Australia-Japan Society of NSW

Working for a Japanese Company

  • 24 Feb 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • TressCox Lawyers
  • 60


  • Special price for members

AJS Business Series 2010


Working for a Japanese Company



Featuring a panel of two speakers


n       Mr. Hiro Kaji, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Australia Pty Ltd

n       Craig Vincent, Manager in the Food Division, Itochu Australia Ltd



Our panel will provide an up-to-date look at what it means to work for a Japanese company in the current Australian business climate. As the relationship between Australia and Japan has deepened over the past thirty years, more Australians hope to make use of their knowledge of Japan in their careers. Mr. Kaji will present his perspective on what is important to his Japanese company in terms of developing its Australian business and the implications for recruiting. Craig Vincent will outline his career development and give us his perspective as an employee of a major trading house.


The discussion will include time for Q&A, followed by networking over drinks.


Background of speakers:


Mr. Hiro Kaji joined Minolta Co., Ltd in 1980. Since his assignment to the Copier Export Division in 1989, he has been involved in the international business of Minolta and its successor merged company Konica Minolta. From 1991 to 2001 he worked in the North American copier business including a posting to Canada 1995 through 2001. Since January 2007 Mr. Kaji has been Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd, headquartered in North Ryde.


Craig Vincent is a manager in the Food Division of Itochu Australia Limited (IAL). During its 50 year history in Australia, general trading company Itochu has been a significant investor as well as trader in Australian mineral resources, forests and food. IAL's Food division is a sourcing, procurement, shipping and payment entity for Itochu Corporation, Japan and other companies outside of Japan for a variety of commodities.

Craig began his career in the wool business, beginning as a junior buyer for Itochu Wool Limited (IWL) in the wool auctions. Craig worked for 3 years in the Itochu Osaka office before returning to Australia in 2000 to become a trading manager for Itochu, based in Sydney.


Date & Time               Wednesday 24 February, 6-8pm (venue opens 5:30pm)

                                   Networking drinks and snacks to follow presentation.


Venue                        TressCox Lawyers

Level 20, 135 King St, Sydney NSW 2000

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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