Inside Japan 1: Jesper Thomsen 2/2

Dr. Adam Kassab, Professor of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, invites a variety of guests from around the world to discuss people, culture and business from an “Inside Japan” perspective. The very first guest is Mr. Jesper Segelcke Thomsen, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Danish Embassy Tokyo.

Inside Japan No.1 – 2/2

Inside Japan No.1 – 1/2

Guest: Jesper Segelcke Thomsen, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Danish Embassy Tokyo
Host: Adam Kassab, GLOBIS
Date: April 27, 2012
Venue:GLOBIS Tokyo campus, Japan
Duration: 12:58

Comments from the series host
Jesper Thomsen from the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo shares his impressions and insights on life and work in Japan and compares this to the 6 countries he has been stationed in during his diplomatic career. Other topics he touches on are the March 11 earthquake of 2011, Denmark’s carbon free vision for the future, work life balance, Japan “surprises”, robotics cooperation between Denmark and Japan and tips for success in Japan and for Japanese people to succeed outside of their home country, what it means to be “global” and possible future scenarios for Japan’s maturing economy. Many thanks to Jesper from GLOBIS for his wonderfully informative, interesting and enjoyable interview.

Adam Kassab, GLOBIS


International affairs specialist. Experience from both field level and capitial level. Very diverse experiences, including development policy and implementation, security policy, and peace support, classic diplomacy.

Political economy, Peace-builiding, diplomacy, Balkans, Macedonia, Japan, South Asia, Pakistan, Nepal, development, counter terrorism, elections.


Dr. Kassab has extensive business experience across Asia as well as in Europe and the USA. He has held senior positions at Sanyo Electric, a global Japanese electronics manufacturer, Mercer, a US based global HR Consulting firm, and most recently at Culture Convenience Club, the dominant Japanese player in the consumer entertainment and lifestyle sector. His work has ranged from facilitating European wide strategic planning sessions aimed at exploring synergies and enhancing competitiveness, developing ways to internationalize and globalize business operations, and implementing change programs for overseas subsidiaries.

As well as his strong professional background he also recently completed doctoral research looking into the use of Stories and Storytelling in Organizations as a tool for inspiring employees and bringing about visionary change.

Bachelors degree, History & Philosophy of Science and Philosophy, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, International Resources and Development Studies, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, Organization Change, Ashridge Management Center (UK); Doctoral Research, Hitotsubashi University (JPN)