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  • Basic sense of values of Japanese
  • Chie Nakane, an author of a book “Japanese Society” published in 1967, claims that there are no thinking way to set absolute principle or no logical exploration on a basic sense of values of Japanese people. if there were, they would be in a very low level. Instead of it, a strong relative principle assuming direct and emotional human relations exists.So leaders in a Japanese society are requi [続きを読む]
  • Vertical society
  • I’m reading a book “Personal relations in a vertical society; A theory of homogeneous society” or English version title “Japanese society” by social anthropologist Chie Nakane. It was published in 1667, 50 years ago. Even now we can buy it at book shops. I think it’s amazing.She describes two factors composing a social group, attribute which implies hierarchy, academic background, position [続きを読む]
  • A major trend in automotive industry
  • I’m always picking up news digest related to my company every day. As looking back the articles I collected last year, I can read a major trend in the automotive industry.Shift to electric vehicles by Volkswagen which was announced at Paris Motor Show on Sep.14 shocked me most last year. European OEMs had taken a strategy placing great significance on diesel engine cars until revelation of VW [続きを読む]
  • Technology outflow
  • I visited a electric motor technology exhibition last week. While I was a layman on this technology field, I aimed at gaining info
    rmation about it. It was a small booth which exhibited magnets for the motor that I firstly visited.A middle-aged man prepared bro
    chures for guests there. I asked him about the high magnetic power magnets. He courteously explained about current situation conce
    rning th [続きを読む]
  • Applications of AI technology
  • I heard a speech by a major electronics company about artificial intelligence (AI) technology yesterday. This company develops an
    AI software and is expanding the application to variety of fields.The speaker who was in charge of data science of the AI technolo
    gy illustrated some applications including road maintenance, bank and medical. The road maintenance services are far from my field
    , so I h [続きを読む]
  • Labor cost
  • When we try to analyze financial statements, we need to take labor cost into account which it should be sort out to fixed cost or
    variable cost.In Japan, both direct and indirect labor costs are classified into the fixed cost. My company is a manufacturer whic
    h has several overseas facilities. At some subsidiaries abroad, I’ve heard mobility of human resource is high. Therefore, the pe
    rsonnel c [続きを読む]
  • Employee engagement
  • The HR department of my company conducted a survey in terms of employee engagement with the help of a major HR consulting firm las
    t year, and it gave feedback to middle managers at a workshop last month. It was a disastrous result. The consulting company have
    collected vast data from some thousand companies over the world, so it could show the result on numerical level and also visualize
    it grap [続きを読む]
  • Confidential matters
  • As working at a company, we often encounter confidential matters. We always get touch with them, so we treat them without consciou
    sness.For example, I was engaged in product development at the R&D department until several years ago. I could see any product des
    igns without restriction there. At the time, anyone could enter the R&D building, so the classified development matters could be s
    tolen. [続きを読む]
  • Urgent request
  • I got an e-mail from a company executive on last Friday afternoon. It said that he visited a customer last week and talked about a
    certain business subject. Though he explained about it, the customer was not convinced by his talk. He needed to make an addition
    al document by the beginning of this week. And he sent the e-mail to people concerned. I was one of them.As he is a company direct
    or, he h [続きを読む]
  • New smartphone
  • I made an impulse buy of both my wife’s and my smartphones last week. It was a trigger that I heard my son replaced his old i-ph
    one to new one two weeks ago. while I was not inconvenient of the old one, functions of my wife’s one was limited and the memory
    capacity was so little that she could not have installed some applications. I decided to buy two smartphones. New ones have enoug
    h memory to [続きを読む]
  • Compatibility
  • I visited two consulting firms with my colleagues today. We aimed at checking capabilities of consultants. While they are experts,
    as they have their specialty fields and their experience points are different, so I thought we needed to meet and talk with them
    directly.It was a harvest that we were able to get their impressions. As talking with them, we could recognize their potential cap
    abilitie [続きを読む]
  • What do we regard as a risk?
