Visiting Japan as part of the Business Planning for International Markets (BPIM) course during the fifth term made the IIM Visakhapatnam students experience the technological advancements in Japan. The faculty including Prof. P D Jose, Prof N. Ravi and the former Ambassador of India in Japan guided the group of students who visited Japan.
The students visited the Indian Embassy in Japan, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Daishin Seiki, METI, NEDO and many other places of business and cultural importance.
Visits to Daishin Seiki and DMG Mori, exposed how technology drives manufacturing processes in Japan. The kickstarter to the course came from the Ambassador addressing the students on trade relations between India and Japan and the role that the students could play as future managers in strengthening the existing ties. The discussions which followed at METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) emphasized the challenges faced in this context. Japanese cutting-edge research was shown through the visits to Twins Medical University and NEDO where alternate energy ways were developed for a sustainable future. Functioning of the historic Tokyo Stock Exchange and Chamber of Commerce, Japan were stimulating to the students. The moment of awe came when students visited the Japanese Railways East HQ. Understanding the background operations and the technology behind the bullet train helped them understand the challenges that the company might face while implementing the first bullet train project in India, between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Students also experienced the Japanese culture and architecture through visits to the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Travelling by the busy Tokyo metro and tasting the traditional Japanese cuisine, ‘Tempura’ were the icing on the cake.
IIM Visakhapatnam students at the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce
Visit to Daishin Seiki, an SME of Japan
Students at the DMG MORI, Germany's largest manufacturers of cutting machine tools
At the Japanese Railways East Headquarters - the makers of the Shinkansen
A student presenting a memento to the official of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Students presenting mementos to the NEDO staff after insightful presentations from both parties
Visit to the Sensō-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo
Tokyo Stock Exchange welcomes students of IIMV