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DISCO International

DISCO recruitment means success in any language

By Elizabeth Arcega
- Jul 02, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

In this highly globalized economy, job recruitment is no longer focused only on skills and competence. Many companies often need employees who are familiar with foreign business culture and possess fluency in more than one language.

DISCO International Executive Vice President Koji Akimoto.

For nearly 30 years, DISCO International has matched tens of thousands of bilingual job seekers from around the world with more than 200 Japanese companies through its annual Boston Career Forum, which was first held in 1987. Since that inaugural job fair, the event is also now held in New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Tokyo.

“Today, we see bilingual students from all over the U.S. and even Europe coming to the Boston Career Forum to meet potential employers,” said DISCO Executive Vice President Koji Akimoto.

To meet the exacting standards of Japanese companies, DISCO requires students to demonstrate a strong command of the Japanese language and be enrolled in a university outside Japan. Unlike other job fairs, companies participating in the Boston Career Forum accept applications online and set up interviews long before the event.

“This makes the whole process more efficient. Candidates come very prepared. We also have interview rooms at the venue. For both parties, it is much more of an immersive experience,” explained Akimoto, who joined the company in 1994.

Despite the growing popularity of its other recruitment events, the Boston Career Forum remains the flagship event for DISCO International outside Japan.
As business expands around the globe, Akimoto plans to apply DISCO’s acquired competence and widen the coverage beyond Japanese companies and Japanese-speaking job seekers.

“We also introduced the Asian Bilingual Career Forum in 2011, which aims to match speakers of other languages with the right companies,” said Akimoto.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the East Coast 2014 (Credit: Elizabeth Arcega)

EOS Accountants LLP

For EOS, the bottom line is service and expertise

By Angelo Romualdez
- Jul 02, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

When Michio Ishii co-founded EOS Accountants LLP in 1996, the industry veteran thought it wise to cater exclusively to Japanese-owned companies in the United States and base the firm just a stone’s throw away from New York City.

“Our firm is focused entirely on Japanese businesses in the United States. We have eight locations across the country and a representative office in Tokyo with more than 100 employees,” said Ishii, co-founder and co-managing partner of EOS Accountants LLP.

Over the last 18 years, EOS Accountants has built an impressive roster of longstanding clients across the country. Aside from its U.S. head office in Hackensack, New Jersey, the firm opened seven other offices in Michigan, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Tennessee and Japan.

Following the global recession in 2008, Japanese companies in the United States sought alternatives to the so-called Big Four accounting firms.

Aside from the full suite of accounting and tax services and a more streamlined cost structure, EOS Accountants offers extensive knowledge of the distinctive business practices and cultures in the United States and Japan.

(Front to back, left to right) EOS Accountants Co-Managing Partner Shinji Koyama, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner Michio Ishii, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner Hiroshi Muto, Principal for Tax Shigeo Yamamoto, Principal for Audit Naoko Kyoboku, Partner-Audit Sami Saour Miyakawa

“Our familiarity with the business culture and accounting practices in both Japan and the United States allows us to serve our clients better,” said Ishii, who, along with his colleagues, honed their expertise through experience working with some of the largest firms in the country.

Because of its long-running and close relationships with its clients, EOS Accountants has nurtured an image in the industry as a reliable service provider and business partner that will intently listen to clients’ situations and support them to accomplish their goals.

For its medium-term plans, EOS Accountants is working to expand its client base of Japanese multinational companies and widen activities in the southern United States through an office in Houston.

“Through our partnership, let’s grow together!” said Ishii, whose firm has a proven track record in accounting, auditing, tax, transfer pricing and payroll services for all industries.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the East Coast 2014 (Credit: Angelo Romualdez)

Saito Sorensen

Law specialists attract elite in global business

By Elizabeth Arcega
- Jul 02, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

As global markets grow increasingly interconnected, knowledge on distinctive national economies and their respective regulations has become indispensable for companies operating across several regions.

For many Japanese companies in the United States, Saito Sorenson LLP has provided that essential expertise — helping clients navigate through regulatory and other legal risks involved in operating a global business that falls within the reach of the U.S. legal system.

Specializing in complex commercial litigation and white-collar regulatory practice, the New York-based firm boasts a client roster made up of major financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, accounting and media companies, as well as sovereign nations.

Aside from large organizations the partnership also represents individual senior executives of major businesses on white-collar matters, with 50 percent of the business generated by Japanese clients.

“Our clients keep changing, but our matters always deal with major and sophisticated issues. We compete with the largest law firms in the world, but we are often called on by them to work on special engagements as well,” said Partner Yasuhiro Saito.

The Saito Sorenson team (from left to right): Christina Taber-Kewene, Yasuhiro Saito, Akiko Yamada, Sigurd A. Sorenson, Robert D. Schaffer, David R. Lurie, Kathryn M. Ryan

While the firm’s business continues to grow, Saito is keeping the firm’s focus on complex litigation and white-collar defense matters.

“One troubling trend that has emerged in the last few years is the willingness of U.S. prosecutors to go after major Japanese businesses and their executives. Japanese companies have to be especially wary because they can easily be blind sided. You don’t typically hear about these investigations for years until the government makes an announcement,” Saito explained.

Despite the increasingly complex regulatory and legal landscape, Saito highlights the importance for Japanese investors to stay committed to the United States as part of their global strategy.

“We can say that we are now at challenging economic times globally. We can always talk about specific opportunities elsewhere, but the U.S. economy ultimately is about safety. The U.S. market will be strong relative to others no matter what happens,” Saito stressed.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the East Coast 2014 (Credit: Elizabeth Arcega)

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