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J-Global Intercultural Business School

For foreigners: how to be successful in a Japanese company

Experience supporting thousands of overseas employees

Taking advantage of the strengths of foreigners
Japanese company
hone your skills to contribute

Get to know Japanese corporate culture and learn how to gain trust in your team

You will acquire the mindset, knowledge, and skills for working in a Japanese company, as well as a specific action plan that matches your unique work environment, and will be able to work in Japan with confidence.

Target audience

“For Foreigners: How to Work at a Japanese Company”is a program for foreigners who want to expand their range of activities while working at a Japanese company.
​This is a must-see for those who want to contribute to the globalization of their company by making use of the work skills and mindset they have cultivated overseas!

Do you have any of the following problems?

​It is difficult to communicate with Japanese colleagues and superiors

Unclear roles within the organization and unclear specific job descriptions

Feeling untrusted as part of a team

Your achievements are unfairly underestimated and your successes are dismissed

I feel that the way I work is inefficient, but it is difficult to improve

Feedback is negative and rarely positive

The following methods will increase your understanding of “work styles in Japan”may be insufficient

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Japanese-language school
In classes where you can learn basic Japanese, you cannot learn specific Japanese negotiation techniques that can be used in business.

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In-house training
In many cases, training by managers in Japan is not systematized, and it is difficult to feel growth.

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Learning about cross-cultural business
Cultural knowledge can be learned, but there is no opportunity to put it into practice in a systematic way.

E-learning, discussions, interactive lectures, individual coaching, action learning, etc. can be customized to suit your needs and you can learn effectively.

In this program,

Skills that can be used in Japanese companies

Learn effectively.

You'll learn the mindset and skills you need and apply them in real-world business situations.

Not only can you learn about Japanese corporate culture, but you can also acquire action plans that you can actually use at work.

Achievements of J-Global

J-Global Solutions are based on highly evaluated consulting and workshops in the global workplaces of over 100 Japanese companies.


J-Global’s mission is to help Japan-based companies successfully grow their global business by transforming their intercultural business practices. Our consulting and learning solutions help organizations and individuals create a best mix of Japanese and overseas working styles, building a solid foundation for high-functioning, diverse teams and robust global growth.

We’ve learned a lot over the years about how companies and people can make a successful global transformation. We’re now sharing that knowledge with you in our GX ALPHA learning programs.   

GX ALPHA is the only comprehensive learning system that provides businesspeople with not only the knowledge, but also the mindsets and proven practical skills to navigate within and between Japanese and global business environments. Our focus is on real-world problems, real-world solutions and the action steps needed to implement those solutions.

Some of the companies J-Global provided services to (in no particular order)

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GXALPHAthe learning process of


A.L.P.H.A. is a comprehensive learning system focusing on practical actions and skills customized for your individual requirements. These are real-world skills that you can apply immediately to your issues at work.  Make your own personal Global Transformation (GX).

needs analysis
Planning a study plan

Join webinar

Create an action plan
​ action practice

Evaluation certificate

free online counseling










Helpful tools, additional webinars

You can add webinars for other courses as needed. There are no additional charges. You can also use e-learning and knowledge hubs to ask questions and get support at any time.



free online counseling
Analyze the current situation and issues, and clarify the goals such as the skills you want to acquire through this program.






Learn how to stay motivated and increase productivity in Japanese organizations. Building trusting relationships with Japanese colleagues and a long-term professional career.



● Japanese business concept and work style

● Tacit understanding of Japanese-style management

●Appealing to and exercising influence on top management


Become a bridge between Japanese and foreign colleagues and develop skills to identify, fix and prevent cultural gaps


●Case study: Discussing hybrid solutions to improve work environments and overcome cultural gaps

●Action Plan: Identify and analyze current/future challenges. Create a roadmap for taking action to improve the situation

●Role-play: Practically learn the stages and improvements needed for career advancement based on the created roadmap


Helpful tools, additional webinars

to suit your needs

You can add e-learning and webinars ​.

​ No additional costs!

