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June 29, 2016

ABE Initiative: Voice from the 2nd batch, Mr. Asoh

It is a great honor for me writes this article describing and vividly giving a concise and clear account of my stay in Japan as a JICA PARTICIPANT. From a general perspective, i would say that it has been a great experience. My life in general took a different turn as at the first day I stepped into Japan. This was on the 24th of August 2015. Seeing the numerous sky scrappers, the outstanding road network and the fascinating designs amongst other mind blowing features of Tokyo, it was indeed a stunning beginning for me. From thereof, within the first two weeks we had to attend orientation meetings organized by JICA, experienced daily life realities such as getting a mobile phone and electronic appliances, restaurants customs such as returning the plates to the waiter and clean up, language barriers, politeness and more. During those moments I felt like: how I am going to cope? Well with time, things changed gradually. Leaving Tokyo for my city where I was to do the schooling, that is OSAKA. I had to travel my first time in a train that was super speed known in Japanese as SHINKANSEN. It pace of travelling was outstanding; the time consciousness the staff apt was on top. There was practically very little delay of not more than 30seconds at each train station. It was indeed a glorious journey. We were warmly received by our present day coordinator for the JICE and taken temporal residence.

  1. My UNIVERSITY is known as Kwansei Gakuin University. I specialize in MBA Finance for the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT COURSE department. My life at school is generally characterized by attending classes (held in two campuses Nishinomiya and UMEDA), taking lectures, doing assignments and submitting. The lecturers are very collaborative, always striving to ensure that we get to understand our lessons... Within this course of time, though the company visit organized by the school, I alongside other JICA participants have had to make company visits to NAGOYA, where TOYOTA is situated visiting companies like DENSO (the robot and component producing company), MITZUKAN and TOYOTA CORPORATION ITSELF. Within this company visit we had time to know about the general idea on the running of Japanese companies, their origin and the way forward.
  2. The Abe Program in Japan has been a worthwhile program with meetings and lectures organized to ease our integration on issues such as Life in Japan, the Psychology of the Japanese Business person, the culture of bowing, basic lessons on the Japanese language, the situation of business potentials in Africa, reiterating the goal of our being in Japan, and paying company visit to companies like MAEKAWA (MYCOM). Moreover, we had networking fairs, the opportunity of talking with companies' representatives and we exchanged business cards. Although, the basic outcome of these meetings did not yield any fruit instantly, however, seeing that the program has a long term perspective, there is high optimism of having some companies coming to invest in Cameroon. We also benefited counsels from First Batch participants on how to live, interact with Japanese lecturers, and even how to manage the funds we get from JICA.
  3. Advice to you, forthcoming participant:
    Start learning the language prior to your trip in orders to ease your stay in Japan. There is very little chatting in English, not to talk of French and other foreign language represented.

Thanks Yours Sincere Participant
Ntah Nestor Asoh
Second Batch Participant.

PhotoAttending principles of finance class at Osaka Umeda campus of Kwansei Gakuin University.

PhotoWith other JICA participant (Ekote Nelson and Besong Besong) at the business fair held in Tokyo on the 24th March 2016.

PhotoWith other JICA participants from other parts of the world at Komagane during the cultural exchange session.


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