Making Penang's Japanese Feel at Home


Takayoshi So arrived in Penang over a decade ago under the employment of Japanese multinational Nippon Electric Corporation, and instantly took a liking to the island. He had previously been posted to the US and prior to that was based in Japan. “Penang struck a chord with me; I was made very welcome. The locals are friendly – something that I wasn’t able to find Americans to be.”

So returned to Japan three years later, but held on to fond memories of Penang. When the position to head the Penang Japanese Association (PJA), where So was previously a member, as its secretary general opened up, he leaped at the opportunity to make a permanent move back to the island.

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