Takeshi Hamamoto


What is your name?
Takeshi Hamamoto

What is your position at Mutual Trading?
Vice President

When did you start working at Mutual Trading?
August 1982

If you were a sushi, what sushi would you be?
I’m more like a wasabi that enhance the rice and fish.

What is your all-time favorite movie?
A 1970 Japanese comedy film called Otoko wa tsurai yo: Fûten no Tora

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?

What was the most unforgettable moment you had working at Mutual Trading?
When I first started working in the warehouse, I forgot to put a pallet of Shirasu (dried
baby anchovy) in the freezer and it all went bad. I was so sure I was going to be
reprimanded or worse get fired, but to my surprise Mr. Katsumata, the purchasing
manager at that time, simply said mistakes happen and to learn from that mistake.

Years later, I learned that Mr. Katsumata was passing on a lesson he learned from
our chairman, Mr. Kanai. That to err is human and that we need learn from it and
to never fear

What is your favorite Mutual Trading products?
Since 1983, I’ve been drinking Sho Chiku Bai Junmai Sake.