18 Mar 2018
1st November 2017
JET Spotlight: Chris Murray
JET alumn Chris Murray first encountered Japan by chance but, since joining the JET Programme, his interest in the country bloomed into a passion. After completing JET, he moved to Tokyo to build on his experience as a film editor in Scotland and his awareness of Japanese language and culture to work as a video producer.
Jetlag asked Chris about his JET experiences and how he might keep the UK-Japan relationship alive through his work.
What inspired you to join the JET Programme?
I travelled to Japan during a round-the-world trip and was inspired to go back and spend more time learning about the culture. I looked into the JET Programme on my return to the UK and decided to apply.
How did you find your experiences as a JET?
They were extremely rewarding, which is a large part of the reason why I decided to stay in Japan as long as I have - seven years.
What have you been doing since finishing JET?
I moved to Tokyo and joined a Japanese VR venture company based in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, called Life Style, Inc. I now work as a producer/director in its creative department.
How do you think your current role can further UK-Japan ties?
I hope to contribute to collaborations and partnerships with VR creators and VR companies in the UK.
What are your professional and personal Japan-related goals?
Professionally, I want to improve my business development skills and continue to create relevant VR content. Personally, I want to continue to improve my Japanese language skills in order to communicate well in all situations.