September 4, 2016
JICA Volunteers showing Japanese way of exchange of greeting cards, to the participants
Ahmedabad, September 4, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) along with Ahmedabad, Management Association (AMA), organized a two - day seminar on Japanese Business Culture and Communication for Ahmedabad citizens, who are aiming to start working with Japanese business people. The two - day seminar reached out to the participants who work at various restaurants and hotels, aiming at potential increase e of Japanese visitors and the people working in the Japanese companies, who feel the need to establish and/or strengthen business connections with the Japanese business people.
The seminar was conducted by six JICA Volunteers i.e. Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs), and featured role-playing exercises and participants learned quick Japanese tips such as simple Japanese greetings, ways to give self-introduction using simple Japanese words, ways to exchange business cards and ways to serve in a restaurant in the Japanese style. In addition, volunteers organized case-study workshops on business manners in Japan. Indian employee's participants from Japanese companies in Ahmedabad shared their experiences with other participants regarding the differences they felt between Japanese - Indian work culture as well as Japanese- Indian style hospitality.
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "Through JOCV initiatives JICA wants to develop and strengthen mutual understanding and learning between the citizen of both countries. This workshop is one of the ley platforms where we aim to achieve our goal. We will assist professionals from various backgrounds to deepen their understanding of Japanese business culture and promote better business relationship and friendship between India and Japan."
The objective of this seminar was to promote communication between the Indians and the Japanese residing in Ahmedabad and to deepen their mutual understanding through discussions and role-playing exercises.
The attendants were enthusiastic about the various lectures and were exposed to the opportunity to explore and learn from the different business culture of Japan.
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), one of the major programs of the JICA, support a wider range of local activities by Japanese citizens who wish to cooperate in the economic and social development. Through these cooperation activities, participating volunteers can not only contribute to development of the partner countries but also to mutual understanding and friendship between India and Japan.
In India, volunteers have been dispatched by various fields such as education, health, agriculture, community development and sports. Recognizing the importance of further promoting technical cooperation through people-to-people exchange, and acknowledgement of two countries' prime ministers, JOCV has been expanding to include broader activities.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor. It works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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