The reality of studying abroad
Yasuo Sone, CEO of International Cross-cultural Committee
The word globalization has now taken a firm hold in Japanese society. The Japanese government is getting gradually serious about globalization. In 2014, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology launched a project called “Tobitate! Ryugaku Japan” (Fly out! Study abroad) in partnership with the business community. It aims to double the number of students who study abroad by 2020. Hakumon Herald interviewed Yasuo Sone, CEO of Temp Research Institute Co. and International Cross-cultural Committee (ICC), on the situation in Japan with regard to studying abroad.
Tomoko Ichikawa, Australian Embassy
Hakumon Herald starts a special “Global Persons” series
from this month’s issue to feature a dozen of Japanese people who play an active role abroad or at international organizations. The series is aimed to help student readers make new discoveries by
presenting insightful views and messages only those people can send out from their actual experiences in the global community. It begins with Ms Tomoko Ichikawa, (a graduate of Cross-Cultural
Studies, the Faculty of Policy Studies of Chuo University) who works as a Senior Business Development Officer at the Australian Embassy in Japan. In her interview, she talks about her experiences
in studying abroad and a usually unknown working environment at her workplace.(Read more...)
Success through “kaizen” and “5 S’s”
“Shimamura Gofukuten” (a draper’s shop) was founded in Saitama Prefecture in 1953. Changing its name to “Shimamura Co., Ltd.” in 1972, it established an efficient inventory management system based on the cutting-edge computer technology at the time. It later structured a unique purchasing, distribution and employment system. Today the company boasts annual sales next only to the industry leader, Uniqlo Co., Ltd. It runs 1,931 shops, including those in foreign countries such as China and Taiwan. Hakumon Herald interviewed Masato Nonaka, president of the company, who graduated from Chuo University’s Faculty of Law in 1984. (Read more...)
Studying abroad gives you chances to communicate with students from various parts of the world, paving the way for you to mature as a person. Hakumon Herald interviewed Ms. Humiko Hashimoto, who spent a year in Australia for Asian studies and worked at a local NGO as an intern. While in Australia, she organized a photo exhibition featuring the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, which proved to be a big success. She talked about the charms of studying abroad.
Considering Japanese politics from journalistic viewpoint
By Mr. Yoshisuke Yasuo, guest editorial writer, Kyodo News
“The Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser,” inaugurated in 1861, was not only the first English-language newspaper in Japan but was the first modern newspaper of any language in the country. Since then, journalism has percolated into daily life and greatly influenced the nation and society along with the spread of TV and the Internet. What is the role to be played by journalism? How should it be from now on? Hakumon Herald invited Mr. Yoshisuke Yasuo to write on the question in the light of today’s political situation in Japan. (Read More)
Human Resources Required in Globalized Age ORIX Corp. President Inoue lectures in Chuo
Chuo University has been promoting its internationalization under the catchphrase “Go Global” since taking part in the “Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development” orchestrated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology (MEXT). With the aim of developing human resources who can be active in the global community, it undertakes projects to help students... (Read More)
Mr. Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Representative Director of Corporate Power Institute (CPI)
What does a management consultant do? Consultancy is one of the most popular professions Chuo University students want to take up after leaving school.
Hakumon Herald interviewed Mr. Kazuhiro Hasegawa, a graduate of Chuo’s Faculty of Economics, who had held
managerial posts at many conglomerates, among them Kellogg Japan Co. and Beyer Co., before becoming representative director and CEO of Nikon-Essilor Co. in 2000. As a management consultant, he
has resuscitated more than 2,400 loss-making companies. Now he is representative director of Corporate Power Institute (CPI), a management consultant firm he founded in 1980. Incidentally, Mr. Hasegawa is an alumnus
of Hakumon Herald... (Read More)
Interview with Members of Society
Mr. Hiroshi Tomita, a former corporate executive officer and chief of the Personnel Administration Department of Itochu Corporation.
Itochu Corporation, founded in 1858, is one of Japan's leading sogo shosha (trading house) that deals in textiles, machinery, metals, energy, chemicals, foodstuffs, etc. It has 70,000 employees who work at 130 locations in 66 countries... (Read More)