my second maternity leave. Since the timing of my second leave coincided with transfers and reassignments of several colleagues in the same department, I felt really apologetic to my boss when I brought it up to him. However, he was totally supportive and said there was no problem and told me that he was happy to hear the great news. Moreover, after the baby was born, I could not return to work because I was not able to get my child into a nursery school. However, he understood the situation and extended my leave without any problems.