First Time in Japan
Where are you going to stay? What about the food? How can we contact you? How are you going to manage all the finances? and more and more questions were fired at me by my parents while I was preparing to leave for work in Japan. Although I had faith in my abilities to accustom myself to unfavourable situations, somewhere in the back of my mind I knew these questions were legit.>>Read more
Teleworking & Remote Language Lessons
These days people in Tokyo are getting tired of the rush hour commutes in and out of downtown Tokyo. In fact, the Founder of our company has often commented on this uncomfortable time on the crowded trains, and how wonderful it would be if more workers could telework. To this end, he has instituted a progressive policy for permitting staff to telework once or twice a week whenever possible.
ENGLISH NIGHT OUT
July 12, 2019
Once again the employees of e-Jan Networks gathered for a lovely evening at Maharaja. A few times per year, the company hosts an evening where we can practice our conversational and business English skills in a social setting. This was our 2nd visit there.
Here at e-Jan Networks there are a lot of new ideas happening everyday. Staff are given encouragement to relax and tap into their creative and imaginative brain. In every group and department, there are hard working staff that constantly are trying to solve problems and not just complain about them.
19th Anniversary Party in Kochi
In March, we held a 19th anniversary party celebrating the foundation of the company in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture.
Darden Students Visit 2019
On May 13th, our CEO Shiro Sakamoto invited MBA students and a panel of experts from his alma mater, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to e-Jan.>>Read more
Orientation&Welcome Party for 'Naiteisha'
In mid-January, e-Jan held an orientation seminar as well as welcome party for our prospective employees at the company.
‘Prospective employees', in Japanese, 'Naiteisha'(内定者), here means ‘students that have received and accepted our job offers’.
Signal 'cups' at desks
A part of her unique cultures of e-Jan is that allowing all employees to freely cultivate and create new things by themselves.
Today, we are going to introduce something that brought by developers at e-Jan to this company by themselves, 'signal lights' at desks.
Tori-no-ichi Festival 2018‘Tori-no-ichi’ is a festival that accordingly originated at Asakusa area during Edo period (1603-1868). People in Japan, especially in Tokyo, believe that praying and offering to the God of Otori (Otori means giant bird in Japanese, namely the eagle here) can bring you back good fortune, health and business prosperity. >>Read more
The impact of ‘Telework Day’/远程办公日
In anticipation of severe transit congestion due to high intercity traffic during the London 2012 Summer Olympics & Paralympics, London’s transport system called for alternate workstyles such as teleworking (a.k.a. telecommuting). Many companies and residents took part in this movement and began teleworking. As a result, in addition to avoiding traffic congestion during the London 2012 Summer Olympics & Paralympics, companies that implemented telework developed infrastructure for business continuity, reported a rise in employee productivity and satisfaction, and improvements to work-life balance.
各类宣传和试行的结果，不仅是成功地在伦敦奥运会及残奥会期间，使城市的交通压力得到极大缓解；引进远程办公制度的企业也借此契机构筑并完善其业务延续性计划（Business Continuity Plan，简称BCP），促进了生产力的同时更让员工对于公司的满意度也得以提升。而从员工处，也得到了因为可以远程办公而让自己可以更好地平衡工作与生活等正面反馈。
Communication is a powerful tool
Communication can be a powerful tool especially when combined with a proactive and positive attitude.
Learning a new language is not just memorizing vocabulary and words; it’s about opening up your mind to a whole new perspective on life.
When you’re open to learning, not only English but, learning anything, you’re more likely to see opportunities arise. Those can be business opportunities, new friendships and even relationships, etc.
Chinese traditional holidays/festivals in Japan
On June.18th, 2018, May.5th by Chinese lunar calendar, many Chinese people in Tokyo celebrated one of their traditional festivals, namely, Duan Wu (端午), or Dragon Boat Festival in English.
Traditionally, people shall eat zongzi (a kind of rice dumplings), and do dragon boat racing, in memory of the tragic death of one of the most influential poets, writers in China, Qu Yuan. >>Read more
BIG John's BIG Picture
If you're one of those employees thinking, "Man, that bonus isn't enough to make me study English. It's too hard. It's too time consuming. I don't need English. I've lived this long just fine without it." Or something similar to this, to make you want to give up before you start. Then I have the following blog advise for you.
Dress code at a workplace in Japan
Many people may have such an image in their minds when talking about a business dress code in Japan, that male employees usually wear a formal suit in black or navy blue, with a button-down shirt inside; whereas female employees tend to dress themselves in a business casual style, which consists with a shirt and a skirt without patterns, often in white, grey, black or blue colour.
e-Jan Kitchen is a monthly event at e-Jan in which a healthy dinner bento is provided for only 500 yen. The bentos are all handmade by a staff member at e-Jan, and every month are made in a different theme.
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Why telework(telecommuting) is becoming important to Japan?
The world has witnessed Japan successfully transform herself from a land of ruins after WWII to a prosperous, highly developed country, with an amazing growth rate in her GDP for decades throughout 1960s to 1980s.
Taking time off in Japanese companies
Japan has a reputation for being a culture of workaholics, but there are of course many allowances for taking time off. Paid time off is given to employees, and companies encourage their employees to use their vacation days.
Trip in Chennai, India: Business feel
About a month ago, I was invited to visit India, and go on numerous client visits together with our colleagues in India. This would be an opportunity for me to see firsthand the Indian market culture and how it runs. I was quite excited but wasn’t exactly sure on what to expect.