|LIFE IN JAPAN
Founder and President of Tribal Nation Security
Time in Japan:
Around 18 years
Where are you from?
What brought you to Japan?
The US Navy. I was a 19-year-old sailor aboard the USS Midway.
What was your first impression of Japan?
I was in a state of shock. I thought everyone would be walking around in kimonos. Instead,
I saw Japanese people in afro hairstyles, mini-skirts and bell bottom pants.
What did you find the most different?
Our cultures, when it comes to eating. How little they knew about us back then. The money
exchange, which was JY360 to the dollar, and the size of the streets when it came to
What do you do now?
I was working on Camp Zama, but now I have devoted all of my time into getting more
clients for my business, and learning more Japanese reading and writing in the process.
What does your company do?
Tribal Nation Security currently has on permanent staff ten executive security
specialists. Our goal by the end of July 2000 is to have a total of 30 executive security
specialists. TNS can, with prior notice, provide up to 120 experienced event security
staff anywhere in Japan. Tribal Nation Security requires at least a week' advance notice
for any event, and we require at least 24 hours advance notice for any personal security
requests in Japan.
Have you guarded anyone famous?
My first client was Mariah Carey when she first came to Japan on a promotion tour. Others
were James Brown, Naomi Campbell, Nicolas Cage, Yokozuna Wakanohana, Japanese singers
Gackt, Green Day, Prodigy, various K-1 Fighters and a list of others too long to mention.
Any funny or interesting on-the-job stories?
We were doing a concert at Akasaka Blitz and were in the middle of catching all the crowd
surfers coming over so they would not get hurt, when suddenly, one of my guys said
"Look out Rozz!" So I threw my hands back in order to catch whoever it was and I
caught a guy in my arms, but the only thing was, he was butt naked like the day he was
born. And when I caught him, he had his arms wrapped around my neck and he would not let
go! The band stopped playing, my security guys were laughing along with the audience and
the band. They never let me live that down.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself as providing corporate bodyguard services for different firms and companies
here in Japan and becoming a concert/event promoter here in Japan.
What's your favorite thing about Japan?
The way the Japanese people adopt different cultures into their lifestyles but still
retain their heritage at the same time.
What's one Japanese thing you can't live without?
The spiritual bond that you make in love and friendship here in Japan; I need that emotion
in my life.
Your recipe for a happy and successful life in Japan?
Japan is like a big mountain. There will be many obstacles in your way and sometimes you
have to jump to the right, then to the left, and even then you will get hit by a few rocks
and boulders as you climb. But let faith be your guide, and with this all things are
possible. If you realize that only I, and I alone, can stop myself from being successful,
then you will make it. See you at the top of the mountain!
Robin Rozzell spoke to Maki Nibayashi.
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