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
"Brewing Now! Japan's Coffee & Cafe Culture"
Produced by WASABI Creation
22nd February (Wed) 7:00pm
WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
"Trending with experts on Japan's culture, tourism, & latest happenings."
About the Speakers
Director, D&N International Co,Ltd
Director, D&N Singapore Pte Ltd
Mr. Kengo Sakai is the Director of D&N International, a group company that manages all overseas businesses outside Japan. It is the subsidiary of Doutor Nichires Holdings, one of the biggest F&B companies in Japan.
Mr. Sakai has been managing D&N Singapore since April 2015, which owns Hoshino Coffee, Doutor Coffee, The Asian Kitchen, and Yomenya Goemon in Singapore.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the F&B business, and has join D&N International since 2009.
Mr. Sakai is on his mission in Singapore was to develop these restaurant brands under his belt, while his family is living in Tokyo. He holds a MBA from Warwick Business School in the UK, and his favourite Singaporean food are Chicken Rice, Bak Kut The, Sweet Potato Leaves with Sambal sauce. Of course, all these Singaporean cuisines go best with a glass of Tiger Beer in ice.
At this event, Mr. Sakai will be sharing with us his experience in the F&B business, his passion about coffee, and the cafe culture in Japan.
He will also make comparison and contrast of the cafe business between Japan and Singapore.
Participants will also have a chance to made your own hand-drip coffee for coffee tasting.
There will also be coffee products to be won during quiz time.
About D&N International & D&N Singapore
Doutor・Nichires Holdings is one of the biggest listed F&B companies in Japan operating more than 1900 outlets, including their franchised restaurants.
Doutor Coffee is the biggest coffee chain company in terms of the number of stores. It also specializes in coffee businesses, such as roasting of coffee beans, and selling coffee beverages.
D&N International is set up in 2011 for integrating all overseas businesses under the group company for developing their overseas business.
D&N Singapore bought over a local F&B company, The Asian Kitchen before setting up the company, and is now operating 10 outlets in Singapore with 3 other brands: Hoshino Coffee, Doutor Coffee, and Yomenya Goemon.
Date: 22nd February (Wed) Evening: 1900~2130 (1830 open)
Venue: WorkCentral, Brew House
Singapore Shopping Centre
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#06-03 Singapore 239924
Capacity: 50 people max
1830~1900 Registration, Refreshment & Networking
Hand-drip coffee making & tasting
1900~1930 Introduction & short presentation by speakers
1930~2000 Panel discussion by speakers and special guests
2000~2030 Questions & discussion from the participants
Quiz & Prizes
2030~2130 More drinks & Networking
2130 The End
Presentation, Discussion, Videos, Photos, Demonstrations,
Special Food & drink tasting, Quiz, Prizes, Omiyage, Games, Films, Music
Fee: $50 (advance tickets $40),
Refreshment, drinks, beer, wine included
Dress code: Smart casual
About WASABI Discovery
WASABI Discovery is a casual presentation and meet-up event for the world to make new discovery about Japan and its people.
At each event, we invite a couple of special guests to share and discuss about culture, people, happenings, or simply any topic from Japan that is worth discovering. We will also engage the participants in the conversation to make comparisons and contrasts with the local or other countries.
This is a meet-up for people who have great interest in Japan, it's traditions, and cultures. Participants are welcome to join in the conversation with the special guests, sharing experiences and opinions. If you have an interesting topic in mind, feel free to propose to us and make it into a great discussion session.
Language: English, or Japanese with English interpretation
Who should join in?
If you say "YES" to any of the following:
Do you want to learn about the deeper Japan from the experts?
Are you interested in culture, food and travel in Japan that you would not have known by yourself?
Would you want to find out about interesting social-cultural phenomenon in Japan and how it compare to other countries?
How about a relax evening after work, meeting like-minded people, with good food and drinks?
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About the Venue: WorkCentral
Every innovative idea should be given its shot; every creative entrepreneur should have his or her moment. We understand creating something from scratch is tough. Hence, here at Workcentral, we build a vibrant, purpose-driven community that works, learns, shares and grows together in a coworking space at Dhoby Ghaut, removing barriers that creators face in bringing their creative projects to life by connecting members to a selection of service provides such as awesome digital marketers & Brand Specialists, Business Owners or Angel Investors, empowering individual projects to reach its full potential.
Besides creating a vibrant and conducive coworking environment, we have specially created dedicated event spaces catering to mid to large-scale trainings, workshops and teambuilding. For more informaion, please visit www.workcentral.com.sg or email to: Hello@workcentral.com.sg