Free online seminars that might inspire you during these hard times

Here are some free online seminars available at IE University.  You can sign up from the links attached and get inspired by these seminars during these hard times. Enjoy! Having HR in your foxhole on the COVID-19 battlefield May 26th, 17:00 – 18:15 (GMT+2)/May 27th 12:00 AM – 1:15 AM JST Register here What is Influencer Marketing? May 27th, 10:00 – 11:00 (GMT+2)/May 27th 17:00 – 18:00 JST Register here Blockchain, Fintech and the Impact of Coronavirus May 27th, 13:00 – 14:30 (GMT+2)/May 27th 8:00 – 9:30 JST Register here Virtual South Summit: Sustainability e-challenges May 28th, 15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+2)/May 28th 22:00 – May 29 0:00 JST Register here […]

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COVID19 recession could be a chance for hiring

Article from Toyo Keizai Online on March 26, 2020. There are many cases reported that companies are canceling new hires due to uncertainties caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak.  According to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, the cancelation cases are 13 companies, 21 people as of March 18. Despite this fact, there is a movement in hiring new grads who lost their “Naitei.”  The city of Kobe, Nojima (home appliance chain), Matsuya Foods and Vision Megane announced that they would willingly and aggressively hire those new grads. Details are in the original article (Japanese only). https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/339107

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Four-day workweek boosted productivity by 40%, Microsoft Japan experiment shows

(Quoted from Japan Times on November 5, 2019)   In a rare corporate experiment to test a four-day work system, Microsoft Corp.’s Japan branch found that their productivity improved by about 40 percent, the company said. The test involved 2,300 regular office workers in August. Amid calls for improving efficiency in the workplace in a country notorious for having long working hours, the firm conducted the trial to see if it would boost employees’ performance. Microsoft Japan Co., which released a report on the experiment last week, made every Friday in August a special paid holiday for all its regular workers in the country. To raise productivity, the management asked […]

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“Machine Learning and Creativity” event on August 29, 2019

Women in Technology Japan (WITJ)and Waseda AI Lab are proud to invite David Ha to talk about Machine Learning and Creativity. David is currently a Research Scientist at Google Brain and also an author of many publications on Machine Learning. Since this event is co-hosted by Waseda AI Lab, attendees may be mostly students, but anyone who has an interest in this topic is welcome to attend. The event will be held at a brand new location of Temple University Japan Sangenjaya Campus. Thanks to Temple University Japan Campus for hosting the event! Sign up from here (admission: free): https://machinelearningandcreativity.peatix.com/ PLEASE NOTE: The session will be in English only, no […]

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Nitori ranked no.1 in Rakuten Minshu survey on the popular companies to do internship

Nitori was voted as the most popular company to do an internship by students, reported by Rakuten Minshu, a career information exchange service site for college students in Japan.  While the top two airlines, ANA and JAL were ranked no.2 and 3, Nitori was liked by most students because it provides internship programs to cover areas such as product development and marketing. Details are in the original article (Japanese only). https://corp.rakuten.co.jp/news/update/2019/0726_01.html

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PARENTING IN JAPAN – THE JOURNEY OF THE COOL JAPANESE DADS

Parenting in Japan is changing.  Many dads are carrying babies or taking kids to schools these days, which were seen only rarely 20 years ago.  These dads are called “Ikumen” in Japanese, meaning parenting dads.  They were treated specially in a way by being called by this specific term because taking care of children is assumed as Mom’s job, but this may not be the case in the next few years because gender equality is happening in parenting as well as it is in the workforce.  The word, “Ikumen” may disappear in the near future. Interesting article on parenting in Japan.  Happy reading! https://www.carterjmrn.com/market-research-blog/parenting-in-japan-cool-japanese-dads.php?fbclid=IwAR1MHXyInInRgHO9zN1o_FYKUgRmUfn6gMQCsXA_lsI4XPKmQDXu_Pq7QhU

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President Annie Chang attended as a judge at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Shanghai

Annie Chang attended the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Shanghai last week as a judge for the Women4Tech Asian Industry Leadership Award. She nominated Xinmei Cai, a senior advisor of Women in Technology Japan since it was founded. Xinmei has been with Google for 16 years and contributed largely to the Google Map’s successful launch and also worked so hard to empower women within the industry. She has become an amazing role model for Women for Tech! Annie Chang received the award on behalf of Xinmei as she could not make it to the ceremony due to her business trip.  Xinmei’s recognition was really inspiring to all women in the […]

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Japanese universities to support female faculties to continue their study

Nikkei Newspaper on June 17, 2019 Japanese universities including Tohoku University have been challenging to increase female faculties and now the challenge is starting to bearing fruit.  They set up large day-care centers within the campus, and try to hire women only to encourage women to stay in their study or their schools.  More women have used their support systems and achieved their goals. https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGKKZO46108650U9A610C1TY5000/ (Original article is written in Japanese only).  

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