Thank you very much to Dana for their contribution to the KIWL 2019 Bike Ride in June

Dana Charitable Foundation

The Dana Charitable Foundation was established in 1956 in an effort to embrace and support good citizenship in communities where Dana people live and work. The Foundation is dedicated to addressing current and evolving needs in our communities with emphasis on educating our children and our people; revitalizing neighborhoods; enlightening lives through art and culture; and improving physical and mental well-being.

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Thank you to Pfizer for their generous contribution for the KIWL 2019 Bike Ride

Our Purpose / Pfizer Corporate Responsibility Program Bridging The Gap To Access

Pfizer's corporate responsibility programs are designed to help strengthen global public-health systems. Our Pfizer CSR report explains how we combine philanthropic methods with novel approaches to facilitate access to medicines for underserved communities around the world.

https://www.pfizer.com/purpose/responsibility

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A big thank you to Robert Half for their contribution to the KIWL 2019 Bike Ride

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Recruitment specialists and employment services

As a leading recruitment agency in Japan, Robert Half connects highly skilled candidates with employers in temporary and permanent positions, for a variety of fields including accounting, finance, financial services and technology. Whether you're looking for your next career opportunity or looking to hire new talent, Robert Half's recruitment services can help you.

Thanking Boyd & Moore for their contribution to the KIWL 2019 charity bike ride

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It’s all about the right people

We empower organizations who share our belief in the key ingredients of success: great people and valuable insights.

It’s true. Organizational success or failure really does come down to people.

But at Boyd & Moore Executive Search we believe this is only half of the truth.

In times where businesses struggle more than ever with technical disruptions, fast changing customer demands and talent shortages it’s not just about “people”.

It’s about the right people.

Those who fit the culture and values of the organization. Those who are engaged in the business through thick or thin. Those who perform at the highest levels. Those who ultimately determine whether an enterprise thrives or whether it simply survives.

But finding and attracting the right talent is hard.

Which is where Boyd & Moore Executive Search comes in!

Through valuable insights, thorough research and thoughtful consulting, we help organizations identify and connect with the people they need, reliably and hassle-free.

KIWL Charity Ride/BBQ

Thank you to Anthony Faulkner for organizing the KIWL Charity Motorcycle Ride/BBQ this weekend in Yamanashi.

They raised well over 100,000 JPY. A special thank you to John Gavin and his team who provided the BBQ venue and organized the BBQ. Also a big thank you to Frank Misura who helped make the day a big success.

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A very big thank you to Eire Systems for their support of the KIWL 2019 June Bike Ride

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The EIRE Systems Story

The EIRE Systems Story began with a business partnership between two IT consultants, Matthew Connolly and Paul Timmons, who had a few things in common. Both are originally from Dublin, Ireland and they each first came to Japan as graduates to work at major Japanese technology companies; more importantly they also shared a common interest in the rapidly developing information technology sector and a common goal to establish a company of their own to provide better IT Solutions to the increasingly internationalized Japan market.

Matthew and Paul continued to develop their own professional skills and quickly established themselves as leading independent IT Project Management Consultants, mostly for the Financial Services industry. As EIRE Systems has grown, the company has been very successful in winning and consistently delivering on increasingly more complex and high-profile projects, as a result the business has expanded to provide a wider range of IT Support, Project Management, Consulting and Outsourcing Services to Multinational and internationalized corporate clients across various industries and business sectors.

EIRE Systems’ growth has been mostly organic, and since its inception has expanded to 200 professionals across four office locations including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, with proven ability to deliver throughout the Asia Pacific region. The common goals that lead to the creation of EIRE Systems remain the same today as we continue to strive to grow our business to better meet our clients’ requirements and to provide ongoing opportunities and career development for our employees.

Thanking Kojima Law Offices for their generous support

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With over 35 years of experience, the professionals at Kojima Law Firm are experts in Japanese and international law, they take care of all of the steps involved in the legal process, and their services go above and beyond any other standard Japanese legal help.

To further prove their support of bridging the gap between international and Japanese entities, they have chosen to sponsor the KIWL (Knights In White Lycra), a group of international individuals in Japan who “get fit and give back” to different charity organizations.

In Memory of Sachiko “Jackie” Wall

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Sachiko Wall was a loving mother and a devoted friend, who was rich in love and compassion for others. She passed away in March of 2019.


In 1932 Sachiko was born in Kobe, Japan. Her birth mother a Japanese and her father was a British soldier. Due to unknown circumstances Sachiko was put up for adoption. At this time, being orphaned while also being mixed race could have meant a horrible existence for her. It would’ve meant a life of utter pain and hardship.

But then a miracle happened, her birth mother had employed a Japanese couple who couldn’t have children. They took Sachiko in as their own, and then enrolled her in an international school. They accepted her and encouraged her to embrace her own identity.

