07 Jan '12, 9pm

I don't think like a Japanese

He orders pan-fried seabass, what he admits is a "conservative" selection from La Brezza's menu, and cuts a dapper figure as he speaks in measured Japanese-accented cadences. But that is about all that shouts "typical Japanese boss" about Mr Eiji Koike. Because he is not one. Soon after we order and get through the pleasantries, the president and group CEO of food and health supplements firm Cerebos Pacific cuts straight to the point, saying: "Do I look very different from a typical Japanese CEO? What is your impression of a typical Japanese?" It's a rhetorical poser. "Maybe 25 years of me working outside Japan has changed me ... My appearance is Japanese but my way of thinking is different," says the 64-year-old with a refreshing directness that is atypical of many of his countrymen, but which comes to characterise our two-hour conversation over lunch at The St Regis Sing...

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