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 Ryokoku University: How Singapore's policies have shaped a multiracial and international society.
2 Sep 2018
A group of 40 students from Ryokoku 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.
Here are the reviews and comments from the students.
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
In the Press
First steps to vital connections
It’s tough being the stranger in town, but you’ve just got to bite the bullet and get networking, says Tong Cheuk Fung…
KS: Can you describe your current job and how it relates to networking?
Tong Cheuk Fung: I work in event planning, project management, overseas promption fir Japanese companies, and running a co-working space. Networking has been crucial in building my career in Japan. Almost all of my job opportunities have come through referrals from the network I have built. I think for a foreigner wanting to work as a small business owner or freelancer in Japan, word of mouth is especially important for your credibility. After getting the jobs, I’ll again use my network to find resources – be it translators, designers or consultants – to complete the task.
KS: What are the benefits of creating networks in foreign country?
TCF: Coming to a foreign country is not easy. In Japan, basic things like applying for a mobile, getting accommodation, opening a bank account, going to the ward office, can often break you. But a good network will help you with basic survival needs. Once you are done “surviving” in a foreign country, you might want to build your career or business. Chinese people talk a lot about “Guanxi”(関係),which describes relationships or connections in business. I don’t mean that success is simply a matter of getting to know big shots. Rather, success is about being good at what you do and having people know about it. By having Guanxi, or useful connections in your network, you will eventually meet gatekeepers who will open up opportunities where you can showcase your talent.
KS: How have you created these networks?
TCF: I have created my network in Japan by setting up an international community called We Are One Japan (weareonejapan.com), which organizes events based on different interests like music, films, design, art, languages, food, culture, or travel. Through these events, I meet a diverse group of foreigners and Japanese with whom I became friends, and even business partners. I also make sure I attend other people’s events to meet different communities and just to have fun.
KS: What has been the most crucial factor in helping you build networks?
TFC: I think it would be having an open mind in meeting new people, and not being shy to introduce myself and find out about them. Sometimes I will even send emails to strangers with whom I see a potential for collaboration, and some of them have now become my customers and business partners. Another crucial factor is the ability to communicate with people, and the most effective way is if you can speak their language. So making the effort to learn new languages, or not being shy to use those in your repertoire, will help make your connection with people more engaging, and amazingly the level of trust will increase as well.
KS: What can people in Kansai do if they want to connect?
TFC: Go online to Facebook, LinkedIn, Couchsurfing, meetup.com etc to find events that suit your Interest or are in your local area. For those looking for career or business development through networking, I’ve created 47RONIN(47ronin.co), a global residential and co-working space in Kyoto, which hosts a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners. We sometimes collaborate on bigger projects by synergizing each of our talents and resources. And if you want to get to know the Japanese business community, you can check out events and activities at Knowledge Capital (Kc-i.jp) at the newly opened Grand Front Osaka. Finally, please feel free to get in touch through any of my communities. I look forward to meeting you at events in the future.
Tong Cheuk Fung will be the presenter
at the next Business Matters Event.
Join us for a presentation on building
a networking opportunity to follow.
・Date : Jul 18 (Thu)
・Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm
・Entry: ¥2,000 w/1d
Kansai Scene (関西シーン): あなたが最近している仕事について、そしてそれがどのようにネットワークを作ることと関係しているかを教えていただけますか？
Tong Cheuk Fung: 私はイベント企画、プロジェクトマネジメント、日本企業への海外プロモーション、そしてコワーキングスペースの運営をしています。ネットワーク作りは私が日本でキャリアを積む上でとても重要です。私のほとんどすべての仕事上のチャンスは、私が構築したネットワークからの紹介が元です。小さい会社のオーナーとして、日本でフリーランスとして働きたいと思っている外国人にとって、口から出る言葉はその人の信用という点において特に重要だと私は思っています。仕事を請け負った後も、私は仕事のチャンス-翻訳家、デザイナー、コンサルタント-を見つけるため、仕事を完璧にこなすために、再び私の構築したネットワークを使うでしょう。
TCF: 私は”We Are One Japan”(weareonejapan.com)という国際的なコミュニティをセットアップする際に、日本でネットワークを構築しました。” We Are Japan ”というのは、基本的にそれぞれ異なった利益からなるトピック、例えば音楽、映画、デザイン、絵画、言語、食べ物、文化や旅行等のイベントを企画するコミュニティです。これらのイベントを通して、私は外国人、日本人の多様な集団に会うことができ、そこの人々と友達に、またビジネスパートナーになりました。だからこそ、私もまた異なるコミュニティの人々に会うため、そしてただ楽しむために、様々な人々が運営しているイベントに参加しようと、心がけていました。
KS: What can people in Kansai do if they want to connect?
TFC: あなたに合ったイベントを見つけるために、FacebookやLinkedIn（Facebookの起業家ver.）、Couchsurfing(旅行する際にホストを探して、旅人同士をつないだり、旅先の地元の人とつながることができたりするサイト)、meetup.com等を覗いてみるのがいいと思いますよ。ネットワークを通したキャリアや、ビジネスの発展のために、私は47RONIN(47ronin.co)を創りました。47RONINは京都にある国際的住居やコワーキングスペースで、起業家、フリーランスや小さな会社の社長らのグループに対して提供しています。私たちは時々、私たちのそれぞれの才能や資源によって、より大きなプロジェクトとコラボレーションします。そして、もし、みなさんが日本のビジネスコミュニティーについて知りたいなら、みなさんは新しくオープンしたGrand Front Osakaにあるknowledge capital(https://kc-i.jp/en/access/)でイベントや活動をチェックできます。最後に、私のコミュニティーに自由にコンタクト取ってください。ためらわないでください。私は将来、みなさんにイベントでお会いできるのを楽しみにしています。
Tong Cheuk Fungは次のビジネス関係のイベントのプレゼンターになるでしょう。ぜひ、プレゼンテーションにご参加下さい、そして新しい国の追うべきネットワークチャンスをつかみましょう。
日時：7/18 (木曜日) 19時30分〜21時30分