International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Virtual Japan Summer

Virtual Japan Summer

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Dates: May 15 to May 28, 2021
Locations: Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

International Business & Global Economics in the Japanese Context

IBS has developed a completely online program that allows you to interact with business executives in Japan. Using our vast network of relationships, you will have the opportunity to learn how companies in Asia are operating, adapting and being creative in these challenging times. Participants will get an inside look into the Japanese economy, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in Japan through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with Japanese students and collaborate with students from across the US. Earn credits, stay connected and capitalize on the opportunity to gain relevant international experience without leaving home.

Seminar Highlights:


  • Virtually Visit Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
  • Experience virtual city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including the Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Himeji Castle, and more.
  • Participate in basic Japanese language lesson as well as an optional Japanese cooking lesson.

Business Experience:

  • Learn from business executives at global companies such as Coca-Cola, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Weber Grills, and more.
  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, economics, and more.
  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.

Why Virtual Study Abroad Now?

  • Meet with six global companies and learn about their response to COVID-19.
  • Discuss global supply chain interruptions, the extreme shifts in the global market, and the implications of working in a variety of industries.
  • Join the global conversation and gain new perspectives in a unique way.
  • Learn about international business from local executives during this historic time.
  • Demonstrate your creativity and adaptability to future employers by being one of the first to participate in a virtual study abroad experience.
  • Gain international experience and perspectives in a time where global travel is limited.
  • Connect and network with future business leaders from other US universities.
  • Access a global network of aspiring young leaders.
  • Stay on track and skill-up while staying at home.
  • Have an international experience without having to take time off work or school.
  • See the world without the jetlag!

Program Fees:

  • Includes a $895 rebate applicable towards a future travel study abroad seminar from IBS between now and Summer 2022.
  • Does not include tuition from your university.


May 15
5:00 PM PDT

6:00 PM PDT
Program Orientation (Live interactive discussion)
• Outline structure of virtual experience
• Faculty presentation on key concepts, expectations, and
desired outcomes
• Meet fellow students

Introduction to Japan (Live interactive presentation)
• General cultural introduction
• Business cultural introduction

May 16
5:00 PM PDTOptional Activity - Japanese Cooking Lesson (Live lesson)
May 17
5:00 PM PDT

5:50 PM PDT
Basic Language Lesson (Live interactive lesson)

Introduction to Japanese Students Peer Teams
• Welcome message from American and Japanese faculty
• Individual peer team group live discussions

May 18
5:00 PM PDTd:matcha (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student presentations
• d:matcha presentation and Q&A
May 19
5:00PM PDT

6:15 PM PDT
Weber Grills Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Weber Grills Japan Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Check-In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

May 20
5:00PM PDTEntrepreneur Spotlight: Humans of Wagyu Japan (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Humans of Wagyu presentation and Q&A
May 21
5:00PM PDT

6:00 PM PDT
Martial Arts and Bushido (Live interactive lesson)
• Learn about the way of the Samurai and Japan’s martial arts

Live Virtual Tour of Himeji (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Himeji Castle

May 22
No activities planned11
May 23
No activities planned
May 24
5:00 PM PDT

6:00 PM PDT
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Presentation (Live presentation)
• Hiroshima Legacy Successor Testimony

Japanese Students Peer Teams A-bomb Discussion
Individual peer team group discussions

May 25
5:00PM PDT

6:15 PM PDT
en world Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Check-In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

May 26
5:00PM PDTNatural Disasters in Japan (live discussion)
• Learn about the national character of Japan through the lens of
natural disasters
May 27
5:00PM PDT

6:15 PM PDT
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Live presentation)
• Student presentations
• Kawasaki Heavy Industries presentation and Q&A

Coca Cola Bottlers Japan (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Coca Cola Japan presentation and Q&A
May 28
5:00PM PDT

5:45 PM PDT
Live Virtual Tour of Kyoto (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Yasaka Shrine
• Kiyomizu Temple

Final discussion and wrap-up session
• Faculty Debrief
• Student Discussion
• Outcomes


*Students should expect sessions to last one to two hours on average.
*Itinerary subject to change