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Thomas Ballan

Partner Thomas Ballan LEGAL, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT Soccer doing to me in an hour what fifteen years of rugby never could, my reluctant impersonation of Wim Hof, or why I once drove all night to Spain and back. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Make way for Japan’s next superhero. Because, …

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Kazuhiko Ban

Partner Kazuhiko Ban INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT True ninja blood, the champion beetle collector of Koka, or how I once spent five minutes floating above my own body. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY How does a man get from the haven of Shiga Prefecture to the top drawer …

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John Camilleri

Partner John Camilleri CONSUMER & ADVERTISING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT High-fiving Elton John, spending four days on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and having a one-on-one chat with Pope John Paul II. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY How perfect when your career is a manifestation of who you were from the start. John …

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Laila Cheng

Partner Laila Cheng INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT Surviving a terrorist attack in Nepal, my nicknames “Anego” and “LanLan,” or how to sneak across the Vietnam-Cambodia border without a visa. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Laila was born with “freedom” flashing in neon from her heart. This self-confessed Daddy’s …

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Jeremy Clark

Partner Jeremy Clark CONSUMER & ADVERTISING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT The taste of king cobra blood, hanging with The Raiders of the Nassau ghetto, or how to surprise corrupt military police when they rob you on your birthday. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Most people can tell you an adversity story, …

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Adrien Durvin

Partner Adrien Durvin INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT Arnold Schwarzenegger, cycling from Tokyo to Fukuoka in ten days, or why I sometimes look at the sun. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Out of Northern France comes our Northern Frenchman – by way of Paris, of course, where all sensible …

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Glen Hung

Partner Glen Hung INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT My YouTube channel, biking to a faraway beach for an overnight with the elements, or how to talk your way onto a basketball team using only sign language. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY At Zensho Agency, we say there’s no such …

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Josh Kenealey

Partner Josh Kenealey TECHNOLOGY, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT How I went from nihongo zero to hero in four months, won the silver medal for Karate at the Goodwill Games, or grew enough underage beard to get into a Pearl Jam concert. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Does this man look like …

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Chad Kreller

Partner Chad Kreller INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT My three actress/model daughters with friends in Hollywood, about driving for two hours down a Mexican highway at the age of ten to get my father to hospital, or about being the only white guy at my Hawaiian high school where, as a …

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Kerry Kudulaiti

Partner Kerry Kudulaiti TECHNOLOGY, TOKYO Independent Agent ASK ME ABOUT How washing dishes can up your Japanese skills, my weakness for puppy videos, and why I know seven ways to make spaghetti carbonara. AND FOR THE REST OF THE STORY Kerry’s got a thing for Marvel’s Avengers. And no wonder. Our man from Xinjiang has …

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.