Community "Japan" Events
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Cunz Hall Room 150
The Institute for Japanese Studies presents:
Professor of Economics and IJS Director, OSU
President and CEO, Funai Service Corporation
Director, Human Resources/Accounting, Funai Service Corporation
Director, Returns Center, Funai Service Corporation
Lecture Title: Innovation and Experience in Workforce Development by Small-to-Medium Size Firms in Modern Manufacturing—A Case Study of Funai Service Corporation, Groveport, OH
5:00-5:30 Survey lecture on modern manufacturing
5:30-6:30 Case study of Funai Service Corporation
6:30-7:00 Q&A with audience
Abstract: This IJS Lecture consists of two parts. Hajime Miyazaki will deliver an introductory survey of modern manufacturing and the interface of the U.S.-Japan management and human resource practices in the economic and historic perspective. Yoshihiro Sasaki will show how his firm, based in Groveport in Ohio, implements new concepts and techniques as the new horizon opens in the GAFA world.
The origin of the US dominance in the modern world economy dates back to the revolutionary manufacturing technology and engineering innovations pioneered by seminal global US corporations such as Ford Motor Co., U.S. Steele, AT&T and IBM. Toyota Motor Co. and other emerging Japanese corporations in the 1970’s then startled the industrial world with just-in-time supply chains, lean production techniques, and assembly line technology that combined the economies of scale and scope. Now, already in the thick of post-information revolution, we have come to do business in the new world as fast and diverse as that spanned not only by GAFA but by numerous de novo firms. Thus has become the challenge to modern manufacturing to transform its mentality and modus operandi to the world of new automation, robotics, AI and IoT.
An interesting and important aspect of Japanese production systems has been the role, share and contribution of small to medium size firms in the organization of markets and industries. Many small and medium size Japanese firms have invested overseas, and Ohio has been a prime site of their FDI’s in the U.S. The Japanese transplants, not only large firms but also many small-to-medium size firms, have done well in their human resource and supply chain management in the U.S. In the face of the radical shift from the analog regime to digital regime, how can small to medium size firms orchestrate their human resources and knowledge capital not only survive but successfully grow in the ever changing marketplaces? Yoshihiro Sasaki presents how his firm, Funai Service Corporation, does it in the line of business known as “reverse logistics”. He and his associates will illustrate how a small, seeming local, firm can reach a larger regional, national and global market by developing a workforce capable of implementing new techniques and of innovating new ideas.
The IJS Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education in the form of Title VI Grant to the OSU East Asian Studies Center.
JASCO will be manning a mochi-making station. Come visit us, and create a tasty mochi snack!
The Japanese Student Organization presents:
The Japanese Student Organization at OSU (JSO) is hosting the 13th Annual Japanese Spring Festival where students, staff, faculty, kids, and adults are all welcome to play games, play Japanese toys, learn Japanese culture,and try Japanese candy. Enjoy the atmosphere of a Japanese Festival in the Performance Hall in the Ohio Union with your friends, colleagues, and family. A list of the performances and booths are below.
1. OSU Kendo Club
2. The Ice Cream Noodles
3. Shotokan Karate Club at Ohio State University
4. (JSO Officer Performance)
5.OSU Dance Irregulars
6. BAAM (Asian a cappella group)
8. Columbus Koto Ensemble
9. The Original Freshmen (The Freshmen Quartet)
11. many more performances!
1. Columbus Kimono (wear kimono and take a picture)
2. JSO Photo Booth
3. Dragon Ikka (sells arts and jewelry)
5. Yamato Transport USA (delivery services available to Japan)
6. Tea Ceremony (experience how to drink real green tea)
7. Bento (sells bento and Japanese pastries from Tensuke)
8. OSU Kendo Club
9. Origami and Toy Booth (learn how to do origami and play with Japanese toys!)
10. Calligraphy Booth (try writing your own name in Japanese!)
11. Shateki Booth (target hitting game)
12. JSO/Omikuji Booth (learn more about JSO and your future)
13. Flea Market Booth
14. Yoyo Tsuri (fishing the water balloon floating on water)
Admission to our festival is free.
Visit JSO's Facebook page for more information.
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