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Study tour Japan: The Future of Work

Study tour Japan: The Future of Work

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06 April 2024

Are you looking for the key to transition effectively to the work of the future? Why not join Berenschot on a voyage of discovery to Japan?

The role of strategic, technological and social innovation in the transition to the future of work

Innovative ways of organizing and the future of work? What can we learn from best practice organizations in Japan? Join us on a journey of discovery!

From 6-14 April 2024 Berenschot and Professor Annet de Lange are organising an exclusive study tour to Japan for HR executives. For a whole week we will consider The Future of Work; how can we, as organisations and as a society, deal with the changes that are on the way? On the basis of sound academic evidence, this trip offers you a unique opportunity to develop your own vision for the future of work in your organisation. In terms of technology and people.

Why Japan?

You might be thinking: ‘Why Japan? Isn’t that where they simply work very hard and give little thought to the individual? Isn’t everything focused on production and results? Yes, that is one aspect of Japan. But Japan is a country of extremes. High levels of automation and digitisation go hand-in-hand with deep-rooted traditions and a focus on meaning and happiness. There’s a culture of working hard and long hours, individualism and loneliness. But Japan also has the world’s highest levels of over-65s in work, and for many years it’s had one of the highest life expectancies in the world. It’s a fascinating and unique country from which we can draw inspiration on many counts. A source of inspiration for a much-needed update of our vision on the future of work.

People and technology

Japan leads the world in technological innovation. We will visit companies who know all about artificial intelligence, and gather information about the impact and added value of this technology. It is very interesting how Japan connects technology and people. The Japanese see computers and robots as entities with a soul and therefore treat them with great respect. Their relationship with technology is clearly different to how we see things in the Netherlands.

Healthy ageing

Japan is famous as a country with a healthy lifestyle and a much better life expectancy than most other countries. This is not always reflected in how they work - some Japanese people
literally work themselves to death. It can be seen though in their approach to prevention at work (every year a thorough medical check) and in (health)care innovations. In addition, the Japanese themselves generally believe that exercise, nature, health and diet play an important part in their wellbeing.


The Japanese have adaptability in their DNA: they’re at the forefront of change, they don’t sit around waiting for it. It doesn’t scare them. In fact they embrace it. Changes to the Future of Work? The Japanese started on those a long time ago.

Programme outline

Together with a select group of HR executives, we will spend a week looking for inspiration and answers. We will discuss the challenges we face and reflect on Japanese perspectives on work and life. Among the themes we will be examining are: the major labour market challenges, organizational transformation (digital and agile), skills of the future, and the impact of disruptive innovations on organisations and on the future of work.

The tour is based in Tokyo. There we will visit one of Japan’s key universities (Keio University) and a number of leading organisations such as NEC. We will also visit the Dutch embassy. Naturally there will be time for cultural elements, including an excursion to the Shrines and Temples of Nikko. During the study tour there will be plenty of time for reflection, networking and for linking insights to your own practical situation.

What will you gain by joining this tour?

Inspiration and insights derived from both academic research and everyday practice:

1) Insight into and an understanding of the technological, economic and social developments taking place in Japan, with a particularfocus on the Future of Work:

  • How do the Japanese approach the advent of new technology? How do they use technology, how do they anticipate it, how do they create buy-in?
  • How do the Japanese approach ageing? What do they do to ensure healthy ageing and workforce participation of older workers?
  • How do the Japanese deal with change? How do the Japanese organise the changing working environment and how do they prepare employees for it?

2) What impact have disruptive events (such as the Covid-19 pandemic) and innovations had on organisations in Japan? What lessons have they learned for the future?

3) The Future of Work in sharp focus
-     turned into an action plan for your own organisation.          

4) An exceptional and strong network of ambitious Dutch HR executives

Your investment

The guide price is € 8.450, (excluding VAT). This covers the entire program include:

  • economy class return flight
  • hotel accommodation
  • breakfast, lunches and dinners in selected restaurants
  • local transport
  • company visits in Tokyo
  • university visits in Tokyo
  • interesting lectures
  • Cultural activities
  • Pre-departure kick-off event and a follow-up session back in the Netherlands

Your travelling companions

  • Hans van der Molen, chairman of the board at Berenschot
  • Joris van Berckel, MSc., junior consultant, strategic HRM, Berenschot
  • Annet de Lange, Professor in ‘sustainable employability’, Open University & Berenschot
Would you like to know more? Why not register for this voyage of discovery!