Nikkei Newspaper Feature

by KLab Cyscorpions

KLab Cyscorpions has been featured on the October 24th issue of Nikkei Newspaper - Japan’s largest business newspaper. The article discusses the growing number of Japanese companies that have expanded their market in South East Asia. It covers the growing trend amongst these Japanese companies to adapt their “Japanese Style corporate benefits” to local employees in other Asian countries. It mentions the appealing perks and benefits we offer at KLab Cyscorpions, which is also featured here (link to the career page benefits section), along with the names of other Japanese companies that have started to embrace this trend.

24 Sep

For more details, here is a translated version of the newspaper article “Japanese Style Employee Benefits Expand - Toyota and others attempt to enclose employees in South East Asia”.

“Japanese Style Employee Benefits Expand - Toyota and others attempt to enclose employees in South East Asia”.

[Manila] In South East Asia, there is an increase in Japanese corporations that have implemented the “Japanese Style” employee corporate benefits catering to local employees. This mainly focuses on event-oriented company vacations and parties that Japan companies implemented during its economic boom. Amid the economy continues to grow in this region while more local capitals and western corporations increase job openings, Japanese companies target enclosing manpower with solidarity and satisfaction.

As the backbone of mobile games, KLab, in its Philippine subsidiary company has implemented company sponsored company vacations and free lunch at its cafeteria. It also lends out smartphones for free. Sheila Claparols, who has been working for the company for one and a half year says, “Employee benefits here cannot be found in other Philippine companies. It's very encouraging.”

The company expanded to the Philippines in 2011, and has about 150 employees including game developers. The starting salary is 15,000 Philippine Pesos (approximately 30,000 Japanese Yen), and is considered relatively higher in local context. However, there are competitive companies, which offer salary as high as 20,000 pesos or more, but “The Japanese Style has resulted to increase in satisfactory rates and low resignation rates” (Human Resources).

Toyota Motors’s Thailand local company, Toyota Motor Thailand, has also set up special budgets for each department such as production and sales for bonding purposes. Aside from the domestic overnight trips, it also holds parties. Mitsubishi Corporation’s Thailand subsidiary, Thailand MItsubishi Corporation, has company vacations where family members can also participate, and this year’s event in June had a total of 300 people with more participating employees and family members than previous years.

Both companies have history amongst all the leading Japanese companies abroad. They have already been offering Japanese Style benefits, but they also state that “It increasingly holds importance to maintain the unity when expanding an organization.” (Mitsubishi Corporation).

Minnebea opened an employee dorm close to its factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and is targeting to ensure stable manpower.

There seems a likelihood in human resources taken away by Western corporations with impressions on overseas local subsidiary of Japanese corporations: ‘They have less appointments of those locally hired to executives due to the ranks by seniority’ or ‘The salary is low’. Regardless, their emphasis on internal development in human resources has received positive and steady criticism. Tokyo Consulting Firm (Shinjuku, Tokyo), a consulting company, expects that ‘In order to attract local manpower, Japanese style employee benefits and the insightful care are inevitable’.

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