YOKOHAMA, Japan – Yuki Morimoto says she, like every interpreter, is the most attentive person in the room. Just inches from Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn – as if tethered by invisible cuffs, such proximity could have a similar effect on anyone.
But Morimoto, weighted by a shoulder bag and neatly tucked into a suit of seasonal hues with lipstick to match, is not one to flinch. She exudes an executive's confidence – arguably, that's part of her job.
Now in her 12th year of interpreting and translating for Ghosn, Morimoto is his proxy in the Japanese-speaking world – a legend among Japanese interpreters and a rock star in the eyes of those who aspire to the profession.