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To Become a Bridge between Japan and Other Countries
Joined in 2020
Procurement & Development.
※Texts are current as of November 2023.

My interest in Japan began at the age of 15. It was Japanese anime and manga that sparked my interest. Although there were manga available in Thailand, there was inevitably a time lag for translation after publication in Japan. Wanting to be able to read the books at the same time they were published in Japan, I attended a Japanese language school after school. I first came to Japan when I was 21. What fascinated me the most was the temperature; it was February, and compared to Thailand, where it is hot all year round, Japan’s cool weather felt perfect. That made me feel even more drawn to Japan.
The next time I visited was in my third year of university. In order to graduate, I had to choose between doing an internship at a company in Thailand or spending two months in a laboratory at a university abroad. Since a Japanese university was on the shortlist, I chose the latter.


My training destination was Kochi University of Technology. I chose this university because it offered a research laboratory specializing in the topics I was interested in, and I also wanted a place that was a bit outside of the city, a place that I wouldn’t often venture to on a vacation. The training program was very well established, and my supervisor was so welcoming that I enrolled in the master’s program at Kochi University of Technology. However, I made a slight miscalculation. I had assumed that all classes would be conducted in English since there were many overseas students, but to my surprise, all classes were conducted in Japanese. Despite this miscalculation, I managed to do my best by studying on my own and asking friends for help.
During the second year of my master’s degree, my friends around me started job hunting. I had some spare time, so I decided to start a job hunt, too. Initially, I had planned to return to Thailand after finishing my master’s program, but when I finally arrived in Japan, I just didn’t want to go back.
When I heard about Torishima’s company presentation on campus, I became interested as I thought the company had something in common with my own research area in the field of water and ice. It was then that I happened to hear from my supervisor that Torishima was recruiting candidates for a job opening. He recommended me for the position, and I was able to get a job at Torishima. My family was happy to send me out into the world, saying that they would be able to visit me anytime if I stayed in Japan. Since Japan is a safe country close to Thailand, they didn’t seem too worried. The reason I requested to join the Procurement Department was because I wanted to bridge the gap between Japan and abroad by leveraging my strengths in English and Japanese, and I found the department to be attractive after reading an article written by a senior employee of the Procurement Department on Torishima’s recruiting website. The job involves the procurement of forgings and castings from domestic and overseas material manufacturers. It is vital to thoroughly control the quality, price, and delivery date of purchased products, and based on the photos and reports submitted by the manufacturers, we determine whether the products have been processed according to the instructions. When purchasing from overseas, we also assess the price, considering the exchange rate. As there are many components in pumps, the more units we purchase, the more difficult it is to follow up on the orders. Furthermore, when meeting with overseas manufacturers, it is necessary to have not only language skills but also the ability to negotiate and convey Torishima’s ideas and passion. I believe that this is something that I personally excel at, and I take pride in my work. Torishima is completely different from the image I had of Japanese companies, where employees can’t go home if their bosses don’t or where there is a lot of unpaid overtime. My boss and the employees around me always support me even when I make mistakes, and they work with me when I am busy or have an unexpected situation. The company atmosphere is great, so I am able to work comfortably. I think the biggest concerns for people coming to work from overseas are food and housing. Fortunately, Torishima has an employee dormitory, where breakfast and dinner are provided upon request, and lunch can be purchased at the company cafeteria. They also help employees navigate visa procedures and house loans, so there is nothing to worry about in terms of living arrangements.
In 3 or 4 years, I hope to expand my activities in overseas procurement. I will continue to work for Torishima and grow in my career!

Thanks to Torishima for giving me an opportunity to work. I am working with the best team.
Joined in 2019
Production Division
※Texts are current as of April 2021.

About 10 years ago, I worked as a technical intern in the BFP (boiler feed pump) group at Torishima. Torishima has provided a place to pray and halal food for lunch, which has made it easier for us Muslims to work here. I was able to enjoy the three years of internship without any inconveniences. I was also really grateful to Torishima for giving me the opportunity to work while some companies were going bankrupt due to the financial crisis at that time. After my internship, I worked for a subsidiary of Torishima in Indonesia, my home country, because I really wanted to return the favor to the company.


