Students from our first few graduating classes founded the Hitotsubashi ICS Alumni Association (ICSAA), an independent entity coordinating and representing the members of the ICS alumni community. ICSAA is open to all graduates of Hitotsubashi ICS.
Now, for the 1000+ Hitotsubashi ICS alumni all around the world, ICSAA develops the tight-knit bonds built in our classroom into a network of mentorship, friendship, and opportunity. Even as this number grows, our small cohort size fosters strong ties and enduring networks.
The globally diverse nature of our community helps us stay in touch with our graduates in countries and industries across the globe. ICSAA’s main team in Tokyo, but has local affiliate chapters in London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, and many more.
- We engage our alumni in recruiting and career development events such as Alumni Talks, job fairs, guest panel discussions, informational interviews, and more.
- The popular ICS Alumni Day brings alumni and their families together in Tokyo. Current students, faculty and staff, and their families join in too.
- We also offer our graduates virtual gatherings, life-long alumni email addresses, and social media connections.
Alumni Talk Spotlight:
Building a successful career in Japan
One of the great features of Hitotsubashi ICS is the generous career development support that our alumni offer our current students. In this spirit the Career Services Office organizes Alumni Talks, where graduates working in Japan offer guidance on pursuing a career in Japan, as current students’ “senpai” (seniors).
In their talk, Martin Killmann and Anthony Blotsky (both Class of 2010) and Vivek Kovilakathu (Class of 2015) covered many issues - from job hunting, to promotion systems, to general meeting proceedings, to effective team communication strategies, to after-hours work gatherings, to lunchtime conversation topics - sharing practical and useful advice for students wishing to build a career in Japan.
Naturally, non-Japanese people working in Japan face a few cultural and language barriers. For Martin, Tony, and Vivek, one key to building a successful career here has been to respect cultural diversity, accepting differences in a professional and intellectual manner. Yet at the same time, all three said that they were able to retain their own cultural identity by not conforming fully to the role of a typical Japanese employee. Rather, they found that they were able to offer different perspectives as globally skilled professionals.
Hitotsubashi ICS is finding that each year, more and more of our non-Japanese students, including exchange students, wish to build a career in Japan. Working with our faculty and alumni, Hitotsubashi ICS is always innovating in services and opportunities that produce globally competent graduates who can adapt to the Japanese work environment, while staying true to their own distinctive identities.
See all Alumni Talks organized by the Hitotsubashi ICS Career Service Office.
Josui Kai: The Hitotsubashi University Alumni Association
In Japan, Hitotsubashi University is a powerful brand. With a 135-year heritage and specialization in business and commerce, it is recognized as a top-tier institution educating the Japanese business elite.
Graduates of Hitotsubashi ICS may join Josui Kai, which traces its history back to 1889. Today, it boasts of a membership of some 33,000+, including many of Japan’s most influential business leaders.
Being a member of Josui Kai has excellent benefits, such as
• Access to networking events, conferences, and seminars at no cost or a nominal member rate
• Access to the directory list of all Hitotsubashi University graduates
• Access to exclusive facilities at the Josui Kaikan, the Hitotsubashi University alumni building - located right next to Hitotsubashi ICS! - including dining at discounted rates at its restaurants.