20th Anniversary Celebration

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we will be holding an event at the Tokyo American Club on June 17th, 2016. Please come celebrate with us and engage in a discussion on "Workplace Challenges and Opportunities: Then, Now and Tomorrow" and enjoy the buffet dinner and networking activity.

Date / Time:
Friday, June 17, 18:00-20:00
Tokyo American Club (Access)
For Whom:
Open to public. Please register online.
If you'd like to register with your colleague, please indicate it in the comment box of the Registration Form.
75 Seats
Participants will receive an invoice for the event ticket once a seat has been confirmed.
Dress Code:
Business Casual
Registration Deadline:
Monday, June 6, 2016
Thank you for your interest.
We are sorry that the registration is closed as of the deadline, June 6th due to a large number of entries.

Event Description

Panel discussion - Workplace Challenges and Opportunities: Then, Now and Tomorrow

As a part of our celebration, an informal and stimulating panel discussion explores Workplace Challenges and Opportunities. We invite you to partake and network with others, from friends of TUJ and from members of our community, who believe that Education Never Ends.

Come celebrate with us!

A glimpse into some thought-provoking topics:

  • Then and Now – In fitting with our 20th anniversary theme, we look back over twenty years and discuss the improvements to the work environment and the challenges that remain.
  • Generational Change - A challenge affecting organizations globally: the “clash” of generations, Millennials and Baby Boomers see the world and work in different ways.
  • Diversity – A topic much talked about as of late. How is diversity impacting the workplace and your business?
  • HR as Innovators – How do HR managers innovate?
  • Leaders – We examine leadership development; training leaders (to think / act in a certain way) versus developing a person’s capabilities and allowing them to lead in their own way. Is there a better way?

20 Years of Continuing Education

From 86 to over 32,686

The Continuing Education program at TUJ first started in May 1996 with 86 students and 15 courses at our campus in Minami Azabu. 20 years later, it has evolved into a professional development program that has offered more than 697 courses to over 32,686 students from more than 100 countries.

Continuing Education at Temple has been quietly educating and influencing working adults and impacting management practices at organizations in Japan, fulfilling a need for western education.

Diversity is Key

Our students come from diverse professional, generational and cultural backgrounds. Many have aspirations for advancing their careers while others look for answers to the real workplace challenges they face. Scores of organizations send employees for skills training and over 600 students have obtained certificates to move closer to their goals. Students and companies tell us they benefit from learning and interacting with people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. It is a fulfilling learning experience.


Reception Opens
18:00 - 18:50
Welcome and Panel Discussion
18:50 - 19:20
Kanpai and Buffet Dinner
19:20 - 19:50
Networking Activity
19:50 - 20:00
Raffle Prizes and Wrap Up / Thank You!


Janelle Sasaki

Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Services,
Ernst & Young Advisory Co., Ltd. Japan

Janelle Sasaki serves as the Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Services at Ernst & Young Advisory Co., Ltd. (EYA), which uses a sector-focused approach and global deliver capabilities to help clients transform their business processes and sustain the improvements. Based in Tokyo, Japan, she advises on innovative Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) practices in the workplace for Japan and the Asian Pacific Region. As a well-known D&I expert, Janelle guides top Japanese and multi-national clients on designing and executing workforce, work style and marketplace solutions to create an inclusive culture. She also is a frequent international speaker on Diversity & Inclusion.

In addition to her time at EYA, she served as the Inclusion & Diversity Leader for Cisco Systems Japan G.K. and the Asia Pacific Region, where she launched the company-wide Inclusion & Diversity business strategy and solved workplace challenges. In 2013, Cisco Japan won the Bridge Builder Award from the Global Organization for Leadership & Diversity (GOLD). Before her transfer to Japan, she worked in Silicon Valley for over eight years. Most recently, Janelle was selected as a mentor for the 2015 Global Ambassador Program (GAP) Japan sponsored by Bank of America. She is a member of the C-Suite network called Women in Leadership Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan. Janelle also serves in leadership roles for the US Japan Council and is the Co-Founder of the Japan D&I Business Round Table Network.

Janelle graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and holds her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. She volunteers as a career coach for the next generation of leaders. Her passion for health and fitness was shaped by her training as a former competitive gymnast.

Yasuhiko Shoji

HR General Manager / Global HR
Suntory Beverage & Food (SBF)

Yasuhiko Shoji is the HR General Manager (in charge of Global HR) for Suntory Beverage & Food (SBF). Graduating with a B.A. in Economics from Kyoto University, he first joined Suntory in 1995 and has since accumulated extensive knowledge and experience from various sections of the company. In his present role as HR General Manager / Global HR for Suntory Beverage & Food (SBF), his more recent accomplishments include the following: In 2013, in line with one of Suntory's well known company values "Yatte Minahare!" ("Go for it!") he spearheaded the ‘KEY project, 京橋・英語・やってみなはれプロジェクト’ (Kyobashi English Yatte Minahare!) to foster an English workplace environment for all employees in his section at the Kyobashi branch. This initiative helped all employees at the Kyobashi office to score on average at least 100 points higher in TOEIC tests and to feel natural to speak and hear English in the workplace. This project was featured in almost all the newspapers and business magazines, and received accomplishment awards from the HR industry and from Suntory as well. In 2014, he started Kyobashi Eigo Dojo, 京橋英語道場’ “Kyobashi English Dojo (Training)” with the goal of developing a bench of 100 globally capable employees per year by encouraging employees to learn global business skills. And in 2016, he raised this level of training even higher by initiating the Global Leader Development program at the ‘Kyobashi (SBF HQ) Leader Beya, 京橋リーダー部屋’. Yasu is passionate about developing employee talent. He and his team are keen to develop Japanese ‘Yokozuna’ to maintain Suntory's ranking as one of the top leading beverage firms in Japan and in the world.

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Jun Kabigting

President, HR Central KK;
Adjunct Professor, Temple University Japan Campus;
Chief Community Officer, The Japan HR Society (JHRS);
Managing Editor, The HR Agenda Magazine

Jun is president of HR Central K.K. and an adjunct professor with Temple University Japan Campus. He has more than 25 years of experience across the entire HR value chain, most of them Japan-focused. He has a solid experience as a trainer, HR consultant, and talent acquisition professional. Jun likewise serves as nominal representative and/or external director for other organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Hawaii, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines, a Certificate in HR Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor and Relations and credentialed as an HR Management Professional (HRMP) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Jun is the Founding Chief Community Officer of The Japan HR Society (JHRS) and also serves as the Managing Editor of The HR Agenda -- Japan's first & only bilingual HR magazine. He has been a frequent speaker/resource person in various domestic and international HR conferences in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and USA. He passionately believes in advancing the HR agenda in Japan through continuing HR education, knowledge sharing and use of HR best practices.


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John Foster

Business Programs Faculty Coordinator, Continuing Education, TUJ

Business Instructor and Faculty Coordinator for Business Programs in Continuing Education, Adjunct Faculty at BCIT in Vancouver since 2000 and sometimes Marketing and PR consultant with Toys “R” Us Japan. John instructs Human Resources Management and an array of HR, business management and inter-culture courses at TUJ. He has recently published his first book Making Conversation to help language learners or anyone who wants to put down their phones and hold more engaging conversations with friends and family. Based on demands from corporate clients, a second book Making Presentations to help all of us make better presentations is due out later in 2016.