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ENJOYING LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK
" You can easily spend two weeks just visiting
Tokyo " , observes Sofiann Krati (PGE 17), Financial
Controller at Biomérieux. " The quality of life is
great. Accommodation is more expensive than in
France but going out and traveling are quite
affordable. Trains are on time, they run frequently
and are super-fast. " Most alumni have been touring Japan, and they like to talk about the many
weekend trips they've been taking. From Tokyo -
where they are all based - a two-hour train ride will
take you to the mountains for a hike or to the
beach to spend the day. You can also wander
around the various neighborhoods of Tokyo, go
for a run, or bike around the city. Barbara Doussard
says: " Onsens (hot springs) have become my new
passion. After intense work weeks in Tokyo, finding
peace and harmony in natural environments is
mandatory. " All alumni praise the eclectic nightlife
in the metropolis. You can choose between bars,
restaurants, arcade game centers, clubs, karaoke
and izakaya. " Beer and food at an izakaya followed
by karaoke is my go-to evening out " , says Laure
Jacquon. These Japanese-style pubs, are very
popular. Toshiyuki Ikeshita (IMBA 13), a Japanese
national, is Manager Commercial Operations for
Retail Travel Agencies APAC at Amadeus IT Group.
After long days of work, he often goes for drinks
with his colleagues at the izakaya or at the restaurant. Going back home late is never a problem. All
alumni feel very safe in Japan. However, as a foreigner, no matter how much time you spend in
Japan, you will feel a little isolated.
❱❱❱

DR
DR

Laure Jacquon
(PGE 15)

Sarah Hearn
(PGE 19)

DR

HOW TO SEIZE THE MOMENT IN JAPAN
All the alumni interviewed would definitely recommend working in Japan. Some of them were looking for an international experience in a country
that was radically different from theirs. Others
were attracted to Japan because they grew up
with Japanese culture. This is especially true for
younger people. For more than 20 years now, Japanese pop culture has reached the Western world
through mass media. A form of soft power, " Cool
Japan " has used Japanese culture as a leverage to
export Japan's cool or " kawaii " characters as well
as its fashion, its movies, its manga, and its food.
Laure Jacquon (PGE 15), Marketing Manager at
Amazon, says that her interest in Japan started
with Japanese music. Sarah Hearn (PGE 19), Innovation Project Manager at the French start-up
Agorize, was introduced to Japanese culture
through manga and anime. As her interest grew
stronger, she quickly turned to history books. She
started learning Japanese first for fun as a teenager; then for real, during her exchange semester
and the six additional months she spent in Japan.
Her goal was to find a job in Tokyo. But whether
there is pre-existing appeal to the Japanese culture or not, living in Japan always makes for a

life-changing experience. For Barbara Doussard
(PGE 07), Marketing Vice President of the North
Asia Hub at l'Oréal Paris, " You come out of an
experience in Japan humbler, simpler and closer to
nature. You're attentive to seizing the moment. "
The Hanami (gazing at flowers) tradition shows
the importance of connecting with nature and
appreciating beauty in everyday life. Every spring,
the Japanese take out their cameras to capture the
beauty of flowering. Though the most famous one
is the cherry blossom, they will hunt for the best
spots to witness the blossoming of prune trees,
irises, azaleas, or hydrangeas. Every year, the flowering of their favorite plants is considered specific
and unique. If the clichés carried by Cool Japan
and the Japanese lifestyle seem too good to be
true, living in Japan is nonetheless really enjoyable.

Barbara Doussard
(PGE 07)

DR

n recent years, efforts were made to encourage
inbound international business and trade. For
instance, the economic partnership agreement
between the EU and Japan entered into force in
2019 to facilitate exports towards Japan. Reforms
to improve the way English was taught in school
were implemented in 2020, since the average English level of the Japanese workforce was considered a major barrier to international business.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games aimed to put the
spotlight on Japan but also to broadcast the reopening of the evacuation-designated zones in
Fukushima and show the world the resilience of
Japan and of the Japanese nuclear industry to
nuclear disasters. However, the pandemic seems
to have put into question Japan's internationalization policy. For instance, even long-term residents
were affected by the closing of borders during the
Covid-19 pandemic, which serves to highlight the
country's isolationist tendencies. Do expatriates
feel it in their everyday life? Or is living in Japan as
fascinating as it seems to be? Let us see what our
alumni have to say about their experience as foreign workers in Japan.

