Inside Japan 13: Yukiko Watanabe 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 thirteenth guest is Ms. Yukiko Watanabe, Director, Be Unique Co.,Ltd.

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Inside Japan No.13 – Yukiko Watanabe Part2

Guest: Yukiko Watanabe, Director, Iidabashi Japanese Language School, Be Unique Co.,Ltd.
Host: Adam Kassab, GLOBIS
Date: February 28 2013
Venue: GLOBIS University
Duration: 11:23

Guest Speaker

After graduating from college, Yukiko Watanabe underwent 420 hours of training and lectures on teaching Japanese, and then went on to become a full-time lecturer at a Japanese language school in Bangkok.

After returning to Japan, she served as a sales associate at Recruit Holdings while also volunteering on weekends to provide Japanese lessons for foreigners living in Japan. In 2000, she and her fellow volunteers founded the offering part-time lessons to foreign residents. To date, the school has provided Japanese lessons to over 3,000 students catering to their need for flexible, reasonable, and conversation-focused instruction. In 2009, she and her staff co-wrote the textbook "Nihongo Fun and Easy," aimed at beginning learners of Japanese. The phrase "Fun Japanese!" which is also in the URL, is the school's motto. Founded on the principle that "having fun while studying accelerates the learning process," they have come up with a lot of original content so that they can offer fun and effective lessons.


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)