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News from Japan: November 2020

Social distance. Remote work. #wfh – you may be tired of hearing these words. But they’re triggering innovation and change. Here in Japan, the new administration quickly got to setting up an agency for digitization (or digitalization, if you prefer). Who better to give them pointers but Sansan?

Sansan is not a newcomer. We’ve been around since 2007, though it did just go public last year. With 6,000+ customers, as a premier SaaS company, and with a big footprint in Tokyo and Japan, Sansan is doing its part in many ways.

This month, we cover a few ways Sansan’s changing Japan and helping out client businesses with events and features. 

Sansan Offers Advice for Japanese Government’s DX

Sansan Director and Co-founder Kei Tomioka (2nd from left) meets with Japan’s new minister of digital reform, Takuya Hirai (head of table)

The Japanese government is working rapidly to form and advance a new agency for digitization. This new effort aims to quickly transition the country to newer, faster, modern ways of running its administration.

On October 15, Sansan Director and Co-founder Kei Tomioka met and exchanged ideas with Takuya Hirai, the new minister in charge of digital reform.

Tomioka presented knowledge necessary for advancing digitization and showed Sansan’s ability to assist the establishment of this new agency.

As a key company in digital innovation in Japan, Sansan is uniquely qualified to move Japan forward.

Scan for Trees Launches New Greening Efforts in Kumamoto

Kumamoto Prefecture is a substantially rural area in southwestern Japan, and it’s been hit hard by natural disasters

CSV at Sansan often refers to the Excel CSV files you can download.

But in this case, we’re talking about Creating Shared Value, which is an enhanced, more-sustainable form of CSR. In Sansan’s CSV activities, we’ve long run the Scan for Trees program, in which we plant numbers of trees in line with the numbers of business cards scanned.

Thus far, we’ve planted 7,700 trees for areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in northeastern Japan.

Last year, Kumamoto Prefecture in southwest Japan, was hit hard by both earthquakes and torrential rains and flooding. This made it a prime spot to aid recovery by planting trees.

By planting hardwoods that are typical of the local vegetation, we contribute to the maintenance of satoyama (the zone between mountains and flatland, but a word that also carries a sacred and treasured nuance) as well as ecosystems.

The Japanese news release is here.

Sansan Innovation Summit 2020 Surpasses 3,000 Registrants

Last month, we wrote about Sansan Innovation Summit 2020. We were expecting 1,000 participants for this wide-scale online event. Instead, the event attracted a phenomenal 3,400 registrants!

Featuring 13 Sansan users from various industries, participants learned about how to advance in varying modes of work and life. Registrants used Sansan Virtual Cards (online business cards) to sign up and attend.

We also announced the first winners of the Sansan User Award and Sansan Innovation Award (see winners here), which will recognize users and nonprofits that have innovated using Sansan.

Virtual Cards integration with MS Teams, A Huge Hit Globally

Sansan Virtual Cards are now available as an integration for improving meetings set in Microsoft Teams. We announced this in our English news as well.

It’s been big, especially in Japan. MS Teams is a collaboration hub used by more than 75 million people every day. The integration lets you check in the MS Teams Calendar who has exchanged Virtual Cards.

You can contact attendees, send card URLs in advance, or exchange cards at the meeting. This allows the smooth, natural exchange possible in face-to-face meetings. Moreover, the cards you exchange can be added to your Sansan database.

See more about MS Teams integration here.

See you next month with more updates on how DX, WFH, is moving onward, ASAP!

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