Global People. Global Team. Global Company.

At GDI the number of foreign staff almost equals the number of Japanese employees.
Working constantly in this global environment is what makes us stand 100% behind our global services - We are GDI!

Our Mission

We help our customers to achieve “global success” through offering services oriented towards expanding global business within a growing global society.
We help our customers to achieve “global success” through offering services oriented towards expanding global business within a growing global society.

The Meaning Behind Our Name

GDI stands for “Global”, “Drive”, “Innovation”
GDI stands for “Global”, “Drive”, “Innovation”

GLOBAL

Keeping “the world as a whole” in our mind, we – at the heart of GDI – strive to be the bridging element that connects Japan to the world.
Keeping “the world as a whole” in our mind, we – at the heart of GDI – strive to be the bridging element that connects Japan to the world.

DRIVE

Believing in the importance of “taking the initiative” and “inspiring motivation in others”, we are driven by the strong desire to continue on our way to offer support and guidance for the people around us.
Believing in the importance of “taking the initiative” and “inspiring motivation in others”, we are driven by the strong desire to continue on our way to offer support and guidance for the people around us.

INNOVATION

Aiming for “innovation” and “changes for improvement”, our employees continuously strive forward through individual learning, growing and putting their skills into practice. In combining our efforts we are determined to further strengthen and enhance our client support.
Aiming for “innovation” and “changes for improvement”, our employees continuously strive forward through individual learning, growing and putting their skills into practice. In combining our efforts we are determined to further strengthen and enhance our client support.

GDI's 3C-Concept

Our Practice​

“Communication” skills and “confidence” are important for success on the global market. While English is our tool to communicate, the skills required of global people in today’s world are being able to understand your opposite, other cultures and having the ability to truly “connect”. Founded upon our 3C-Concept, we aid the growth and development of global people to act confidently and professionally at all time all over the world.

Our Practice

“Communication” skills and “confidence” are important for success on the global market. While English is our tool to communicate, the skills required of global people in today’s world are being able to understand your opposite, other cultures and having the ability to truly “connect”.

Founded upon our 3C-Concept, we aid the growth and development of global people to act confidently and professionally at all time all over the world.

Founder's Message​

Founder's Message​

R. James Hedden

President / CEO

GDI Communications Inc.

As Japan continues to face the reality of a decreasing population and workforce, shrinking local markets and the need to expand and access global opportunity, companies are faced with the question of “How to be Global? How to support Global Thinking? And How to Succeed in the Global marketplace?”

People are the answer. Global People.

The need for global talent and staffing to assist in the development and expansion of emerging markets, both on a domestic and international level, are now vital to the longevity of all firms. Diversity in the workplace, core language and communication skills combined with social and cultural awareness, critical thinking and a flexible mind, and leadership all represent needed skill sets in today’s age.

The continued development and growth of the above attributes, skills and mindset for our people, our clients and partners is paramount for success.

Global Talent for Today and the Future!

Corporate Leadership

As communication technology has been developing rapidly, our world becomes smaller and we can connect to everyone, everywhere these days. With the progress in AI development and the acceleration of digitalization, I believe it is now more than ever our role to help people connect by providing experienced and skilled staff.

In order to support our clients moving towards global success, first of all we must be global ourselves. Therefore GDI values and encourages a diverse company culture. Having employees from all over the world, we cherish and respect each individual’s personality, cultural believes and abilities, regardless of nationality. I believe we can make the most of our values and new ideas gained from this corporate culture as we offer support and learn from our various experiences and solutions. We will continue striving to provide our clients with the best support on the way to becoming truly global.

In Silicon Valley, where I have lived for more than 30 years, many businesses professionals respect and value Japan more than we might think. For example, Japanese suppliers are often viewed as being more reliable compared with other overseas suppliers. People have learned that globalization can be quite risky at times, but also that it has opened up many new opportunities for Japan.

While Japan’s strengths are definitely quality and reliability, its weakness often lies in a lack of communicational skills and the ability to cope with different business cultures. It is unfortunate that many Japanese companies are missing new opportunities, but this is where GDI’s GPODs comes to the rescue. Our bilingual and bi-cultural staff are passionate about applying their unique skills and backgrounds to help businesses overcome and look forward to the challenges of globalization.

As Japan continues to face the reality of a decreasing population and workforce, shrinking local markets and the need to expand and access global opportunity, companies are faced with the question of “How to be Global? How to support Global Thinking? And How to Succeed in the Global marketplace?”

The need for global talent and staffing to assist in the development and expansion of emerging markets, both on a domestic and international level, are now vital to the longevity of all firms. Diversity in the workplace, core language and communication skills combined with social and cultural awareness, critical thinking and a flexible mind, and leadership all represent needed skill sets in today’s age.

As Japan continues to face the reality of a decreasing population and workforce, shrinking local markets and the need to expand and access global opportunity, companies are faced with the question of “How to be Global? How to support Global Thinking? And How to Succeed in the Global marketplace?”

The need for global talent and staffing to assist in the development and expansion of emerging markets, both on a domestic and international level, are now vital to the longevity of all firms. Diversity in the workplace, core language and communication skills combined with social and cultural awareness, critical thinking and a flexible mind, and leadership all represent needed skill sets in today’s age.

GDI Company History

GDI Company History

March 2005

Founding of GDI Systems Co., Ltd.

Services: Food sales, overseas sales of pre owned cars

October 2011

Name change to GDI Communications

Services: Language training for business professionals

April 2012

New division: Global Study in Canada

March 2013

New division in Tokyo: Global ICT

April 2015

GDI’s sister company GCI starts selling the online training “Gabby”

July 2017

New service: GPOD
Acquired “Privacy Mark” certification

December 2018

Separation from Tokyo office

July 2019

Acquired business certifiction as a dispatch and staffing agency

Volunteer & CSR Activities

With our global orientation and our broad network of contacts, we aim to take action locally as well. Through carrying out various volunteer activities we hope to bring a smile onto many people’s faces.

Santa and Friends Nagoya (SFN) 
Director: James Hedden 

Together with more than 100 volunteers from various nations and cultural backgrounds, we hold a yearly Christmas event for over 250 children from different Nagoya orphanages. Outside the Christmas season, we also conduct English classes and further activities to put a smile on the children’s and everyone’s faces.

Tokai Japan Canada Association (TJCS)
President: James Hedden

TJCS is an non-profit organization that aims to strengthen the exchange of Japanese and Canadians in the Tokai region. This exchange offers opportunities for cultural exchange, social events and also leads to valuable business connections.