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Alumni Training, 2008


The Joint-Japan/World Bank Scaling-Up Training Course in Japan
October 20-25, 2008, Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan

Background

Alumni Training Course in Japan

The Joint-Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) delivered a short-term training course in Japan for selected Program alumni as part of its scaling-up activities. The course took place in Tokyo and in Kyoto, October 20-25, 2008. The objectives of the training course were to provide participants with a thorough exposure to Japan’s development experience as well as its recent economic and industrial issues. This course was organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI) in cooperation with Ritsumeikan University.

Participants of the Training Course and Commitments

Selection of the participants took place over the summer of 2008. The training course targeted recent JJ/WBGSP alumni, who studied outside Japan and have returned to his/her home country after their completion of Masters Degree. Based on the application essays written about Japan, and also consideration given to gender and regional consideration, 14 alumni representing 13 countries were selected. The participants committed to submitting

 

Participants of the Training Course

a report upon completing the training course, and also to establish or strengthen JJ/WBGSP alumni networks in their home countries.  

Program Contents

The training program consisted of presentations by government officials on policies, lectures by university professors on economic and policy issues, field visits to two globally renowned companies in Japan and other sessions.

Visit to the Ministry of Finance

 

 

The group of participants visited the International Bureau, Ministry of Finance of Japan, which funded the implementation of this training program.

Presentations on policies were:



“World Bank’s Mission and Japan” by Mr. Toru Shikibu, the Japanese Executive Director to the World Bank

 

Mr. Toru Shikibu, the Japanese Executive Director to the World Bank

Mr. Takao Toda, Executive Adviser, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

 

 

“New JICA and Human Security” by Mr. Takao Toda, Executive Adviser, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)



“Environmentally Friendly City of Kyoto” by Mr. Udaka, Director of Climate Change Prevention Office, Kyoto City

 

Mr. Udaka, Director of Climate Change Prevention Office, Kyoto City

Lectures on Japan’s economic and development experiences were:
  • “Case Studies of Japanese Venture-type Enterprises” by Professor Seiichiro Yonekura, Hitotsubashi University
  • “Japanese Corporate Management in the Post-War Period” by Professor Hideaki Miyajima, Waseda University
  • “Venture and Entrepreneurship in Kyoto” by Professor Masaki Kuroki of Ritsumeikan University,
  • “Historical Review of Japan’s Post WWII Development – Sharing Role Between Public and Private Sector” by Professor Masahisa Koyama of Ritsumeikan University
  • “The Japan’s Experience in Knowledge Economy” by Professor Kazuyuki Motohashi of University of Tokyo

Company visits were made to:

Visit to Shimadzu Corporation, a company founded and headquartered in Kyoto, which produces high-tech products across a wide range of fields

 


Shimadzu Corporation, a company founded and headquartered in Kyoto, which produces high-tech products across a wide range of fields, encompassing analytical and measuring instruments, medical systems and equipment, aircraft equipment, and other industrial equipment; and


Panasonic, a globally well-known producer of electronics for consumers and industries. Through the visits, the participants gained deeper understanding of Japan’s economic success factors that was not just its technology, but equally, if not more, important were corporate ethics and values that are specific to Japan, such as respect, teamwork, diligence, punctuality, social responsibility, all of which referred to a remark made by

 

Visit to Panasonic, a globally well-known producer of electronics

Mr. Shikibu on the first day of the training.

Building Networks

Networking opportunity was another significant aspect of this training program. The participants got to know each other during the course of this intensive training program, and they also met with the current JJ/WBGSP scholars studying at the Partnership Universities in Japan. At the welcome reception, guests were invited from the Government of Japan, partnership universities, and also from the Embassies of participant’s nationals. Distinguished guests included:

  • H.E. Dennis N.O. Awo, Ambassador, Embassy of Kenya
  • H.E. Daniel Adan Dziewezo, Ambassador, Embassy of Argentina
  • H.E. Mr. Mohamad- El-Harake, Ambassador, Embassy of Lebanon
  • H.E. Mr. Jimmy Ramiendrison, Ambassador, Embassy of Madagascar
  • Mr. Paul Cuclos, Counsellor, Embassy of Peru
  • Mr. Maher Trimesh, First Secretary, Embassy of Tunisia
  • Mr. Toru Shikibu, Executive Director for Japan, World Bank
  • Mr. Shigeki Kimura, Counselor, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Mr. Kentaro Ogata, Deputy Director of the Development Institutions Division, MOF

Participants highly appreciated the opportunity to meet with these guests as well as other stakeholders of the JJ/WBGSP.

As part of the training course, the participants attended a tea ceremony. Cha-do (or sa-do), “Way of Tea”, is one of the long-standing traditions of Japan. Many were under the impression that it laid an important background to understand the origin of the Japanese corporate culture and entrepreneurship spirits that they had been learning in the training course.

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