April 12, 2019
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nikkei Inc. jointly held a symposium on human resource management approaches that can attract high quality human resources amidst changes in business environments and people’s preferences while taking into account the recommendations submitted by business owners at the Council on Mid-Career Recruitment and the Recruitment of Experienced Professionals.
Japanese companies are facing dramatic economic and social changes, including globalization, digitalization, and an aging society with shrinking workforce In addition, as the 100-year lifespan era approaches, people are becoming more interested in personal and career growth as well as job satisfaction.
Against this backdrop, companies need to enhance their competitiveness while addressing changes in business environments and people’s preferences. 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. As the Act on Arrangement of Relevant Act on Promoting the Work Style Reform came into force in April, working style environments for Japanese people are expected to change dramatically. Taking this opportunity, METI and Nikkei Inc. jointly held a symposium, focusing on the theme of business management in which diverse peoples play active roles in the workplace, while bringing together top executives and personnel responsible for human resources in leading companies as speakers.
* This Symposium was held as a part of the Nikkei Smart Work Project, a project to support corporations striving to enhance productivity through working style reform.
2. Date and venue
Date: 14:45 to 18:00, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (doors opened at 14:15)
Venue: Keidanren Hall (Keidanren Kaikan; 1-3-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
- Part 1: Opening session (14:45-14:55)
Hiroaki Niihara: Director-General of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI
Yuko Shiozaki: Special Planning Office Head, Executive Officer, Nikkei Inc.
Masakazu Kubota: Director General, Keidanren
- Part 2: Speeches by top executives of leading companies (14:55-16:10)
Fumiya Kokubu: President, Marubeni Corporation
Koji Kakigi: President, JFE Steel Corporation
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi: Chairman, Keizai Doyukai; Chairperson, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
- Part 3: Panel discussion by persons responsible for personnel affairs (16:20-17:30)
Motohiro Morishima: Professor, Faculty of Economics/Vice President, Gakushuin University
Kenichi Nagasaki: Director, Personnel Department, SoftBank Corp.
Katsuyoshi Sugita: Head of HR, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
Makiko Hamase: Head of Global HR, Corporate Director, LIXIL Group
Yuji Mizuno: Senior Editorial Writer/Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
- Part 4: Expectations of universities toward industrial players (17:30-17:50)
Hiroki Yamaguchi: Chair, Working Group for Employment Issues; President, Saitama University
- Closing speech (17:50-18:00)
Hiroshige Seko: Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director General of the Joint Secretariat, Council on Mid-Career Recruitment and the Recruitment of Experienced Professionals
4. Scenes of the Symposium
- * Scenes of the Symposium will become available on YouTube. Click “March 26, 2019: Symposium” to be posted soon.
5. Related URL
Division in Charge
Human Resouces Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau