GDI Communications – Bi-Monthly Newsletter – August 2017

Dear Valued Customers, Clients, Friends and GDI Members

Here in Japan, the Obon holiday has just finished and everyone is getting back to work, albeit some of us a little slower than others. We all hope this edition of the GDI Newsletter finds you well, relaxed and refreshed after your long summer holidays, wherever you may be.

As many aspects of the world, including politics, the economy, and of course local temperatures are heating up, a much-needed break or holiday was in order for many of us. Looking at local temperatures, I am sure many of our readers can relate, especially those living here in Japan. Summer in Japan is unlike summer in any other country in the world. It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s sometimes suffocating, and again to reiterate, it’s………. HOT! It can be a struggle for some, but it also presents numerous beautiful images, such as fireworks, matsuri (festivals), yukata (summer kimonos), cold beer, green tea ice cream, and of course the BBQ season. In addition to these, Japan offers numerous escapes from the sweaty urban jungles. Beaches, mountains, and rivers provide cool settings to relax and refresh, many of which are only short distances away. How did you spend your holiday?

Now that Obon has passed, and the majority of us are back to the proverbial grind, other forms of relief need to be sought out and considered.  Below are a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer.

1. Hydrate – Whether water, green tea, juice or otherwise, make sure to drink ample liquids.
2. Dress Accordingly – Cool Biz says it all – short sleeves and no ties. It would be great if business shorts came into style!!!
3. Handkerchiefs or Small Towels – Remember to have your sweat rag close by at all times.
4. Exercise – This may sound slightly insane due to the heat, however, regular exercise allows you to sweat less in the heat.
5. Air Conditioning and Fans – Enjoy the cool refreshing air which flows from the numerous air conditioners in Japan, but remember to turn them off when you sleep.

Although the heat of summer is still with us for a couple more months, there are also hot opportunities for global expansion. With the right globally minded individuals on your team, you will be able to take advantage of the expanding global market and the benefits it offers. Once you are ready to take action, let GDI Communications assist you with your excursion from the cooling domestic market into the hot markets abroad and on to global success.

We hope you enjoy this month’s Newsletter and look forward to your comments and/or inquiries.






1. 水分補給-水、お茶、ジュースやその他、十分に水分を摂取する
2. 適切な格好-まさに、クールビズ-半袖とノーネクタイ
3. ハンカチ、または小さいタオル-いつでもタオルを持参
4. 運動-この暑さ故、考えたくもないですが、適度な運動で暑さによる汗の軽減
5. エアコンと扇風機-日本のエアコンで涼む




Global Support, Consulting Division & GPOD

Over the last several years, it has been easy to feel the effects of global warming. Each summer seems to get hotter and hotter, and when you live in a humid climate it makes it more intense. Same as the weather, the GDI Consulting Division climate is getting hotter and hotter and is going through many developments and improvements. The difference between the weather and this division is… we really don’t want this to cool down.

With one of our clients, we have gone from placing a consultant one day per week, to three days per week, to four days per week. Now with the development of our Global People on Demand (GPOD) Program, we are increasing our support to this same company to two GPODs, five days a week. Yes, that is correct – two full-time GPODs! Although both GPODs will help support the company’s Global Development, the Domestic GPOD and Overseas GPOD each has specific and very different duties.

The Domestic GPOD will be focused on language training as well as internal issues with developing a Global Environment. They will not only conduct language classes but also organize Global Events, a Global Café, internal newsletter, and domestic support for the whole company. They will also be available to support every division of the company with domestic and global issues.

On the other hand, the Overseas GPOD will be placed with the Global Team and take over many of the responsibilities of the present Global Consultant and help support the Domestic GPOD with their duties for internal Global Mind development projects. Since the Overseas GPOD will be traveling with the Global Team, they will not have regular language training classes but will conduct one- or two-day training sessions focused on business skills, such as emailing, negotiating, presenting, etc. when they are not traveling.

So as you can see, the GDI Consulting Division is growing and changing at the same time. We can already see the value of the GPOD Program and look forward to the many opportunities it will offer as our Consulting and GPOD products and services evolve. If you are interested in hearing more about these products and services, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Global Consultants and GPODs can provide the support you need to realize your Global and Global Mind development endeavors.






