JBusiness Forum 2022

JBusiness Forum

An excellent opportunity for students to share their projects with peers in a non-competitive environment!

November 4, 2022

Event Description

The JBusiness Forum is an event for students to share their Japanese business-related projects and presentation given by Japanese business insiders. We invite those who are interested in learning Japanese business culture and considering employment at a Japanese-related firm in the future.

The three student projects selected for the event will each receive a gift card (details TBA). The theme for this event is Diversity and Inclusion in Japanese Business.

Time & Date: Friday, November 4th, 2022 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom. (Zoom link will be provided after registration).

Application for Student Presenters

The Call for Presenter is open until October 14, 2022, by 11:59 pm EST. Please visit the following link to submit your application.

Presentation Description

Registration for Attendees

Attendee registration opens (Mon) October 17, 2022, and closes (Fri) November 4, 2022 at noon. The Zoom link for the event will be sent at a later date to your email address. Please visit the following link to register for this event.

Attendee Registration

Event Schedule

TimeSpeakers and presenters
3:30pmGreetings Enika Banjerjee
Opening Session
Vice-Consul Nakao Miki
Guest speaker:
Dr. Joseph Hoff
4:00pmDiversity in Japan’s Technical Division
Beau Pray & Whytnee Hollingsworth
Internship at TOTO USA
Veronica Pérez
Guest speaker:Yuka Akiyama & Coby Wilson
4:30pmTakarazuka and Emotional Labor
Sebastian Allman & Jade Franklin
Jonathan Brewster
Farewell & Survey
Enika Banerjee

Event Organization

Organizer: The Japanese Studies Program at UNC Charlotte

Co-Organizer: Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta

Supporter: NC Japan Center

Featured Guest Speakers

Dr. Joseph Hoff

Joseph Hoff is currently Director of the Global Education and Engagement Office (OGEE) within the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Comparative and International Development Education Program, an M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University. As part of his responsibilities, he currently teaches and coordinates globally focused-academic and co-curricular programming at UNC Charlotte that provides the UNC Charlotte community opportunities to engage with other cultures as well as to develop global and intercultural competency skills. As part of his overseas experience, Dr. Hoff worked for four years as an Assistant English Teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (the first year as a Monbusho English Fellow followed by three years on the J.E.T. program).

Ms. Yuka Akiyama

Yuka Akiyama: Nippon Express

Yuka is currently an Ocean Export Agent at Nippon Express. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2021 with a bachelor’s in Japanese and a minor in Psychology (cum laude). While attending UNC Charlotte, she spent two semesters helping as a Teacher’s Assistant. She has also interacted with many of the exchange students from Japan and helped them get used to their new life at UNC Charlotte. The experience she has gained at UNC Charlotte has helped her when she interviewed with Nippon Express and ultimately, she was offered a position. Nippon Express has helped her professional career grow, but has also helped her grow as a person. Yuka is happy to share her experience working for a Japanese company and is looking forward to speaking with any students interested in working for a Japanese company at the JBusiness Forum.

Mr. Coby Wilson

Coby Wilson: Nippon Express

Coby is currently an air cargo agent at Nippon Express. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2021 with a bachelor’s in International Relations and Japanese (cum laude). While attending UNC Charlotte, Coby helped his peers with their Japanese studies and helped Japanese exchange students adjust to their new lives in Charlotte. These experiences benefitted him when he interviewed with Nippon Express, and was offered a position as an air cargo agent. Nippon Express has taught him a lot about Japanese business culture and helped him grow tremendously in his professional career. It is Coby’s pleasure to share his experience working for a Japanese company and is looking forward to speaking with any students interested in working for a Japanese company at the JBusiness Forum.

Questions and Contact

For questions or information, please contact: Ms. Enika Banerjee ebanerje@charlotte.edu, The Japanese Studies Program at UNC Charlotte.

Refer to 2021 JBusiness Forum

Contact: Ms. Enika Banerjee ebanerje@charlotte.edu

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