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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"


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The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.

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Name: Yohei Shibasaki
Fourth Valley Concierge Inc.
Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1975.
Sophia University School of Foreign Languages English Department graduate.
After graduating, he worked at Sony Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment.
After leaving the company peacefully in September, 2007, he founded Fourth Valley Concierge Inc. in November of the same year, becoming the representative director.

It is fun to constantly do things that are new and exciting.
How was your experience as a university student? What inspired you to think globally?
  At the university, from 3pm to late at night, all I did was American Football. I barely attended my classes during the daytime. I founded a social circle that interacts with international students. I entered Sophia University with a global image, but almost everyone on campus was Japanese at the time.
There were many international students at the Ichigaya Campus, and I felt it was meaningless for me to be attending that university unless I interact more with those foreign students. So I traveled back and forth between campuses every day, eating lunch and spending time with the international students. When I had time off from American Football practice, I went on vacations with the international students.
When did I start thinking globally? I lived in England in my childhood. I think that inspired it. The idea of having a global platform in the future has always been vaguely in my mind since I was very little. That feeling became stronger as I grew older, and I chose my university for that reason.
When it was time to get employed, the only global company in Japan that I could think of was Sony. With the dream of becoming an active player in the world, I entered Sony.

What is your current job?
  We support Japan’s leading global companies in hiring outstanding new graduates from all over the world. For example, we hold job hunting events and career counseling. This is because, what I noticed the most when I was at Sony was the high level of the world’s top talents. Japan is skilled at engineering, but we have always lost to the global level of professionalism in fields such as corporate planning and marketing. I watched many incredible people around the world, and wanted to bring them to the head offices of Japanese global companies.
The global standard way of working is completely opposite of the Japanese approach, so this is something I explain thoroughly to the international students that are job-hunting. We are currently linked with 700 universities in over 30 countries, and are creating a global network through research. The human resource industry was originally domestic, but I imagined that if we include the entire world, the market would become something completely different. This becomes very exciting, and is a type of international exchange as well, so I think this is a new business model with a strong impact. Our goal now is to stop specializing in only foreigners, and become a company that handles excellence from all over the world.

Is there anything you keep in mind when dealing with people from foreign countries?
  Two things: First, whether they are Japanese or foreign, I treat them exactly the same. And second, my actions cannot be too Japanese-oriented. I try to match the global standard as much as possible. If I treat the foreign employees with too much extra care, it would be disrespectful to the Japanese employees. There are all types of people at the company.
When the company was founded, we hired international students as part-time workers. When I called out to them to lend their intelligence in founding a new company, I received an incredible amount of applications. If we were to create a business for foreigners, it was important for me to be with foreigners and always listen to their opinions, thinking together with them in creating a business for foreigners.


The Japanese new graduates are the loosest in the world. New graduates still lack a lot of experience.
Japanese students are said to be very inward-oriented. What do you think about that?
  When you look at the entirety of Japanese students, there may be an increase in that inward way of thinking. However, I do not feel that type of mentality from any of the students that I interact with, the type that enter companies that represent Japan. From the students that I deal with on a daily basis, the ones that are going to carry the future of Japan, I do not foresee an increase of that type of inward mentality, not one bit. Not all of them need to be global, but, the ones up top that are going to spread their wings to the world, I doubt they think that way at all.
Also, it is not the students’ fault that they are being seen as inward-thinking. I think the responsibility lies in the Japanese companies and society. I believe that Japan’s old business structure and system are affecting the Japanese students in a negative way. If you get rid of mass employment, more students would study abroad. If a more direct way of employment was adopted like they do overseas –through internship, and later, employment when both parties feel a match— there would be less 1-day internships and more long-term internships in Japan. I think the fall of Japanese presence is a much worse influence than the Japanese students’ inward mentality.

How do you perceive the Japanese universities today?
  This can be answered through the comparison of Japanese students and students overseas. Through seeing students from all over the world, Japan is comparatively weak at competitions. This is not only in studies, but for all things. To be frank, Japan’s new graduates are the loosest in the world. Japan’s job-hunting is now a social problem, but the nomination rate is the loosest in the world.
Japan is the only country in the world that does graduate recruitment throughout the country. For example, Korean new graduates compete with people that are going through a change of occupation, so there is no way a student can win. In Japan, there is mass employment so it is actually very easy to get employed. Long-term employment is the cultural norm in Japan, so the number of people employed is very large. The global standard, however, is the exact opposite.
Overseas, the average number of years a top new graduate stays employed at the first company they enter is 3 years. Skills and abilities are necessary to be employed at a top-level company overseas, so a students’ major at the university links directly to employment. Everyone interns for at least 6 months to a year. Their future visions are vivid, and ideas of how they can participate actively in the business world are distinct. Almost nobody thinks about those types of things in Japan.
It is difficult to go against top talents overseas, who are trained to become adults under constant pressure. Therefore, in various fields, many things about the seniors in Japanese universities can be said to be very green, lacking a lot of necessary experience.

The way you spend time at the university affects your consciousness toward the future
What should a student do at the university in preparation for future competition with the world?
  What I recommend to everyone is to study abroad at a leading university in Asia. I think there are still many people who study abroad in America, but it is mostly to study English, and a few extra things. Of course, interaction with Western students is incredible. But the business market of the future is inarguably Asia, and being in contact with Asian talents is extremely valuable in business. I recommend it from this perspective. Leading universities have high-level talents that become future leaders of their countries. Different countries have strengths in different industries, and I think it would be an interesting experience to attend a university or graduate school with a strength that interests you.
My next advice may be a cliché, but I recommend traveling to a developing country while you are a student.
My last advice is to experience working. I think it is an important process to review your business senses at an early stage by using about 1 month of your summer vacation to challenge long-term internship at a company. This allows you to strongly link your future career with your remaining student life. Your consciousness should change through extracurricular activities. And I think universities and companies need to provide these types of environments.

In your own words, please describe a “high-level global talent”
  It is someone that strives to reach the top of the world. The word “top” has various descriptions, but I mean it as someone that strives to better themselves to a high level. I believe these types of talents will be in demand from now on. What is the most important is the desire to reach the top, and the strength of that feeling.
No matter how excellent you are, you cannot go there if you do not have a strong heart. People with strong hearts put in effort, so they always go up. Every excellent student I have ever met has always had strong ambition. Not a single person has that “I’m fine with whatever” attitude. They are highly ambitious with solid ideas of how they want to change their country and the world. Being skilled in language does not make you a global talent. English skills are necessary, of course, but that is different from global talent. What is important is the ambition, and people with strong hearts are valued.
Fourth Valley Concierge Inc.  

Editorial note
Starting a little later than usual, the job-hunting season for this year has officially begun. While many students begin thinking about employment after entering this season, Mr. Shibasaki’s wish for students to reconfirm their connection with society, and live their university life with their careers in mind at all times, has left a big impression in me.
Experiencing long-term internship with a purpose, increasing contact with working members of society, and expanding your area of activity, may be some of the first steps to finding out the mechanism of society. Through this interview, in addition to seeing the difference of job hunting in Japan and overseas, I felt a strong difference in the students’ consciousness towards employment, making me feel tense and humbled.
Sin Riku (School of International Liberal Studies)

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