Japan Career Day Where College Meets Japanese Companies
• JETRO has been working as a bridge between Japanese
and American business communities, and its survey found that more than
70% of Japanese companies in North America put their priority on human
resources, according to Tsubasa Hashimoto, Director of Public Affairs
in JETRO Chicago.
• Ralph Inforzato, Chief Executive Director of JETRO
Chicago, said that he had asked the President of the North Central College
if he could appoint a team to work with JETRO to develop Japan Career
Day. The President instantly agreed, so the event was realized for the
first time in the Chicagoland area.
• At the venue of Japan Career Day, 13 Japanese companies
opened their booths, and more than 100 students came to talk with them.
• According to James Godo, Assistant Vice President for
External Affairs and Special Assistant to the President, Marketing &
Communications at North Central College, the College has about 2,700 undergraduate
students and about 300 graduate students. Among them, there are about
70 students majoring in Japanese Program and 27 exchange students from
• Professor Fukumi Matsubara, who teaches courses of
the Japanese program at North Central College said that studying abroad
was one of the requirement courses to the students who majored in Japanese
Program, so that the College had five partner colleges in Japan.
• Lawren Moody has taken Japanese programs as the second major. She said that she liked Japanese culture, wanted to know more about it and wanted to know another language. She is interested in working in a Japanese company but was not sure about her future career. “I’ll be going there (Japan) later this year. I think that will give me better ideas. I just want to expose myself as many ways as I can. What a culture is like, business is like,” she said.
• Tyler Willis also likes Japanese culture and respects it. He said that he wanted to learn other languages to know the world better. He is interested in the subject of energy crisis and wants to work between the two cultures in the future.
• Daniel Alacarez is fluent in English and Spanish, so
he is studying the more challenging language of Japanese. Especially,
he likes kanji characters, which carry many meanings on each one. “That
was special to me, so I decided to keep going.”
• A female student, who does not take Japanese program,
said, “I study computer science. So Japanese tech companies, I think that
it’s good way to get into the field.”
• Alexander Spaulding majors in Computer Science and
doesn’t take Japanese program. “I’m very interested in getting into the
field, possibly learning a foreign language,” he said
• Jacqueline Taylar is fluent in English and Spanish
and has been studying the Japanese language. “It’s very interesting to
know the culture as well. I’m very interested in communicating with all
different languages and want to be a bridge. That’s why I’m taking Japanese,”
• AAA machine, Inc.; CALSOFT Systems; CKD Automation
Technology; Daiso Steel (Americas), Inc.; Daiei Trading-Chicago-Co., Inc.;
Kimata Personnel & Consultants, Inc.; Kie, Kintetsu International;
Nippon Express; NTA Precision Axle Corp.; OKK USA; Pacific Advisory Service;
Plante Moran; and RFI, manufacturer of fasteners.
Scenes from Japan Career Day at the North Central College