Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Training Methods Change to Adapt to Global Market

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Training Methods Change to Adapt to Global Market

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Companies are diversifying their employee training methods as business becomes more global and internationalized workforces transform corporate management environments. With the future increasingly uncertain, companies are trying to figure out what qualities their employees need.

Twenty-six managers from 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere gathered in Sumitomo Corp.'s training center in the Ginza district of Tokyo in July. The schedule for the day included training in zazen, a form of sitting meditation, which the company introduced this fiscal year.

Employees are often asked about Japan by clients and others overseas, so Sumitomo wanted to give its foreign employees some understanding of Japanese culture.

"It was a new experience. I think I'll be able to bring it up with clients," said Sidharth Rana, an Indian employee who attended the training.

In April, 160 new Marubeni Corp. employees received an introductory lesson from a noh actor. During the session, they recited a short verse from the noh drama, "Funa Benkei."

"Exposing them to a wide range of culture will help them on the job overseas," one of the trainers said.

Nissin Foods Holdings Co. is sending new managers for two nights and three days of "survival training" on an uninhabited island in the Seto Inland Sea in September.

Participants will have to hand over their cell phones, and will be given only a minimum amount of food and supplies, such as water, instant noodles and a stick to start fires. …

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