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Excerpted from the Japan Career Guide

Networking in Japan is one of the best methods of making new contacts, gathering information about companies and finding employment. While major cities are large, the foreign community is rather small and one contact can easily lead to another. Most people attending such events are open to sharing their network and making introductions.

Business Organizations

FEW Japan
http://www.fewjapan.com/ (English)
FEW Japan is a 20-year-old networking organization that aims to help foreign women in Japan achieve their full professional and personal potential. Originally known as ‘Foreign Executive Women,’ today the group welcomes women from all professional backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. It focuses on networking, information exchange, and educational and social activities. Programs and publications include monthly meetings with presentations from acclaimed community and business leaders, a monthly newsletter, fundraising events, an annual career strategies seminar and a volunteering directory. Monthly meetings take place at Centre Hall; a map is available on the website.

Email: Online contact form
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Professional Associations

Japan Marketing Association (JMA)
http://www.jma2-jp.org/ (Japanese, English)
The Japan Marketing Association develops and studies marketing knowledge and technologies in Japan. The association is committed to improving the practice of marketing and widening its application to corporate management. It has educational training in all areas of marketing, including marketing research.

Tel: +81-3-5575-2101
Fax: +81-3-5575-0626
Email: info@jma-jp.org
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Industry Organizations and Councils

Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA)
http://www.jisa.or.jp (English, Japanese)
JISA promotes the growth of Japan’s information services industry and contributes to the overall growth of the country's economy. It was established in 1984, and members include leading software developers and information processing and database/VAN service suppliers. Associate members predominantly are leading Japanese hardware vendors, bankers, insurers, manufacturers, traders and common carriers. JISA members account for about 10 percent of the companies in the Japanese IT services market, and about 40 percent of its employment (237,000 employees). Members account for 50 percent of the revenues generated by ICT (information and communication technologies) companies in Japan.

Tel: +81-3-6214-1121
Email: intnl@jisa.or.jp

Union and Labor Organizations

Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-Rengo)
http://www.jtuc-rengo.org/ (English)
JTUC-Rengo is an independent, non-governmental confederation of more than 50 member affiliates that represent more than 6.5 million workers. JTUC-Rengo promotes international peace and human rights for all workers, and works on a global level as a member of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). Japanese trade union organizations have a three-tier hierarchical structure: enterprise-based unions, industrial federations and the national center at the top. There also is a wide-ranging network, with local organizations, called ‘Local Rengos,’ set up in all of Japan’s prefectures.

Tel: +81-3-5295-0526
Fax: +81-3-5295-0548
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Networking Groups

Rotary Club of Tokyo
http://www.tokyo-rc.gr.jp/ (Japanese, English)
The Rotary Club of Tokyo, founded in 1920, is the oldest Rotary Club in Japan. It is one of more than 200 Rotary clubs in the Tokyo area. Individual clubs can be found by clicking on ‘Club Finder’ on the Rotary International website.

Rotary Club of Tokyo
Rm.908 Marunouchi Building 9F
2-4-1,Marunouchi
Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-6309
Tel: 03-3201-3888
Fax: 03-3201-3413
Email: tokyo-rc@nifty.com

Chambers of Commerce

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
http://www.jcci.or.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.cin.or.jp/link/ccis/ccihmpg-e.html (English)
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the oldest economic organization in Japan, with a history tracing back to 1878, when it began as the Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo. It evolved into its current form as a public corporation in 1953. The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the central organization to which all local chambers of commerce belong; the most recent information indicates 517 chambers support 1.43 million members in Japan. The local chambers are regionally grouped, with one chamber for each city. They are composed of large and small companies in every industry, and are public, non-profit and non-political. They are international in nature, having the same structure as chambers in other countries.

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building, 6F
3-2-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3283-7500
Email: Online contact form
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Telephone Directories

Japan Directory Online
http://www.japandirectoryonline.com/ (English)
This site bills itself as a directory for international business. It lists thousands of companies by category. Paid membership is required to obtain email and fax numbers, but phone numbers and addresses are provided, along contact forms.

Major Trade Publications

Asahi Shimbun
http://www.asahi.com/ (Japanese)
http://www.asahi.com/english/ (English)
The Asahi Shimbun (International Herald Tribune) is a morning newspaper published Monday through Saturday. It is available at newsstands and by subscription. Its first and second pages focus on international news and significant Japan-related events. Other sections focus on the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific, as well as coverage of business and finance, international markets, sports, travel, health, science, technology and the arts.



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