Companies in which foreigners are active⑥ Mie Ken Nanbu Driving School

外国人が活躍する企業⑥ 三重県南部自動車学校

2018/12/06 Thursday Career, Information Videos

The number of foreigners working as permanent employees within Mie prefecture is on the rise. What kinds of companies do foreign employees work at? What kinds of initiatives are companies using to help foreign employees take on an active role?

This time, international students attending university in Mie prefecture, Liu Lexia and Cao Jing-Long covered the Nanbu Driving School in Ise city with their helper for the day, Takanoya Hisashi.

Nanbu Driving School has been No. 1 in the prefecture for 13 years for having the greatest number of new students each year in Mie. They call themselves “a praising academy,” where the instructors never scold the students. They also guarantee that the same instructor will be responsible for their student from entry to graduation, offering familiarity and a tailor-made experience for all students. Even after graduation, the school provides free “after service” for life so that former students can always brush up on safe driving.

「Interview ① CEO Kato Koichi」

Q: What is special about Nanbu Driving School?

A: The motto of Nanbu Driving School is that praise encourages improvement. Our specialty is how our instructors genuinely praise the students and that makes driving fun for them.

Nanbu Driving School attracts Chinese students by offering lessons in Chinese. They hired Chinese employees and trained them to become instructors. They are also planning on changing their policies to allow their Chinese employees to take a long vacation back to China during the Chinese New Year.

「Interview ② CEO Kato Koichi」

Q: What kind of considerations have you made for foreign employees?

A: Chinese and other foreign employees are offered convenient working hours. Relationships in the workplace are also important. We want all our employees to get along well, so we encourage them to appreciate and praise each other too.

Q: Is it difficult to train foreign instructors?

A: The qualification exam is in Japanese, and these exams are difficult even for Japanese people. Our instructors studied really hard, probably twice as hard as a Japanese person would, in order to pass the exam.

The lessons in Chinese are very popular, and currently there are many applicants on the waiting list.

「Interview③ CEO Kato Koichi」

Q: What are your plans for the Chinese driving lessons?

A: Currently, we have three people who can teach in Chinese. If possible I’d like to operate with five instructors. I would like the Chinese students on the waiting list to be able to enroll and get their licenses as soon as possible.

Jin Yu-Hong, a current driving instructor, and Zhao Yuan Quan, currently in the process of acquiring the qualifications, cheerfully talked about their work at Nanbu Driving School.

「Interview  Training instructor  Jin Yu-Hong」

Q: What brought you to join the company?

A: I really wanted to join such a famous company. My favorite part of the job is how I can interact with other Chinese people. I’m Chinese myself and being able to teach driving to fellow Chinese people is another reason why I joined Nanbu.

Q: What is it like working here?

A: I think I made the right choice to join Nanbu. Work has been a lot of fun since I started here. And I was able to grow a lot by learning from my instructor.

「Interview    Employee  Zhao Yuan Quan」

Q: What brought you to join the company?

A: Before I came here I was already looking forward to coming to Japan. I love cars, so I decided to join the company.

Q: What is it like working here?

A: When foreigners come to Japan for the first time, I think they experience a lot of uneasiness and trouble, but I am lucky that there are a lot of friendly people at the company so whenever I am having trouble or if there are things I don’t know, they always help me. Because of his I’ve been able to work here with peace of mind. I’ve been so motivated after joining the company. I love Nanbu Driving School.

It seems what began as practice for praising students during lessons has also created a positive culture within the company where employees are motivated through mutual encouragement, regardless of nationality. And with other unique initiatives publicized in the media bringing students from across the country, employees are proud to be a part of this number 1 driving school in Mie.

Mie Ken Nanbu Driving School
Establishment: Year 1961
Location: Ise-shi Obata-cho Motomachi 1648-10

An article written by reporters Liu Lexia and Cao Jing-Long is posted here. A report meeting is also scheduled in December.

Articles coverage by foreign reporters
(三重県南部自動車学校) (JapaneseChinese)

Business visit report meeting
Date and time: Saturday, December 8, 2018 13:30 ~ 15:15
Place: UST Tsu 3rd floor(Tsu-shi Hadokoro-cho 700)

This video was produced with a subsidy from the CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations).

Mie Prefecture Official’s Business Explanatory Meeting

2018/12/06 Thursday Career, Information Videos


For students who are considering taking the Mie prefectural officials and police officers recruitment exams and for those who are wondering about future occupation, this meeting will explain the workflow and the atmosphere of the workplace.

For those who would like to work as Mie prefecture’s official or a police officer in the future, and for  those who are interested in civil service work, please do not hesitate to join us.

※Mie prefecture official recruitment examination can also be taken for those who do not have Japanese nationality. However, some test categories require Japanese nationality.

  • Mie Kencho Oshigoto Seminar in Tsu (Work Seminar) – no advance application required
    Date and time: December 21, 2018 (Fri) 13: 30-16: 00
    Place: Mie-ken Cho Kodo (Tsu-shi Komei-cho 13)
    Contents: lecture by staff, talk session of young staff, individual consultation, etc
    Click here for the flyers
  • Mie Kencho Genba Setsumeikai (Field explanatory) (advance application required)
    Date and time: January 11, 2019 (Fri) 13: 45 – 17: 00
    Meeting place:Mie Ken Tsu office building front entrance (Tsu-shi Sakurabashi 3-446-34)
    Contents: Those who are interested to work as Mie prefecture official (general civil engineering work) are eligible. We will visit the construction site that Mie prefecture is currently doing.      Application: until December 21 Friday 3pm
    Please call 059-224-2932
    ※The reception is from 9 am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and holidays.
    ※Reception will end as soon it reached the capacity (12 people).
    Click here for the flyers

※Both explanatory sessions, materials, explanations and inquiries etc. are all done in Japanese only.

Contact address
Mie-ken Jinji Iinkai Jimukyoku
〒514-0004  Tsu-shi Sakaemachi 1-891  TEL 059-224-2932
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