International Workshop - 26 Feb 2016

  • Date

  • Location

    Curian (Small Hall) (address: 5-18-1 Higashi-oi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)
  • Organizers

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Shinagawa City

- Diversity Management in Workplaces: Do Japanese Firms Provide Attractive and Fulfilling Working Environment? -


Time and Date: 13:30 – 17:00, Friday, 26 February 2016 (doors open at 12:30)
Venue: Curian (Small Hall) (address: 5-18-1 Higashi-oi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)
Organisers: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Shinagawa City
Supporters: Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)



Until recently, Japanese firms based in Japan were used to hire only Japanese nationals out of fear to facing challenges posed by diversity in workplaces. However, in view of the society’s aging population and low birthrates, it is important for the whole of Japan to work towards the employment of talented workers regardless of age, gender and nationality, who could bring fresh ideas and new perspectives. Individual contributions of these diverse workers are essential to sustain and strengthen the creativity and competitiveness of Japanese economy. Moreover, it is also indispensable to reaffirm that employment is one of the fundamental elements of each individual’s stability when aiming for acceptance and successful integration of foreign nationals coming to and living in Japan.

Although several employment issues exist, the workshop specifically focuses on the working environment in Japanese firms employing foreign workers under the overall theme of “Diversity Management in Workplaces: Do Japanese firms provide attractive and fulfilling working environment?” The workshop consists of two parts.

(1) Individual presentation by a foreign expert and a Japanese expert on human resource management at global enterprises.

(2) Panel discussion on current situation, challenges, and areas of improvement regarding diversity management in Japan, by examining the issues such as multicultural coexistence at workplaces and attractive, enabling and fulfilling working environment in Japanese firms employing foreign workers. The panelists include a business executive, a foreign worker, and a human resource consultant.


* English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation and sign language interpretation provided


13:30 Introduction

13:35 Opening Remarks by
Mr. Yoji MUTO, State Minister for Foreign Affairs (tentative)
Mr. Takeshi HAMANO, Mayor of Shinagawa City

13:45 Keynote Speech by
Amb. William Lacy SWING, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM)

(14:00 15 min. break)

14:15 Presentation by a guest foreign expert
Associate Prof. Hendrik MEYER-OHLE, Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore and Visiting Scholar Waseda University
* The attendance of Prof. Alice LAM, Organization Studies at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London cancelled due to accident

14:35 Presentation by a national expert
Dr. Mitsuhide SHIRAKI, Professor of Labor Policy and Human Resource Management at Faculty of Political Science and Economics, and President of the Institute for Transnational HRM, Waseda University

(14:55 20 min. break)

15:15 Panel Discussion (including Q&A)
Chair: Mr. Masayuki KITAURA, Counsellor, Japan Productivity Center
Mr. Ken TAMARU, Director, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
Ms. Sook Ja PARK, Appassionata, Inc., Diversity & Worklife Consultant
Mr. Masakatsu HIOKI, Advisor to Komatsu
Ms. Qing YU, Sony Corporation, human resource

16:55 Closing Remarks by
Mr. Masaki NOKE, Director-General, Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA

17:00 End

Workshop venue

Curian (Small Hall)
(address: 5-18-1 Higashi-oi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)

[By train]
One minute walk from Oimachi station
(JR Keihin -Tohoku Line, Tokyu Oimachi Line, Rinkai Line)

* Please use public transportation to travel to the venue.


Registration deadline: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Registraion period is over.

- Advanced registration is required for attending the workshop. Those without advanced registration will not be admitted to the workshop.
- Personal data submitted to the secretariat will be properly administered and used exclusively for the purpose of the management of the workshop.
- The secretariat will not send emails, fax, etc. to confirm the receipt of registration.
- The registrants will be notified by the secretariat in case they are not able to attend the workshop due to limited seating.