GDI Communications – Monthly Newsletter – November 2016


November 2016 EDITION

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Greetings and salutations to all of the valued customers and friends of GDI Communications.  November is here and with it comes cooler weather and the beautiful changing of the leaves.  Now is the time to start to look back at the year and enjoy our accomplishments while striving to finish off the year strong and successful.

There are many enjoyable things to do in Japan during the month of November, such as the Sumo Kyushu Basho in Fukuoka, the Meiji Shrine Autumn festival in Tokyo and of course the changing of the leaves in Kyoto.  The cool weather foods are also beginning to make an appearance – delicious dishes like Nabe (Hot Pot), Kaki (persimmon) and one of my personal favorites, kuri (chestnuts).  It is also worth mentioning that this is also the time when many local izakayas (taverns) start to serve Atsukan (hot Japanese rice wine)

While the end of another year is quickly approaching, we here at GDI continue to focus on the future.  We will continue to grow and offer new and exciting services to our customers while at the same time making sure to maintain our high-level of standards.  As always, we would like to take this time to thank all of our customers, friends, and family and wish everyone a safe and happy November.



11月も、日本では様々なイベントを楽しむことができます。福岡県での大相撲九州場所も見どころの一つです。東京では明治神宮で秋祭りが開催され、京都では皆さまご存知の通り、紅葉を楽しむことができます。また、寒い季節ならではの食べ物もそろそろ出てきます。鍋料理(Hot Pot)や柿が美味しくなる時期であり、個人的には栗も魅力的です。また、この季節から居酒屋で飲むことができる熱燗も、日本の秋ならではです。





Business Tip of the Month

Conducting a Meeting
Meetings are a part of our everyday work lives.  Whether we like them or not, they are an essential part of keeping communication flowing throughout a company.  Below are some key phrases you can use when starting / beginning a meeting.


Opening a meeting:

  • Good morning everyone.  Thank you for coming.
  • If we are all here… let’s get started.
  • Thank you for coming. Let’s begin.


  • 皆さん、おはようございます。ご参加いただき、ありがとうございます。
  • 皆さんお揃いでしたら、始めましょうか。
  • ご参加ありがとうございます、それでは始めましょう。

Welcoming / Introductions:

  • I would like to introduce…
  • Joining us today from our sales department is Joe Smith.
  • We are very happy to have Joe Smith here from our sister company.

歓迎 / 自己紹介

  • まずは…を紹介いたします。
  • 本日営業部から参加していただいているのは、ジョー・スミス氏です。
  • 姉妹会社から参加のジョー・スミス氏を歓迎します。

Stating the goals / objectives:

  • Today we are going to be covering…
  • Our goal for this meeting is…
  • The purpose of today’s meeting is…


  • 今日の議題は…についてです。
  • 本ミーティングは…を目的としています。
  • 本ミーティングの目的は…です。


****And there is much more language offered throughout our courses****


   Idiom of the Month

“meeting of the minds”

Meaning:  When there is complete agreement between a pair or group of people.

After the five-hour meeting, there was a complete meeting of the minds, and a final decision was made.
 5時間の会議で意見が合致し、最終判断が下されました。 2. She and her fiancé had a meeting of the minds when deciding on their honeymoon. They both really wanted to go to Hawaii.

Cross Cultural Tip of the Month

The Iceberg Theory of Cross Cultural Communication

When doing business or interacting with people across cultures and from a variety of countries, we are faced with a mix of cultural backgrounds, some quite easy to learn and comprehend and others more complex and difficult to understand.

In our own cultures and daily lives, we are immersed in a mix of cultural development and learning, most of which we do not think deeply about.  It just is.  From our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers, and through daily life, we learn about history, art, dress, food, architecture, language, music, beliefs, values, ethical codes, rules and norms, and when doing so we often don’t realize the depth involved in many of the aspects we are learning.

Quite often when trying to learn or understand about another country’s cultural elements, it is important to remember that some cultural differences are visible and some are hidden.   Visible cultural elements include language, dress, food, architecture, and music.  While many of these cultural points are obvious, they actually only make up 10 percent of our cultural identities.

An Iceberg provides a very useful analogy of culture (see below).  The small “tip of the iceberg,” which can be seen above the water level, represents visible culture; and the 90 percent that is underwater, or remains hidden, represents most aspects of our culture – for example, beliefs, values, assumptions, ethical codes and a deeper understanding of many visible cultures.  Some clear examples are freedom of speech or gender equality. Assumptions are ideas which are accepted as truths.  For example, “I control my own destiny.”