  • My boss was asked by a company president a couple of days ago what was a company risk at present. I didn’t understand the meaning. But my boss didn’t, either. He should have asked the president what meaning he intended.I assume that many company presidents speak of same kinds of vague questions to their subordinates. While the subordinates begin to think about answers without knowing the purpo [続きを読む]
  • April
  • April has begun since yesterday. It’s a new fiscal year. As well as new pupils and students in schools, newly employed people wh
    o graduated from colleges start to work.The first and second days in April were holidays this year. Many companies will hold cerem
    onies to welcome the new employees. At big companies, some thousand new employees gather at the ceremony venues. It’s a sort of
    magnificen [続きを読む]
  • Introspection
  • I think that Japanese people often use a word “Hansei Suru”, which means introspecting oneself or reflecting on oneself. After an event finishes, staff gather and start to talk about bad procedures, poor preparation, small mistakes and so on. It has a good aspect to reflect to the next one without making the same failures.When I take a part in seminars, I sometimes see cases that some people a [続きを読む]
  • Regulations and the fourth industrial revolution
  • I read a book titled “The fourth industrial revolution! Ways to change Japanese economy” written by economist Heizo Takenaka.As he worked as Minsters of a few Ministries from 2001, he is good at regulations by the government. Politicians and government officers try to protect their authority. Despite they recognize the importance of the fourth industrial revolution, moves to loosen them are [続きを読む]
  • Problems concerning human resources
  • I guess that every organization has problems in varying degrees. Are people working at the organization lively? Doesn’t it have persons having trouble? Does it cultivate staff with adequate tasks and trainings? Is management of superiors proper? Does it have enough human resources to attain mission?There are variety of problems regarding the organization. Means to develop organizations has been [続きを読む]
  • Taking risks
  • An expert says that if you think about your career, you should put yourself on a right direction from a historical point of view.C
    onsultants of McKinsey and Company tell us that the growth is developing in middle sized cities which we have never heard in the w
    orld including Kumasi in Ghana, Porto Alegre in Brazil and Surat in India now. We know big cities in the world. But these middle s
    ize citi [続きを読む]
  • GNSS
  • When we drive, automotive navigation systems which are installed in many cars tell us paths to destinations. They are too convenie
    nt to throw them away if we utilize them once.The automotive navigation system works with the help of GPS (Global Positioning Syst
    em), which identifies a current position by receiving signals from more than four satellites. However, I’ve never known that the
    GPS is a [続きを読む]
  • Fast changes of the world
  • I finished reading a book today which consultants in a major consulting firm wrote about future prediction. I had a bad impression
    . They have researched all over data concerning the future prediction, so that they have tremendous amount of knowledge. Though th
    ey exhibited the future pictures led by their studies, at least I wasn’t inspired by them as they are filled with too much examp
    les. [続きを読む]
  • Leadership theories
  • A speaker said at the end of a workshop last weekend that we could go back to the origin of leadership theories 500 year ago. From
    the ancient Rome to 1400s, there were leadership theories featuring on the characteristics. After Machiavelli compiled “The Pri
    nce” in 1532, the leadership theories turned to explore the answer to the action theories.He asked us what the current leadershi
    p theories [続きを読む]
  • Waste of time
  • My company hold a workshop for middle managers in March every year, and yesterday it was taken place. The general affairs departme
    nt made plans what contents they should do. The theme of this year’s workshop was an organization development. The human resourc
    e division works on revision of the personnel system with the help of a consulting firm now. Three consultants from the consulting
    firm wer [続きを読む]
  • Plan after retirement
  • There is a retirement system at companies in Japan, which employees have to retire at the age of 60 or 65 that companies set mostl
    y. Companies have to let workers hoping to keep working do until 65 years old at the current Labor Standard Law. However, many com
    panies apparently have not established the systems. At such companies people past the retirement age are hard to keep being in the
    office. [続きを読む]
  • Development of defense equipment in Japan
  • I had an opportunity to hear a speech about development of the defense equipment in Japan by the commissioner of Ministry of Defen
    se affiliated agency Acquisition, Technology and Logistics today. This organization was launched in 2015. I have never known.The e
    nvironment surrounding Japan is growing tougher including advancing nuclear arms threat of North Korea, China’s maritime expansi
    on in Sou [続きを読む]
  • Simple method to solve problems
  • I attended a workshop about problem solving with my colleagues last week. A lecturer told us a simple way to do it. It’s three steps.1. Where; to identify where a problem is.2. Why; to think what causes the problem.3. How; to have plural ideas how to deal with it.This means can be applied for many cases including proposals. He said [続きを読む]
  • Changing university education
  • Criticism against mediation of violating revolving doors to universities by the Ministry of Education is getting growth. These inc
    idents have happen for a reason. University education has changed led by the government and administration for this 10 years, and
    is changing. I wonder if people over 30 years old might be unfamiliar with words including syllabus, third party evaluation of uni
    versities, [続きを読む]