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GaishikeiMan

GaishikeiMan

French, Male and having been living in Japan for almost 2 decades... Experienced the HIs and LOWs of Gaishikei (Foreign Companies in Japan) from several angles
Associated tags : business life, japan, 外資系

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JapanToday The secret life of a Gaishikei

Life in a Gaishikei (Foreign Company in Japan)
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Articles : 8
Since : 09/10/2015
Category : Entrepreneurship

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Mythology  of a Gaishikei

Mythology of a Gaishikei

Most of gaishikei in number are of small size (10~50 peoples). Except the large institutions like banks, finance and top 10 conglomerates of each country, you will have more chance to find companies under 100 employees. Then you have to wonder why all those Japanese employees have joined this company. With all my years in Japan, I could identify a
Gaishikei 外資系

Gaishikei 外資系

While this word will be used many times through this blog (and has been already), no Wikipedia page exists for it. The word Gaishikei (in Japanese 外資系) refers to foreign companies or multinational companies in Japan. The word comes from gaikoku (外国 the first character 外 being used there) which means "out of the country", the country bei
Mr. Mitarai

Mr. Mitarai

The name has been changed and has nothing to do with the current Chairman of CANON. Mr. Mitarai was the president at my first Gaishikei, the subsidiary in Japan of a French company in the software industry. We were about 20 employees and the company had sales, marketing and technical support functions (such as answering customer enquiries, reportin

STARTUP!

Here it is... I start a blog. Objectives are: Talking about Japan Sharing my experience about life in Japan and work in a foreign company in Japan Giving advices/tips to those who would like to come and/or work in Japan Let's start!
The "Bubbly" Salaryman

The "Bubbly" Salaryman

Again in my first gaishikei, Mr. Tahara was my boss. First of all I want to say that he has been always caring for me, taking care of both my job and my private life. He even rejoined me in my next company and I have mostly only good memories with him. At a young age, when just starting in Japan he has been a fatherly figure for me and I will alway

How it all started

I came to Japan in the late 90's. At that time, as far as I could remember two industries were very strong. The IT industry, with all foreign software companies (either from US or Europe) expanding, hiring more peoples (and for some of them hiring and firing depending on Quarterly performances) and at the same time the Recruiting companies (i.e. Ac
Mythology of the HEADQUARTER's peoples

Mythology of the HEADQUARTER's peoples

It's a reference to my previous post on the mythology in the Gaishikei. This time it refers to all special peoples we have to deal within the headquarters, especially the one who are visiting the Japanese subsidiary. To complete the introduction, I would like to precise that in general peoples visiting the Japanese subsidiary are either in manageme
Mr. Mainette, the terrible country manager

Mr. Mainette, the terrible country manager

This story is linked to Mr. Mitarai, who was president of my first gaishikei. If Mr. Mitarai was the president, the actual Country Manager was based in the headquarter in France and was called Mr. Mainette. I would like to explain the different roles and titles in a gaishikei (and basically in any Japanese organization) Most of the gaishikei are in