Vice President &
Director-General of Kashiwa Training Center
Kashiwa Training Center (KTC) of CLITT is one of the two core institution of the College where 80 training courses for 3,000 officials of governments, municipalities, public organizations, civil society and private sectors are annually carried out. Nestled to Kashiwanoha Prefectural Park, the Center is located in Kashiwanoha District of Kashiwa City where advanced research and educational institutions are gathered. The institutions include Kashiwanoha Campus of Tokyo University, Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, and Tokatsu Techno Plaza. The total area of KTC is 38,000 square meters. KTC compound includes an administration office, a dormitory, a cafeteria, a multi-purpose hall, and a retention pond. .
The training courses of KTC are classified into two streams, namely, general courses and specialized courses. General courses are given to Ministry officials in order to enhance their capabilities and performances in conducting duties. Specialized courses are conducted to transfer knowledge and technologies to officials and stakeholders who are engaged in policy/project implementation of the Ministry.
General courses include compulsory courses for officials of the Ministry through their entire careers from newly-recruited up to cadres of Headquarters as well as courses to improve specific skills and capabilities on, e.g., risk and security management, negotiation and personal relations, financial analysis, and information security. Special courses include courses on specific sectors such as transportation safety, railways, automobiles, maritime affairs, ports, aviation cargos, and tourism.
Professors and experts of various institutions as well as officials of Ministry Headquarters are invited as lecturers of the courses. They share through lectures and seminars the most advanced knowledges, state-of-art technologies and research findings, guidance on newly introduced laws, policies and regulatory systems, and cases/examples of latest problems, challenges and solutions. The most appropriate educational methods for each of courses are used in integrated manners. They include joint discussion/research works, field practices, case studies, group debates, and role-playing in which trainees are proactively engaged in educational exercises.
The course is the highest level course of CLITT. The Course is for Directors of Ministry Headquarter and Specialized Agencies. It aims at upgrading their organizational management capabilities.
The course is for junior career professionals who are in the second year since recruitment. Basic knowledge is transferred to the trainees in order to improve their capability in fulfilling duties.
Trainees of the course are expected to upgrade their capabilities in managing various risks and emergent incidents through obtaining basic knowledge on risk management and enhancing their awareness on risks. Different levels of courses are provided to Senior Managers at Headquarters, Regional Office Managers, Middle-class/Junior-class Managers at Headquarters, respectively.
The course is organized for junior managers in order to improve their capabilities in presentation, outreach and negotiation.
The course is for officials of central government and public institutions who are in need of basic knowledge about corporate accounting. Basic knowledge on corporate accounting and financial statement is transferred so that the officials will be capable of auditing and inspecting private companies.
The course is for officials who are tasked to conduct information security operation and management. Basic knowledge on building, operation, management and related tasks on administrative information network system is transferred.
The courses are carried out to train officials who are tasked to appraise transportation safety management system. There are four levels of courses, namely, junior-class, middle-class, senior-class and special-class. The courses aim at providing with knowledges required to appraise effectiveness of safety management plans submitted by transportation companies.
Officials of central and local governments who are engaged in duties related to local public transportation are trained in the course. The trainees are expected to learn basic knowledge necessary to formulate local public transportation network building plans as well as implementation plan for local public transportation re-networking.
The course is conducted for educating officials who are responsible for barrier-free policy at national and municipal levels. They are expected to deepen their understanding on the handicapped and elderly people. They are expected to acquire communication and relation skills with those people. These are expected to enhance the trainees’ capability to plan barrier free policies.
The course is open to not only officials of central governments and municipalities who are responsible for cargo administration but also employees of organizations and private companies related to cargos. The course is designed to transfer expertise and knowledges which will be required to keep smooth cargo flow at the time of large-scale disasters.
The course is given to officials of the central government who are tasked to conduct on-site inspection of railway companies. The course aims to help ensuring safety of railways. Trainees are expected to obtain basic knowledge and expertise needed for safety inspection of railway companies.
The course is for officials who are tasked to inspect automobile transportation companies. The trainees are expected learn basic knowledge and expertise necessary for conducting inspection, administrative penalization, and guiding operators. The course is expected to help improving companies’ operational systems and pre-empting accidents.
The course is for officials at national and municipal levels. Employees of tourism related organization and companies are also eligible to join the course. The course aims at developing tourism promotion policies through expanding policy vision and innovation by public private collaboration. It is expected to help enhancing attractiveness of sightseeing spots and areas to global levels, which will galvanize growth of inbound tourists.
Ministerial Plan to promote “Empowerment of Female Officials” and “Balancing Works and Life of officials (BWL)” was established in January 2015. Based on the plan, KTC carries out classes on “Empowerment of Female Officials” and “Balancing Works and Life of officials” in all of mid-career courses including those for senior managers in order to fully raise awareness of all officials. KTC, in collaboration with Kodaira Campus, plans to introduce a new course on empowerment of female officials. The course will address various elements on the subject such as “long-term designing of career and life” and “role-modeling” for female officials.
Japan faces challenges on risk management and security assurance. KTC invites high level lecturers such as former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management, Director Generals of News Bureau from TV Companies, and Directors of Regional Headquarters from Self Defense Force in order to address the subject. KTC also promotes participation of municipal officials in the course so that the needs and views of local citizens are properly addressed in group discussion of the course.
Crisis management class will also be newly included in the Course for Cargo Management at Disasters, a specialized course, in order to raise awareness of trainees and upgrade the course.
Note) Title of the courses may not correspond to Japanese titles as they are modified to facilitate understanding of foreign visitors.