Aiko Tokiyama

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100% Online Alumni Day 2021

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Oct 18, 2021 1:40:07 PM

 Over the Summer, Hitotsubashi ICS co-hosted along with the ICS Alumni Association the first 100% online Alumni Day on Saturday, June 26. The event was co-hosted by Professor Yoshi Fujikawa (Yoshi), the faculty in charge of the external relations and external affairs, and Lavi Penaverde (Lavi), an alumna from our very first batch, graduating all the way back in 2001. Lavi joined us from Manila, Philippines.

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Topics: Event Report

Knowledge Report: 20 years after my MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Sep 3, 2019 10:10:00 AM

The Year Is 2039 - Travel in time, forward 20 years. It is 2039, and you’ve worked towards a vision for your life and career. Describe this journey, telling how you engaged the integrated whole of yourself in adding something new to the world… (Jody Ono, Class of 2018 Knowledge Report Assignment, Wise Leadership Capstone)

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Topics: Student Voice, MBA Program

6 Reasons to get your MBA in Japan at Hitotsubashi ICS

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Aug 29, 2019 5:05:00 PM

Deciding where to do an MBA involves a large number of variables, like any other life-changing decision. If you are on the fence, trying to weigh the financial investment required and the opportunity cost versus the benefits of each program, consider these six reasons to join Hitotsubashi ICS, the best MBA in Japan (#1 MBA program - 2022 QS Rankings).

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Topics: Global Network, Career paths, Why Hitotsubashi ICS, MBA Program

Working in Japan | Reflections of an MBA graduate

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Aug 1, 2019 1:23:00 PM

Last month, we sat down with Vivek Kovilakathu, one of our alumni, to talk about his experience working in Japan as a foreigner. We learned about some of the challenges but also the benefits of working as an international professional in a Japanese company. Here are the highlights of our conversation:

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Career paths, MBA Program, Alumni Voice

MBA Students & Sake Making

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jul 18, 2019 8:03:00 AM

 

In June, as part of the Wise Leadership Capstone (WLC), a full-time MBA core course, students, faculty, and staff members traveled to the countryside around Lake Kasumigaura to kick-start the third module of the course, which offers hands-on, experiential learning through fieldwork related to social issues. Today, that meant rolling up our sleeves and planting rice.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, MBA Program

Knowledge from the past makes us better leaders today | Alumni Voice

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jul 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

In this alumni interview edition, we had the chance to talk with Sean Valencia, Hitotsubashi ICS MBA Class of 2016, whose business history case for his final assignment of the Business History GNAM course at Oxford was just published and will be used in the class this year. He wrote about Shibusawa Eiichi, who is widely known as the father of modern Japanese industry and is also closely tied to the establishment of our founding institution, Hitotsubashi University

Read this short interview with Sean, followed up by an excerpt from his case study: “The father of Japanese Capitalism, Shibusawa Eiichi’s vision of the Ethical Corporation.”  

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Topics: MBA Program, Alumni Voice

MBA Alumni Interview | Anna Lemeshkina

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jun 28, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Last month, we had the chance to interview alumna, Anna Lemeshkina, who shared with us her MBA journey, the impact it had in both professional and personal level,  and the skills that were and still are key to her successful career development in marketing. 

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Career paths, MBA Program, Alumni Voice

Faculty Interview I Prof. Olivier Bossard

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jun 25, 2019 6:05:00 AM

In May, Professor Olivier Bossard, the ED of the MSc Finance at HEC Paris, came to Hitotsubashi ICS to teach Capital Markets. During his time at Hitotsubashi ICS we talked with him about his career shift and relation with Japan. 

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Topics: Faculty Impact, MBA Program

Meet the Career Services Director Who Gets It!

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jun 18, 2019 11:14:06 AM

Kazue Sasaki, the Career Services Director at Hitotsubashi ICS supports students who want to advance their career in Japan. With her wide connections to the real world and detailed consulting, she has supported many ICS students apply the skills acquired at ICS to the real world. We sat down with her to learn about her approach as Career Service Director.

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Topics: Career paths

From Investment Banking to Higher Education

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on May 9, 2019 5:21:04 PM

For this month’s Byline ICS interview, we sat down with EMBA Program Director, Tomonori (Tom) Ito, who talked about his career shift from investment banking to higher education.  

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Topics: Faculty Impact, EMBA Program

The Future of the MBA

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Apr 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

This month, for the second consecutive year, Hitotsubashi ICS welcomed Professor Raúl Montalvo from EGADE Business School for a short faculty exchange during Term 3 of the full-time MBA program. Professor Montalvo will teach Global Business, in which students learn strategic decision making by analyzing the implications and interdependence among the business context, business model, and business expansion and operation strategies. We sat down with Professor Montalvo to talk about the future of the MBA.

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Topics: Faculty Impact, Global Network, MBA Program

GNW2019 | Innovation x Globalization, Japan Style

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Apr 11, 2019 11:03:00 AM

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Topics: Global Network, EMBA Program, MBA Program

Global Network Project | The Future of Education: IoT

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Mar 1, 2019 6:03:00 PM

This year, Hitotsubashi ICS’ ever-inventive Global Network Project (GNP) class took a new tack towards applied learning: developing a business solution for a big client right in Tokyo. In mid-January, #HitotsubashiICS18 students started work for Sony’s MESH and planning the product’s global roll-out.

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Topics: Global Network, MBA Program, Event Report

Deputy Dean of Yale SOM, David Bach visits Hitotsubashi ICS

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jan 18, 2019 12:42:00 PM

Last week, David Bach, Deputy Dean of Academic Programs at Yale SOM traveled to Tokyo and spent a day at Hitotsubashi ICS meeting MBA Program Director Yoshi Fujikawa, lunching with Professor James Kondo and the EMBA Class of 2018 and conducting an information session on Yale SOM’s MAM Program.

During his visit Deputy Dean Bach sat down with Professor Fujikawa for a short interview, in which he talked about the about the value of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a community of 30 top business schools around the globe that is committed not only to developing global talent, but also to implementing innovative pedagogical initiatives leveraging faculty and student bodies across borders.

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Topics: Global Network, EMBA Program, Event Report

3 Lessons From My Time At Hitotsubashi ICS

Posted by Aiko Tokiyama on Jan 15, 2019 11:11:00 AM

I graduated from Hitotsubashi ICS over a decade ago, but key lessons from my time there remain relevant even today. I was a company-sponsored student who, upon finishing my MBA, had the opportunity to work in different sectors and do business in different parts of the world. To this day, as a manager of a semi-global team, I rely on these key takeaways.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, MBA Program, Alumni Voice

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