Mr. MASUDA Chikahiro

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Mr. MASUDA Chikahiro

Chief Advisor, CJCC

I am MASUDA Chikahiro, the Chief Advisor of CJCC. This is my second assignment in Cambodia, and I was one of the members who initiated the CJCC project during my first stay here. The scope of CJCC’s activities has expanded so much compared to the initial stage, and I am grateful to be able to work in such an environment once again.

CJCC has three main pillars of its activities. In the business program, we provide business training, networking activities and services mainly for private companies. In the Japanese language program, we provide high-quality Japanese language education for Cambodians, such as those who are interested in Japan, who aim to study in Japan, or who work for Japanese companies. We organize events in the culture and education exchange program to promote cultural and educational exchanges between two countries.

CJCC started its operations in 2004 and is celebrating its 19th anniversary this year. During this long period, we have built a fruitful network with many stakeholders and graduates who share the same vision; that is one of our greatest assets and advantages that other organizations do not have.

I heard that there are 1,200 companies in Japan that have a history of more than 200 years. And that number accounts for 65% of companies all over the world. In this VUCA era, where the future situation is uncertain and difficult to predict, acquiring Japanese-style business philosophy and management skills that enable them to be long-lasting will surely contribute to Cambodia’s social and economic development.

I have been involved in international cooperation at JICA for over 25 years. Most of my working partners were government officials during my carrier. However, at CJCC, I will mainly work with people in the private sector, such as entrepreneurs, business people and students who want to contribute to the country’s development. It is a new challenge for me, and I feel excited.

I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to work in Cambodia once again, and I would like to do my best to contribute to the development of the country.