Lecturer; Mr. Hideya, Taida, Trading Company 

2006年02月27日(月) 18時18分
Lectured in Nov.17/05
Assigned in Nov.24/05


What he stressed in the end of the class as the conclusion was “direct communication within the company is a key.” The bigger the number of employees a company holds, the more difficult to know each other. It was really what I am afraid when working in a company which has huge departments and branches in many places or even in one tall building. Because I often thinking about how presidents or leaders of big companies, especially world widely expanded ones, can communicate with their subordinates? As other lecturers said in previous classes, they are trying to communicate with the employees such as through e-mails or blogs.

I am keeping a diary in my blog for half a month and I found that some companies advertise the merit of house blogs in working situation. The system will bring many good effects on working. Employees can easily suggest their own idea to a project listed on the blog by through e-mail so that they can save the time to have many meetings and they can more concentrate on their own work. However, it is still difficult situation in communicating with others in working places. For example, as Mr. Taida said, employees are sending e-mails to whom sitting next to him/her. The situation causes not only less communicative circumstances, but also less interest to personality of the employees in the company. Direct communicating with others in the company is important in working smoothly, but there are many other ways to change or improve the situation for it.

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Lecturer; Mr. Yoshihisa Komori, Editor-at-large 

2005年12月22日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Dec. 15/05
Assigned in Dec.22/05


Since I am very interested in journalism, both speaking and writing skills in English and Japanese which he stressed will be keys which get my dream close to me. As president Nakajima often talks to us, we have to keep our language level of English as well as Japanese. I understand the reason why he talks it several times in front of us because we are expected to be bilinguals in society, especially outside of Japan. The first few months after entering AIU last year, I couldn’t ignore that my Japanese was getting worse as English skills were in progress in EAP program. I was really embarrassed when talking with my family and friends who can’t speak English at all. I naturally said to them in a mixture of English and Japanese as same as I and other students were talking at AIU. So we have to keep not only English but also Japanese language skills for our any careers in the future. To keep it, I am going to read Mr. Komori’s article posted almost everyday by a department (?) in Washington D.C., Sankei Shinbun on the Internet. I hope his comments will let me be curious about the issue he wrote, and thus my world will be getting bigger, broader, and my choices of future careers will also be lager in many areas which I can’t expect that I would find any hint for the future.

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Lecturer; Mr. Masahiko Touma, Prudential Insurance Company 

2005年12月15日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Dec.08/05
Assigned in Dec.15/05


What he talked and suggested us was actually very important and effective, but difficult to do it. For its example, going to where nobody has ever gone, going to companies nobody knows were explained by him. What he intended by explaining them might be a clue for us how to cope with our jobs or workload when facing difficulty. I strongly agree with his idea that “Do Nobody Did” because everyone has his/her need(s) and wants to get them met. In a TV program I watched almost 5 years ago, Mr. Shinsuke Shimada, who is a famous comedian in Japan, were talking about changing his job. He said that he would quit his job and want to get a new job just after he become 50 years old. Sometimes he joined a meeting in the computer company, and talked about an issue with other members who were younger than him. At that time, he felt that how cool they were because they knew what he didn’t, and their worlds were actually larger than his. Once he and the president of the company had a dinner together, the president said to him that “If there is no need, we can’t do anything; if there is a need, we can do everything to get the need met.” Not only he, but also I was very impressed his word as well as Mr. Toma stressed us in the class.

Often “Nobody Knows” will be thought something afraid and fearful, but any things containing “Nobody Knows” can bring us a big chance in business.

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Lecturer; Mr. Kimura Yoshio, EPSON 

2005年12月08日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Dec.01/05
Assigned in Dec.08/05


What I was impressed was the answer and attitudes toward employment of the head of the employment department in EPSON. He seemed to be very critical and sometimes too critical when answering questions. But he let me notice how employment is important for both companies and employees, and how actually difficult to work.