          

As you might imagine, life was very difficult for the few mixed-race children in Japan during WWII. She was regularly tormented by the other children. Having toilet water and trash thrown at her. There were times when her parents even had to hide her, and they started to move around a lot. In school, Sachiko made sure to study hard and try to impress the teachers, to make up for being half white. Thanks to her hard work in school Sachiko had become bilingual. Later, she was able to get work helping different organizations, like the government and military. This is where she met an American merchant marine. Soon the two were married, and they went to start a new life in California, but she never forgot where she came from.  

       

    Sachiko was fortunate to be adopted, but her story could’ve gone very differently. The reality is that now, there are over 30,000 orphans living in Japan with little to no chance of ever being adopted. While children’s homes do support and take care of them, they are much less likely to gain many of the basic skills that we all take for granted every day. When they turn 18, and need to enter Japanese society, they have key disadvantages that their peers cannot not even imagine.

          

Sachiko’s family and YouMeWe created this page as a donation fund to honor her spirit. Sachiko’s passing is an immense loss, but her family is ensuring that her loving and generous spirit will live on through a generous donation. With Sachiko’s gift and your donations, we will be providing a chance for Japanese orphans to gain developmental and creative skills that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

       

    To learn more please take a look at the Design Artists Academy (Art summer camp for orphans), supported by YouMeWe.

           

Link to the donation page:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/in-memory-of-sachiko-jackie-wall/

Thanking Allied Pickfords for their contribution to KIWL 2019 Bike Ride

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Worldwide Leader

For almost 400 years our name has been synonymous with high quality home moving. From the packhorses of the early seventeenth century, to the most advanced shipping and transportation methods of today, with over 600 locations in more than 40 countries, Allied Pickfords has grown to become one of the largest and most respected providers of moving services, handling over 50,000 domestic and international moves every year.

Thanking Huxley for their generous support

Huxley takes part in a wide range of CSR initiatives and programmes with a vision to transform lives through skills and work. We’re proud of our strong philanthropic history in partnership with our parent company, the SThree Group. This has been developed over the years to strategically align with the Group’s commercial strategy and incorporate our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) expertise.

The central theme for our global CSR activity is employability and aspiration. Our approach best utilises our core recruitment expertise, skills, and networks to help people from underprivileged backgrounds into work. The SThree Foundation further enriches our goal. Launched in 2016, the SThree Foundation supports bright young people from underprivileged and diverse backgrounds into the STEM industries.

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Thanking en world Japan for their generous support

The en world story

One thing has remained constant in en world’s journey from recruiting services start-up in 2000 to one of Japan’s leading talent acquisition and management firms today. We have always looked beyond the traditional narrow focus on hiring transactions.

The en world way is to partner long-term with clients and job-seekers to support in the most comprehensive way possible the process of identifying, attracting, retaining, and developing global talent for global organizations in Japan.

Since becoming a group company of en-Japan in 2010, we have been able to innovate at an ever-increasing rate, expanding our range of services and finding new ways to make employment relationships more productive and fulfilling. We believe there is no more important calling, and no better way to drive business success and enhance careers.

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Thanking the Carter Group for their generous support

With offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Singapore hosting a team of more than 60 full time researchers and 100 staff interviewers, CarterJMRN is a full service Japan-based market research agency. Our history began in 1989 with the founding of the Japan Market Resource Network. In that time we have worked with most of the major international brands to have entered and prospered in Japan. As a fully bicultural agency, we are known for the cultural sensitivity and effectiveness of our responses to clients’ challenges, applying intelligent and efficient research design. We enable highly practical, prescriptive and actionable solutions.

We lay the foundation for our clients’ marketing activities in Japan, including market entry, with innovative methods that cover the gamut of immersive, qualitative and quantitative approaches. These include cultural analysis, trend watching, secondary desk research, depth interviews, ethnography, focus groups and all quantitative survey methods. We are your guide to unmasking the needs, desires and opinions of Japanese consumers and helping you to translate those into action.

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"My Role on the Planet Earth" by BigRabbit48 in the Philippines lab

Who we are can be a tough puzzle to solve,

Us humans who struggle to survive and evolve,

As the Earth spins around its axis like a globe,

Our true purpose has yet to unfold.

I live every day to create a better place,

Where the laughter of children would never be erased.

Through efforts of mine alone is a drop in a river,

We should cooperate and become so much greater.

I strive to live and live to strive,

Because we should make the most of being alive.

What I can do may still be unclear,

But my true purpose is shouting at my ear.

The Earth is dying but we are lounging about,

Yet we still blame the creator for how life has gone south.

We should stop and not let our actions be thoughts,

Because the world that we live in is the only home we've got.

We should act now and stop being hard headed,

One day, we will regret how the world should have ended.

I have lived my life well since my birth,

Because I have realized my true role on Earth.