Yukuo Takenaka Praised as Mentor of IBM Japan’s President

Paul Yonamine, President of IBM Japan, Praises Yukuo Takenaka as His Mentor.

Paul Yonamine, President of IBM JapanYukuo Takenaka, President and CEO of Takenaka Partners LLC, was prominently mentioned in a 5-part series about the life of Mr. Paul Yonamine, President and CEO of IBM Japan Ltd., in the “Kokoro no Tamatebako” section of Nikkei Newspaper.

In a section subtitled “The Teachings of Mr. Yukuo Takenaka,” Mr. Yonamine discusses his employment at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in 1979, where he was assigned to the Japanese Practice Division in Los Angeles. His superior was Mr. Yukuo Takenaka, whose life story has been documented in the book “Samurai Accountant.” He remembers Mr. Takenaka being a very strict superior, not tolerating staff spending their leisure time frivolously at nightclubs. Mr. Yonamine was required to submit an activity report once a month and regularly worked well into the night for their clients, particularly those who were newly assigned to Los Angeles from Japan. Under the guidance of Mr. Takenaka, Mr. Yonamine enjoyed assisting those clients with getting accustomed to daily life and guiding them around the city playing the role of the interpreter.

Mr. Yonamine remembers, “Mr. Takenaka often told me that it is not good enough for an accountant to simply analyze numbers and make comments about financial statements. Rather, he said, a good accountant should meet with clients to gain a deep understanding of their needs and specific issues. Accountants are problem-solving professionals.”

Mr. Paul Yonamine was born in Tokyo in 1957 and is a third generation Japanese-American. His father was the baseball Hall of Famer Kaname “Wally” Yonamine. Paul has been appointed as Country General Manager and President for IBM Japan, Ltd. He joined IBM Japan in 2010 after working for Hitachi Consulting Co., Ltd., as President and CEO. Mr. Yonamine has also successfully served the Mayor of Honolulu as a Senior Advisor. He graduated from San Francisco University with a degree in accounting.

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