Bizjapan carried out over 50 projects not only in Japan but also in other countries and not only in one field, but in various fields. We have taken a different problem-based approach and made new value to the society as a platform.
We are professionals to make new project from seed ideas. We do not be afraid of failure, and we are open to new challenges.
Please let us introduce several projects we carried out in the 2017 fiscal year.
Spark Africa(ex-Bizjapan Africa Project)
Spark Africa aims to be a hub connecting youth and organizations who is interested in Africa, and provide insights into real Africa to people in Japan.
Africa is a vast continent which consists of 55 countries. Each country has a unique context of culture, history, society and economy. Currently, Africa is rapidly changing and people see the possibility in the continent. In the past, people had a negative impression of Africa. In fact, Africa experienced a lot of social problems such as civil wars, poverty, corruption and plague. Some of the people are still suffering from those problems. However, people also see the opportunities in business, culture, and technology in the continent.
In August and September 2017, Bizjapan co-hosted “The Impact of Startups from East Africa,” partnering with Slush Tokyo, DMM.Strategy and Sahara Ventures. “The impact of Startups from East Africa” is a project which aims to gain access to the startup ecosystem in East Africa, connecting entrepreneurship between Japan and East African countries. In the project, Bizjapan member interviewed 15 entrepreneurs, 17 companies in Tanzania and 4 startup hubs in Rwanda.
Through interviews, we researched entrepreneurs’ background, startup ecosystem, successful startup model in these countries. In detail, we visited 15 entrepreneurs, 17 companies in Tanzania and 4 startup hubs in Rwanda.
In November, we created a partnership with Kakehashi Africa, an organization consisting of African students who have come to Japan under the ABE Initiative (African Business Education Initiative for Youth) program. Bizjapan and Kakehashi Africa hosted a study session as a kickoff event of our partnership. The theme was about the FinTech scene in Zimbabwe. We published the report on the Internet.
In February 2018, we co-hosted “Hidden Nature Conservation in Africa” with Kakehashi Africa. This event aimed to explore new aspects of Africa through sharing experiences/knowledge and discussions. We invited 3 panelists actively working in different sectors. Mr.Yasushi Hibi, the Representative Director of Conservation International Japan, Ms.Yukino Iwai, Associate Professor in the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center, Waseda university, Mr.Kenichi Shishido, the Director of Agriculture and Rural Development of Japan International Cooperation Agency and Mr.Stephane Fouche, the Director of Strategic Partnership Department of DMM.com. We gather 40 participants from more than 20 countries and from various sectors.
Career Stream – Career Design Studio
Carerer Stream encourages foreign people to come to Japan to study or work. In addition, it aims to provide employment opportunities to both international students and Japanese companies. We intended to create the “Stream” from the time the international students come to Japan until they find jobs.
There are many excellent students overseas, especially in Asia, who are interested in Japanese language, culture, and economy. On the other hand, the number of foreigners studying or working in Japan is very small. As the population of production age is decreasing due to the declining birthrate and the aging population, it is an urgent task for Japan to secure the workforce. This leads to the thought that inviting workers from overseas is very important, but it is not going very well at present. One of the reasons is that it is difficult for foreigners to collect information for studying and working in Japan.
Career Stream is a long-term project consisting of three sub-projects: ① Jump Japan, ② Career Design Studio, ③ Career Forum.
In Jump Japan, “Sempai(先輩)” who are already studying in Japan make a presentation to “Kohai(後輩)” who are willing to study abroad to Japan in the future. The project members visit the home countries of Sempai during the long vacation. Bizjapan hosted Jump Japan in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, Jakarta in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Bangkok in Thailand, and Taipei in Taiwan so far. We partner with government, local student organization, study abroad agency as our local collaborator.
While Jump Japan is for students who are in outside Japan, the target of Career Design Studio (CDS) is international students studying in Japan. We invite several foreign people who used to be international students and now work in Japan as speakers, and ask them to discuss employment in Japan. Career Design Studio is a joint effort by Bizjapan, BLINK and MSA in trying to connect international students with job opportunities in Japan by holding events monthly. Bizjapan host Career Design Studio in July and December 2017, and dozens of international students gathered every time.
Career Forum is a career event that lets international students and Japanese companies match for employment. We will host Career Forum in summer 2018.
M x Space Project
M x Space Project aims to realize the future where human beings can enjoy high QOSL (Quality Of Space Life), by promoting space medicine and contributing to the realization of medical care in space.
Manned space development is currently a hot topic among public and private sectors in the world. In December 2017, Donald Trump declared an aim for manned exploration of the lunar surface. The European Space Agency ESA considers supporting the US and Russia’s manned development of the lunar surface, and Space X plans to send people to Mars in 2024. Also in Japan, Shinzo Abe is planning to send Japanese astronauts to the moon in 2030.
In all of the above cases, it is necessary to provide medical support. However, support is not enough. The private space travel business is heating up, and the health standards for passengers are becoming set. Yet, there is no framework for updating the standards corresponding to the knowledge of space medicine that is evolving at a very fast speed. There are many unknown things in the field of basic space medicine, and there is not a mechanism to provide medical treatment in space.
we have the following three missions.
A) Make space medicine a broader academic field
B) Create a meeting place for various stakeholders to prepare for the time to provide space medicine
C) Improve the current medical back-up in space traveling
There are several activities under each mission. This year, we published articles to attain mission A, and hold an event titled “Space hospital design workshop” for mission B.
Articles aiming at raising social awareness of space medicine were posted on a web page “My Future Campus” which conveys information about the frontline of space medicine research.
In “Space hospital design workshop” held in December at Komaba, we invited Dr. Akito Sogame, a professor at Tokai University researching about space architecture and Yukichi Oi, an associate professor of the University of Tsukuba specialised in space medicine. We held a discussion about the future of manned space situation and potential problems.
In March 2018, we held a study tour aimed at presenting medical students visiting Iwasaki Laboratory at Nihon University and Furukawa Laboratory at JAXA in order to give students an opportunity to know the opportunities of space medicine.