The life of the Japanese director in Jiading | Rare Techy
Sugiyama Takashi has been living in Shanghai’s Jiading for seven years and has seen and participated in the rapid development of the city’s area.
Takashi, 52, from Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Tokai University in precision engineering. Takashi joined Fujitsu General Japan in 1993 and was responsible for developing the company’s domestic and overseas electronics business over the years.
He started working in Shanghai in May 2016, where he is the director and deputy director of Fujitsu General (Shanghai) Co Ltd. Takashi is responsible for product design development and manufacturing.
Despite living in a foreign country, Takashi quickly accepted the country’s culture and traditions. The public transportation network in Shanghai reminded him of Japan’s Shinkansen (a network of high-speed rail lines).
From where he lives in Jiading, he can access the city center by taking Metro Line 11. So the taxi fare here is only one third of the rates in Japan. Takashi has also developed a taste for Japanese-style shops, authentic Japanese food, and, in recent years, the demand for trash sorting.
“I was a bit shy before when people asked me the directions on the road but now I can answer in simple Chinese,” he said, pointing out that the pronunciation of Shanghai dialect and Japanese language. “It seems that I have become a citizen of Shanghai.”
In addition to witnessing rapid changes in the downtown area, Takashi has also been involved in rapid development. Every year, Fujitsu General recruits graduates and more than 90 percent of their employees choose to buy property, live and raise their families in Jiading.
The region offers a good life and a healthy lifestyle. Jiading’s Liucheng New Field is a place where Takashi likes to drink on weekends.
New features and new technologies provide a better and better life for local residents but Takashi prefers local heritage and classic views. She loves to travel and experience different local cultures and cuisines.
“I like to see the scenes and streets that are so different from Japan. When this architecture and heritage first appeared in front of my eyes, I was amazed,” he recalls.
On his first visit to Jiading, he visited the Fahua Pagoda, and the Jiading Confucius Temple among other beautiful places. The texts of these places of worship were written by ancient scholars who took him back in history.
When he returned to the Confucius Temple recently, he found the native xiaolongbao (small steamed buns known for their delicious pork fillings) diners continue to deliver authentic taste.
“Xiaolongbao Jiading is the specialty and the store I visited looked the same as when I first arrived. Compared to seven years ago, the taste and appearance of the store has not changed,” he said.
“Everything seems to be slow here and I appreciate that the neighborhood is doing a good job of preserving its heritage. I’m very impressed.
“Jiading is a combination of ancient heritage and modern architecture. It is also a place with endless opportunities. New technology is injecting new life into the region. The independent driving test, the research and the development of a new generation of medical equipment … all laid the foundation for Jiading to take off,” Takashi said.
Fujitsu General has been investing in Jiading for over 27 years. From the annual production of only 100,000 domestic air-conditioning units to the current production of 2 million units per year, the company represents a rapidly developing region. Air conditioners were once considered high-end home appliances, and now they are essential for homes.
Over the past 27 years, Fujitsu General has seen significant achievements in the local economy and significant improvements in the quality of life of its residents.
Since then the company has become a major production and research base, with 3,000 employees and several hundred experts.