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The ISFnet Group
ISFnet Inc. Tokyo, Japan
Interests: Japan, Tokyo, IT, business, ISFnet, social issues, NPOs, social welfare, employment, the environment, management, business ideas, employee assistance, social support
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[From the ISFnet website] In this two-part blog post, we talk about how to successfully pass job interviews in Japan. 1. Dress the part First appearances matter so it is important to consider what message your outfit sending out to your potential employer. Japanese students graduating from university usual buy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at ISFnet Unlimited
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Last Monday, we were very pleased to welcome visitors from the World Bank to ISFnet in Tokyo to have a tour of our facilities. The purpose of their visit was to learn about ISFnet’s employment policies, specifically how we employ people with employment barriers, such as people with disabilities, late... Continue reading
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The ISFNET Group announced tody the expansion of our Target 25 employment program. The initiative will begin immediately and will add five new groups of people with employment barriers that the company will target for employment. This is the 4th such expansion since the Target 5 initiative was launched in... Continue reading
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Last Thursday, we held our monthly lunchtime meeting at ISFnet Life in Aoyama. Life is our fastest growing subsidiary with branches across the Japan. It provides employment training for people with disabilities and works with local government and social welfare to help people gain skills and find long-term employment. The... Continue reading
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Even before ISFnet started our Target 25 employment initiative, the company was hiring inexperienced employees with no skills and knowledge. We trained them up as engineers and sent them to work providing system and network solutions and other related I.T. services. The business model was unique and enabled us to... Continue reading
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For the third consecutive year, ISFnet has been recognized by Ernst and Young ShinNihon as one of the top private Japanese companies for job creation. The awards look at a number of factors including the growth of an organization over the previous year, their expected future growth, their business performance... Continue reading
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This week the government outlined plans to increase the number of child day care places in Japan to 500,000 over the next 5 years. The plans are part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to help more women to join the labour force and encourage Japanese families to have more... Continue reading
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Last week the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published the results of a study into Mata-hara, workplace discrimination against pregnant women (the term is derived from maternity harassment). The study of 3,500 women aged 25-44 found that nearly 50% of temp workers and 20% of regular full-time staff... Continue reading
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Having a concrete corporate vision is very important for every organization, big or small. At ISFnet, because of the our strong focus on helping people in society, making sure that everyone within the organizing has a clear understanding of what we do, what we expect, what we want to accomplish,... Continue reading
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When we opened our first cafe restaurant in Fukushima in early 2011, we had idea of the disaster that would hit the area just a few short months later with the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Although, Takumi Cafe was not badly damaged, the disruption brought by the quake, the tsunami that... Continue reading
At ISFnet, we don’t only work hard to employ people with employment barriers within our own organization but also to encourage other companies to do the same. In order to do this, to share ideas, and forge lasting partnerships, we hold monthly Management Innovation Seminars, with guests speakers from all... Continue reading
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The ISFnet Group has been ranked the No. 2 company in Japan for the employment of people with disabilities. Over 1,300 Japanese companies were surveyed for the list published on the Toyo Keizai website. The top rank went to the FP Corporation, a food packaging maker, 16% of whose employees... Continue reading
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One of the biggest concerns that I hear from people with disabilities, as well as their families and supporters, is how they will be able to live and support themselves in the future. A lot of the people that go through our training programs and become employees are people with... Continue reading
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At ISFnet we have a can-do attitude that sets us apart from a lot of other, more conservative organizations. The can be seen in the exponential growth we have achieved, increasing the number of employees we have from just 4 in the beginning to well over 3000 today. We provide... Continue reading
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Finding the root causes to problems and developing meaningful solutions means taking a multilevel approach. A couple of blog posts ago, I talked about Heinrich’s Law which was developed in the 1930s as an approach to health and safety in the workplace. It uses the idea that for every accident... Continue reading
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The Nippon IT Ekiden (relay race) raises money for the charity Future Dream Achievement (FDA), an organisation that supports people with mental-health problems and disabilities, in order to provide training and rehabilitation to help them find work, long-term independence and stability. Continue reading
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From a management perspective, the prevention of errors is vitally important, especially those serious mistakes that can lead to serious injury or damage to the business. Heinrich’s Law suggests that for every one accident that results serious injury, there are 29 others that cause minor injuries, and 300 accidents that cause no injuries or go unreported. Based on his findings, Heinrich argued that by investigating the root causes of the 300 unreported incidents and reducing their number and frequency, companies would be able to cut the number of more serious accidents, since accidents (serious and non-serious) often have common root causes. Continue reading
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Families often provide essential support to a lot of our staff and trainees with disabilities. The kind of support depends very much on the individual but ranges from basic encouragement to help them build confidence to helping staff travel on the busy transport networks; from supporting time-keeping and scheduling, to giving advice about issues that they may have. We work hard to build a strong relationship between the company and our members’ parents. Continue reading
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ISFnet provides people with experience skills and knowledge that they can then use to go on and start their own businesses or non-profits. Today's staff story comes from Takeshi (not his real name), who joined ISFnet Harmony in 2008, not long after it was founded. He currently leads the business... Continue reading
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Although there is no cure for schizophrenia, it treatable and symptoms can be controlled, so that people with the condition can live normal, fulfilling lives. Support from family and friends is, of course, an important confidence booster and encouragement to make the first steps to join the workforce. Continue reading
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Japanese companies - ISFnet included - have already started the hiring process for 2016. Competition to recruit graduates is getting fiercer due to the demographic pressures from a very low birthrate. This year, Japanese companies increased their graduate intake by 16.6% raising the employment graduate employment rate to 96%. Continue reading
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Companies, their staff, their staff’s families, their customers and suppliers are all part of the community, so it seems right that businesses should go out, meet and support that community. Continue reading
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Want to grow delicious eco-friendly tomatoes? Use bamboo powder. Want to eat them? Come to Aotto Cafe. Continue reading
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There are a lot of options out there for people who want to study Japanese. Some are more expensive that others. If you want to improve quickly, full-time study at a language school is probably the best option but this is expensive and if you are working, it’s not possible. Self-study is of course one way to go and there are plenty of online resources and books available, but this doesn’t give you speaking practice which is so important. For people who have less time (and money) this post covers some of the choices out there. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Bamboo Ladder
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Work shadowing days at ISFnet Harmony enable students to see how people with different disabilities can work together and gives them them time to work along side and talk with Harmony members. It is a great opportunity to breakdown barriers, remove misconceptions about disability and give people inspiration. Continue reading