When I go to some websites of employment department in companies, there are often information about recruitment by using self-checking sheets, visiting OB and OG or entry to participate in the company-student parties. Office of Academic Affairs and Mr. Genjima sometimes send e-mails to inform students to go to websites in order to know current situation of employment because the time of graduating from AIU and working at companies come soon after coming back to Japan from studying abroad. They think AIU students have a little knowledge and information in employment and actually we do. Not only I but also all 1st and 2nd year students have to pay attention to real situation of workplaces at least in Japan.

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Lecturer; Ms. Kumiko Bando, Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Technology 

2005年12月01日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Nov.24/05
Assigned in Dec.01/05


Now I am writing a paper in Cultural Anthropology about a relationship between reducing birth rate and access to higher educational level for women. Today, her experience gave me some ideas and current situations of women between childbearing and career. As she told us in the latter part of the class, she asked some social supports such as after-school care of schoolchildren or nursery school, and support from the office of Ministry which was established by laws. Several years ago in Japan, the law named Equal Employment opportunity and Treatment Between Men and Women in Employment was established to support both child rearing and continuum of both her and his career situations. Another support actually came from her families’ helps and understandings.

In my paper, I also suggested that social supports should be more extended than now, for men and women at all ages, in all industries. From the fact in Sweden, even though the percentage of women who engage in work outside of their houses was increased, the birth rate keeps the number of children constantly. Often Japanese people have a conflict with the government that the all kinds of taxes are high. To be honest, from the world wide view, the percentage is very low compared with other industrialized countries. I think there is only one way to stop reducing the number of baby with keeping the ratio of women who is working on their fields – society should offer stable support as well as men’s understandings toward women’s situations.

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Lecturer; Mr. Katsuya Konishi, Journalist 

2005年11月17日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Nov.10/05
Assigned in Nov.17/05


I was very looking forward to listening to his lecture from the beginning of this class because I had a time to think about being a journalist last year. Now, I am interested in how internet media works for people since I started using computer and internet almost everyday in AIU. As Mr. Konishi said in the first part of his lecture, Mr. Mikitani, who is a president of Rakuten, are trying to get more close to television media. It is very innovative, I think, because the new media will bring us curiosity about anything which happened from in the neighbors to in the meeting at U.N. by containing both the power of the internet, which serves the amount of information and the speed of communicating with people all over the world, and the television power, which attracts many people’s attention at a time, and the tool that everyone has rather than internet. However, there are many problems in both internet and television; TV news tend to tell one thing when it happened or occurred usually, especially it talks about the local news. Internet, on the other hand, it offers us much information about almost everything even individual ones, and the information are often shown without any proofs of source, permission, so, sometimes the information on the Internet is unreliable. In addition, nowadays interpreters are one of the successors in the world because of increasing of internationalized knowledge and experiences. Quoting Mr. Konishi’s word, “‘Internationalize’ is important because it lets us know people from different cultures through English.” English, used as one of common languages world widely, is now catching many attentions from people especially in terms of academic disciplines, not conversational.

Today’s lecture let me think about how media and English are related, and it will be very informative for me when structuring the systems and institutions of media in my future career.

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Lecturer; Mr. Hiroshi Minoura, VP, Mitsui Sumitomo Bank 

2005年11月10日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Oct.27/05
Assigned in Nov.10/05


I felt this class was most close to actual presentation which we will attend in near the future. Not only the preparation of today’s class including pamphlets, but also the way of speaking were really well-trained and attractive for me. I was sure why he could be in the position in the big bank from these points I felt, so I want to imitate his good behaviors in my future career.

