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J-Global Business School
Mini MBA

Build core business leadership skills for a Japan-Global diverse environment

Enjoy networking and project-based learning in an accelerated bilingual program.

J-Global’s Intercultural Mini-MBA offers a unique way to acquire essential global business skills while also learning how to apply these skills in the mixed Japanese-global business environment found in most Japanese companies operating internationally. Moreover, the Intercultural Mini-MBA allows you to gain this essential knowledge in far less time and at a fraction of the cost of a full academic MBA.

Find out more about the Intercultural Mini-MBA and how to raise your business skills to the next level.


Target audience

Do you want to more deeply master global business and reach a higher leadership level?

Upskilling and reskilling are essential for success in international business and now, more than ever, people are looking for something to put themselves ahead of others in the career ladder.   

Participants in our program are typically ambitious business people with these concerns:

You want to build the strategic mindset and tools to win promotion and bigger global roles

You want to learn principles of global strategy, marketing, sales and organizational design, and how to apply them in Japan.

You need to develop key leadership and communication skills to bridge typical cultural gaps.

You need to create a new resilient mindset for self and colleagues for dealing with constant, stressful unpredictable change.

You want to transform your role and your organization’s culture, strategy and processes for global success

You are motivated to do an MBA but you are concerned about the costs,  time and lack of work-life balance

How can you prepare yourself for global professional success & improve your critical thinking? 


A Mini MBA is a smart, low-risk investment delivering more immediate results than a full MBA.


  • Mini MBAs are accelerated, part-time programs — a sprint, not a marathon.

  • Can be completed in a few weeks or months.

  • Cost as little as ¥150,000, compared to up to ¥30 million for a full MBA

  • Hyper targeted curriculum helps students acquire needed skills in the moment.

  • Provides an expanded network equal to or better than traditional MBA programs. 

  • You don’t need to leave your job to get a mini MBA.

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What is a mini MBA?

A mini/micro-MBA is becoming popular around the world but it tends to only explain global best practices. Our mini MBA explains in a practical way how to adapt and apply those lessons for use in a Japan-based organization.

Our program not only teaches the practical skills and mindset necessary for a global workplace but it has been developed in conjunction with experts in the field from Japan’s top universities, so it also includes academic content and advanced study skills that one would ordinarily gain from a full MBA.  

This program is fully bilingual, and includes appreciation of Japan’s unique strengths in team-based organizations and how to bridge gaps with global counterparts which focus on individuals,

Because it explains both Japanese and global leadership and management styles, you can apply your learnings straight away in your own “hybrid” organization.

Fully bilingual - so you can join now and learn the concepts even if you speak only Japanese, and learn the English communication skills during or after the program.

If you want to go overseas for a full MBA, Taking our intercultural bilingual mini-MBA beforehand builds the right mindset and skills to succeed there, and creates practical frameworks and ideas for applying the learnings to a global Japanese organization afterwards.


Our school's strengths


Engaging and interactive. No one-way lectures.


Intercultural knowledge and skills essential for working in a Japan-Global environment


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J-Global's achievements

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 Intercultural Mini -MBA program

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

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learning method

5 modules

Gain a solid foundation in the core areas of intercultural business practice with these five learning modules.

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Each module: 4 weeks of study

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You will spend a total of 1.5 - 2 hours per week on workshops, readings and projects.
In the workshop, you will participate in discussions and case studies, present your project, and receive feedback on it.


1.1 Global Communication (Week 1 & 2)

  • global organization

  • Gaps in cross-cultural communication

  • global communication skills

  • Case studies & challenges

  • The Challenge: A Simple 360° Survey

1.2 Global Leadership (Week 3 & 4)

  • effective leadership style

  • Key Aspects of Global Leadership

  • Global performance management

  • Guest Lecture: Relevant Cases & Best Practices


2.1 Fostering an attractive personal brand and corporate mission (Week 7 & 8)

  • My personal brand and mission

  • 360° Survey Reviews and Insights

  • Build a growth mindset and strengths

  • Contribution to corporate mission

  • Challenge: 360° Survey

2.2 Positive Vision and Sustainability Goals in an ESG-Conscious Organization

*ESG = Environmental, Social, Governance (4th week)

  • Create a compelling vision

  • ESG Sustainability Goals in Global Business

  • Alignment of ESG sustainability goals among diverse stakeholders

  • Our ESG Sustainability Goals

  • Guest Lecture: Relevant Cases & Best Practices


3.1 Learn Strategic Planning Best Practices (Week 5)

  • Strategic Planning Method  

  • Strategic competency development

  • Surrounding Environment and Stakeholders

3.2 Strategic Management (Week 11 & 12)

  • Strategy and business development

  • Strategy execution

  • Guest Lecture: Relevant Cases & Best Practices

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4.1. Building diversity and inclusion in a global organization (Week 13 & 14)

  • Understanding the power of DE&I (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion)

  • Policy and leadership to support DE&I in the organization

  • How to increase DE&I in your organization

4.2 Teamwork and Self-Management  (Week 15 & 16)

  • effective global teamwork

  • Utilizing diversity in the team

  • self leadership self management

  • Establish positive habits that support your identity and goals 

  • Guest Lecture: Relevant Cases & Best Practices


5.1. Global Transformation (GX) (Week 17 & 18)

  • Cross-cultural trends in Japanese and global organizations

  • Designing a globally growing Japanese organizational culture

  • GX execution (global transformation)

5.2. Digital transformation (DX)  (10th week)

  • Organizational Benefits of Digitization (DX)

  • DX methods and leadership

  • Strengthen DX in your department

  • Guest Lecture: Relevant Cases & Best Practices

Intercultural Mini-MBA

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Those interested in this program

Analyze your situation first
to support goal setting
Join us for a free online counseling session.

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Lecturer introduction


Dr. Sarah L. Birchley 

Business School Director, Lecturer

With 20 years of business experience in Japan, Sarah is a tenured professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, Toyo Gakuen University, and has also worked as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University, New York University, and Ritsumeikan University. She has completed a sabbatical at the University of Texas, and Cardiff University (Wales), conducting entrepreneurial and diaspora collaborations. She has received two Grants for Scientific Research from the Japanese government and is currently working on research on Latin American diaspora entrepreneurs in Japan.

“Innovation requires people-to-people connections, so I enjoy bringing people from all walks of life together, getting involved, being curious, and creating new knowledge.”

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Jon Lynch

Originally from the UK, for over 30 years Jon has provided bilingual training and coaching to more than 100 Japanese companies, and founded J-Global ten years ago. Our goal is to help overseas business people better understand Japanese people and organisations. And to help Japanese to better understand globalization and contribute to the world. I enjoy working in a diverse environments and want to help you maximize your strengths and succeed.

John will also be in charge of free 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.

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  • 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?


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