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Report from Participants in the 1st Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program [Date of Issue: 31/January/2014 No.0227-0919]

Date of Issue: 31/January/2014

Report from Participants in the 1st Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program


This fiscal year, the Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) has launched the Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program as a means of promoting exchange among young professionals and, as a result, further strengthening economic relations between Japan and the Mekong region. The 1st Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program was held in December 2013, bringing to Japan five young professionals from companies in Myanmar. Program participants visited Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto, where they exchanged views with experts and visited companies, deepening their understanding of bilateral relations between Japan and Myanmar, the high quality, high technology and safety which are the strengths as well as the uniqueness of Japanese companies, and the culture and history of Japan which underpin these. This report summarizes participants' strongest impressions from the program.
This program was subsidized by JKA through its promotion funds from KEIRIN RACE.


Ms. Ei Kay Thwe Khine
Executive Director, Senior Consultant
Japan SAT Consulting Co., Ltd.

We have visited to many interesting places during the program. Every place made me amazed. One of the impressive experiences I have encountered was visiting to Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen General Control Center. It was really amazing. I have learned lots of things in this visit.

The maximum speed of Tokaido Shinkansen is 250~270km/h. But, there is zero passenger fatality or injuries due to the train accident such as derailment or collision. Not even in the Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011. The annual average delay is 0.6 minutes/operational train. The control center is a vital part and do not excuse a tiny little mistake. All of the members need to pay full attention to their jobs all the times.

When we went to the station, I saw a group of women, wearing same pink track suits, were waiting for the train too. They were the world's famous cleanup crews of the Shinkansen. I named them by myself, "The Pink Ladies". When all the passengers went out of the train, they went into and started to perform their duties. Their moves were so fast and so professional. Within 7 minutes, the train was in a ready-to-go condition; clean, neat, and tidy. They are supporting to keep the trains running on time. You can see high level performance and skills of the Japanese people.

Many amazing experiences are left to share. Right now, we are still left behind. To promote our lives, and our country, we have to learn Japanese's sprits of doing business.

Ms. Hanefa Dawood
Senior Accountant
Finance Department
NTT Data Myanmar Co., Ltd.

Culture exists in every society. It is the specific learned norms based on attitudes, values and beliefs. Japan is a wondrous country filled with a rich culture heritage and many customs that are different from those in other countries. Some of them are very unique, admirable and worth desired to be attained. The 1st Asia - Japan Youth Leadership program organized by IIST gave me a chance to study and experience Japanese business and social culture. The most impressive features that I noticed and appreciated are retaining of traditional values in today's modern business environment and punctuality.

In Japan, a lot of emphasis is put on respect and honor. Politeness and meeting manners are key aspects of Japanese business culture. Unlike other countries, formal business meetings in Japan are initiated with warm greetings and humble behavior towards each other. In addition, bowing, exchanging of business cards, gift giving as well as types of conducts are must to know facts during business gatherings.

Punctuality, which is one of the essences of success, is highly valued by the Japanese. It is believed by them that if you are not 10 minutes early, you are late. Being on time or a bit early is a Japanese norm. Japanese railway transportation is one of the outstanding examples of punctuality. Tokaido Shinkansen, the high speed bullet train, has a record of only 0.6 minutes of delay in a whole year.

It was only heard and read of Japan being a developed, culture rich country possessing high technology. Due to the kind gratitude of my CEO from NTT DATA Myanmar and the authorities from IIST, I got a chance to visit Japan and participate in the programs where I witnessed the properties and values of Japan that are very impressive and praiseworthy, which have pushed the country to a successful and prosperous state.

Mr. Kyaw Dewa
Central Executive Committee member
Union of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)
Managing Director
UKD World-Class International Co., Ltd.

First of all, let me tell that the development of Japan is very attractive for young people like us from a developing country. We envy the Japanese styles of hardworking for their businesses and its economy.

