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
Translation & Interpretation
Event collateral design & Support
Japan Culture Center 10th Anniversary
Bunraku Japanese Puppet Performance
WASABI Creation supported part of the Bunraku Japanese Puppet Performance organised by Japan Culture Center in celebration of its 10th anniversary. We provided our services in poster design, Japanese to English translation, translation of video subtitles from Japanese to English, as well as video editing for promotional videos. Also, at the pre-event performances held at Singapore Japanese Association & Japan Culture Center, WASABI Creation provided event photography, video filming, as well as event reports with articles documenting the events and the feedback from the audiences.
Translation for Fashion e-commerce site
WASABI Creation provided English to Japanese translation for Singapore fashion e-commerce company, SaturdayClub, for its online store for the Japanese market.
Each month, over 50 products are launched for the Japanese market. Description for fashion products include various colours, design, cuttings, style, material, features of the clothing, and fashion tips, which can be industry specific, and differ in expression between different countries and culture.
Through WASABI Creation's understanding of Japanese fashion trend, customer mindset, and local knowledge, it is able to produce accurate, easy to understand, and attractive translation for the Japanese e-commerce site.
See more: http://saturdayclub.jp/ja/
Subtitling for Documentary Film
'I Want To Go Home'
'I Want To Go Home' is both a feature documentary and an upcoming English-Japanese autobiographical novel publishing under Math Paper Press created by Wesley Leon Aroozoo, a filmmaker, as well as a lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts.
'I Want To Go Home' is about Yasuo Takamatsu, a man who lost his wife to the tsunami that hit Onagawa in 2011. Since that fateful day, he has been diving every week in search for her. The novel is named after the last SMS that Yasuo Takamatsu received from his wife who saw the impending tsunami. Since then Mr. Takamatsu hopes to fulfil his wife’s last request. I didn’t want his inspiring story to be an article that came and went. I decided to share this man’s story of loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife in a novel.
'I Want To Go Home' will have its World Premiere in Competition at the 부산국제영화제 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
WASABI Creation supported in the transcription of the interviews and translated from Japanese to English for the subtitle of the documentary.
Subtitling for Corporate Videos
English & Chinese subtitle for corporate videos
Client: euglena Co. Ltd
Established in 2005, they succeeded in the outdoor mass cultivation of the microalgae called Euglena (Japanese name: Midorimushi) for the first time in the world. With the corporate philosophy of "Make People and the Earth Healthy", they research, develop and sell food and cosmetics containing Euglena. By 2020, they aim to utilize it as the first algae biofuel in Japan and conduct research on biofuels. They won Prime Minister’s Award, the highest award in the 1st "Japan Venture Awards Program" in 2015. They were listed on the TSE Mothers in December 2012, and upgraded to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2014.
WASABI Creation created the English subtitle version of euglena Co. Ltd's corporate video, for its marketing purpose in Singapore.
NATAS Fair 2017
Supporting Don Quijote at Singapore's
biggest travel fair
The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) is an industry-led body representing the travel agency community within Singapore. Twice a year, NATAS organizes Singapore’s largest consumer travel fairs: Travel in February/March, and Holidays in August/September. These two massive fairs showcase her members’ latest products, trends and destinations, attracting more than 110,000 visitors and bringing outbound travel agents, national tourist organizations, airlines, hotels, car rental companies and travel-related services together under one roof.
WASABI Creation has supported Don Quijote's booth at the Japan pavilion with sales and promotional staff throughout the 3 days of event by introducing Don Quijote to visitors, as well as giving out Japan's travel information.
Don Quijote is Japan's biggest discount store with over 300 shops throughout Japan, offering various products with quality service and great convenience. Such as: Luxury brand fashion, home appliances, groceries, beauty and cosmetics, consumer electronics, alcohols, furniture, toys and games, costumes, party goods, etc. Just about anything you can think of!
DHL Innovation Center
Interpretation support to media interview
DHL launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Centre (APIC) in Singapore, its first innovation centre outside of Germany. Located at DHL's Supply Chain Advanced Regional Centre building at Tampines LogisPark, the S$10 million facility is also the company's first dedicated centre for innovation logistics services in the Asia Pacific region. APIC showcases technologies that will transform logistics operations, such as driverless shuttles for faster and more efficient transportation, and drones for the delivery of time-critical goods such as medicines. It was launched with the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB),
WASABI Creation provided interpretation support to a logistic magazine from Japan to conduct a tour and interview at APIC.
Food Japan 2016
Bilingual promoter & emcee for cooking demonstration on stage
Food Japan is ASEAN's largest dedicated showcase on Japanese food and beverage, with an array of authentic Japanese ingredients and food, culinary techniques and equipment, plus demos and classes. Serving as a bridge for F&B businesses between Japan and ASEAN, Food Japan provides visitors with valuable opportunities to understand, explore collaborations and learn more about the versatility of classic Japanese ingredients, quality seasonal produces, unique prefecture specialities as well as innovative technology and machinery.
WASABI Creation provided bilingual promoters to support exhibitors, as well as emceeing support for on-stage cooking demonstrations together with many chefs from Japan.