PHILJEC & PJS Members Attend 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Tokyo

Headed by Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores, the Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc., PHILJEC and PJS delegates attended the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting held at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo from December 12 to 14, 2019. This year’s meeting, hosted by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), focused on the theme “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN and Japan in the Face of New Global Trends.” More than 150 business leaders with diverse backgrounds gathered to discuss the impact of digitalization on industries and the new opportunities arising from such disruptive changes.

The meeting officially started with a welcome dinner on December 12 with greetings from Mr. Hashimoto Keiichiro, Vice Chairman and President, Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Hiyashi Nobuhide, the 45th AJBM Chairman, gave the welcome toast to guests that evening.

The first plenary session, held on the morning of December 13, presented two keynote speeches. Mr. Imai Yasuyuki, Senior Vice Officer and COO, Softbank (Softbank Business Development Strategy in Asia), talked about “Technology Utilization Japan’s New Challenge—Position and Relationship with ASEAN.” After Mr. Yasuyuki’s presentation, Mr. Konuma Yasuyuki, Director & Senior Executive Officer, Tokyo Stock Exchange gave his speech on “Market Cooperation and Mutual Growth of Japan and ASEAN.” A Q&A followed each keynote presentation.

Shortly after lunch was served, the discussion among ASEAN-Japan Startups commenced. Officially titled “Growth Strategy of ASEAN – Japan Startups Expanding Globally,” the panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Mashita Naoaki, CEO & Founder, V-Cube and included panelists:

  • Mr. Izumo Mitsuru, CEO & founder, Euglena
  • Mr. Ota Yoshihiro, Head of CEO Office, Axelspace Corporation
  • Mr. Taniguchi Naoji, CEO & CTO, Holoeyes
  • Mr. Jeffrey Foo, CEO & Mr. Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, LIV3LY
  • Mr. Prasetio Erlimus, CEO, PT Compro Kotak Inovasi
  • Mr. Honma Masahiko, General Partner, Incubate Fund

Several Breakout Sessions were held from two to four in the afternoon. Mr. Watanabe Kazufumi, Vice President, Amazon Japan, moderated the session “Connecting the Markets and Enhancing Opportunities—Digital changes consumer marketE-commerce).” Mr. Hachiuma Fuminao, President & CEO, J-OIL MILLS, INC. led the session “Upgrading Industries—Digital Changes Industry Infrastructure and Value Chains (manufacturing & human resources), while Dr. Asano Toshio, Former President and CEO, Asahi Kasei Corporation, moderated the session “Enhancing Well-Being for All—Smart, Sustainable and Quality Solutionssmart city solutions, energy & environment, mobility.”

The second plenary session followed the Breakout Sessions and provided reports from those sessions and the opportunity for a Q&A. Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Hashimoto gave the wrap up and closing remarks. A closing dinner and cocktails followed, which also served as a networking opportunity for the participants.

December 14 was reserved for the AJBM Steering Committee Meeting.

45th AJBM Program


PJFF Awards Long-term Employees in 2019 Christmas Party

The holiday spirit came early for PJFF staff as they celebrated their Christmas party on November 30, 2019 at the PJFF office in Makati. Two other affiliate organizations—Nihongo Center Foundation (NCF) and The Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation, Inc. (PIJLC) also joined the event.

One of the highlights of this year’s party was the awarding of certificates to long-term employees of PJFF, NCF/PIJLC. The service awardees:

  • Amelita Alejandro, Head Accountant, PJFF – 10 years
  • Glenda Ferma, Deputy Administrator, PJFF – 27 years
  • Jovita Sancho, Full-time Nihongo Teacher, NCF/PIJLC – 11 years
  • Ma. Lynn Canlas, Building Supervisor, PJFF – 11 years
  • Ronilo Dincol, Maintanance Staff, PJFF – 12 years

The staff enjoyed games, a raffle draw, and intermission numbers in between the awarding of certificates. They also exchanged Christmas gifts during the event.

