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Visit to “Sony Archives”

On Friday, March 7, 2014, we visited the “Sony Archives” located on the site where Sony began its operation in May 1946. The Archives show approximately 250 products representing the company, including the prototypes of tape recorder and transistor radio, both being the first products made in Japan. We gained a comprehensive understanding of the history of Sony’s technical development and its track as a company.

Visit to Toshiba Fuchu Complex

Following the Toshiba Lecture, we visited the Fuchu Complex located in Fuchu City, Tokyo. The Complex started its operation in 1940. About 10,000 employees work on this site with total land space of 665,000 sq. meters. In the Smart Grid Presentation Room where “Smart Community” model is presented, the Community was explained as a model to realize an integrated optimized control system for infrastructure including electricity, water, transportation, logistic, medical service and information. Based on this model we imagined our future living area. At the Elevator Development Center, the cutting-edge technology used in making the elevators at Tokyo Skytree was explained.

Visit to Sony Corporation Head Office

On Thursday, November 1, 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.

Visit to Nissan Global Headquarters

On March 2, 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.

Visit to PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia

On July 10, 2012, we visited PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) at Karawang industrial complex in the suburb of Bandung. At the Training Center on the same site Mr. Mamoru Akiyama, Vice President Director, AP Regional Officer talked on nurturing human resources locally in Indonesia. It was mentioned that before being assigned to work at the production line, local staff members are given mental and technical guidance from mentors at “Dojo”. All staff members at the line were working hard and busy. The “Karakuri” of creating high quality based on mental and techinical training at “Dojo” was presented.

Visit to Canon Corporation

On November 4, 2011, ABEST21 Company Visit was held at CANON Corporation, Tokyo. Other than participants based in Japan, there were 31 participants including Deans and Vice Deans of Asian and EU business schools. At Canon Inc. Head Office various approaches for human resources development were explained. We toured the Canon Gallery.

Visit to Fuji Xerox R&D Square

By the courtesy of Fuji Xerox headquarters, we were invited to visit the Fuji Xerox R&D Square on Friday, March 4, 2011. Fuji Xerox was established in 1962 as a joint venture of Fuji Photo Film and U.K.-based Rank Xerox. The R&D Square was completed in 2010 at the Yokohama Minato Mirai district as a part of the Fuji Xerox Yokohama Minato Mirai Office. At the R&D Square, a remote system to share meeting materials on PC terminal on a real time basis was presented to the visitors. This system as a part of the research and development is a remarkable application of the cutting-edge information technology.

Visit to Nippon Steel Corporation Kimitsu Works

On Friday, March 5, 2010, tour of Nippon Steel Corporation Kimitsu Works was realized by courtesy of a member of ABEST21 Accreditation Committee, President Makoto Haya of Nippon Steel Engineering Co.,Ltd. Kimitsu Works was established in 1965 and is known as one of the largest steel plant in the world with annual raw steel production of 10,000,000 tons. Viewing the full automated dynamic process of heavy plate hot rolling was impressive in particular, as well as the details of 100% recycling process of plastic packaging from general household garbage using the existing coke oven.