As stated above, when accessing new markets or doing business overseas, it is essential to dive deep below the waterline and make an effort to understand the values, assumptions, beliefs and deeper aspects about hidden and visible culture enabling you to bridge cultural differences and establish productive and harmonious relationships with others. As the very popular saying goes “Rome was not built in a day.”  This too is true with the development of cultural understanding.  Search online, read books, talk to people or take our GDI Cross Cultural Communication Training, and continue to develop your cultural communication understanding and competency. Good luck!!!










At our Tokyo Office, there is a lot to be excited about. We are very happy to announce that the attendance management system that was created in-house by GDI members will launch soon. By using this new system, we expect to improve efficiency of the business.  We are looking forward to creating and using new GDI-made systems in the future.Event
We went hiking to Mt. Hiwada. This event has been a long time coming – it was originally scheduled for August.  However, due to inclement weather we had to postpone the hike. Finally, we were able to go last month.
We walked a lot and enjoyed a barbecue on the top of the mountain. We were all able to enjoy the trip and everyone was very happy.

New Staff Administration
Last month we were pleased to welcome two new members to the GDI communications Tokyo office. We also held orientation for new members who will be joining GDI next month. Everybody is excited to achieve our goals and to make the atmosphere of working at GDI more and more exciting.






In comparison to the rest of 2016, October was a relatively slow month for overseas travel and gave us some time to regroup and plan out the rest of the year. Although we prefer to keep busy, we also welcome the break from planes, trains and automobiles.  During this downtime, we have been able to focus on some personal time, as well as further development of the GDI Consulting Division and its future growth.  Expansion strategy planning and sales materials development are coming along well and we are poised to make a push to grow the division from the start of 2017.

If you are interested in hearing more about how GDI Communications and our Consulting Division can support your Global Expansion needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. To schedule a time to meet and discuss the possibilities and/or for general information, please visit our website. We can be contacted via the Contact Form on our website, or at

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Hello GDI Clients and Students!As it is now November, the end of the year is almost here. Time flies!
The winter has arrived and people are taking out their winter clothes for the new season.
Please stay warm and take care of yourself.

This month, we would like to introduce one of our partner schools, King George International College, or KGIC. Mr. Honjo, a representative from King George, has been supporting Japanese students for more than 10 years in Japan. He was kind enough to take the time to visit our office last month and introduced some of their great programs in Canada.  He also spoke about future plans.

If you are interested in some of their various programs, feel free to take a look at the website information included. We hope you will find the most effective program or programs to fit your needs.

You can also find a list of current activities and upcoming events and information on their newsletter, which can be found on their website.

There are even minimal programs that last a week if you are interested in testing the waters first and going for a short-term stay.

If you are interested in the school or if you are just interested in studying in Canada, please contact us anytime at the address below.




今月の留学部門からの報告ですが、弊社の提携校、KGIC(King George International College)という語学学校から、10年以上に渡り、日本国内で学校の窓口を担当していらっしゃる本庄さんが弊社にお越し下さいました。今回は新しいプログラム、そして本庄さんの今後の取組についてお話頂きました。


KGIC(King George International College)







CSR Activity in NovemberIt is hard to believe that there are only two months left this year!!!  The year is flying by!!!!
This last month, we have continued our regular monthly visits to a number of orphanages, and as such, would like to share a few recent activities with you

BTW, a happy belated Halloween to everyone.  As last week was Halloween, we organized a number of Halloween-related activities.  I am sure you can imagine what we did. 😛  Yes, we made jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins!!!  Usually, large, orange pumpkins are used to make Halloween jack-o’-lanterns, but as we could not find large ones, we used green, local pumpkins and enjoyed the carving creation.  See the below pictures.

On a different, non-Halloween note, one announcement about the SFN annual Christmas party which will be held on the 4th of December this year. We will be holding another planning meeting on November 11th to continue discussions on activities and event details for all that are interested. There is always a lot of preparation to be done. However, with the help of many GDI staff and other volunteers, we are able to get things done.  If you are interested in helping with the SFN orphan Christmas party this year, please contact GDI about volunteering.

GDI / SFN Team