Our agency is committed to creating meaningful career opportunities for international students in Japan. We are interested in finding mutually beneficial and highly compatible arrangements between students and our client firms.

A few words from the CEO...

    “Only one out of three international students wishing to work in Japan are able to secure employment.”

Why?



We came to understand that the problem was NOT with a lack of jobs or talent but stemmed from the deeply rooted job hunting culture, or Shukatsu style in Japan that limit the freedom and flexibility for foreign students to express themselves completely. In response, I was determined to start a movement that provided an “Alternative style” of Shukatsu for foreign students residing in Japan.

We are the bridge between international students and companies in Japan. We want to see international students maximizing their potentials at companies, and companies achieving positive changes.

— Asami Matsumoto, CEO

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Founder

  • Asami Matsumoto “Only one out of three international students wishing to work in Japan are able to secure employment.” Why? We came to understand that the problem was NOT with a lack of jobs or talent but stemmed from the deeply rooted job hunting culture, or Shukatsu style in Japan that limit the freedom and flexibility for international students to express themselves completely. In response, was determined to start a movement that provided an “Alternative style” of Shukatsu for international students residing in Japan. We want to see international students maximizing their potentials at companies, and companies achieving positive changes.

    Asami Matsumoto Founder/CEO — Japan The University of Tokyo Alumni McGill University Alumni

Our Supporters

  • Bye Visessonchok Having lived and travelled in many countries, I believe in diversity. I joined Active Connector because I believe in the power of differences, that people work best when they can be true to who they are. However, when I think of the Japanese shukatsu, the image that comes to mind is a mass of black suits carrying identical black ‘shukatsu’ bags. My aspiration is that we will have a chance to express our uniqueness, and by doing so, bring positive change to Japanese shukatsu culture: making it more welcoming of not just the cookie-cutter crowd, but all kinds of talents.

    Tanunporn Visessonchok — Thailand Technology Management for Innovation The University of Tokyo

  • Xie Gaojie I always believe that in the journey of our life, it is more important who we are going to be with than where we are going. I feel very luck to have met my outstanding, transnational, and cool friends from AC. Here we can work together, laugh together and start a new journey together. I can’t wait to see the beautiful views along the way and unforgettable stories we are going to make.

    Xie Gaojie — China School of Legal and Political Studies The University of Tokyo

  • Lucas Brémond As a foreign student, to find a job in Japan always sounded tricky to me. Or even impossible for someone who hasn’t perfectly mastered the Japanese language (can anyone perfectly master it?!). I believe that Active Connector's initiative to promote alternative ways to employment and to open the job market to new talents is promising, since foreign students can indeed help companies get an international dimension.

    Lucas Brémond — France Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / JAXA The University of Tokyo

  • Nat Wongsuryrat I am a Master’s student at the University of Tokyo. I joined Active Connector because I believe working in Japan is a once in a lifetime experience, but the job-hunting process is often frustrating for non-Japanese. With Active Connector, I think we can really make a difference in the traditional shukatsu style. I hope that the culture of work in Japan can begin to be more open, to everyone from anywhere.

    Nat Wongsuryrat — Thailand Department of Advanced Energy The University of Tokyo

  • Taro Taniwaki Hi I'm Taro Taniwaki. I am a senior at Hitotsubashi University, majoring in marketing. I went through the typical type of Shukatsu, and felt that it is nearly impossible to fully express one's character under this old system. To make a new wave in Japanese recruiting, I joined Active Connector. I would be more than happy if our service can provide students with a solid, valuable job-hunting experience!

    Taro Taniwaki — Japan Department of Commerce Hitotsubashi University

  • Vicky Wei Arriving as an international student myself, I found myself constantly frustrated with the inaccessibility of many Japanese firms. When I was approached by Active Connector, I was instantly drawn to the team's interest in alleviating the obstacles that discourage numerous foreign talents from pursuing careers in Japan. A vision statement that embraces individuality and committed to creating not employees but robust relationships between prospective students and firms sounded just like the breakthrough I was so desperately waiting for.

    Vicky Wei — Canada Faculty of Law The University of Tokyo