Training courses for European managers and executives, from companies in all sectors, which provide a general overview of Japanese industrial structure and business practices through a combination of lectures, joint study and company visits. The courses take place in Japan.
The EU-Japan Centre will cover costs relating to tuition, travel costs for visits, interpretation etc, for the first four weeks.
Participants must pay a (refundable) deposit of €2,000 to guarantee the place on the course. (The deposit will be refunded approximately eight weeks after the course, minus any unpaid bills, provided the participant attends the entire course and submits any and all reports the Centre asks him/her to make.)
SME Scholarship - to facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participation in the course, participants from SMEs can apply for a scholarship to get €3,000 towards their living expenses. To do so, a ‘scholarship request – self-assessment declaration’ form must be completed. The form will be sent once the EU-Japan Centre has offered a place on the course.
Participants must pay a non-refundable contribution of €2,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to their company's participation.
The 'Human Resources Training Programme - Japan Industry Insight', administered by the European Commission, offers company executives in the EU a chance to experience and understand the cultural and economic elements of Japan's business and technological industries. The programme is constantly improved to meet the latest expectations about business in Japan.
The programme consists of:
- Company visits
It is aims to make participants informed about the actual conditions of Japanese business through practical analysis and research. To this end, participants in the programme develop a better comprehension of the language, economy, history and politics of Japan, as well as practical business experiences.
The course takes place in Japan and last for four weeks, but may be extended by an optional fifth week of individual company visits.
- Must be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering country: Montenegro - Turkey - FYROM - Iceland - Moldova.
- Must work for a company that is > 50% EU or COSME partnering country owned.
- Must work for an organisation that is an EU or COSME partnering country juridical person.
- Must be supported by their employer and be able to participate in the entire programme.
- Must have a reasonable command of English.
- Should be a manager or an executive from an industrial company.
- Should have proven experience in industry.
The main criteria for selection are:
- The professional and educational background of the candidate.
- The strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan.
In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in each programme is limited.
The participant's company must provide resources to cover travelling expenses to/from Japan, as well as any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre.
Courses are of approximately four weeks' duration but may optionally be extended by a week of individual company visits.
The programme includes a study of the Japanese language and culture, lectures on targeted subjects, joint-study sessions and company visits. It gives the participant a broad understanding of the Japanese mind and the business environment in Japan.
The programme includes the following:
- Orientation session
On the first day of the programme in Japan, there will be an orientation session focused on hints for daily life in Japan and an outline of the training programme.
- Japanese language and culture courses
Designed to provide participants with survival Japanese phrases for business and daily life, the courses not only enable participants to ask for directions but more importantly also to understand the language structure and its complexity. This leads also to a deeper insight and understanding of the importance of how something is said, depending on many aspects such as age, gender, hierarchical position, situation, etc. In addition to teaching useful words and expressions in daily life, topics are especially chosen to enable participants to survive in practical situations of self-introduction during business meetings, to order something or to speak on the phone, and so on.
Lectures are intended to give a good understanding of Japanese society, and are essential to approach fundamental topics such as Japanese history, the economy, politics and legal matters. Lecturers are carefully selected on the basis of their business experience and specialised knowledge. The lectures consist of:
- - general lectures on Japan's economic, social, cultural, historical and political background;
- - special interest lectures (business practices, marketing, legal aspects of doing business in Japan, etc.).
- Joint seminar with Japanese business people
A joint seminar (in small groups) to discuss experiences with Japanese managers includes decision-making, team management and negotiation role-play exercises. Through this session with Japanese business people, participants study cross-cultural management methods. This provides an enhanced understanding of Japanese business.
- Field trips (Sogo Shosha and Regional trip)
A "Sogo Shosha" (general trading companies) visit is designed to understand the gigantic general trading companies, unique to Japan. Participants see what diversified and expanded functions Sogo Shosha have and gain knowledge of their role in the Japanese economy and their strategy for the future. A regional trip is organised to allow participants to broaden their understanding of how Japan's economy works outside Tokyo. Participants are able to gather information on the structure and the decision process of the community and to acquire some understanding of the real business environment faced by Japanese companies. A wide range of companies is carefully selected, for instance ranging from a car manufacturer to a traditional "Sake" brewery.
- Individual company visits (optional)
During the fifth week participants have the opportunity to carry out individual visits to either Japanese or European-owned firms of direct or potential interest to their work. Support is provided to the participants to enable them to establish a network of contacts in Japan by arranging appointments and interpreters in response to participants' stated requests.