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Advancing the HR Agenda in Japan and A Time for Celebration

In five years our community has achieved small but sure advances in the practice of the HR profession in Japan. We have conducted and cross-promoted more than 50 seminars, webinars, panel and round table discussions, and other learning and social events that have brought together hundreds of HR and business professionals. We have been fortunate to have participants from both Japanese and foreign-affiliated firms in Japan, of all sizes and across all industries.

We have also established a number of unique JHRS programs and services such as the JHRS Academy x TUJ, JHRS eAcademy x Cornell, AskHR, HR Legal Clinic and JHRS major advocacy programs: The CEOHR Forum, Women in HR, Green HR, ResponsibleRecruiting and HR Education & Certification. These programs and services were created not only for JHRS community members but for the benefit of the entire HR profession in Japan.

Our involvement in various HR-related conferences in Japan, Singapore and the United States, furthermore, has been made possible by the growing recognition of JHRS among local and international HR organizations as a dynamic and reliable HR organization. Our tireless work to advance the HR agenda in Japan has now been recognized domestically and internationally.

A final reason for celebration is the birth of The HR Agenda magazine itself, as this issue marks its first anniversary. The HR Agenda is Japan’s first truly bilingual HR magazine, creating a platform for Japanese and non-Japanese HR professionals to exchange HR best practices, standards, and body of knowledge (BoK).

What’s Next?

We at JHRS view the last five years as only the beginning, and there is still much work to be done. Although we have planted the seeds of change and growth, further work is needed to reap the benefits.

As we look forward to the next five years of JHRS and The HR Agenda, we invite you and all members, supporters and friends of JHRS to become more involved in defining its future and helping JHRS better achieve its stated mission.

Share with us how you would like JHRS to play a part in advancing the HR profession in Japan. Let us know which programs or services you hope to see more of, and which should be reconsidered or improved. Your input helps us to better address HR organizational needs, as well as our needs as HR professionals. Send me an email at and together we can make a difference.

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