Board Member Interview - Ciaran Rose

Name: Ciaran Rose

Position: Director of the IJCC



What do you do in Japan?

I work as an associate attorney with Atsumi & Sakai (not registered as a foreign lawyer in Japan).

Tell us about your background?

Originally from the West of Ireland, I spent several years in Dublin where I studied a B.A. (History and Philosophy) and a law degree. Prior to coming to Japan I lived in Vietnam for 3 years where I worked for an international law firm in Hanoi. In addition, I have experience with an aviation lessor in Ireland.

How did you come to join the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce?

I was introduced last year by another Irish man, Hugh Kennedy, who is a former director of IJCC. Hugh was among the first of the Irish I met in Tokyo, and I have met many more Irish people since then. The IJCC is an excellent way to become involved with the Irish business community in Japan!

What is your role in the IJCC?

I was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2020. I assist with the monthly newsletter, but I also look forward to helping members organize fun and interesting events later in the year.

What are you looking forward to over the next 12 months for Ireland Japan relations?

A direct flight between Dublin and Tokyo – I sincerely hope this proposed new route becomes a reality in the not so distant future. Although it may be a tall order in the next 12 months, such a connection would be of immense and incalculable value to Irish companies looking to do business in Japan, and vice versa.

What do you like most about Japan?

Pets. Recently, when I was out for a cycle in Tsukishima, I was struck by the site of a gigantic turtle being walked, by its owner, down the middle of the main street. He even had his own backpack and turtle hat!

What is your favourite food?

Japanese curry.

What is your favourite place to visit in Japan?


What is one thing that a lot of people don't know about you?

Big fan of anime.