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Symposium to be Held on Working Style Reforms

Learn about business management methods where diverse individuals can play active roles in the workplace amid an era of transformation

March 8, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nikkei Inc. will jointly hold a symposium on business management approaches for attracting high quality human resources amidst change in working style environments and global competitiveness. The symposium will also take into account the recommendations submitted by business owners at the Council on Mid-Career Recruitment and the Recruitment of Experienced Professionals.

1. Purpose

Japanese companies are facing dramatic economic and social changes, including globalization, digitalization, and an aging society with fewer children. In addition, as the 100-year lifespan era approaches, there is increasing interest in personal and career growth as well as job satisfaction.

Against this backdrop, companies need to enhance their competitiveness while addressing changes in business management practices and working style environments. To this end, it is indispensable for company executives to take initiative and promote human resource management as a strategy, such as proactive employment of mid-career personnel or personnel with rich experiences. In April 2019, the Act on Arrangement of Relevant Act on Promoting the Work Style Reform will come into force, and this is expected to dramatically change the working style environments for Japanese people. Taking this opportunity, METI and Nikkei Inc. will jointly hold a symposium, focusing on the theme of business management in which people with diversity play active roles in the workplace, bringing together top executives and personnel responsible for human resources in leading companies as speakers.

2. Date and venue

Date and time:
March 26 (Tue.), 2019; from 14:45 to 18:00 (doors will open at 14:15)
Keidanren Hall (Keidanren Kaikan; 1-3-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)Capacity: 250 (free of charge)

3. Program (tentative)

Part 1: Opening session

Opening remarks by organizers
Opening speech

Part 2: Speeches by top executives of leading companies

Mr. Koji Kakigi (President, JFE Steel Corporation)
Mr. Fumiya Kokubu (President, Marubeni Corporation)
Mr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi (Chairman, Keizai Doyukai; Chairperson, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation)

Part 3: Panel discussion

Mr. Motohiro Morishima (Professor, Faculty of Economics/Vice President, Gakushuin University)
Ms. Makiko Hamase (”Head of Global HR, Corporate Director, LIXIL Group)
Mr. Katsuyoshi Sugita (Head of HR, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.)
Mr. Kenichi Nagasaki (Director, Personnel Department, SoftBank Corp.)

Moderator: Mr. Yuji Mizuno (Senior Editorial Writer/Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.)

Part 4: Expectations of universities toward industrial players

Dr. Hiroki Yamaguchi (Chair, Working Group for Employment Issues; President, Saitama University)

Closing speech

Note: If you wish to attend the symposium, visit the website below:

4. Related Website

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau