Wataru is a business leader in technology sales with nearly 25 years of experience in Asia Pacific regions. He started his career by joining a large trading firm selling thin-film deposition systems and materials in harddisk industries. Wataru is still new to the AM industry but is very passionate about introducing the technology to the Japanese market. Wataru now leads LINK3D’s sales and marketing efforts in APAC. He is fluent in Japanese and English with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Since college, I have never been passionate about any technology except for that of my own start-up companies. They have somehow survived for more than 20 years. I met Ricky Solomon in the summer of 2017 in Boulder, and he introduced me to Link3D and Shane Fox. That was the day I learned the term: additive manufacturing. That day changed my life, and now AM is my life’s work.
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First Job: My first job was as a newspaper delivery boy. During the summer and school holidays, for just a month, I rode a heavy-duty bicycle for about 2 hours everyday to roughly 100 houses in the mid afternoon. Because it was so hot outside and difficult to stay conscious in the heat at the end of delivery, I still remember my boss used to give me a bottle of Coca-Cola when I got back to the delivery station every day. It was honestly the best reward of my life. On the last day of the job, I decided to never do that job again.
My Childhood:I had to move every 2 years due to my father’s work, which I hated, but it forced me to naturally make friends with anyone. I had lost contacts, however thanks to Facebook, I slowly started connecting with some of those old friends again. We used to play a lot of games, including throwing a live frog grenade to each other with a live firecracker sticking up its behind.
Random Facts: I love golf, cycling, and listening to classical music, especially violins. I am a bad book reader, but thanks to the audio-books that have been released lately, I can catch up. I am a bad cook, but enjoy eating many foods and drinking Japanese Sake. I love traveling, especially via trains. I have acted in TV-commercials, movies, etc, just for training myself to become a better speaker in front of people. Unfortunately, my family was so embarrassed because my acting was awful...