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Sony Management Seminar 2014

On Friday, March 7, 2014, a speech was given by Mr. Narihiko Uemura (Deputy Senior General Manager, Corporate Human Resource Division, Sony Corporation, concurrently Vice President of Sony University) on Sony’s Talent Development Strategy “What do we value, How do we develop?”. The speech started with the introduction of Sony Corporation and its business strategy, followed by the information about talent that is required by Sony, the approaches to talent acquisition and development, and industry-academia relationship.
Through the speech we were able to learn in details the training program which nurtures “T shaped Talent” i.e. Sony’s global human resources, and the basic philosophy of DNA which supports such human resources development.

ITOCHU Management Seminar 2013

The Management Seminar was held by ABEST21 Network Division on November 8, 2013, at Toshiba Education and Training Institute. We invited Mr. Kazuhito Endo, Senior Advisor, Global HR Development Department, Human Resources & General Affairs Division, ITOCHU Corporation, to give lecture on “Global Talent Enhancement–ITOCHU’s Case”. ITOCHU Corporation was established in 1858 by Chubei Itoh. The Company now has approximately 130 bases in 66 countries, approximately 4200 employees, with capital stock of 202.2 billion yen. As one of the leading sogo shosha, ITOCHU is engaged in domestic and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, information and communications technology, realty, general products, insurance, logistics services, construction, and finance. Its total sales for the 1st and 2nd quarter for 2013 marked 2,592.6 billion yen. The seminar was a great opportunity to learn about the human resources development program of the Company.

Toshiba Management Seminar 2013

On 8th March 2013, a lecture on “Toshiba HR Practices” was given by Mr. Takeyuki Miyazaki, Group Manager, Human Resources Development Group, Global Human Resources Office, Human Resources and Administration Division of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Corporation has a total 198,356 employees as of 2012, of which 22,984 are based in China and 29,504 in Asia excluding China and Oceania. In total, they account for 27% of the total number of employees. Toshiba’s practices aiming to develop global human resources were introduced, including “Innovation Leader Training”, “Liberal Arts Training”, and “Global Integrated Programs” with INSEAD. Fostering of “Global Talents” aiming at diverse human resources was also mentioned.

Sony Management Seminar 2012

On 1st November 2012, we visited Sony’s showroom “The Square.” We started the tour in 3 groups guided by knowledgeable staff. In the security products area, we were particularly attracted by the advanced high-resolution network camera “IPELA” for surveillance, and the security system using software “Real Shot Manager” to monitor and record multiple camera images through combination of network and camera. After 3D image show using “Sony Digital Cinema “4K”, an advanced projector of 8.85 mega pixel, a question was asked about the product penetration in southeast Asian market. After seeing the cutting-edge technology at The Square, lectures were given at the meeting room by Ms. Makiko Yoneda, General Manager, Recruiting Department, Global Human Resources Development Division, and Mr. Yuhei Kageyama of the same Department, on corporate profile, philosophy and international market strategies.

Nissan Management Seminar 2012

On 2nd March 2012, we visited Nissan Global Headquarters and learned Nissan Way. At the meeting, Mr. Toru Ihara who is General Manager of Human Resources Planning Group, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. delivered a thought-provoking talk on Nissan’s challenge towards hybrid cars and electric cars as well as human resources needed for business development in Asia. This was highly appreciated by the Deans of business schools in Asia who took part in the meetings, as the insights shared by Mr. Toru Ihara were very useful for curriculum development. After the discussion the participants visited the Nissan showroom where they were fascinated by the cars equipped with cutting-edge technology.