Presidemt/CEO Takahiro SASAKI
For the past 35 years, I have worked in the development sector, particularly in an agency that provides Official Development Assistance (ODA);my work allowed me to live in many countries, particularly in Southeast Asia . Our life in Japan is completely different from Southeast Asian countries I visited. The many people I have met show strong motivation and ardent spirit. Southeast Asia’s economic vitality is leveraged not only by direct investments , but more so, its human resources that powers its economic activity. Connecting Japan with the rest of Southeast Asia’s human resources to create a necessary linkage between Japanese companies will encourage mutually beneficial partnerships, opening opportunities for overseas expansion and domestic business development.
reaple will not only address the urgent issue of labor shortage faced by Japan but also provide tailor-fit service that will promotes overseas expansion and globalization of our local companies to its maximum potential.
reaple has the answer to build a partnership based on empathy and trust. Our strength is drawn from more than 3 decades of understanding and appreciation of human resources in Southeast Asia, which comes from our experience in working and partnering with the right people sharing the same values, knowing how to tap talented people from overseas and how to effectively match their skills and capabilities with the requirements of our local companies.
Especially in the Philippines, where English is the official language and its young population are very diligent and hopeful. The Filipino social value called “utang na loob” which translates to “debt of gratitude”, epitomize the strong sense of responsibility to return the good graces one has received, creating a strong bond of trust and loyalty. We believe that our mission is to extend the circle of trust to Japanese companies.
I envision a society where people are connected, and opportunities for new encounters are always open, where insights are shared, new and genuine stories of hope spread. Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines, is the perfect partner in helping us address the declining birthrate and aging society facing Japan. Together, let us explore the possibilities in Southeast Asia, beginning in the Philippines, and, if we can make new connections and accomplish our goals, it will truly be a great honor and fulfillment.
COO Minako KOMINAMI
I have worked for an IT company for over 25 years and my extensive experience in human resource and procurement gave me a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Japan. I have listened to company presidents talk about the constraints in human resource such as shortages of System Engineers or fresh graduates preferring jobs at large, multinational companies rather than SMEs or the failure to realize recruitment plans for years. As Japan is getting older, these challenges are no longer unique to IT companies. The human resource shortage has now become a compelling social issue that affects all of Japan.
I have been visiting the Philippines to survey the potential of tapping human resources in key sectors, such as Information Technology. I have observed that that there are many young people with University degree in IT who have difficulty finding work in the Philippines. When we surveyed Davao students, most of them hope to work overseas, particularly in Japan because of their personal interest in Japanese culture which motivated them to learn Japanese.
We started reaple simply because we want to contribute to a better future for Japan and its neighbors. We want to address the need for human resources in Japan and match the need for employment by young, talented and qualified graduates overseas. We want to connect Japanese SMEs to the qualified young workforce in Asia.
When Japanese companies open up to qualified human resources from overseas, regardless of nationality, they provide not only opportunities for these young and talented people to understand and appreciate Japanese language, culture and customs, but also create a diverse and thriving workforce that will enrich Japanese businesses and contribute to economic growth.
Equipped with my experience and eagerness to learn new things, I embark on my second career devoting my time to positively contribute to society as much as I can because I truly believe in the profound value of helping others.