IT Outsourcing & Support Division

Our Tokyo branch has grown significantly, and we are meeting a lot of global needs.

We are not only working on ICT engineering but also attempting many projects to achieve our goals.

The number of employees in our Tokyo branch is almost 100!

And we plan to keep growing!




Training & Seminars Division

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone” 

 Wendell Berry

Greetings from GDI Communications’ Training Division. Summer is in full swing here with all its lovely scenery and of course the sweltering heat. Since summer months are a popular time to travel, we thought that we would present some tips for traveling overseas whether on business or for pleasure.

Overseas Travel
As mentioned above, the summer months are very popular for travel. Whether it is on business or if it is for enjoyment, it is important to be properly prepared and to keep a couple of things in mind. Below is a list of things to consider before you go and while on your trip.

Tip 1: Make sure your passport is up to date and with you
Making sure that your passport is up to date is essential. The rule of thumb is to have at least six months validity on the passport and at least two to three blank pages available for the necessary stamps, permits, etc. It is also recommended that you make a photocopy of your passport information and leave it with someone you trust just in case something happens. Lastly, try not to forget it when you leave for the airport.

Tip 2: Research where you are going before you go 
Wherever you are going, it is always a good idea to do a little homework. Research the area around where you are staying, along with other areas you might be traveling to.  In addition, it is a good idea to have a backup plan just in case. In the event of an overbooking or slight change in arrangements, you should have some other options in place. Besides knowing the area, it is also a good idea to know about the culture and some customs as well. Go online and do some research.  You will be pleasantly surprised by how much information is available for you throughout the net.

Tip 3: Be safe out there
Often when people overlook the idea that accidents sometimes happen. Whether your luggage gets lost, our you chip a tooth, it is a good idea to be ready. Most seasoned travelers will preach about the value of having travel insurance. The costs vary, and some insurance companies will not cover certain areas, but it is well worth the time and effort to find travel insurance that suits your needs. Remember it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Tip 4:  Enjoy the journey…
My last tip today is to enjoy the journey. Remember that no matter where you go or why you are there, the most important thing is that travel expands our minds, our perceptions and how we view the world. Take some time to absorb the sights, the cultural differences and to realize that what makes up our everyday lives is only a minute fraction of what is happening in the world around us.

Click the link below to watch video brought to you by TED on the topic of

Why bother leaving the house: TED TALK


***And there is much more to come in future issues of the GDI Newsletter ***




“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone”
 Wendell Berry


Overseas Travel ー【海外旅行】

その1: パスポートの有効期限を確認し、必ず携帯すること





***And there is much more to come in future issues of the GDI Newsletter ***

Global Study Division

Hello GDI Clients and Students!
August has flown, and the humid summer is going to end soon.
Fall is just around the corner; are you already preparing your wardrobe for the cooler days?
This month, we will introduce the “Canada Language Training for Company Employees,”
which our corporate clients use as a Canada training system. With the English skills that were acquired before their departure and that will be strengthened and advanced abroad, they have the possibility to directly experience the local foreign culture and to raise their global consciousness.
Below you can find the training contents supported by GDI.

Company’s aim
What can each employee learn within a set time frame of two months and how can each of them utilize these contents when working overseas.

Number of participants: About 15 people per term

Study abroad contents
Learning Basic English for two months at a language school in Canada (30 hours/1 week)
Accommodation: homestay
Activities besides English classes: visiting tourist spots, sports and interactions with people from different cultural backgrounds
Fee (for 2 months): ¥500,000 / person
Included: (tuition fee, homestay fee and transportation fee)
Not included: (flight ticket, agency handling fee etc.)

GDI service features
Introduction to schools that are directly cooperating with GDI
Counseling with GDI anytime while studying abroad
Conduction of Pre-departure training (40 hours intensive training)
Submission of school grade and attendance reports

We received a lot of feedback from students who have finished their training overseas.
Motivated by other students, they thought before and after going overseas about how they’re going to spend the two months, what experiences they want to have and what plans they actually realized during their stay, and how they can further grow their overseas competence before being sent abroad by their companies. Also, many students have reported that the English training conducted by GDI prior to their departure was very helpful for them as preparation before arriving overseas.

To those who are interested in studying English in Canada before being sent overseas for business, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
The Global Study division will continue to expand our business in order to satisfy the needs of our customers.






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