When I was in my sixth year of working at the Indonesian subsidiary, I was offered a job at a Torishima factory in Japan again. I had a wife and child, so I could not say yes immediately, but I decided to go to Japan a month or two later. At that time, I still wanted to give something back to Torishima.
My family cannot come to Japan now because of COVID-19, but I don’t miss them too much because I call them every day. Besides, I still have a lot to learn, so I enjoy working every day. Unlike when I was here as an intern, now I have to do more work using a computer. I am not very good at that (laughs).
I am now learning how to assemble pumps and read drawings from my seniors, but in the future I would like to improve my skills and train my juniors. The work environment at Torishima is really good. Of course, the people are also good. I am glad to be in the BFP group once again. It is the best group.

Torishima is a Japanese company, but also international.
I enjoy my job very much, and every day is fulfilling.
Joined in 2019
Overseas Division
※Texts are current as of July 2022.

I love Japanese comics and have been studying Japanese on my own since I was in high school. This is what made me want to live in Japan. I went to a university with strong ties to Japan, where I studied Japanese language and Japanese companies. One of the Japanese companies that offered jobs to students at the university was Torishima. I honestly did not know much about pumps at the time, as I am a business administration student and not an engineer. But I applied for the job because I felt that the atmosphere of the city and people in Thailand is more similar Osaka than Tokyo. Torishima felt reliable because of its 100-year history. Thankfully, I was hired and joined the company in September 2019.


I was assigned to the overseas division called Torishima Global Team (TGT), the group that is in charge of global logistics. I was hoping to do international work, so it was just what I was looking for. At first, I had a hard time understanding the Kansai dialect, but my colleagues at TGT made a point of looking after me. With their help, I was able to make connections with people in other departments, and soon I was completely comfortable with my job and the company.
Although Torishima is a Japanese company, TGT has a different atmosphere than most Japanese companies. There are many non-Japanese staff, including a Scottish general manager and Dutch and Filipino staff, and we all speak English together. My current work is arranging to send parts to Torishima branch offices in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. I am always surrounded by people from all around the world, and I enjoy my work very much. I still have a lot to learn, but I am the only male in an all-female group and I am young, so they treat me like a son. I will continue to work hard, learn the job, and expand my possibilities.

Impressed by the craftsmanship! For me, Torishima was the best company to work for.
Joined in 2017
Customer Services
※Texts are current as of February 2020.

I had attended a Japanese college of technology and I hoped to find a job in Japan after graduation, but I was rejected by three companies. When I was about to give up and return to Malaysia, my teacher arranged an interview with a company called Torishima and I was hired. I was really grateful. The company had halal food in the cafeteria and a prayer space, and as a Muslim, it turned out to be the best company for me.


I was assigned to the service department, and as early as my first year, I was given the chance to go on an overseas business trip. It was periodic inspection of boiler feed pumps at a power plant in Taiwan. I was of course an assistant, but I was impressed by the craftsmanship of the senior engineer who took me on the trip. There is a metalworking process called kisage (scraping), which involves making microscopic depressions on the order of microns, and it was amazing! At that time, we had to widen a gap of 0.04 mm to 0.09 mm. If we cut too much, we would not be able to get it back, so we had to cut it in increments of 0.01 mm or less. Relying on the subtle sensations in his hands, he repeated the process over and over again until he was satisfied with the results, and finished the work without a deviation of even one hundredth of a millimeter. I was impressed to think that this is the work of Japan, or rather, the work of Torishima.
Customers don’t say, “Send us a service engineer,” they say, “Send us Mr. Takada.” I now understand why. Someday, I would like to be the service engineer who is requested by saying “Send us Luqman.” Of course, I am still at the bottom line. There are no shortcuts to becoming an expert, but I am grateful that Torishima is able to hand down skills directly from masters like this from an early stage. There is a wide range of service work and I still need to learn more, but all of my seniors are kind and I enjoy working with them.

My three years in Dubai broadened my work and perspective.
Joined in 2006
Engineering Division
※Texts are current as of February 2020.

I wanted to be a world-class engineer since I was a child, so I majored in mechanical engineering at a college of technology and joined Torishima. At that time, Torishima was receiving more and more orders from overseas, and I worked hard to create pump drawings. I believe that the hard work I did back then has made me what I am today.


