Values, Leadership, and Purpose: Stories from Japanese Companies in Europe

Friday, September 29, 2023 13:30 - 15:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) / 20:30 - 22:00 JST (Japan Standard Time)
Join us for a compelling cooperative webinar series of "GLOBIS Europe x J-BIG - Japan Business in Germany" that ventures into the success stories of Japanese companies and their leaders making their mark in the dynamic European business landscape.
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Values, Leadership, and Purpose: Stories from Japanese Companies in Europe

This seminar series co-organized by GLOBIS Europe and J-BIG invites everyone in the business, government, or education sectors to a number of interesting dialogues that draw on the unique experiences of leaders at Japanese companies in Europe.

The aim is to shed light on the role and significance of values and principles when leading with purpose – and to delve into the cultural synergies that have shaped such success stories, both from the organizational and personal perspectives of those involved.

For our upcoming seminar on September 29th, GLOBIS Europe and J-BIG are honored to invite Mr. Harald Dremel, Managing Director DACH of Olympus Deutschland GmbH, as our first guest speaker.

The session will be moderated by GLOBIS – Japan’s No. 1 MBA and prominent provider of corporate training and venture capital – as well as J-BIG, a digital business magazine dedicated to leadership interviews around activities of Japanese companies in the German market.

To deepen the discussions during the event, we encourage participants to read the interview with Mr. Dremel of OLYMPUS DACH “The Japanese enthusiasm for soy sauce brought us to endoscopy” before joining the seminar.

A summary of the story will be provided during the seminar as well.

Event Speakers:

Engage with and learn from the following distinguished voices.

  • Dr. Harald Dremel: Managing Director DACH for Olympus, bringing healthcare innovation to the forefront.
  • Bjoern Eichstaedt: Publisher of J-BIG and Co-Owner of Storymaker, facilitating Japanese-European business communication.
  • Toru Takashi: President & CEO of GLOBIS Europe BV, sharing global leadership acumen honed through diverse experiences.

Register belowto secure your seat and see you soon!


Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
Time: 13:30 - 15:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) / 20:30 - 22:00 JST (Japan Standard Time)
Where: Online
Registration Fee: Free of charge
Language: English


13:00 (CEST) / 20:00 (JST) Webinar Reception
13:30 (CEST) / 20:30 (JST) Values, Leadership, and Purpose: Stories from Japanese Companies in Europe
14:30 (CEST) / 21:30 (JST) Q&A & Discussion
15:00 (CEST) / 22:00 (JST) Wrap-up
Dr. Harald Dremer

Dr. Harald Dremel

Managing Director DACH, Olympus Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Harald Dremel, born 1965 in Kronach, Germany, leads as Managing Director DACH for Olympus and is part of Olympus’ global Market Development Team for the Endoscopic Solution Division. Joining Olympus in 1996, he’s progressed through roles like Product Manager, Director, and General Manager. With a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, he’s a seasoned innovator in the medical field.

Beyond work, he’s a family man who enjoys travel, hiking, and adventures with his wife, daughter and their canine companion.

Toru Takahashi

Toru Takahashi


Toru serves as CEO of GLOBIS Europe BV and is a Managing Director at GLOBIS Corporation, providing global leader training programs to corporate clients around the world. He also serves as the director of Singapore-based GLOBIS Asia Campus Pte. Ltd. and GLOBIS Thailand. As a corporate training instructor, he leads seminars on a range of topics, including establishing corporate strategy/philosophy during overseas expansion, in addition to strategy formulation, problem-solving and leadership related to the localization of overseas sites.

Prior to joining GLOBIS, he was primarily involved in developing overseas businesses with machinery manufacturers at Marubeni Corporation. During his eight-year overseas assignment at Marubeni, he participated in infrastructure development projects in Iran, where he subsequently engaged in a wider range of businesses at Marubeni’s regional headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in Belgium. His duties there included launching business projects, as well as providing management and financing support for invested companies and business partners in the region.

Toru has written “People who get results overseas don’t use cultural issues as an excuse”. (Eiji press)

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Bjoern Eichstaedt

Publisher, J-BIG & Managing Partner, Storymaker GmbH

Bjoern Eichstaedt, born 1974, is a communications expert with two decades of experience. As Co-Owner of Germany’s Storymaker, a leading PR and communications agency, he personally specializes in elevating Japanese businesses in Europe.

In 2020, he launched “J-BIG – Japan Business in Germany,” a digital business magazine spotlighting Japanese companies through interviews with European and Germany leaders. He holds a Biology degree from Tuebingen University.

Beyond work, he treasures life as a husband and father of a son.

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