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
Tired of all the resumes, cover letters, and interviews?
SimpleHunt turns the table around to help
fresh graduates get head-hunted instead
By Lim Shi Hui, Undergraduate, NUS School of Business
Imagine being headhunted and landing a job right after graduation! This would be the dream situation of most, if not all fresh graduates. But how do you hit the radar of the companies you are interested in?
SimpleHunt may be the answer to this issue. SimpleHunt is a recruiting platform that allows students to field multiple job opportunities and for employers to meet and select the best candidates. However, SimpleHunt stands out from other recruiting companies in the market as its creator, Atsuro Banno is trying to "flip the way of recruitment". Believing that current hiring practices are out of date, especially with regards to students, Banno, a long-time HR practitioner, decided that something must be done to address the needs of corporations and the struggles faced by fresh graduates whilst job hunting.
SimpleHunt helps companies to do the heavy lifting by getting in touch and screening every qualitied student face-to-face. The best choices for each company will then be selected to attend SimpleHunt’s live events for recruiting. This sounds like a win win situation because it is. Students will have the opportunity to meet many people at the same time, saving time and effort. They will also have the chance to talk to representatives of various companies in person, obtain feedback and get scouted. On the other hand, recruiters gain access to a group of students they are genuinely interested in hiring and interact with each of them individually.
Atsuro Banno is also a member of the executive committee of Singapore WaKyoKai
You may wonder how SimpleHunt derives suitable candidates to attend the events given that the requirements for hiring is different for each company, and the definition of what makes a good candidate may differ for each company. However, most companies can agree that bad candidates are people they do not wish to hire, and it is possible to sieve out such candidates by asking about their past behaviors and mentality. SimpleHunt has developed a questioning technique and evaluation logic for this very purpose. Their ‘quality control’ will ensure that only candidates with suitable habits and behavioral patterns attend the live events.
In fact, Banno likened such events to a tryout of professional baseball, in which companies carry out massive, face to face and engaging recruitment while overcoming the limitations of simply replying on resumes and interviews. SimpleHunt events are themed for a more effective hiring process. A mechanical engineering student will head over to an engineering fair, while the business student will probably choose to join the business management day instead.
Banno plans to further develop SimpleHunt by using the placement office of universities to reach out to more students. He also intend to involve start-up companies in SimpleHunt by helping them to recruit the best new graduates, a problem many start-up companies face.
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