Regions Ltd. was founded in Sapporo, and we have conducted our business specialized to the three regions of Sapporo, Sendai, and Utsunomiya. Our career consultants visit companies in regional cities directly, and fully understand all aspects of their business, from the business model and policy, to the personality and attitude of the CEO. Furthermore, the fact we specialize in regional areas means we can collect a variety of specialized data, such as the reputation and valuation of the company and its CEO in the region.
We are also collecting a variety of information on growing companies who plan to expand abroad, and thus wish to hire foreign staff who can speak Japanese. We started our service in the Autumn of 2016, and have introduced 9 foreign talents to local Japanese companies.
We have three conditions we require to label a company a “strong company”, and we only introduce companies which meet these conditions to applicants from abroad. First, is that it has a strong business model. Second, is that it’s pre-tax net income rate is 10% or above. Finally, is that its CEO has a strong and reliable business attitude.
Regarding the first point, an original and strong business model establishes that companies competitive dominance, and leads it towards the path of success. There are many companies in regional cities in Japan who have such business models.
For the second point, for large companies the profit rate is pretty much the same across the board for companies in the same industry. This is because most hired CEOs serve a term of four years and are of the opinion that they only need to leave the same results as their predecessor. For example, the pre-tax net profit rate for the electrical industry in Japan is around 5%. If in the case of an economic recession profits lower to just 10% of their original amount, then that 5% profit rate will become just 0.5%. At this rate companies cannot preserve the structure needed to grow further. I believe that for companies to hire people – who are the source of a company’s growth – and to continue hiring practices, they must maintain a pre-tax net profit rate of 10%.
Finally, in regards to the third condition, many different kinds of people work as CEOs. Whether or not the CEO has a strong moral view is extremely important. I don’t mean this is a difficult sense, but rather judge it on basic things like whether they are honest as a person, whether they are grateful to and believe in their employees, whether they try to reward those who work hard. A company whose CEO has a weak moral view will not last long.
Regions Ltd. has supported over one thousand people in changing careers, and accumulated a large amount of information on local companies in the short ten years since its establishment in 2008. We therefore offer an abundance of options, and would like to introduce applicants from abroad to strong local companies where they can work without issue as an intern or an employee.
Originally Japan had its own employment customs, such as seniority based on years worked, lifetime employment, and batch hiring of new graduates, and there was a time when this supported national and regional economic growth as a “Japanese-style Management System”. In recent years companies which preach meritocracy and have adopted a more Western-style corporate culture have indeed increase, however on the other hand the fact remains that traditional Japanese work culture still continues on in a variety of forms. Within these there are perhaps quite a lot of elements that employees from abroad might find strange.
However, we can’t just debate these points as a whole, and in fact there are many positive factors unique to Japanese work culture. If you do have any concerns or uncertainties regarding these points, then please consult them with us during your interview.
The land of Japan stretches long and thin from north to south, and as there is a distance of around 2000km (1250 miles) between Sapporo in the north and Okinawa in the south, the climate and topography changes greatly depending on the area. Furthermore, different regions have historically had their own culture, and in particular in local cities there are a variety of attractive points that large cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya lack. Below you will find the special characteristics of the cities we mainly operate in, from the temperature and prices to special products.
Hokkaido, which is situated in the north of Japan, has a vast area that is equivalent to about 20% of Japan’s total land. Sapporo lies in the centre and is a large city with a population of 1.96 million as of December 2017.
The average temperature is 9.1℃ (2017), and in the summer crisp and dry days with clear skies prevail, while in the winter the entire city becomes covered in snow. In this way its four seasons are very distinct.
Just a two hour car ride from Sapporo there are a variety of tourist hotspots and hot springs which are rich in nature, such as Furano, Niseko and Shakotan, and a great many tourists from all across the world come to visit these areas every year.
Another part of Sapporo’s charm is that its magnificent nature provides many different foods, such as a variety of fruit and vegetables and fresh seafood. Ramen, soup curry, Genghis Kahn and delicious sweets must also be mentioned when talking about Sapporo’s unique food culture.
Sendai in Miyagi prefecture is located on the Pacific Coast of the Tohoku region. Its average temperature is 12.9℃ (2017), with temperate summers and low snowfall in winter, and overall boasts an climate that is easy to live in. As the city center is rich in greenery, Sendai is known by the nickname “The City of Trees”.
It is blessed with the natural beauty of the sea and the mountains, and also has a variety of tourist hotspots, such as Matsushima – which is famous as one of the three great sights of Japan – and there are also a variety of hot springs through the region, such as Sakunami and Naruko.
Furthermore, Miyagi prefecture professes itself to be the “Kingdom of Food”, and its rice, such as Sasanishiki and Hitomebore, agricultural and marine produce such as Sendai beef, oysters, and tuna, and processed goods like pure sake and Sendai miso, are well known across the country.
Situated in the northern part of the Kanto region and boasting the largest area in Kanto, the Tochigi prefecture has a Pacific climate, and is characterized by snow fall in the mountains regions in the Winter and lightning on its plains in the summer. Its central city, Utsunomiya, has an average temperature of 14.1℃ (2017). Due to the fact it is situation around 100km (60 miles) from Tokyo, which can be reached in just over a 50 minute train ride on the JR Tohoko Shinkansen, many of its residents commute to the capital.
Just a little way out by car is Nasu Plateau, a popular tourist hotspot known for its deep history and culture, most notably the world heritage shrines and temples of Nikko, as well as being a popular place to avoid the summer heat. The region also boasts a large number of hotsprings, as well as a variety of foodstuffs like tochiotome and Utsunomiya gyoza, and is filled with the charm and beauty of the four seasons all year round. Furthermore, many large manufacturing companies as well as
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