Robin Rozzell

Robin Rozzell

Maki Nibayashi

Founder and President of Tribal Nation Security

Time in Japan:

Around 18 years

Where are you from?
Springfield, Ohio.

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 driving.

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!

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Robin Rozzell spoke to Maki Nibayashi.

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355: Alec McAulay
352/3: Mary Frenzel
Professional singer / songwriter, bandleader & voice instructor
350: Kate Smurthwaite
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349: Tim Spangler
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348: Robin Rozzell
Tribal Nation Security
347: Marco Invernizzi
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346: Charles E McJilton
345: Chris Chavez
344: Donna Burke
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343: Dennis Sun
Artist, freelance graphic design and illustrator
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341: Donald James Berry
Technical Adviser
340: Amy Jorrisch
Tokyo International Players
339: Anthony Al-Jamie Ph.D.
Education consultant and journalist
338: Joel Silverstein
President of Outback Steakhouse Japan
337: Neal Dauber
Termite and Pest Control Operator
336: Marcus Spurrell
CEO of No Mass Media, Internet Co.
335: Stefan Fanselow
Flight Instructor
334: Colleen Lanki
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333: Ben Leibson
Scuba Diver
332: Bernard Yu
Executive Director of TELL
331: Hayden "Hay-chan" Majajas
Informations Systems Manager
330: Alistair McLachlan
BootsMC Finance manager
329: Ronald Lee Davis
Missionary / Teacher
328: Ed Durbrow
327: Isabelle Maranda
Marketing Coordinator
326: Brian Marcus
Food & Beverage Director at Tokyo American Club
325: David Baran
Managing Partner, Compass Partners
324: Murali Kupusami
Furla Tea & Coffee Owner/Model
323: Angela Jones
Fire Dancer
322: Tim Tsang
Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
321: Chris Monnier
320: David Snyder
President of Rising Crane Sports Consultants, Inc.
319: Juliet Hindell
BBC's Tokyo Correspondent
318: Sid Lloyd
Football team captain
317: Niels Frederik Walther
Chef for the Danish Ambassador
316: Jonathan Katz
Jazz musician and composer
315: Yoichi Hayase
President, True Travel, K.K.
314: Ira Bolden
Program Manager
313: Benjamin Gurnsey
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312: Dr Jonna D. Douglass, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
311: Roy Kilner
Izakaya Manager
310: Neil Day
Senior Software Research Engineer
309: Stuart Ablett
Sakaya Operator
308: Maggie Tai Tucker
Animal Trainer
307: Carmine Cozzoline
Restaurant Owner/Chef
306: Alison Noonan
305: Kevin Meyerson
Rainbow Japan Inc. President
304: Randy McGraw
DirecTV Marketing Manager
303: Roy Ron
302: Antonio Plozay-Liberatore
Economist/TV Talent
300: Miguel Angel

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