3years after the internship
Gain experience of cooperating with highly skilled human resources
Robotic system development with a view to winning a prize in the robot idea competition
With video communication business such as promotional video production for municipalities and live streaming of seminars being our main business, we work on video technology that people and AI/robots see, such as AI analyses and robotic system development in the robot business we launched three years ago.
Amani who is ex-intern works as a main engineer for the AI development we are currently working on. She joined a team with one highly skilled senior member who had previously worked at a foreign capital company and her superior in Kanagawa Prefecture and herself in Osaka are working on the project through telework. They conduct communication by doing things such as holding an update meeting once a week, having daily chats, and having phone conferences as needed. It has been two years since she started work and they have been able to build a good relationship and have steadily produced results without being impacted by COVID-19. I think hiring foreign human resources will become essential and would like her to give guidance to and support young foreign human resources and to be in a leader-like position to promote projects.
During activities, we aimed at winning a prize in the robot competition together with interns, but our employees presumed it was impossible and were reluctant. On the other hand, Amani was unbiased toward the initiative being difficult, and because she could handle a robot that she could not touch in her home country because it was expensive, she voluntarily engaged in the ideas she thought of with another intern and achieved effects. This had a significant influence on the employees who thought "it was difficult," and challenging new fields still leads to earning a reputation outside the company. Personally, by accepting Amani (an intern in FY 2017) and Syamim (an intern in FY 2019), I learned that they are serious-minded and have the moral framework close to that of Japanese, so the way I saw Islamic women changed.
I would like to try introducing borderless telework. Having a video conference with human resources residing in overseas countries whom I never met in person, hiring and asking them to work or asking them to come to Takamatsu and work here for a while, then manage them remotely after returning to their countries, that would be great. On the occasion that Amani started working at our company, we introduced telework. In the beginning, there were opinions like "Will this go well?" but now, it has become normal that foreign nationals are in the company and work remotely. The experience of accepting and collaborating with interns brought about a change in the company. Regarding telework in Japan, the idea of time management is strong but we introduced performance-based telework in which the deadline and goal are set. We hold a weekly meeting, but because it is performance-based, I think teleworking works well in our company.
During my internship, as a member of the team putting effort into innovative ideas, I could play an active role using leading-edge technology in robotics. Because the internship was so comfortable, I decided to join the company after completion. As my husband is working at a company in Osaka, I am teleworking from Osaka. My superior can speak English, so I do not have any problem but I think what Japanese companies need in becoming internationalized is communication. I know that Japanese companies are making efforts in conducting education to be able to speak English and become open minded; however, they need to hire foreign interns or employees to create an international atmosphere. My future goals are to make our company the best-known AI company in the world with the completion and commercialization of the products I am working on. I would like to do my best to help people and the industry with our ideas.