Traditional values in Japanese society ( ie shame, reserve, thoughtfulness, modesty, frugality, patience, filial piety, humanity and justice, courtesy ) and 5S ( Sorting, Setting in order, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining the discipline ) & 3S* ( Manner, Firmly and Persistently ) are very remarkable in our mind.
*3 Japanese words which start with an "s", i.e. sahou, shikkari and shitsukoku

Even though we came from the developing country and we are of young ages, there were not only the program was systematically designed, but also IIST high officials in person treated us the VIP treatment, excellent accommodation during the whole program and those who we met at the visiting places received us and explained about their businesses with full of respect. I deeply acknowledge.

My unforgettable experience that visiting Obayashi Corporation came to explore their efficient construction period, 100 percent safety of their workers till the successful completion of TOKYO SKYTREE, the Core Column technology using for vibration control system, etc. Of course, visiting TOKYO SKYTREE as well!

We wish the Japanese Economy for embracing more and more fruitful modernization and development with ''Abenomics'' among the world countries.

Ms. Lai Lai Aye
Executive Committee member
Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association
Chairperson
Mandalar Minn Express

The year 2013 is one of the best periods in my life. I'd been very happy when I received the accepted letter from IIST (Institute for International Studies and Training). The name of the training program is "The 1st Asia- Japan Young Leadership Program". I'm very lucky to get the chance, represented from the organization MYEA (Myanmar Young Entrepreneur's Association).

The most impressive experience during the program is Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen General Control Center . The core of JR Central's operations is the Tokaido Shinkansen. While I'd visited Tokyo station. My line of business is intercity transportation. So I had learned not only about the company's structure but also about service, performance and so on. That why, I can apply to my knowledge to my business.

In my first trip to Japan, I have so many experience in day by day. The results of technological developments made achieved Japanese business. Transport and tourism on the allowance reserve plan for the large scale renovation of the infrastructure.

Japanese business have been continuously working on research and development mainly at their research facility. So they have succeeded in developing a new method. Renovations to replace and strengthen existing structures to improve .That can make their work efficiency through the improvement and the latest equipment. They also care about environment.

Today, the global warming is the pressing issue. When we are doing our business, we need to make many environmentally- friendly project .That will be meaningful for all of us. When I visit Japanese companies, they always make for environment sector. So good to the healthy lifestyle cultural is alive and well in Japan.

Japanese government was designed with sustainable practices in mind. It's commitment to reduce more electrical and geo thermal energy sources. That's make peaceful, beautiful and beloved nature.

So I had experience the latest technologies of respective companies. Also I can apply and share my experience to my organization and my business. You can find safety, new technology, systematically, environmentally and friendship when you visit Japan.

I leave my article with the words "Thanks a lot to IIST, MYEA and UMFCCI".

Mr. Pyi Soe Maw
Project Manager
Offshore Development Center
DIR-ACE Technology Ltd,

Japan and Myanmar relation was strongest among Asian countries known as "Special Relations" or "Historically friendly relationship" very long time ago before current Myanmar's emerging economy. In order to strengthen the relationship and had more understanding for doing better business with Myanmar and Japan, IIST (Institute for International Studies and Training) has begun the 1st Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program and invited Myanmar Leaders from different sectors.

I could get a lot of knowledge and experiences of Japanese Culture and history from this program. At the beginning of this program, orientation session, the presentations of Mr.Toshihiro Kudo from Institute of Developing Economies, IDE and Mr.Koichiro Akatsu from IIST were so impressive and interesting for me because of their topics. I can understand how the Myanmar-Japan relationship was before and why the Japan is so active to support Myanmar to become develop. Honestly, some of the facts from the presentation given by Mr.Toshihiro Kudo and Mr.Koichiro Akatsu were unknown for me. So, I believe that it is really valuable for all the program participants.

The discussion of Obayashi Corporation and other big companies, Visiting to Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and Eriko Horiki and Associates' washi show room gave me a lot of thinking about the importance of keeping own tradition with innovative idea and regular maintenance. As a conclusion, the 1st Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program was very impressive with excellence discussion and program structure.


Participants

Related Page
The Asia-Japan Young Leadership Program -Myanmar- (FY2013)


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