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PJLA Members Celebrate Christmas in Laguna

PJLA members celebrated Christmas ahead of the rush as they headed to the Yazaki-Torres Guesthouse in Calamba, Laguna for their Christmas Party on December 10, 2019. This year’s holiday celebration was hosted by PJLA President, Dra. Nora A. Torres from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and welcomed more than 20 guests. 

To set the jolly mood of the party, the ladies gathered around and sang Christmas songs such as Silent Night, Pasko na Sinta Ko, and All I want for Christmas Is You with Maestra Teresita Santos playing the piano. A splendid buffet was served and the ladies enjoyed their time by playing various games and exchanging Christmas gifts during the party. 

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PJLA Members Bond in Pearl Stringing Activity and Birthday Celebration

For their November activity, PJLA members were able to test their skills in the craft of Pearl Stringing guided by Mrs. Victoria Aoki. The activity started at 2 p.m. and was held at The Philippines-Japan Friendship Center in Makati. Mrs. Aoki demonstrated how to restring and lock severed necklaces and brought samples of different types of pearls that can be used for making accessories. 

After the activity, cake was served to celebrate the birthdays of members who had their birthdays in September to November.

September:

  • Tomomi Watanabe (1)

October:

  • Esttrellita Anastacio (2)
  • Teresita Buhat (3)
  • Ayako Hirakawa (9)
  • Felicidad Gupit (10)
  • Naomi Uesugi (13)
  • Tomoko Nakagawa (18)
  • Nozomi Hirayama (23)
  • Masumi Togo (29)

November:

  • Yoshiko Suzuki (25)
  • Herminia Alcasid (28)
  • Yuko Iwai (28)

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EPA Batch 12 Starts Japanese Language Training

In an Opening Ceremony held last November 7, 2019, NCF welcomed its 12th batch of students for the Preparatory Nihongo Training Program for Filipino Nurse and Certified Care Worker Candidates under the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The 12th batch has accepted 329 candidates, 139 are training at the NCF Manila branch and 190 are attending lessons at the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig City.

Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi, Director, The Japan Foundation, Manila, led the opening remarks followed by messages from Honorable Guests including Mr. Manabu Yasukawa, First Secretary, Labour Attaché, Embassy of Japan; Mr. Virgilio Carreon, OIC-Director IV, Welfare and Employment Office, POEA; and Mr. Kenjiro Ogata, Academic Advisor, Nihongo Center Foundation.

“Many people can go and work in Japan, but not all will have the same privileges as what you will be availing through this program under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA. I hope that you are all prepared and excited on this new challenge. Learning a new language is certainly not an easy task, but it may reward you with more possibilities ahead,” explained Mr. Yasukawa. 

Ogata-sensei also reminded the students how important being able to speak Japanese is when it comes to their success in Japan. He explained, “Here in the Philippines English is being used as a tool of communication together with Filipino languages. However, in Japan we do not use English as a tool of daily communication. Although we study English in school, we use Japanese in everyday life. So, if you cannot communicate in Japanese, you would have a very hard time working in Japan as nurse or care worker because you have to communicate with your Japanese patients and colleagues in their language: Japanese. The Japanese language or Nihongo will make or break your life in Japan.”

Representing her batchmates, Ms. Edith Inay also gave a message during the Opening Ceremony. She cheered on every one by saying, “let us help one another, let us motivate and inspire each other, let’s be kind, humble and smart. Let’s have faith and pray. Let’s obey and respect the rules. Let’s be patient and hardworking. Let us strengthen each other. And never forget to take care of ourselves.”

The candidates will go through a 6-month, intensive preparatory program that not only focuses on Japanese language but also educates them on Japanese culture, society, customs and manners, and general life in Japan. After their training, they will continue for another 6 months in a school in Japan before being deployed to their respective hospitals and healthcare institutions. 


Resources:

Event Program

Message from Mr. Manabu Yasukawa

Message from Mr. Virgilio Carreon 1 2

Message from Mr. Kenjiro Ogata

Message from Ms. Edith Pagasartonga Inay

Message from Mr. Josef Carlo Orillo

Opening Remarks by Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi


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