A Japanese perspective on ‘Make in India’ by Mr. Tomio Isogai

Make in India – surely we all have read and heard a lot about it, but to think that our very own Make in India is garnering support globally would be far-fetched. Nonetheless it is not. Recently, FLAME University was graced by the visit of Mr. Tomio Isogai who is the COO, Indian Region of Sharp Corporation, Japan and also Managing Director of Sharp India Ltd., as well as Deputy Managing Director of Sharp Business Systems (India) Ltd. Mr. Isogai has a career span of more than thirty-five years at Sharp. He has spent more than twenty years out of Japan engaging in global sales and marketing of consumer electronics, domestic appliances, communication products, office automation devices, and solar power generation systems that Sharp manufactures. This obviously earned him the tag of a global citizen. He justifiably is a global minded multinational company executive, with diversified experiences in many parts of the world, particularly in the emerging markets. He was once a member of the Economist Forum in Dubai, U.A.E. as Managing Director of Sharp Middle East Free Zone Establishment.

During his visit to FLAME University, he very interestingly conducted an interactive session where he put forward the Japanese perspective towards Make in India. He was completely cued in on India’s development plans, and rightly so. He displayed immense knowledge about our economy, and where it is heading. In the course of the interactive session he praised the Make in India initiative and said it was unquestionably the way to go. India is definitely an emerging power, and with such initiatives, India will strengthen its position globally. He was extremely positive on India’s growth prospects. It was heartening to see a man from a foreign land supporting an Indian initiative so vehemently, and the extent of his knowledge on the subject left us highly impressed.

Further, he discussed how Japan places itself in the centre of the world from a business perspective as opposed to the rest of the world that puts the European market at the centre. This attitude has helped them succeed. He also stressed that HR policies are the most important aspects to concentrate on for corporate India. He discussed that he would like to motivate Indians to infuse the Japanese method of working into their work ethics. Culturally, India is beyond doubt, very strong. We Indians consider our place of work to be pious. However, he does not think Indian’s work well in teams. He suspects that each employee here only thinks about himself and not the larger whole. Hence, according to Mr. Isogai, Japanese team work habits blended with Indian work culture is the key to dominance.

Mr. Isogai is currently heading the Sharp’s manufacturing plant based in Pune where Sharp branded LCD-TVs and split air-conditioners are manufactured. Apart from his official duties he is also very keen and active in making his personal contributions to the enhancement of Indo-Japanese cultural and commercial relationships.

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