1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
One time only for the month of September, this monthly newsletter from I-HoP is sent not only to our regular Hi-System subscribers but also to those who have left with I-HoP your email address in response to the Career Survey which was conducted in July. If you are not yet registered to the Hi-System and want to continue to receive this monthly newsletter and enjoy other services of I-HoP, please go-ahead and register to the Hi-System (https://www2.synfoster.hokudai.ac.jp/Hi-System/public/index.php?LANG=2#top) at your earliest convenience. In case you do not want to be bothered by receiving this newsletter in the future, please pardon our unauthorized communication this time, and we will never bother you again.
The 4th Career Plan Survey by I-HoP which was conducted from July 1 through July 31 has been successfully completed by receiving 375 responses from the international students in the Master and Doctor courses of graduate schools and postdoctoral researchers which corresponds to 27% of the entire parameter of 1386. Thank you so much for your cooperation and participation. I-HoP will enhance its programs and services in response to your valuable feedback. If you have left with us your email address for having a career counseling with me, I-HoP office will contact you shortly to schedule an appointment. Relax and take it easy. You will not be obligated to do anything as a result of such a meeting with me. Your privacy is strictly kept even to your professor or research supervisor. I am a certified career consultant, so the confidentiality of the counseling is strictly maintained.
Besides the career counseling, I-HoP is providing seminars, workshops and other events which can contribute to enrich your future career plan. For example, we will organize for the first time the “Critical Thinking” seminar in English this fall which was ranked #1 subject of the wish-list of the Transferable Skills Seminar that the survey has prompted. We will collaborate with a prominent MBA school, Globis Management School which is providing Critical Thinking courses to more than 10,000 students a year. Please look for further announcements from the Hi-System.
2. Transferable Skills Seminar – PhD Career in EU/Japan on September 8
Seats are still available on Friday, September 8 for introducing three different career options for the PhD students and postdoc researchers. Please visit https://www2.synfoster.hokudai.ac.jp/Hi-System/public/index.php?act=eve&id=259#top
for the details of this seminar.
The first option is PhD jobs for the Japanese industry which will be introduced by a job-matching agent Active Connector which is specialized in the international talents like you.
An opportunity for interviewing with their agent for applying yourself to the 160+ “real” job opportunities will be provided in parallel with this seminar. For the details of this job fair, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The second career options is introduced to you by a talk from international postdoctoral researcher at a national research laboratory (NIMS) in Tsukuba. You will learn from his career story which includes job change from industrial sector to academia, and enrollment to a specially funded program for highly advanced research topics.
The last but not of the least option is academic job search in EU and other global academic post by using Euraxess. An EU representative of Euraxess in Japan will come and give us instructions on how best you can utilize this global database of academic jobs. He may also mention the way to win the research fund of the EU named Horizon 2020. If you wish to join this four hour event staring 2pm on Friday, September 8, please visit
3. On-line Career Seminar by Tohoku University on September 19
You can join in Sapporo a live broadcast of a career seminar by Tohoku University for International Students on September 19. Hokkaido University is sharing many graduate career development programs with Tohoku University, which has business connections with many different companies other than what we have. The seminar can be attended at the I-HoP office (http://www2.synfoster.hokudai.ac.jp/cgi-bin/index.pl?page=contents&view_category_lang=2&view_category=1017) from 9am to noon on September 19. If you want to attend this seminar, please register at
by Noon, September 12.
4. Japanese Business Manner seminar on September 25
Registration is open now for the very popular Japanese business manner seminar in English. You will learn and experience a few basic elements of behaviors in business scene such as greetings, bowing, business card exchange, seating orders, and procedures for the job interview. On top of having these practical experiences, the seminar will guide you through the lecture of Japanese culture in business such as the importance of HOU (which stands for “Houkoku”, reporting), REN (“Renraku”, communication), SOU (“Soudan”, consultation). In Japanese saying, “聞くは一時の恥、知らぬは一生の恥” which means, asking something may be shameful on the spot, but the ignorance is shameful through your life. Please visit
for the details of this seminar.
5. PhD Lunch Talk on September 27
Many request has been given to I-HoP to invite a Japanese business person as the guest speaker of this event. The speaker of this September 27 event is a Japanese business person who had worked for three different companies in Japan, all of which are branch office or subsidiary company of U.S. or Indian companies. Working for multi-cultural, and globally operated companies may be attractive to the international talent, and you can learn a lot from this experience and expertise. To register, please visit
6. Short-Cut Akai-Ito-Kai (SCAIK) for September 28
If you are interested in establishing a contact with the following Japanese companies, please contact I-HoP (email@example.com) by Friday, September 8. We can help you setting up a face-to-face meeting with the representative (either R&D section or Human Resource section) of these distinguished companies who are coming to Sapporo on September 28 to attend the Akai-Ito-Kai, our premier matching event for PhD students and Postdocs who are fluent in Japanese. Please be aware that they may not elect to see you in person but only to receive your document instead. If you have experienced any job hunting, you may know well that it is very hard to have your resume and document reach to the key person of a company. SCAIK is a way to provide this very rare opportunity for PhD students and postdoc researchers of Hokkaido University.
List of the companies is found at