Hands-On Business Training in Japan in English
Often called a “Mini MBA”, the JMEC programs starts in November with a 5-week Saturday lecture series covering topics related to business plan writing and how to do business in Japan. The classroom instruction and workshops are led by business professionals working successfully in Japan.
The second part of the program starts in January with the actual research, analysis and writing of the business plan. Participants are placed onto teams of 5-6 people and paired with a company which is seeking to enter or expand into the Japanese market. JMEC teams, supported by a team mentor and consultant, will spend the next four months preparing a business plan for their client and a panel of JMEC judges. It is through this process that participants gain experience they can use to propel their career either at their current company or at any job in the future.
This 7-month business program costs JPY150,000.
Profile of Past Participants
- English speaking professionals living in Japan who want to improve their business skills, broaden their network and achieve higher career & personal goals
- 50% Japanese and 50% foreign nationals
- 8 years working in Japan on average
- Age range: 25-52 years old
- Average age: 33 years old
- 50% male and 50% female
- Over 15 different nationalities represented
Funding Your Business Training
Through JMEC supporting chambers and sponsors, funding is available for qualified applicants. Applicants first must submit the on-line application and be accepted before contacting JMEC or the sponsoring organization. Details for each sponsor is below.
1. ACCJ - The American Chamber of Commerce provides a full or partial scholarship to applicants who are members or employees of companies who are members of the Chamber. To apply, check the ACCJ Chamber box in the JMEC application.
2. ANZCCJ - The Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce provides applicants who are members or employees of companies who are members of the Chamber. To apply, check the ANZCCJ Chamber box in the JMEC application.
3. Finnair - Finnair will sponsors two full scholarships and 2 half scholarships. Once your application has been submitted and you have been accepted, contact JMEC with the subject line of "Finnair Scholarship" for details regarding application.
4. NCCJ - The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan provides a scholarship to participants who are members or employees of companies who are members of the Chamber. To apply, check the NCCJ Chamber box in the JMEC application. Please contact NCCJ directly at nccj(at)nccj.jp for more details.
5. FEW - Members of For Empowering Women (FEW) can qualify for a full or partial scholarship. Apply directly through JMEC and indicate you are applying for the FEW scholarship. Once you have been accepted, confirm with FEW directly. In JMEC 25, four dynamic women took advantage of the program's opportunity. Read about their experience here.
6. JMEC Scholarship - Last year at the Awards Ceremony, corporations and attendees donated to the JMEC scholarship fund. Apply before Septemer 30th to be considered for a full or partial scholarship. Once you have been accepted, write to info(at)jmec.gr.jp to indicate you would like to be considered for the scholarship.