E-Learning & Knowledge Hub & Community



Learn how to hone your cross-cultural business skills as a foreign staff



A growth mindset to address cultural challenges

Organizational style: bridging two different work styles

● Decision-making strategy and business direction



Improvement report and certificate of completion

3 step learning method


Step 1: Case study
Using actual cases that can occur in the business scene, we will examine typical problems in working at a Japanese company and consider solutions.
You will be able to deal positively when similar problems arise in your day-to-day work.


Case study

the problem


the cause


a solution


to your situation

Step 2: Create an Individual Action Plan

Prioritize your tasks and goals, and make a concrete plan for what action to take next.
Our planning template makes it easy.

self analysis

identify the most important issues

through pair coaching

looking for a solution

action plan

complete the template

  • Know your strengths and use them to reach your goals

  • Clarify the skills needed to change the current situation

  • bad teamwork

  • unclear role

  • slow approval

  • work and life balance

  • can't expect promotion

  • lack of motivation

example:To resolve the "unclear role"

  • your strengthshow can you apply it to your work?

  • what are you interested in

  • what are your career goals?

  • list of solutions

  • Clarify what action to take

  • Setting KPIs

Step 3: Roleplay

Role-play with your team using the action template created in step 2. Hands-on experience allows you to evaluate and improve your action plan. While exchanging opinions in a team, you can acquire skills in a fun and effective way.

Role-play setting (example) Conversation between you and your Japanese boss

Role play

Intermediate evaluation and improvement

re role play

Final evaluation

Those who are interested in this program and those who want to improve their skills

"I want to work using English, but I don't know where to start."
"I want to communicate smoothly with foreign teammates"
“I want to do more global work,” etc.
First of all, we will ask you about your current situation and support you in setting goals.
Join us for a free online counseling session.


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John Lynch

​ As an experienced global business leader in Japan, I have provided bilingual training and coaching to over 100 Japanese companies for over 30 years. We are passionate about spreading cross-cultural education, aiming to help foreigners understand Japan better and Japanese people to understand globalization and contribute to the world.

John will also be in charge of online counseling!


​We will think about your career path together and have a fun conversation while creating a mind map. Either Japanese or English is OK. You will have 20-30 minutes to organize your thoughts whether or not you participate in the program. Please feel free to submit a new application.

In addition, instructors with specialized knowledge will support you!


Dr. Sarah L. Birchley


--Nathan DeWitt


Graham Lenz

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Adiadna Pulg

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Akari Teramoto

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Ikem Okoboshi

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Hisako Miyamori

Business School Director, Instructor

Instructor, Coach


Coach, Success Supporter

Success Supporter

Community Coach

Coach, Success Supporter

Learner Voices


A solid plan of action

The action plan that I developed during this course was really effective in improving my situation at work. As soon as I completed the roleplay activities I was already sure the plan would work.

Furniture company, overseas new hires


positive mind set

In this seminar I  learned to accept diversity and see things from different culture counterpart’s point of view, so I realized why Japanese coworkers get frustrated when I can’t understand their meaning quickly. 

Retail, Trainee Coordinator


Satisfying my managers

The case studies and realistic examples in this program gave me a good sense of how Japanese managers actually behave and why. Now I can see how I have to do and how I need to communicate so that I can be a valued part of the team.

Retail group companies, overseas new hires


  • How do I join the program?
    If you are interested,Online coaching. If you do not need it, please sign up for the free trial or the plan of your choice and reserve the class of your choice.
  • What other programs are there?
    For a list of other programs, please here.
  • My company has told me not to discuss my work outside the company. How can I participate in this program safely?
    We take confidentiality very seriously and ask participants not to discuss confidential company information.
  • How do you support English and Japanese learners?
    The bilingual instructor in charge of this program speaks an appropriate combination of Japanese and English so that everyone can understand. Participants can choose to speak English or Japanese, or both. English is generally used in global work, so it is recommended to participate in English as much as possible.
  • What are the learning components for ILP and how do I access them?
  • How does the ILP program support learners in English and Japanese?

Nine programs teach global communication and leadership skills for a variety of participants, including expats and global coordinators of Japanese companies, managers and members of multinational teams, and non-Japanese employees.

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