The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

Managing work–life balance has become more difficult in Japan, and this is especially true for those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, commonly referred to as Millennials. According to the 2015 Ernst & Young Global Limited survey Global Generations: A Global Study on Work–Life Challenges Across Generations, this group is projected to make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. However, in an aging Japan, Millennials comprise only 14 percent of the population—well below the global average of 21 percent.

There is little doubt that Japan faces some difficult social and economic challenges. For young professionals positioning themselves to rise through the ranks of their organization, long workdays result in fewer opportunities to discuss the business environment outside the walls of their company.

A large percentage of ACCJ–Kansai members are in their twenties and thirties. These young professionals are often overlooked, as their participation in events and committees has traditionally been low—a situation that needs to change. Just as Japan will depend on the innovations of this generation to sustain commercial success, it is necessary for the Kansai chapter to engage Millennials by providing a platform through which their voices can be heard.

One way in which the Kansai chapter is doing this is by hosting the Nomu-nication mixer. After a long hiatus, we brought back the event on July 28—tocoincide with Premium Friday—at Hilton Osaka’s newly remodeled My Place Café & Bar. This informal gathering provided an opportunity for professional and personal development as attendees conversed with their peers from the Kansai area. The crowd was diverse, the atmosphere energized, and the conversations engaging.

Based on the extremely positive feedback from this inaugural youth-focused Nomu-nication, the ACCJ–Kansai Membership Relations Committee plans to hold similar mixers three or four times per year to encourage younger members to become more active in ACCJ committees.