SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies – Implications for Japanese Studies Teaching & Research


Date: 6 November 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 7 November 2017Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Japanese companies are important employers of university graduates with knowledge on Japan and Japanese language skills. Yet, much of this employment has happened in overseas subsidiaries and often graduates have seen limited career opportunities. Recently, Japanese companies have begun to hire graduates for employment in Japan itself and have also reemphasized the need to localize their overseas subsidiaries. These trends coincide with universities having become more interested in the employability of their graduates. This conference aims to assess these developments and explore how Japanese studies and language teaching as well as research should respond. The conference brings together international representatives of Japanese studies and language departments, Japanese company executives, employment agents, as well as Japanese studies students and graduates to address the following questions:

  • How has the employment of foreign employees in Japanese companies changed since the 2000s?
  • What kind of skills are Japanese companies looking for when employing foreign graduates?
  • What have been their experiences with foreign graduates, what lessons have been learned, and what changes to company practices have been made?
  • What are Japanese Studies departments currently doing to prepare their graduates for employment in Japanese companies and how can or should the new trend be accommodated?
  • How can language and studies curricula be improved to facilitate the successful employment of graduates?
  • What kind of extra-curricular activities, such as work placements or career advice sessions, are currently being offered and how can they be improved?
  • How should foreign graduate employment in Japan be researched in the future to develop a more nuanced understanding of changes over time?

The full schedule can be read here.


This event is free but registration is required. Please register here.


  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
  • Japan Foundation
  • The Japan Foundation Endowment Committee
  • School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
  • SOAS, University of London
  • British Association for Japanese Studies
  • British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • JETRO London
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK

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