Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

In the News / Harold Meij: 1st Foreign President Back to Toy Firm That Helped Him

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

In the News / Harold Meij: 1st Foreign President Back to Toy Firm That Helped Him

Article excerpt

For 51-year-old Harold Meij, toy maker Tomy Co. has special significance. He was brought up in the Netherlands, and came to Japan at the age of 8 because of his father's job. Unable to speak a word of Japanese, Meij played by himself in the park. It was a Tomica die-cast toy minicar, purchased for him by his father, that broke the language barrier and enabled him to make friends.

On June 24, Meij became the first foreign president at the long-established toy maker, whose history spans 91 years.

"Now I can return to the company that helped me when I was a child," he said.

Having previously served in key positions at companies such as Sunstar Inc. and Coca-Cola Japan Co., Meij assumed the post of vice president at Tomy in June last year at the invitation of President Kantaro Tomiyama, who is a member of the family that founded the firm.

"Although there are an abundance of ideas in the company, it takes time for such ideas to reach the highest levels of management. …

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