In this feature, Shigehiro Inoue, managing director of Alpine Electronics UK, comments on the experience of a Japanese manager working in the UK. Highly experienced and a long serving employee of Alpine with 33 years' service, Inoue San came to Coventry after similar placements in the US and Europe. After spending over two-thirds of his working life outside of Japan, one of his most pertinent observations is the differing position within the hierarchy that engineers hold around the world, noting that in the UK, it is not as high as other countries.