Located in Nagano Prefecture, Shinshu KornuKopia is the first and only company in Japan to introduce applesauce and apple butter to the Japanese market. Nagano is Japan’s second largest apple-producing area, and KornuKopia uses all-natural ingredients, without preservatives, and is successfully penetrating the higher-end, dessert and fresh fruit markets, targeting 20 – 60 year old, health-conscious women and mothers.
Ms. Ikegami attended Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network global conference to be held in Austin, Texas, this summer. Like all the awardees, Ikegami’s prize is centered on an experience that will expose her to entrepreneurs around the globe and provide her with hands-on mentoring.
Janie Ikegami, Founder, Shinshu KornuKopia
“I cannot thank the TEAJ/EMI entrepreneur awards program and DELL, who sponsored the Groundbreakers Award, enough for the wonderful experiences I had in DWEN (The Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network) in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2013. It provided me so much inspiration. I met women entrepreneurs from all over the world that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise, and it was great to meet them and hear their stories and testimonies from the "real world" perspective.”
Akiko Nishiura, CEO, Nokisaki Inc.
The needs in the workplace for “Globalization” has gained ever greater focus in the Japanese business space over the past few years. Just the same, there has continually remained the “how” to do. Could it be realized by hiring executives and employees with global experience? Or is it the effective way to send new hires to foreign countries for training? Or is it perhaps a combination of the two?
For some time, “Globalization” has simply meant for many, “international” as in namely being able to work across borders. But in fact, “Global professionals” need to understand the diversity of values, to make the most of their experience as a “minority,” and to create new ideas and values that change and lead their companies across the globe.
At Cheer Blossom, Inc., we believe that the above are the essential requirements for corporate “Globalization.” We firmly believe that the most important element is the “mindset that works at various global levels.” Most importantly, the sense of “diversity and inclusion” plays a vital role to nurture such a mindset.
“Globalization” is a major endeavor and a long way off for many, but in fact to take a first step it is actually not hard. This is what we do best at Cheer Blossom -- enable our clients (companies and employees) to nurture the global mindset of the twenty-first century through engaging sports activities.
Also, the English public speaking skill set is a must for executives. Cheery Blossom provides public speaking coaching sessions as part of senior leadership developed and global communication training sessions for inspiring new leaders of tomorrow.
We do the above in two ways.
- Provide business with CSR/social branding consulting programs using sport
- Customize and develop Social Responsibility Programs for sports teams and leagues
- Provide consulting on various sports related events and CSR community development programs that utilize sports
Global Human Resource Development
- English public speaking training for executives
- Next generation leaders: Global Communications Training
Mei Kajikawa, Founder, Sport for Smile
As a Groundbreaker's Award recipient, Mie Kajikawa was invited to attend the Earnst and Young's World Entrepreneur of the Year ceremony that was held in Monaco in June, 2012. A few of the country winners included USA's Leid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn; Mikael Hed, Founder of Rovio Mobile Ltd. that produced the worldly popular online very amazing mobile game "Angry Birds"; and the sole female candidate and CEO of Rubicon Group Holding from Jordan which is devoted to the creation of unique entertainment experiences and interactive educational content across all media channels.
Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Kenya's Equity Bank Limited was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 at the awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo. Dr. James Mwangi was select from finalists from 51 countries.
The Award also provided Mie with the opportunity to strengthen her experience under the mentorship of Catherine Porter, the head of
LinkedIn Tokyo and others, while greatly strengthening her network with long-term, experienced professionals base in Tokyo.