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Education That Runs Around the Globe - From the Front Lines of International Business

2015-10-31 (Sat) 14:00 - 16:30

In our daily lives, we often see expressions such as "globalization" and "global human resources." But why is globalization once again receiving so much attention? And what components and ability must one have to be considered a "global human resource"?
At this seminar, lecturers with roots in the Osaka University German Culture Research Association, or Dokken, will speak about watching the globalization of the Japanese economy and the industrial world as well as active global human resources. In addition, these lecturers will speak about being on the front lines of global business not only in Germany, but other parts of Europe, the USA, and Asia in pharmaceuticals and banking. Finally, we would like to discuss and exchange opinions with the attendees.

Osaka University German Culture Research Association (OU Dokken) 60th Anniversary Memorial Lecture: "Enjoying Exchange with Different Fields - A Proposal from OU Dokken Graduates"

Part 2: Education That Runs Around the Globe - From the Front Lines of International Business

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 14:00~16:30


Osaka University Nakanoshima Center 

Application Deadline:

Monday, August 31, 2015


DOHI Makoto (Career counselor/adjunct instructor, Faculty of Applied Sociology)


IWATANI Kunio (President/CEO, Kringle Pharma, Inc.)

MARUYAMA Shigeki (Former bank employee in Germany, England, Indonesia, etc.; former faculty member, private university of foreign studies)

FUJIHARA Yukinori (Director, Kansai Economic Federation)


High school students - 40

Osaka University students - 10

High school/University faculty and staff - 15

General Public - 15

Coordinator and Panelist Profiles

DOHI Makoto

A 1982 graduate of Osaka University's School of Letters, DOHI Makoto joined a support organization for smaller firms (Osaka Prefecture Labor and Commerce Department Public Interest Organization), and subsequently engaged in career formation support focused mainly on university students. Served as a member of the steering committee in the Kansai Branch of the Japan Society of Internship and Work Integrated Learning from 2013-2014, and as a member of the Career Education Specialist Human Resource Development Course Preparatory Committee (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare), aimed at university students. Served as an adjunct instructor at Kinki University from 2010.


After graduating from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University in 1965, Mr. IWATANI entered Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. After residing in then-American occupied Okinawa, he moved to Indonesia, France, America, and France for a second time, with a total of 19 years overseas, so it goes without saying that he has quite a bit of experience interacting and blending in with different cultures, though not without a bit of occasional tension. Currently, he is the president of a bioventure company, developing therapeutic medicine for intractable diseases.


MARUYAMA Shigeki, a 1971 graduate of the School of Law at Osaka University, went on to work in research and international departments of commercial banks, after which he was sent to branch offices in Germany and England. After returning to Japan he was again sent to a new position in Indonesia, where he was involved in management of national banks and joint ventures, bringing his total overseas experience to 12 and a half years. In addition, Mr. MARUYAMA has been involved with the compliance division of asset management companies, as well as working in the library and information department of a private foreign studies university.


After graduating from Osaka University's School of Economics in 1980, FUJIHARA Yukinori went on to enter the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. Later, after receiving his master of laws from Osaka University with a concentration in international law, he entered the office of the Kansai Economic Federation. He served as the head of the economic reconnaissance department until 2010, when he began at his current position as director. He has participated in the UN Conference on Measures Against Global Warming twice. Mr. FUJIHARA hails from Osaka Prefecture.

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Some 60 years ago, the Osaka University German Culture Research Association (OU Dokken) was born. At Dokken, students from all fields gather to learn about German language and culture, while nurturing their own foundations of "culture" in a broad sense. Through this exchange between students of different fields, many seeds were planted, and have bloomed as students have thrived in their own lives and social activity. We planned this Dokken 60th Anniversary Memorial Lecture based on the spirit of interdisciplinary exchange that was such a unique characteristic of the club's activity, in the hopes that it will help us in making a new world image across the fields of culture, society, and nature.

Date: 2015-10-31 (Sat) 14:00 - 16:30
Organizer: Committee for the 60th Anniversary of the Osaka University German Culture Research Association; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
Venue: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Registration by email is required for this event.
Contact: Committee for the 60th Anniversary of the Osaka University German Culture Research Association Office

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