Hyderabad: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and IIT Hyderabad (IITH) co-hosted “Japan Career Fair 2023”, the sixth edition of “JAPAN DAY” on September 24, 2023. 20 distinguished Japanese companies attended this career fair, which is the largest number of participants since the event started in 2018. The companies, comprising startups, SMEs, and large corporates, participated in promoting their businesses/cutting-edge technologies to attract students from IITH.
Expressing his delight on the occasion, Mr Toshihiro Mizutani, Director General, JETRO Bengaluru, said, “Interest in India’s engineering and scientific talent is growing among Japanese companies; as a result, we are welcoming double the number of Japanese companies as compared to last year’s Japan Day. Since there is a critical lack of IT engineers in Japan, several businesses there are eager to employ motivated Indian experts. The participating Japanese companies anticipate that IITH students will play key roles in emerging technological innovation and global strategies. Former “JAPAN DAY” has now expanded to “Japan Week” to showcase other aspects, including Japanese culture. We hope that the students explore a little about Japanese culture and also gain some essence of the Japanese corporate culture.”.
Extending his gratitude to all participating organizations, Prof. B S Murty, Director of IIT Hyderabad, said, “JAPAN DAY, which has been organized annually since 2018 at IITH, is a unique and important event that greatly helps our students to develop an understanding and confidence about the job, work culture, life, and career path in Japan. Many Japanese companies will also get exposure to the excellence and potential of IITH students through active interaction with them on JAPAN DAY. We are indebted to JETRO for its amazing support in connecting IITH with prominent Japanese firms. This year onwards we have decided to Celebrate Japan Week at IITH. We have cherished our bond with Japan this year by observing the 1st edition of Japan Week. I wish to see this participation increase multi-fold in years to come.”.
Speaking on the event’s success, Prof Tarun K Panda, Dean (International Relations), IITH, said, “Participation of 20 distinguished Japanese companies at the career fair, underlining its growing importance in fostering collaboration between India and Japan. The significance of the year-long collaboration for the Career Fair and week-long collaboration involving Japanese universities, organizations, and Indian-Japanese initiatives is a testament to the strength of global partnerships and technology exchange. We affirm our commitment to nurturing these connections for mutual innovation and growth.”.
In addition, IITH, with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese universities, and Japanese organizations co-hosted the first edition of the “IITH-Japan Week 2023” from 18-24 September 2023. 7 Japanese universities, 8 Japanese organizations, 1 Indo-Japan hub, and three companies participated in the various events to promote various aspects of IIT Hyderabad Japan collaboration.
JETRO, in association with IITH, has been conducting “JAPAN DAY” at IITH since 2018; 10 Japanese companies, primarily large corporations, joined the event in 2018. Subsequently, 5 Japanese companies, mainly startups, joined in 2019. In 2020, the first-ever online “JAPAN DAY”, we got an overwhelming response, and the number of companies increased to 20. More than half were startups aiming to recruit top Indian talents to develop their technologies and products to compete in the global market. The numbers were promising in 2021, with 13 companies participating during the peak of the pandemic. In 2022, the event was held offline after two years, with 10 firms participating. Re-branded as “Japan Career Fair 2023”, the following 20 companies participated this year:
AGC Asia Pacific (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Corporation): Materials (glass, chemical, electronics, etc.) manufacture
ALPS ALPINE Co., Ltd (Corporation): Software and hardware development
Asahi Kasei Corporation (Corporation): Conglomerates of material, residential, health care domain
AWL, Inc. (Startup): AI
DENSO Corporation (Corporation): Automobile
Eukarya Inc. (Startup): Web service
EX-Fusion Inc. (Startup): Deep tech of atomic fusion
Fujitsu Limited (Corporation): Communication systems, manufacturing & sale of information processing systems and electronic devices, & provision of related services
Ginco Inc.(Startup): Blockchain
IHI Corporation (Corporation): Next-generation aircraft system R&D and manufacturing
Ikuta Sankikogyo Co., Ltd (SMSE): Design, manufacture, and sales of metal production equipment
Instalimb, Inc. (Startup): Hardware, health tech
Mercari, Inc. (Corporation): E-commerce and software, marketplace application
Morimatsu Technology and Service Company (SMSE): Biotechnology, Chemistry
Mosh, Inc. (Startup): Service E-commerce, creative economy
MUFG Global Service Pvt. Ltd. (Corporation): Finance
New Cosmos Electric Co., Ltd. (Corporation): Sensing
Space Power Technologies Inc. (Startup): Hardware
Suntory Holdings (Corporation): Beverage, food and healthcare
Yokogawa Digital (Corporation): Plant measurement and control, carbon management
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