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Still many Japanese companies have been stagnant due to their long lasting hierarchical corporate culture. As it does not go away anytime soon, we at Third Way Forum discussed how we can navigate the Japanese hierarchy in order to create a work environment that could overcome the pressure of hierarchy and get things done and move forward.

What is the "Third Way"

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The 1st Way

Japanese Company Culture

The 2nd Way

Foreign Company Culture

The 3rd Way

Japanese Global Company Culture

What is "Third Way Forum"

A platform for international business leaders whose talents and ideas may be underutilized in Japanese companies to develop a collective voice to shape the future of “Japanese Global” companies.

Third Way Forum Charter


With growing overseas business and a rapid increase of foreign employees, many Japanese and non-Japanese companies are still striving to globalize. Many highly skilled professionals are still underutilized, under-represented and under-supported. For a long time, there has been an “us vs them” mentality between the Japanese corporate culture and the foreign company’s global corporate culture.
Now more than ever, we need to seek a Third Way Corporate Culture that makes sense both in Japan and globally, benefiting both Japanese and foreign business professionals alike, and making all companies in Japan more successful globally.


To shape a new corporate culture (the Third Way) that makes companies more competitive globally by developing a solution-oriented, collective voice of international business professionals, and helps their successful inclusion into the Japanese business society.
To improve the working environment for all professionals accompanied by their sense of fulfillment with work in Japan.


Regular Forum Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, Sub-Forum Activities, Surveys & Reports, Online Community, Advisory Support, etc.

Third Way Forum Meeting

A forum to discuss issues and propose solutions to achieve the new hybrid corporate culture in Japan

Every Thursday 12:30 – 13:30

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Upcoming Events

"How should Japanese leaders manage non-Japanese team?" Online Event

Three Japanese leaders who are successfully managing international teams will share their insight.

Shuichi Sakamoto, Director of the Board, Executive Officer, AsahiKASEI, has been successfully managing a group of acquired US companies and continuously increasing the value of AkahiKasei’s pharmaceutical business.

Kozo Hanada, APAC Director, WCG Clinical Endpoint Solutions, has been successfully managing a group of international members in Japan and establishing a strong project management business team of WCG’s APAC business.

Julian Fogarty, Chief Product Officer, IDOM Innovations, has been successfully driving a IDOM’s venture business in Australia.

The discussions will be moderated by Satoshi Ishizaka, Chief Director, Third Way Forum.

Bring your colleagues!
Let’s grow the Third Way Forum to be a voice noticed in Japan!

Date and time
- May 16th Monday 2022 17:00 – 19:00
- Online event(ZOOM)
- Free

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Reiji Shibata

Indigo Blue Co.,Ltd.

Representative director & Chairman

Chief Director

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Satoshi Ishizaka

Asian Caesars

Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Chief Director 

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Gary Vierheller



Associate Director 

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Stefan Jansche

Reiwa Advisors K.K.

Chief Executive Officer

Public Relation 

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Adam Kassab

TERUMO Corporation

Human Resource Development Leader

Project Office

Dean Weston

Stefan Jansche

Vladimyr Cessant

Yuki Sakuragi

Kazumi Sasaki

Toshiki Otsu