Attending yesterday the The 15th International Conference for Women in Business at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Odaiba was worth every penny spent. This conference has two goals: First of all giving all the participants a direct opportunity to learn from other professional or political leaders, plus further provide thought-provoking sessions as they invite interesting key persons in regard to Japan. Secondly throughout the day there is enough time included to network with like-minded professional women in Japan. Can you imagine yesterday about roughly 850 people attended? For me personally the attendance was a true success. For sure the following is not a complete overview of all the events, but I would like to share with you the most impressive comments heard or insights gained.
Fumiko Hayashi (Mayor of Yokohama):
– In order to have her own successful professional career, having chosen the right husband was very important.
– Definitely surprised to see how many times she had changed her job, but still could make a difference in many leadership positions.
Yumiko Kamada: General Manager, Life-Style Business Development Headquarters, Regional Revitalization Division, East Japan Railway Company
– Always remind yourself that you are not working alone. Only as a team a difference can be made.
– Two biggest challenges with the “ekinaka/ecute” launch: How best to explain a totally new concept, then how to overcome internal hurdles.
– With the ecute concept sales have shifted within the station from early morning to evening, especially late hours, while having a strong increase of male customer base.
– Station is the sales spot for personal gifts!
Hiroshi Tasaka: Professor, Graduate School of Tama University
– Simply an amazing slide show that shows that we should move away from the barbarian capitalism and go back to valuing invisible capitalism.
Kazumasa Yoshida:, Rep. Director and President of Intel K.K.
– Imagine a world when more than just 25% of the total population has access to internet. How much will then the Internet change?
Reiko Akiike: Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
– Most countryside based bus companies have to face every year 4% less of passengers, furthermore writing red figures is rather common. The main customers are school children and old people heading to the doctor or a hospital. Still these local companies understand the need for their services and continue to stay in business based on their own sacrifices: cut their own salary and similar actions.
– Strong need to start open discussions with passengers about the actual financial threatening situation of the bus company. Effect: More support, honest feedback where service can be cut back.
Kenji Isezaki: Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
– Main export goods of Sierra Leone: diamonds. Result: Highest penetration of BMW.
Let me point out at the end that I am not related to the committee of the The 15th International Conference for Women in Business, nor do I receive any founds. The above is just my personal opinion combined with for me the most interesting points of the day.
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