For Osaka Innovation Hub: Expanding startup businesses in Singapore
20 startup entrepreneurs and students from Osaka Innovation Hub visited WASABI Creation as part of their one week study tour in Singapore. Tong (Founder, CEO), together with Yuta Morita (Intern, SMU MBA student) conducted a seminar for the group on how they can expand their businesses from Japan to Singapore. They covered topics such as incorporation in Singapore, Singapore's demographic, consumer behaviour, influencer marketing, popup store marketing, etc. The participants were very interested in these topics and asked many questions such as "What are the common difficulties and errors Japanese companies have when doing business in Singapore." Tong was glad to have shared his experiences and expertise in these areas.
For foreign domestic workers & caretakers
WASABI Creation was requested by a nursing training school to conduct Japanese lessons to its students comprising of foreign domestic workers and caretakers. The students are attending the school to step up their skills in nursing care for the elderly. As Japan is seriously facing the hit of aging population, and lack of manpower in providing care to the elderly, they have opened up working opportunities in Japan to foreign caretakers.
In view of this, these foreign domestic workers are trying out learning Japanese to equip themselves with the language skill that will enable them to work in Japan in the future.
Seminar to Ryukoku University: How Singapore's policies have shaped a multiracial and international society.
2 Sep 2018
A group of 40 students from Ryukoku University, Japan visited WASABI Creation as part of their educational tour in Vietnam and Singapore. WASABI Creation founder, Tong conducted a seminar on Singapore policies that have shaped the country's multiracialism, and built an international society.
More and more Japanese companies realise the need to venture overseas market as its domestic market continue to string due to aging population and depopulation, however there is a lack of talent within Japan who has the experience, skills, and know-how to bring business across boarders. We hope the seminar will be able to share with the students some ideas and tips on how to be a global talent.
Seminars to Business Schools in Delhi, India
WASABI Creation was invited by our partner, Intraversity in Delhi, to conduct talks to students of various business and management colleges in India. Over the week, we visited and met students from Jaipuria School of Business, JK Business School, Institute of Technology And Sciences, and Accurate Institute of Management & Technology. We shared with the students about our business, market trends in Japan and Singapore, and answered the students' questions on entrepreneurship.
WASABI Creation is also in talks with the schools to work with our partner in bringing students to Singapore for educational tour and internship.
"How SMU MBA Students can prepare themselves in working with the Japanese?"
6th Jul 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by SMU MBA Class to speak at "Japanese Business Night". Tong shared about his experiences when he was working as a fresh graduate in Japan, and talked about Japanese business culture that is unique and special to non-Japanese people.
Tong also talked about basic Japanese business etiquette, such as exchanging business cards, and seating positions for Japanese business meetings. The MBA students shown great interest with many questions.
The event ended with a party serving Sushi for everyone.
Entrepreneurship Training Camp 2nd edition
"Partnership with SAI International College Bubhneshwar, India"
WASABI Creation hosted 8 Indian students from SAI International College Bubhneshwar over 4 days for an intensive Entrepreneurship Training Camp at WASABI Creation's office. The students worked in groups of 2 on various topics such as coworking space business, India market entry, Japanese F&B market research, as well as overseas travel trends for India.
An extensive research in in these were done by the students, who also came up with creative proposals to implement new business into the fast growing market. Many presentations and discussions were held with the students to finalise the proposal.
At the end of the program, each student received a certificate of participation for their enthusiasm during the program.
"What can Japanese students do to become international professionals?"
16th Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was contacted by a group of students from Tokyo University, who are interested to learn about doing business internationally, as they planned their self-funded trip to Malaysia and Singapore. A sharing session was conducted over web conference, where Tong answered questions from the students, shared his own experiences, and gave advises to the students what they can do to groom themselves into international professionals.
WASABI Insight vol.10
Business in Japan~
"Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
1st Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong held a seminar sharing his experiences and insights on doing business in Japan, in particular on the topic of "Japanese Business Culture & Manners".
Tong shared from his own personal experience overs the years while he has been working in Japan, and doing business with Japanese companies. As he grew up and went through the education system in Singapore, knowing the language didn't seem to have prepared him enough to work in Japan as a fresh graduate. Tong talked about the episodes he had encountered all these years, and cover some of the basics about "Japanese Business Culture & Manner".
Japanese business culture 101, how are the Japanese thinking?
Exchanging business cards
Visiting & hosting a Japanese company
Useful Japanese expressions for business
More information: Business in Japan~ "Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore)
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore) to share about WASABI Creation's business and its expertise in helping Japanese companies go global
Tong shared about his past, present, and future projects on how WASABI Creation is bridging Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia in terms on Business, Culture, and Tourism. In particular, Tong talked about his observation of how many Japanese companies are facing difficulty in presenting their products to the local markets overseas, and what could be so the solutions to better communicating with local consumers and making online connections for building relationships.
