In­ter­view: Ak­i­toshi Take­mura

Talk­ing to Lexus In­dia’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent

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CarIndia(CI): What kind of mu­sic do you en­joy lis­ten­ing to? Your favourite artiste or band? Ak­i­toshi Take­mura (AT): I ab­so­lutely love rock mu­sic. I am a big fan of Fred­die Mer­cury, the lead vo­cal­ist and co-prin­ci­pal song­writer of the rock band ‘Queen’. In fact, I would go a step ahead to say that Fred­die was pure ge­nius. I also have fond mem­o­ries of lis­ten­ing to artistes like Bon Jovi and Michael Jack­son dur­ing my school­days.

(CI): Which is your favourite sport team? (AT): Base­ball is my favourite sport and The Han­shin Tigers is by far my favourite team. It is even more spe­cial since they are the lo­cal team from my birth­place in Ja­pan. I have grown up watch­ing their games and play­ers, and they con­tinue to be on the top of my list of favourites in sport.

(CI): What is your pre­ferred get­away des­ti­na­tion? ( AT): It has to be Hawaii. I have been to all the is­lands in Hawaii. It is dif­fi­cult not to fall in love with its rugged land­scape of cliffs, wa­ter­falls, trop­i­cal fo­liage, and beaches with dif­fer­ent shades of sands. The lo­cals ex­tend the per­fect omote­nashi ex­pe­ri­ence one can de­sire, though I only wish it was closer to In­dia.

(CI): What sport do you en­joy play­ing in your free time? (AT): I must con­fess I can’t do with­out my daily dose of run­ning. I took to run­ning as a sport years ago, and haven’t looked back ever since. I be­lieve that run­ning has taught me a lot, dis­ci­pline be­ing the fore­most. It has played an in­te­gral part in mak­ing me the per­son I am to­day. This also con­trib­utes im­mensely to my per­sona as a pro­fes­sional. I used to run a half marathon in two hours, and my all-time dream is to par­tic­i­pate in the Honolulu Marathon, which I hope to do one day.

(CI): What is the one cui­sine or dish you en­joy the most? (AT): It has been a while since I shifted base to In­dia, and its best gift to me has been the ‘plain dosa’ with a hum­ble ‘cut­ting chai’. The drink is not just re­fresh­ing, but is also ex­cel­lent artistry.

(CI): Name the things that you carry in your pocket at all times? (AT): The one thing that I surely carry in my pocket at all times is the pas­sion to move for­ward. At the end of my life, I would like to say, “Not a sin­gle piece of re­gret in my life.”

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