Meros welcomes its newest member, Kana Yamada, as a summer research assistant. Kana is a Tokyo-native and will be a third-year student at Wellesley College in the US. She is a political science major with a focus on international relations.
Kana explained to us why she was excited to join Team Meros this summer. “I was especially intrigued by Meros Consulting’s aim of supporting globally sustainable food chains. In high school, I participated in Model United Nations and I had an opportunity to organize a conference on food security, simulating a UN Food and Agriculture Organization conference. As part of our preparation, my team researched how humankind’s most necessary element – food – is endangered by climate change. We also included discussion on the views for and against genetically modified organisms. Ever since, I have found the topic of food security to be very interesting as it is so relevant to our daily lives. We all need to seek innovative solutions and responses to address the ongoing climate change. As Meros deals with topics such as finding ways to expand the global market for innovative food products, including alternative proteins, I wanted to become a summer research assistant to enrich my view on this hot topic.”
“Before joining Meros, I only had a vague image of what consulting companies do and I wanted to learn about the work consulting firms engage in. I am hoping to proactively try to apply some of the knowledge and research methods learned in school to support Meros work in the “real world.”
In the next few months, Kana will be involved in a number of Meros projects for government and private companies as a research assistant. She will also be conducting a more in-depth project on Japan’s migrant worker trainee program in agriculture. This is a topic that Meros investigated in-depth in 2019 as part of a JICA initiative looking at agriculture trade links between Japan and Vietnam. Kana will be providing an update how the program has fared over the past two years under the COVID pandemic, border closures and farm labor shortages.
“I would like to make use of this chance to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the trainee program situation better in order to be able to come up with my own informed conclusions and solutions.”
Kana is also an accomplished classical pianist, adventurous in trying any new foods Meros teammates recommend and an avid dog lover.
Welcome, Kana! We look forward to having you on the team!
Happy 2021 to all our friends, clients and associates!
The corona pandemic this past year has forced us to pivot, to improvise, to adapt …but after an initial scramble to get all our online tools in place, we believe this year has been opportunity to try new approaches, to innovate and to ultimately become a stronger company than ever.
2020 only demonstrated more clearly than ever the need for strong, flexible and sustainable food and ag supply chains. Impactful investments in food and agri technologies and partnerships with smart and innovative start-ups are more essential than ever for our clients and partners.
Although we have not been able to travel as much as we used to, Meros continues to provide strong support for our clients and partners by fully utilizing the domestic and overseas networks we have developed over the years.
We hope all our clients and network have also been able to find opportunities in the chaos and we look forward to helping you all as you prepare to move forward.
We look forward to working with you again in this upcoming Year of the Cow!
Note: Team Meros’ response to the Dec 2020 State of Emergency (SOE) in Japan
Meros is making every effort to prevent the spread of infection within our global team and our local communities. We encourage remote work for all employees and emphasize good ventilation and disinfection in our offices. In Tokyo we expect all of our team to work remotely at least three days a week and encourage fully remote when possible.
Our company phones are still open, but email will be the fastest and most reliable way to contact us. We look forward to talking to you online!
The safety of our Meros team and health of our Tokyo community is number one as we all work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Therefore as of March 30, 2020 Meros has moved primarily to remote work for the time being.
This has not changed how to contact us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out as usual!
Meros is committed as always to working with our global clients and partners to understand how international food and agriculture markets are changing in these uncertain times and how businesses can best adjust to these changes.
In times like these, Meros team’s agility is our strength and we will pivot to fit our clients’ changing needs and expectations. Our network of research affiliates around the world are online and ready to help assess how conditions are evolving on-the-ground.
We will be using our social media feeds to provide updates on some of the trends on the ground in global food and agriculture industries, especially in Japan. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologize for any disruptions or delays during this challenging period and remain deeply grateful for the people and businesses around the world supporting our common fight against coronavirus spread.