There are 30 foreign national employees actively working at the Company. We are promoting various measures to enable them to securely engage in their work. For example, we have formed the Global Nakama Initiative (GNI) as a place for foreign national employees to interact and share information. We are rolling out the GNI as a system to enable them to freely exchange opinions and foster conversation. Currently, there are many differences between the ideas and customs of foreign national employees working at Japanese companies and those of Japanese employees. Through this activity, we aim to foster an environment where each foreign national employee can work easily while supporting their life and work in Japan.
In May 2018, Idemitsu Kosan launched GNI (Global Nakama Initiative), a forum of information exchange for foreign national employees. Working with the Human Resources Department, GNI also serves as a support center for the foreign employees to easily consult for advice so that they can work with a better sense of security.
Last year, GNI hosted three meetings and one of the meeting results was to assist newly joined foreign employees by providing them simple guidelines of how to work and live in Japan. The guidelines copies were distributed to the foreign national freshmen during the job offer ceremony.
On October 28, GNI first meeting post-business integration (Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell) was held. At the meeting, the participants shared and discussed their lifehacks* to live and work more comfortably in Japan.
Municipal and ward offices provide free Japanese language lesson. Not only that, they also provide opportunities to obtain more knowledge about Japanese culture through lectures and workshops. Foreign employees can enjoy the services provided by these facilities with their families and at the same time deepening understanding about Japanese customs.
There have been several groups and communities on social media for foreigners in Japan to exchange information and establish network. Some of those groups also provide serve as platform where foreign nationals can give and receive various unused goods for free.
Various work-related applications, such as Box (cloud storage) and Microsoft Teams (communication tool) enable employees to perform their work efficiently.
Using time more effectively, for example listing up today’s work and duties while commuting on public transport.