The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan

With nearly 30 years in business development and supply chain management, Yuichi Watanabe, president and founder of consulting and outsourcing company Global Operations Solution Services (GOS), has firsthand experience in a range of industries. Well-versed in Japan’s employment system, or as he calls it, “the conveyor belt system,” Watanabe wants companies that are looking for help to know that there is a solution.

Many think that Japan’s aging society is causing a candidate-short job market. Watanabe believes this is not true. “Many companies are only looking at age, gender or number of job changes—fewer job changes is better, younger is better, and jobs are gender-specific. This stereotypical profile is preventing companies from finding the right candidates.”

This is where GOS can help. The company has access to skilled and experienced candidates for any company that is struggling to find good people, as well as services for those looking to outsource operations.

GOS Partner is one of its two services, and includes long-term or short-term placements, where the company acts as your business partner.

Whether your budget is tight and you cannot afford a permanent employee, or you need someone to facilitate a leadership transition as soon as possible, GOS can help.

Perhaps you need advice with overall business and operations, or you need help negotiating with businesses overseas. Regardless, there is a solution. GOS Club includes consultancy and advisory services that can supplement a company’s existing staff and resources during periods of high activity and heavy workloads.
“Let’s imagine a small Japanese company,” Watanabe said. “They only have a limited number of English-speaking staff, and they need to negotiate with overseas suppliers. They are not confident or have limited resources. This is where GOS Club comes into play.”

Japanese companies going abroad “are waiting for quality information on the overseas market.” GOS has multiple partners from different sectors overseas who can help provide operations and setup. “We can ask our partner to assist after setting up a certain operation.”

In this way, GOS acts as a proxy, advisor, and negotiator for Japanese companies looking to operate overseas. They can also offer assistance to foreign companies that want to do business in Japan.

“International companies are often looking for someone to actually work here, and we can provide a recruitment service if they want. But if they are struggling to find someone, we can undertake this missing role for them.”

As an example, he described providing services to a Swiss company. This included inventory management systems and processes for supply chain management, as well as training and help with financial reporting.

GOS is one a of kind in Japan, offering an affordable alternative to the expensive recruitment options and advisory services that already exist in Tokyo, in multiple areas including marketing, business and corporate planning, finance, human resources, and supply chain management.

“We would like to make business in Japan more active, but Japanese business is slightly isolated. We would like to be the bridge between.”