Community "Japan" Events

Upcoming Events in Central Ohio

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • OSU Cunz Hall Room 150

    IJS Lecture: Hajime Miyazaki, Yoshihiro Sasaki, Ai Collins, and Nim Chen, "Innovation and Experience in Workforce Development by Small-to-Medium Size Firms in Modern Manufacturing—A Case Study of Funai Service Corporation, Groveport, OH"

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Cunz Hall Room 150

    Water, Culture, and Society in Global Historical Perspective

    The Institute for Japanese Studies presents:

    Hajime Miyazaki
    Professor of Economics and IJS Director, OSU
    Yoshihiro Sasaki
    President and CEO, Funai Service Corporation
    Ai Collins
    Director, Human Resources/Accounting, Funai Service Corporation
    Nim Chen
    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

    Flyer: Forthcoming

    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.    


    Free and Open to the Public


    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.  

    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dublin Scioto HS 4000 Hard Road, Dublin, OH

    JASCO will be manning a mochi-making station. Come visit us, and create a tasty mochi snack!

    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Ohio Union Performance Hall (1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210)

    The Japanese Student Organization presents:

    14th Annual JSO Spring Festival

    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. 




    Performances (Tentative):

     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)

     7. J2K 

     8. Columbus Koto Ensemble

     9. The Original Freshmen (The Freshmen Quartet)

     10. JSO-ranbushi

     11. many more performances!



     1. Columbus Kimono (wear kimono and take a picture)

     2. JSO Photo Booth

     3. Dragon Ikka (sells arts and jewelry) 

     4. JASCO 

     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.

Past events

17 Feb 2019 より安全なコミュニティを一緒に
05 Feb 2019 City of Dublin Coffee with a Cop
11 Jan 2019 JASCO @ Ohayocon
14 Nov 2018 OSU Symphonic Band Concert Celebrating the 150TH Anniversary of The Meiji Registration
09 Nov 2018 Boston Career Forum
14 Oct 2018 Dublin Arts Council Multicultural B • R • E • A • D! Festival of Arts and Community
12 Oct 2018 The 24th Creo HR Seminar
25 Sep 2018 Cyber Security for Japanese Businesses & Manufacturers
24 Sep 2018 OSU Lecture - An Introduction to Shinto and Gagaku: Japan's Traditional Religion and Music
22 Sep 2018 The 26th Annual Family Day at the Peace Garden
09 Sep 2018 Dublin Taiko concert “The Legacy Continues...” featuring special guests Eitetsu Hayashi and EITETSU FU-UN no KAI
31 Jul 2018 Bexley Public Library: Summertime Sake
23 Jul 2018 JETRO 米国経済セミナー トランプ政権の通商政策の新展開~通商拡大法232条と通商法301条の発動について~
02 Jun 2018 2018 Dublin Taiko Group Annual Gala
26 May 2018 Asian Festival
12 May 2018 U.S. Career Forum
06 May 2018 Columbus Japanese Women's Chorus 'Hanamizuki no Kai" - The 23rd Annual Concert
14 Apr 2018 Columbus Bonsai Society Introductory Bonsai Class
14 Apr 2018 AAC Health Fair & Fitness Expo
13 Apr 2018 US-Japan Digital Brain Arc Forum: Building a Brain Arc Between the U.S.A., Japan and Beyond for the Digital Future
08 Apr 2018 OSU JSO Spring Matsuri
07 Apr 2018 Marysville High School Evening of Japanese Culture
04 Apr 2018 OSU IJS Lecture: Mark MacWilliams, "Rethinking What’s Sacred about 'Ano Hana' Anime Pilgrimage"
04 Mar 2018 Dublin Japanese Festival
03 Mar 2018 OSU IJS Career Event: Japanese Studies in My Life and Career: Alumni Panel Discussion Ohio-Japan Alumni Network
02 Mar 2018 OSU IJS Lecture: Jeffrey Angles, "Resurrecting Orikuchi Shinobu’s The Book of the Dead"
26 Feb 2018 OSU IJS Event/Brad Richardson Memorial Lecture: Takeo Hoshi, "Japan’s Labor Market and Comparative Macroeconomic Perspectives with the U.S. Economy"
24 Feb 2018 Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to East Asian Languages Pedagogy
21 Feb 2018 OSU IJS Lecture: Lynne Miyake, "Gender Flipped, 'Cutie,' (Non)Eroticized Subject/Objects of Consumption and Production: The Manga Comics Tales of Genji"
13 Feb 2018 OSU Dept. of Comparative Studies/CMRS Lecture: Yukari Yoshihara, "Shakespeare in Japanese Pop Culture"
31 Jan 2018 OSU IJS Lecture: Naoyuki Agawa, "Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World: North Korea, China, and America First"
20 Jan 2018 Springfield Symphony Orchestra Concert w/ the Shimasaki Sisters
14 Nov 2017 Ohio Asian American Economic Summit
13 Nov 2017 OSU IJS Lecture: Kaoru Iokibe, "From Black Ships to ONE PIECE: Japan-U.S. Relations"
11 Nov 2017 Ohayo Ohio II: A Japanese Symposium and Cultural Event
10 Oct 2017 OSU IJS Lecture: David Crandall, "Noh as Performance"
14 Sep 2017 The 2017 Ohio State University International Career Fair
12 Sep 2017 401(k) Basics and The Social Security Agreement For Japanese Owned Companies
12 Sep 2017 The Ohio State University Career and Internship Fair
26 Jun 2017 Porcelain: Color and Light exploration
07 Jun 2017 MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship Application Deadline
01 Jun 2017 Japanese Exchange Student Host Family Deadline
21 May 2017 Hanamizuki no Kai 22nd Annual Concert
29 Apr 2017 A Taiko Gala - Dublin Taiko Group
25 Apr 2017 Ikuzo Fujiwara: Environmental Ceramic Art
13 Apr 2017 Kojin Karatani - Historical Stages of World Capitalism
01 Apr 2017 Invitation Program for Japanese American Students
23 Mar 2017 Japan in 2017: Economic Outlook & Trends, Status of Abenomics and JETRO’s Role in Promoting FDI
12 Mar 2017 Free Concert: "From Paris to Warsaw"
02 Mar 2017 The Trump Administration and the Japan-U.S. Alliance
17 Feb 2017 IJS: Japan's Grand Strategy and the US-Japan Alliance

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