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  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
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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