Name: Takashi Ichikawa
Position: President, Daiei (USA) Inc.
First job: Store management trainee
Favorite pastime: Reading
"My main priority is to educate our employees to develop a customer-oriented mind in supporting our company motto: 'For the customer,' " Ichikawa said.
He came to Hawaii in 1995 and was named operations director for Daiei (USA) Inc. in September. In the president's role, Ichikawa is in charge of more than 900 Oahu employees at the four Daiei stores in Honolulu, Waipahu, Kailua and Pearl City, and the three Holiday Action gas stations.
Before coming to the United States, Ichikawa worked eight years as a store manager and 21/2 years as operations director for the Kantou and Hokkaido districts in Daiei Japan Hyper Mart.
Ichikawa, a native of Osaka, is married with a son and two daughters.
As one of Japan's leading retailers, Daiei is involved in retail stores, restaurants and property