The Akatsuki Culture Book – A Journey to a strong identity

The Akatsuki Culture Book – A Journey to a strong identity

“What is our Why?”, “What is our style?”, “Who are we anyway?”

These were some of the questions the founder and some other people in Akatsuki asked them in the winter season in Tokyo in February 2016. It was still cold but the plum blooming was just about to start, and so was a great idea to emerge.

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The Importance of Happy Workplaces in Japan

The Importance of Happy Workplaces in Japan

(original published at LinkedIn in March 21, 2017)

Working at a Japanese company in Japan can be quite challenging. It is demanding and hard work is regarded as a beautiful thing. When I worked with Japanese companies, I mostly felt that a lot of people are not really happy in doing what they are doing. It seemed to me that work is experienced more as a duty and obligation, not something you could actually enjoy. And in fact only 44% feel “well-being” at their jobs in Japan (2016 Edenred-Ipsos Barometer).

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