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Meet employee Sakiko Matsubara

One Boeing: Nagoya, Japan

Sakiko Matsubara, Manufacturing Operations Analyst and Sec. 45 Supplier Management Lead on the 787 Asia team in Nagoya, started her career at Boeing in 2006 as a contract interpreter. At the time, her job was to help with communications and coordinate between program leadership and Boeing’s Japanese industry partners.

"At first it was quite challenging, not only because of the language barrier but the cultural differences, too," Sakiko said. Having studied International Communication and English in Tokyo, and lived for a year in Canada, she was well-placed to use her knowledge of both Western and Japanese culture to help bridge the gaps.

"It’s an honor to be part of making history and to be a bridge between Boeing and our Japanese and other Asian partners, who play such a huge role in the [787] program."

Soon after, she became the first locally hired Japanese employee on the 787 team. Today, more than three and a half years and three roles later, she has worked with a variety of people, from chief executive to part chaser, all the while making sure that communications flow smoothly.

She appreciates that Boeing is adapting to the local scene and is working closely with its global partners, thanks to the 787 global supply chain. As more Boeing employees from the United States work with Japanese partners, and more staff is recruited locally, the team has a better understanding of the working styles of both cultures.

"It's an honor to be part of making aviation history," she said, "and to be a bridge between Boeing and our Japanese and other Asian partners, who play such a huge role in the program."

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