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LIFE IN JAPAN
Steve Feldman

Steve FeldmanOccupation:
Computer hardware / software dealer.
Time in Japan:
3 years



When I was a kid, my dad told me never to work for anybody, and I really took that to heart. Japan has become my home because this is where I have been able to realize my dream of being my own boss.

My first experience in Japan was a home-stay for two months during the summer before my senior year in college. After studying Japanese for a year, I was inspired to do a work exchange. However, I didn' know what I was really getting myself into, because instead of teaching English, I found myself knee deep in the dirty work of a chicken farm'gathering eggs and killing chickens in rural Saitama.

Although I would never choose to do that kind of work again, my chicken farming story helped me to win a national Japanese speech contest in Chicago the following March. The prize was a first-class, round-trip ticket to Japan. So after graduation, I returned to the land of the rising sun in search of a cleaner, more fulfilling Japanese experience.

My first "real" job in Japan was at a computer company, selling multi-media equipment. I had studied marketing in school and enjoyed sales, so I was much happier than during my earlier experience. Eventually I developed a solid relationship with computer companies all over Asia to whom I had sold hardware. After establishing a network of contacts, I was able to break off and start my own company called Discount Supply International. With the help of my staff of five, I now supply hardware and software to companies all over Asia.

One of my major projects right now is Modelbase, an on-line network to promote models from the US, Europe and South Africa. I have been coordinating network parties and fashion shows in Japan to get people interested here. Cyber-scouting is expected to completely change the Japanese model industry and we will be a part of it.

It has been a real challenge, being a foreigner here and starting my own company in an environment which has historically been very exclusive. But in these changing times, Japan has become a land of opportunity, and Tokyo is the place to be if you're a new entrepreneur.

Information: 5214-6688.
http://www.modelbase.com.

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LIFE IN JAPAN:
199: Diane Morris
Media & Advertising
198: Ross Mihara
NHK Sumo Announcer
196: Corky Alexander
Tokyo Weekender
195: Edward Obaidey
Acupuncturist
194: Merry Angel
Managing Director
193: Alison Pockett
Managing Partner
192: Zack Konno
Car Export Representive
191: Pamela S. Caudill
Assistant U.S. Customs
190: Caroline Power
Being a Broad
189: Geoffrey Tudor
P.R. Section Chief JAL
188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
DJ at InterFM
185: Richard James
Photographer & Writer
184: Alan Kidd
Rock Musician & Editor
183: Adam Hitchens
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
182: Lylian de la Vega
Volunteer
181: Annie Chang
Computer Training
180: Mike Jacobs
Writer/Photojournalist
179: Jimmy Angel
Rock'n'Roll Singer
178: Dante
Performer
177: Elizabeth Spencer
Tokyo Classified Intern
175: Paul E. Ainlay
Proprietor of D.B. Cooper's
174: Steve Bindon
Artist
173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
Proprietors of Heart Cocktail
172: Tom Holiday
Singer/Guitarist
171: Gordon Hutchingson
Copywriter
170: Barry Cardinal
Renshi Aikido Instructor
169: Tammy
Hostess
168: Steve Feldman
Computer Dealer
167: Eve Suter
Flower Designer
166: Paul Goldsmith
Computer/H.R. Consultant
165: Avry Gottesman
Auto Dealer
164: Russell Pollard
Financial Advisor
163: Sa'dia
Belly Dancer
162: Marcel L'Esperance
Choral Director
161: Gregg Alan
Used Motorcycle/Car Dealer
160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
Oriental Medical Doctor
159: Ute Ikuta
Cat Lover
158: Pam Adkins
Shaw College
157: Cloudy Bong Water
Comedian/Performer/Teacher
156: Melissa
Internet Company Director
155: Paul Gibson
Proprietor, The Fiddler Pub
154: Ann Spiers
Psychotherapist
153: Evans M. Asare
Chef
152: Sandy Weiss
Acting Teacher
150: Kike
Dancer

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