it comes to architecture and engineering it pays to think outside the box.
Maki Nibayashi speaks to Kimikazu Uemura, President of International Design
tell us about your organization
index, we see the immense possibilities for business that exist in Japan,
but we also recognize the obstacles that organizations face when expanding
their operations here. A number of service sectors, including real estate
and construction, are still culture bound, and a complex regulatory
environment presents particular challenges for companies without native
ties. A Tokyo-based consultant company, index helps companies of all sizes
find the right locations for their facilities, manage construction and
renovation projects, and run their operations with local facilities and
administrative support. With professional expertise, unmatched service and
valuable insight on local culture and regulatory issues, we offer
organizations a partnership that will enhance their success in Japan.
Current representative projects include site location assistance for a major
international retailer making its entrance into the Japanese market;
site-planning and best-use analysis for an educational institution situated
in Tokyo; project management of a 20-story office building from acquisition
of the property through construction and final tenanting; and the
outsourcing of the entire Japanese corporate real estate function of a major
international consultancy firm.
is the real estate and construction business in Japan now?
real estate market is undergoing a fundamental change with the arrival of
international funds and investors. Property valuation methods have had to
consider the income approach to a higher degree. Also, a much higher degree
of due diligence on properties are being required. As foreign investors
enter the development market, the construction industry will have to adapt
in similar fashion to the expectations of their new clients. Foremost, they
will require more transparency. As for real estate prices, they have
completely bifurcated. Although all prices have plummeted from their peak
during the Bubble, prime areas are recovering while non-prime areas,
particularly regional markets, continue to suffer. The construction industry
will do the same, while innovative firms will grow, those slow to change
will be left behind.
do you hope your company to be in the next five years?
ourselves in several years occupying a floor in one of the buildings of a
client we are either assisting or will assist in the future, with over 100
employees, continuing to provide the highest quality engineering and real
estate consultancy services to a wide range of clients. By then we will have
become a public company, having completed an IPO scheduled now for 2003. As
our company evolves, our emphasis and specific services may change somewhat,
however, our commitment is to become the No.1 engineering and real estate
consulting firm in Japan.
positions are you seeking to fill
rapidly expanding consulting firm we are seeking Engineers and Architects
who are willing to think out of the box and want to provide consulting
services on a wide range of projects. We are also looking for Real Estate
and Facilities Professionals who wish to use their knowledge and experience
in a consulting environment. The positions require that the candidate have a
sound basis in either engineering, construction, architecture or real
estate, but the candidate must also be willing and adapt such disciplines to
find creative solutions for our clients.
tell us about salaries, responsibilities, benefits, etc
employees are offered competitive yearly salaries commensurate on experience
and ability. Salaries will be reviewed yearly and adjusted strictly on
merit. Our compensation package offers full social and health insurance.
( International Design Exchange, Inc.), Kojimachi 31 Mori Building
5-7-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan
03-3512-5521, Fax.: 03-3512-5523, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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