About CLAIR, Singapore
Ministry of Education Language Center, MOELC
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong is an alumni of MOELC, who studied Japanese from 1997 to 2001. Tong was invited by Ministry of Education Language Center, MOELC to speak to over 200 parents whose children have been enrolled to Japanese classes this year.
Tong shared about his experience & font memories as a student studying Japanese, participating in homestay programme in Japan, as well as his motivation in learning the language. He also talked about how Japanese language had changed his life and built his career in bridging Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia in terms on Business, Culture, and Tourism. Tong also urge the parents to encourage their children to preserver in the new language and not to easily give up despite many challenges.
Global Venture Habitat, Osaka
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by Global Venture Habitat which is run by Sunbridge Venture, supporting startup companies in Japan.
Tong shared about his past, present, and future projects on how WASABI Creation is bridging Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia in terms on Business, Culture, and Tourism. In particular, Tong talked about his interest in Japanese traditional crafts, and his ideas on developing new products for the modern global market. This could be done through international collaboration between carftmen and makers in Japan and those overseas.
The participants are working professionals from all walks of life, who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Some of them are planning their next career switch, while some are embarking on their passion with new projects
Ritsumeikan University MBA Class, Osaka
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by the professor of Ritsumeikan University MBA Class as a guest speaker at the Umeda Osaka Campus.
Tong shared about his working experiences when he was working in Japan as a fresh graduate, as well as his business experiences in Singapore as he worked on various projects and served different clients in bridging Japan and Singapore.
The students also actively asked many questions about Singapore, especially on introducing Japanese products to the Singapore market, such as about consumer behaviours in Singapore.
Tong also shared about his thoughts on entrepreneurship, and his experience as a student entrepreneur when he was in university.
Discussion seminar with MBA class from Ritsumeikan University
"Global Mindset & Entrepreneurship"
Professor and students of MBA class from Ritsumeikan University had a study trip in Singapore, and they came to visit WASABI Creation for a discussion seminar with the company's founder,Tong. Together with the professor and students, Tong shared about his experience when he was working and living in Kyoto, his startup experience in Singapore, and issues faced by Japanese companies when doing business overseas.
They also touched on topics such as inbound tourism to Japan, marketing and branding of Kansai as a travel destination, as well as internship and educational programmes that would be useful in developing "Global Mindset & Entrepreneurship" for young people in Japan.
Entrepreneurship Training Camp 1st edition
"Partnership with Indian university"
WASABI Creation hosted 4 Indian students from JECRC University Jaipur over a week for an intensive Entrepreneurship Training Camp at WASABI Creation's office. The students worked on the development of international independent film program for their city in India, under the mentorship of Tong, CEO of WASABI Creation.
An extensive research in the film, entertainment, and event industries in India were done by the students, who also came up with creative proposals to implement new business into the fast growing market. Many presentations and discussions were held with the students to finalise the proposal.
At the end of the program, each student received a certificate of participation for their enthusiasm during the program.
WASABI Discovery vol.6
"Going Solo! Life in Japan for Singaporeans"
Japan is a beautiful, fun, and unique travel destination loved by many Singaporeans.
Many of us love the food, the shopping, the cities, the nature, the sub-cultures,
the service quality, and the list goes on and on...... Have you ever dreamt of living in Japan?
Or have you wonder how life will be like to study or to work in Japan?
Wouldn't it be great to experience life is such a nice country?
Two Singaporeans, Eva and Tong have been there done that.
Eva, a comic artist had studied in Tokyo, the capital of Japan for 3 years.
While Tong, an entrepreneur had started his career as a fresh graduate in Kyoto,
the ancient capital for 5 years. Join us to listen to their stories and experiences in Japan,
from their memories of happiness and sorrow.
Read more at "Going Solo! Life in Japan for Singaporeans"
WASABI Creation @ Japan Travel Fair
Sharing on living and traveling in Japan
WASABI Creation was invited by JR East to speak at Japan Travel Fair on 7th August 2016 at JCUBE, as part of the promotional event for Japan Rail Cafe which will be opened in Singapore in November 2016.
Tong, Managing Director of WASABI Creation took the opportunity to share his own living experience in Kyoto, and introduced various travel destinations around Kansai area, such as Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga and Kobe.
Tong also introduced WASABI Creation, its business activities and upcoming projects such as WASABI Discovery, and SJ50 Film Festival.