What I was impressed was “the last 30 seconds,” which Mr. Minoura suggested us when Dr. Doi asked him how to study English and what strategy was effective. Using the flat stick, he practiced how to pronounce “R” and “L” differently after school once a week. Actually some suggest it is important for language learners to practice pronunciations, others prefer learning complete grammar. Anyway, both are tended to help to become a fluent English speaker, which are especially concentrating on conversation. For 6 years, in senior school and high school, all Japanese students did study, not learn English in term of communication. After coming back to my room, I remembered English class in schools…just writing on the note from the blackboard, reading the skit together with classmates,…boring! So I am very happy to be here now.

His lecture let me think about the attitudes toward my career in the future, and the ineffective English teaching style in Japan, which may bring the decline of education level.

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Lecturer; Mr. Yoji Umetani, the President of Royal Casual Dinning Company 

2005年10月27日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Oct. 20/05
Assigned in Oct. 27/05


I have grown up in rural part of south Akita, with seeing the growth of vegetables and fruits in fields, rice field and even in mountains around my house. So I am very interested in the relationship between resources (foods) and humans. In this lecture, the company held Food Education class for children, which stimulates their feelings and attitudes toward the importance of food. When I was a student in senior school, one of my friends asked me “pumpkins are growing on the ground, right?” “Pumpkins…?!” I was really disappointed because he didn’t know what he ate. Since then, I am afraid of how many people, including both adults and children, know the process of foods growth. I was impressed the try to educate children by inviting farmers as the teachers. Also I want to encourage all people to participate in growing plants at home. Seeing and keeping touch with how a plant on the table in kitchen grows everyday even in a house can attract their thinking toward what food is and what life is.

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Lecturer; Mr. Kenji Ikeura, Nissan Motors 

2005年10月13日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Oct.06/05
Assigned in Oct.13/05


The revival plan suggested by Mr. Carlos Ghosn, CEO in Nissan Motors, is very impressive idea. Especially his fourth idea of Management Innovation, which is Coherent management, should be applied for many companies because it says customers’ view points are criteria of judgment in administration and management of the company. As Mr. Smink, Executive Assistant Manager in Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel, emphasized in the last lecture, we let all customers feel satisfied in the all services, which requires many ideas and views from the customers. Because we all work for the other peoples, others’ opinions are very important for all organizations. The second point, which seems normal requirement, but surprising one, was “execution.” At any moment in our life, we decided many things when facing problems or just choosing lunch menu. So I am sure that anyone cannot execute what he or she decided even he or she is needed quick response to a suddenly happened problem. However, he or she should be responsible to the decision when executing it. Sometimes we hesitate to do what we decided even though we really want to do it or it is very necessary for us. This situation can be seen in all people’s life many times because execution needs more energy than deciding what we want to do or have to do. Moreover, my decision will have much effect on others’ works or relationships, we need much more energy to execution.

Through Mr. Ikeura’s lecture, talking about how Nissan got rid of the deficit with Mr. Carlos Ghosn CEO, I am much influenced by the very simple but effective his views on global competitive company.

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Lecturer; Mr. Hideyuki Kanenari, Senior Executive Officer, Japan Airlines 

2005年09月29日(木) 16時15分
Lectured in Sep.22/05
Assigned in Sep.29/05


As my feeling, today’s lecture of Mr. Kanenari was very practical and informal lecture because of the point – companies have very important role in safe to the customers. What impressed me was one of the very first slides, entitled “Typical Job Flows of an Airline.” Mr. Kanenari explained that Maintenance and Flight Operation/Cargo were important aspects because these were directly responsible to the flight safety, which should be ranked no.1. Before his lecture, I imagined works in airline companies might tend to advertise in promotion. Cabin attendants in airline companies seemed advertising career, in which categorized I don’t like. However, through his lecture, I couldn’t help feeling how these kinds of service were important, difficult. Also I assumed that service career might be interesting and fulfilled one. Not only service career, but also all kinds of works require having many relationships between one and others. We are not working for computers, but working for people in front of me. More widely speaking, we are interacting with many people to live in and I can say even one interaction with Mr. Kanenari will be a dramatic change in my attitude for career-decision.

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