Staff Spotlight: Kevin Kikuchi

General Manager Osaka


Kevin grew up in London and, after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a Law degree, his passion for building new relationships and connecting people has led him to work in sales at Japanese trading companies and the recruitment industry.

With Japanese background on his father's side, he has always had a deep affinity with the country and his love for the culture, warm-hearted environment and great cuisine found in Osaka has led him to move there in 2017.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I've been living in the city all my life but I love to explore the country to take some time out. There is a small island called Awaji which connects the mainland (Honshu) to Shikoku island, not too far away from Osaka.

We drove around the whole island and we were marveled by the sights of the coast, temples and the countryside. It showed me another great side to Japan and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is travelling around west Japan!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I'm now conversing in a more diverse global environment and everyday is a new lesson on new cultures. It's provided me with new perspectives that have catalysed creativity, an attribute that is heavily required for my position. I find that I enjoy and appreciate the stories and backgrounds of each individual I meet in this job more than in my previous positions.

The position also allows me to meet and network with many people across west Japan as we not only meet with host companies but groups we can collaborate with for cultural events, so I feel my knowledge on this area of Japan has grown since I have joined CRCC Asia.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I've heard many success stories, but the best highlight would be the time when an ex-participant successfully pitched his project to his host company. Although the participant returned to his home country, they were able to collaborate remotely.

I love this success story since it shows that building relations with your host company can lead to new businesses and highlights how more companies are accepting cross-border collaboration.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go to Seoul, which is similar to Osaka.

I happen to be half South Korean and half Japanese (born in the UK), but surprisingly I have never visited the country, so there would be no better opportunity than participating in an internship program in Seoul to understand the work culture and its traditions. I'm also a foodie and Korean food is one of my favorite!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I knew from the moment I had attended the first interview that the staff at CRCC Asia are passionate to help people. This unanimous goal fosters an environment where we are motivated to provide the best programs to our participants.

I've also seen the effort and care put in to make these programs a success and this is also evident as we have extremely high satisfaction results from participants across all of our programs.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Having a group of people with a unanimous goal.

CRCC Asia was started by people who cared for the development and support for the younger generations and society, and this has been upheld by all member of the company. I believe this has helped the company to grow and provide great experiences to thousands of participants across the globe.