Developing "captains of industry" has been the mission of Hitotsubashi University since its founding in 1875. The university's School of International Corporate Strategy (Hitotsubashi ICS), established in 2000 as the first professional business school in Japan, serves in that tradition in delivering a world-class MBA program and leading-edge executive education. In 2017, ICS launched a new part-time executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program that is designed to develop global executives at more senior stages of their careers.

The Japan Times recently sat down with three graduates of the EMBA's inaugural class at a roundtable organized at ICS in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. Participants were Cameron Brett from Canada, managing director of the professional division at Randstad Japan K.K.; Naheel Wafa Dajany from Germany, director of corporate communications at All Nippon Airways Co.; and Jayathura Samarakoon from Sri Lanka, manager of digital services, solution areas at Ericsson Japan K.K. All three are working in Japan.

Professor Tomonori Ito of Hitotsubashi ICS, the director of the EMBA program, moderated the discussion.