My dream of working overseas came true in my 9th year with the company. I was transferred to Torishima Service Solutions (TSS), a service factory in Dubai, UAE. The team was multinational, with a Scottish president, Indonesians, Filipinos, Egyptians, etc. At first, I had a hard time speaking English well, but I used my strength as an engineer to communicate with them in technical terms. Unlike when I was at the head office, I had to do everything myself, even procuring a single part. It was challenging, but I knew that it was helping me grow as an engineer as well as a person.
What was especially new to me was actually visiting a seawater desalination plant. I was very moved when I saw the pumps I had designed being used as vital equipment. Above all, I learned a lot by directly listening to customers’ needs and ideas. I realized how much I had only been focused on my own work when I was at the head office.
By the time a year had passed, I had become much more comfortable with English, solved problems together with customers, and my own proposals had led to orders, so I began to enjoy my work more. It is tough to take on the challenge of something you have no experience in, but it will always help you grow. For myself, my three years in Dubai have broadened the scope of my work and my perspective. From now on, I would like to focus not only on my own work but also on training my subordinates and grow together as both people and the company.

I decided to work in Japan for “Greener Pastures.”
Joined in 2008
Overseas Division
※Texts are current as of May 2021.

I first came to Japan when I was working for a Japanese automobile manufacturer in my home country of the Philippines. I was here for a few months as part of a company training program, and I found the country to be a pleasant place to live with clean air and friendly people. I began to think that I wanted to work in Japan, and 10 years later I got the chance. But my child was only 2 years old at the time. I was really worried, but my mother pushed me to go if I wanted to, and most importantly, I wanted my child to learn the spirit and etiquette of the Japanese in the future, so I decided to work in Japan. I was looking for “Greener Pastures (a better environment).”


First, I came to Japan on my own to establish a living environment and started working for an automobile manufacturer. The work itself and the work environment were good, but I was a contract employee and did not know when I would lose my job. So I decided to work at Torishima as a permanent employee. I was a bit nervous about changing jobs from an automobile manufacturer where I had worked for many years to a pump manufacturer, but I took on the challenge, believing that I could do anything as long as I was willing to learn.
Torishima focuses on human resource development, such as allowing us to attend schools and seminars to obtain the CAD certifications necessary for our work. The company also has a childcare support, which was helpful when I needed to visit my child’s school. My coworkers are also very kind, and the human resources staff helps me not only with general administrative procedures such as visa renewal and year-end tax adjustments, but also with any problems I may have in my daily life. For example, when I rented a house for the first time, they helped me contact the landlord and prepare documents on my behalf because my Japanese was not good enough.
When I started working for Torishima in 2008, the global economy was in a difficult situation and some companies were laying people off. Under those circumstances, I was very grateful that Torishima hired me. If I had not worked for Torishima, I would not have been able to bring my husband and son to Japan and build a house here. I hope to continue working for Torishima in the future.

I have discovered true satisfaction by taking on challenging projects.
Joined in 2013
Research & Development.
※Texts are current as of February 2020.

I majored in fluid engineering at university and graduate school, and was assigned to the R&D Department immediately after joining the company. The turning point came in my fourth year with the company. I was selected as the team leader for a project to significantly improve one of our core products, a pump for seawater desalination, as compared to the previous model. First, we visited our customers in Singapore and talked directly with them to accurately understand what they needed. I had been working mostly at my desk, so it was all very new to me.


Although it was difficult to satisfy all of the customers’ needs, we took on the challenge to meet them to the best of our ability. Of their various needs, the customers placed the greatest emphasis on high efficiency. Pumps are generally said to account for about half of the power consumption for operating large desalination plants. Therefore, increasing pump efficiency by as little as 0.1% can save tens of millions of yen in electricity costs. Since it is directly related to running costs, customer requirements are also very strict. Through repeated trial and error, the team worked together to complete a product that could meet various needs, including increased efficiency, cost reduction, and easy maintenance. This was followed by a series of orders from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and other Middle Eastern countries.
When I was a student, I honestly had little interest in pumps because they are a simple technology. But now, I have a better understanding. They are simple, yet profound; the more I learned about them, the more interesting they became. Through this experience, I understood the true joy of my work. Thinking back on it, I am grateful to the company for giving me this opportunity to grow, as I have only been with the company for four years.

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