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
a peep into Japanese Entrepreneurs & Business ventures in Singapore
Produced by WASABI Creation
Growing with your child is a journey worth documenting.
Memom helps you to be a journalist recording
the story of your child's growth.
By Lim Shi Hui, Undergraduate, NUS School of Business
Photo sharing applications are all the rage for some time now. Hosting, creating, organizing, and even pinning photos are dominated by applications such as the ubiquitous Instagram and Pinterest. However, if you are a parent who loves snapping pictures of your young tots and teenyboppers, or you are simply someone who appreciates images of cherubic faces, we suggest Memom, an iOS application for saving and sharing children photos.
Memom’s name spells out loudly the values that it stands for- ‘Memory’ and ‘Moment’. The founder of Memom, Waki Yoneoka, started Memom in March 2015, after realizing that modern parents lack opportunities to create photo albums of their children. For Waki herself, photo albums depicting her childhood contributed greatly to her identity, and hence, she decided to create a phone app to help parents create and share photo albums of their children with ease.
Even before becoming an entrepreneur, Waki was not new to setbacks. She worked at an IT company after graduating but she lost the job as the company couldn’t survive repercussion of the IT bubble burst. She then joined the finance sector after acquiring US CPA, but again her company went to bankruptcy during the Lehman Brothers crisis. Seeing failures of her previous employers, Waki felt common point for both was that business owners had no clear visions. It was this experience that brought her a strong desire to create her own company, where all staff share same goals to create meaningful services for the society. Waki first came to Singapore to pursue her MBA. After some time in Singapore, she determined that the highly open economy of Singapore is more suitable for her startup compared to Japan because she wants to expand her business globally. People with international mindsets working in Singapore also attracted her to start her business here.
Waki’s concept behind Memom lies in the understanding that photos of children are different from random selfies and artsy shots of food. The latter are mostly taken in the moment and for fun, while photos of your children are meant to be kept for the memories and a keepsake for the future. Hence, the way to save and share your children’s photos would be different.
Memom is an app that allows the uploading of children’s photos from the iPhone camera roll and present them in timeline sequence. The date of when the photo is taken will be shown on the photo, so that you can keep track of the child’s growth progress and reminisce on the good old days. Even if you have more than one child, the photos can be grouped together in just one account for convenience’s sake.
Another function of the application is that every week, five photos will be automatically chosen and delivered as a digital post card to you. The card can be shared by email or added to your timeline on Facebook.
In addition, Memom allows you to create an exclusive circle of friends and family to share your photos with, reducing danger and privacy issues associated with the sharing of children’s photos on social media platforms. It is indeed tempting to share all moments of your child online, but the Internet is a potentially scary place and sharing these moments with a select group of people can best protect your child and is the most effective privacy setting.
As for the future of Memom, Since it can be a real adventure photographing children who move around a lot, the image recognition function will select the best shot for you. This is one of the ways the function allows users to sieve out less important photos and share the photos they actually wish to keep.
Memom is also in the works to develop an Android app and collaborate with other services. To provide elements of physicality and the reassurance of touch, Waki is planning to offer printing and filing services to create a physical album to customers.
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