Sofiann Krati
(PGE 17)

DR

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Toshiyuki Ikeshita
(IMBA 13)

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NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020

Table des matières de la publication NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020

EDITO
SOMMAIRE
PROFILS
- Actus des alumni et Mouvements
- Librairie et Carnets
- Portraits : Pascal Lebailly (PGE 84), Philippe Richard (PGE 94), Virginie Pez (PGE 07) et Julien Mouyeket (PGE 17)
- Interview de Magaly Charlin Gaudin (BSC IFI 05), DRH De Châteauform’
- Interview d’Anne Lainé (PGE 05), directrice marketing de McDonald’s
MAGAZINE
- Élumni : ils sont élus et alumni. Ils racontent
- Life And Work In Japan: How To Fit In
- Sondage : comment les alumni voient 2021 ?
- Avez-vous le profil du nouvel artisan ?
- Les deux plus beaux métiers du monde ?
ASSO
- Les actualités de NEOMA Alumni
- Profitez des services en ligne du CareeR CenteR® !
- Le plus grand rendez-vous virtuel et sans frontières d’alumni !
- La parité à NEOMA
- Et maintenant ? Agir pour l’égalité femmes-hommes à tous les niveaux de l’entreprise
- Formation à l’Orange
- Les défis de la Supply Chain
- Médaille d’argent pour le club Golf !
- La table, lieu de pouvoir et de transmission
- Le manager en gestion de crise
- L’engagement exceptionnel de nos 550 bénévoles n’a pas de prix, mais une vraie valeur
- Des réunions à la Réunion
- Zoom à New York
CAMPUS
- Les actualités du campus
- Les Starting Days
- Zoom sur les campus virtuels
- DRH, recrutez des gamers comme managers !
- Actus étudiants
- Génération NEOMA : interview de François Bonvalet, ancien directeur de l’ESC Reims
FONDATION
- Isabelle Weill (PGE 84) : « Arrêtons les complexes »
- Actus Fondation
INDEX - Retrouvez les diplômés dans ce numéro
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 1
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 2
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - EDITO
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - SOMMAIRE
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 5
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Actus des alumni et Mouvements
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 7
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 8
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 9
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Librairie et Carnets
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 11
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Portraits : Pascal Lebailly (PGE 84), Philippe Richard (PGE 94), Virginie Pez (PGE 07) et Julien Mouyeket (PGE 17)
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 13
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Interview de Magaly Charlin Gaudin (BSC IFI 05), DRH De Châteauform’
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 15
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Interview d’Anne Lainé (PGE 05), directrice marketing de McDonald’s
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 17
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Élumni : ils sont élus et alumni. Ils racontent
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 19
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 20
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 21
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Life And Work In Japan: How To Fit In
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 23
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 24
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 25
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Sondage : comment les alumni voient 2021 ?
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 27
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Avez-vous le profil du nouvel artisan ?
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 29
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 30
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 31
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Les deux plus beaux métiers du monde ?
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 33
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Les actualités de NEOMA Alumni
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Profitez des services en ligne du CareeR CenteR® !
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Le plus grand rendez-vous virtuel et sans frontières d’alumni !
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 37
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - La parité à NEOMA
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Et maintenant ? Agir pour l’égalité femmes-hommes à tous les niveaux de l’entreprise
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Formation à l’Orange
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Les défis de la Supply Chain
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Médaille d’argent pour le club Golf !
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 43
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - La table, lieu de pouvoir et de transmission
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 45
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Le manager en gestion de crise
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - L’engagement exceptionnel de nos 550 bénévoles n’a pas de prix, mais une vraie valeur
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Des réunions à la Réunion
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Zoom à New York
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Les actualités du campus
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 51
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Les Starting Days
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 53
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Zoom sur les campus virtuels
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 55
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 56
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 57
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - DRH, recrutez des gamers comme managers !
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 59
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Actus étudiants
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 61
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Génération NEOMA : interview de François Bonvalet, ancien directeur de l’ESC Reims
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 63
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Isabelle Weill (PGE 84) : « Arrêtons les complexes »
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 65
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - - Actus Fondation
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - INDEX - Retrouvez les diplômés dans ce numéro
NEOMA Alumni Mag - N°25 - Décembre 2020 - 68
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