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Kubota tractor moves to Dallas Fort Worth area

Aug 10, 2018
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As Texas emerges as a center of innovation for several industries such as agriculture, computer science, and energy, Japan-based Kubota Tractor Corp. moved its U.S. headquarters from California to the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of its growth and diversification plan.

Kubota Tractor Corp. President and CEO Masato Yoshikawa

Communication has become more complicated. The different types of resources we need and the number of employees are increasing. So even if we built our own facility in California, it wouldn’t be large enough and we would have to relocate somewhere,” explained President and CEO Masato Yoshikawa.

Kubota’s most important objective was to get closer to its customers.

“Almost 90 percent of our business lies in the area between the East Coast and the Rockies. Originally, California was a big market for us, but, as of today Texas, New England, Florida and Georgia are major parts of our business. To reach our customers, we need to locate ourselves much closer to our customers so that we can have better communication,” Yoshikawa said.

While the states on the West Coast are still very important, Texas is located at the center of Kubota’s client network.

“We should locate ourselves in the center of the United States so that we can reach major cities within a two to three-hour ride. That is also very beneficial because the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is a hub of a major airline. We can easily fly to any city we want,” he said.

Another objective was to access a bigger talent pool. Kubota needed more employees as part of its expansion and Texas possessed many young and talented workers. While Kubota’s decision is based on an aggressive growth plan, the company is also stepping up efforts to build a sustainable business, which will see it implement effective resource management, contribute to materials recycling and lessen the output of harmful chemicals, among other things.    

OKI Data Americas: Positioned for the future

Aug 10, 2018
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In its 46th year of operation, OKI Data Americas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of cutting-edge printing technologies and leading provider of high-quality, cost-effective digital printing solutions for today’s ever-changing business climate.

OKI Data Americas President and CEO Kiyoshi Kurimoto

Backed by Tokyo-based parent company OKI Electric Industry, a $4 billion publicly-traded multinational corporation with operations in more than 100 countries, OKI serves the diverse needs of customers in key vertical markets throughout North, Central and South America. News organization Thomson Reuters recently recognized OKI in its list of “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders.”

A leader in the design and development of impact printing solutions since 1972, OKI is recognized for pioneering next generation LED technology for color critical applications. It continues to invest in game-changing designs to improve LED performance, most recently enabling white toner text and graphics printing on dark and colored media, including envelopes.

OKI’s best-in-class customized solutions are synonymous with quality, efficiency and profitability – from highly-specialized short-runs (such as specialty invitations, restaurant menus, tent cards and shelf tags) to vibrant, color rich vehicle wraps and a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. Also, OKI’s textile digital transfer capabilities deliver long-lasting images on various garments and hard goods.

The headquarters of OKI Data Americas in Irving, Texas

“Print technology is evolving at an incredible speed and OKI remains committed to providing cutting-edge print solutions for its customers across a vast array of industries and business models. Each of OKI’s newest print innovations are rooted in the same tradition of dependable engineering that has made our products the print industry’s commercial grade choice for more than four decades,” OKI Data Americas President and CEO Kiyoshi Kurimoto said.

Savvy business leaders rely on OKI’s commercial-grade equipment and personalization capabilities to unlock new revenue streams, attract more customers and increase their margins.

OKI’s vertical market focus, legacy of technology leadership and application development, combined with our commitment to customer service excellence, are the driving forces that will fuel its growth for years to come.

Crossing borders to spot top talent

Aug 10, 2018
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As the Japanese economy continues to grow, domestic companies have spent more money and time improving their business practices to match global standards and trends. Smaller firms, in particular, have begun paying closer attention to building a talented workforce.

TOP Group Founder and President Noriko Tabata

For more than 25 years, TOP Group has connected executives and companies across the Pacific. It specializes not only in employee-employer matching, but also in building relationships, navigating cultural differences and resolving conflicts from differing business.

“We may be a small company, but we are borderless,” said Founder and President Noriko Tabata.

TOP has offices in nine cities and matches people and companies from Japan, the United States, Mexico and Peru.

“We opened our office in Tokyo in 2016 to answer a need for global talent brought about by Japan’s population problem. I serve as the provider of international talent in this regard. Around the world, there is amazing talent that is wasted because their countries cannot support them. Japan is in need of this international talent and has the means to support them,” Tabata explained.

As for recruitment trends in the United States, Tabata pointed out that her Japanese clients prefer local hires over native Japanese-speaking workers.

“This has been one of the biggest changes in the industry over the last three years. So, there still remains a lack of diversity and equality in the workforce. Top talent comes in many forms and we make sure to find them regardless of background,” she stressed.

One of TOP’s goals is also to create a platform for all individuals — particularly women, immigrants and the LGBT community — to access equal opportunity and recognition. Tabata has made it her life mission to increase diversity in the workforce and provide clients with top talent with no bias against gender, race or sexual orientation.

Texas 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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