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Taku Edatsune MBA2018,

By Lauren French

Taku Edatsune MBA2018 is a Healthcare Conference organising committee member. A native of Japan, he moved to London for work two years ago before starting his LBS journey this year. Before LBS he worked as a tax advisor, advising companies in optimising their tax costs. He describes himself as "agreeable about most things", but as a self-confessed foodie he cannot compromise on food!  

1.  What is your interest in healthcare?

I am from Japan – one of the most aged countries in the world. We have more than 10 million people who are more than 80 years old now. Healthcare is one of the biggest topics for my country in the future both in terms of social welfare and medical costs. I want to contribute to my country in my career and find Healthcare a potential industry to do that.

2. What keeps you motivated?

Curiosity – I am excited when I learn new knowledge and insights. I like activities and events which are interesting.

Challenge – I am motivated to overcome difficulties and to deliver outputs exceeding others’ expectation.

3. What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

PC spots at the library – PCs in the library work much better than my laptop.

4. How do you personally define a “good life” or a “successful life”?

Feeling that I am working for something good, leaving some positive impact in the world and having bonds with family and close friends.

5. What’s was the biggest obstacle in life you overcome, and how?

The transition from Japan to UK – after I had lived in Japan for 26 years, I found a job in the UK and moved to this country where I had no single acquaintance. I overcame it by learning to proactively contribute eg. inviting new friends to Japanese restaurants or cultural events, working hard for the company...

6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I would like to invite anyone from the future (say in 100 years from now), I'm really curious to know what the world will look like.

7. What do you do to unwind?

Eat really great food and sleep!

8. If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?

Poverty – although I believe there is always room for judgement or different sense of values for many problems, in my view poverty is something which is absolutely bad.

9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

From my boss in my previous company in Japan – there is a huge difference between facts and advice. Valuable advisors need to provide advice based on their own insights and experience, not facts which people can get from books or other resources and thus are of no value.

10. Tell us something surprising about you

Although I was a tax adviser before LBS, I was also engaged in B2B sales and I daily made a lot of cold-calls and cold-mails to potential clients, some of which actually led to winning new projects.

Thanks Taku, we're looking forward to the Healthcare Conference on 21 November.

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