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Small and mid-sized Kyoto companies that deal with Japanese culture

Small and mid-sized Kyoto companies that deal with Japanese culture

Coming to study abroad in Kyoto, many of you may also want to work in Kyoto after you graduate. With a history of about 1,000 years as the capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to many industries related to traditional culture, even alongside its many companies that maintain their old structure as they engage in new initiatives, and many companies involved in pop culture. However, most of them are small and medium-sized companies, so you may not have had the chance to hear their names before. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the unique small and medium-sized enterprises in Kyoto that do work related to Japanese culture.

99% of Japanese companies are small- or mid-sized!

Small and mid-sized enterprises are defined in Japan as companies with less than a certain number of employees (depending on the type of industry or system) than the amount of money (capital) they have prepared to make a company, but out of the approximately 4,210,000 companies in Japan, 99.7% are small and mid-sized!

Advantages of working at smaller companies for foreign students

Some of the positives of working at a smaller company include

①Gaining diverse experience

In small and mid-sized companies, each person has the opportunity to take charge of many roles. You can try taking part in a wide range of operations such as sales, marketing, product development, and HR. This can help you accumulate a wide range of skills and experience, which will be useful for your career in the future!

②Speedy decision-making

In smaller companies with fewer employees, you may be able to discuss more than just the level of work you’ve been assigned, and there’s a tendency for decision to be made and permissions granted much more quickly. There are fewer obstacles to implementing new ideas and proposals, making it easier for your creativity to take flight.

③Less distance between management and employees

In smaller companies, there’s less distance between upper management and the employees, so there are many cases in which its easier to adjust your work, schedule, and other company systems according to an individual’s needs. Smaller companies with less hierarchy also make it easier for those involved to see what’s going on across the company, making it easier to experience the results of your efforts and ideas.

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