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
"Singapore Learning Journey~
the secret of a nation's success"
Produced by WASABI Creation
“Singapore Learning Journeys” brings you through a series of lectures, workshops, and field trips to discover the secret of Singapore’s success. It serves as a source of inspiration, valuabe learning points for business development, as well as a great reference for self-improvement.
This year in 2015, Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence.
Being a British colonial from 1819 to 1963, and suffered the damage of World War II, Singapore has transformed itself from a third world country to a first world just within a few decades’ time. Its GDP per capital ranks one of the top countries in the world, so are its health care facilities, education level of its people, and its renown international airport & national airline. Singapore also has one of the lowest crime rate, corruption, and taxation in the world, making it a safe and efficient country to do business in.
How can a small country, the size of Tokyo with 400 million people make its place in the world map? How did Singapore, without any natural resources, not even water resources, can become an economic miracle that other countries such as China wish to learn from?
“Singapore Learning Journeys” brings you through a series of lectures, workshops, and field trips to find out all the answers to these questions. We will be studying the history of Singapore from its pre-colonial days, gaining independence, to modern day Singapore, including the many wisedom of the nation's founding father, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. We will visit various sites, government and private organizations to examine Singapore’s background, its vision, know-how, and the execution behind the nation’s success stories.
Singapore Learning Journeys’ program can be conducted in English, Chinese, or Japanese by trainers who have rich experience working and living in Singapore, as well as great knowledge about the Singapore Story.
Learn about the details of various topic from an experienced trainer with actual case studies
Conduct reseach to find out about facts on the topics and complete a pre-assignment
Complete the given assignment or report with all the learning points
3. Field Trip
Visit important sites and tour places of interest to gain first hand experiences on the ground
Discuss among participants and present the group work to conclude the program
Acquire fact finding skill through research and self learning
Discover about Singapore's far-sightedness and the strategies in achieving its goals
First hand experiences by visiting places and speaking to people on the ground
Strengthen teamwork as you work on the given assignment as a group
Practice logical thinking and presentation skills for reorganzing facts and communicate them to others
Be inspired by the Singapore Story, and relate what you have learned to your business and personla life
Topics & Field Trips
Economic and Industrial Development
Central Profident Fund Board
Government Investment Corporation (GIC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Education and Technology
Infocomm Experience Center
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Institute of Technical Education
Singapore Aeromedical Center
Health and Environment
Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources
National Environment Agency (Incineration Plant/ Pulau Semakau)
Arts, Culture and Community
Chinatown Heritage Center
Singapore Discovery Center
National Heritage Board
Sentosa Development Corporation
Singapore Press Holdings
The Maritime Experimental Museum
Infrastructure and Utilities
Public Utility Board
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Housing & Development Board
Building and Construction Authority
Land Transport Authority
Law and Order
Singapore State Court
Parliment of Singapore
Singapore Civil Defence Force
Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
Singapore Police Force
Central Narcotics Bureau
Internal Security Department Heritage Center
Security and Defense
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority
Ministry of Defence Museum
For companies or individual who are interested to participate in any of the Learning Journeys or customised programs, kindly use the contact form or provide the information to firstname.lastname@example.org