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ICC Talk Session: Rakuten Group; “Creating a workplace where everyone can work like themselves.” ~The secret to promoting a workplace full of diversity.~(Nov. 19) Guest: Mr.Kouta Hanzawa, Rakuten Inc. (Employee Engagement Department, Network Promotion Team)


Regardless of gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnicity society continues to value diversity more and more.
However, there are many who still have difficulty with diversity and multiculturalism in their everyday life.

At the ICC we are holding a special talk on this theme of diversity in society with a parituclar focus on diversity in the workplace.
We have invited Kouta Hanzawa, the person in charge of Rakuten Inc.’s diversity promotion project which seeks to create a workplace where all employee’s individual identities are respected and anyone can work comfortably, to talk about this “Rakuten Style” initiative.

With over 5000 employees in 70 countries and regions, and English as the official language of the company, going to the entrance of Rakuten’s offices is like walking into an international airport with it’s huge variety of people. Within the company as well intercultural events such as Ramadan study groups and para-sports try-outs are enthusiastically held.

– How do you create a borderless and comfortable workplace?
– What is a working environment where anyone can use their abilities and work in their own way?

This is a great opportunity to increase your understanding of diversity and learn about the way of thinking about co-existence.
Don’t miss this valuable chance! We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Date & Time

November 19, 2019 (Tue) 6:30pm~8:00pm (Doors Open 6:15pm)


Room 601, 6th Floor, Bldg.3, Waseda Campus


Waseda Students, Staff & General Public


Japanese (Q&A in Japanese & English)




Not required.

Guest Profile

Mr.Kouta Hanzawa

Rakuten Inc.
Employee Engagement Department
Network Promotion Team

Graduated from Birbeck, University of London with a master’s degree in intercultural communication and afterwards returned to Japan and entered Rakuten Inc.
In charge of Rakuten Inc.’s Diversity Promotion Project, which works towards strengthening the bonds between fellow workers including working parents, LGBT people, people from abroad etc. in order to create an environment that respects a diverse range of values as a foundation for innovation.


Tel: 03-5286-3990
E-mail: [email protected]

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