Organized a joint seminar with United Nation’s Mongolia office “Developing Mongolian Industry” project
As per request from United Nation’s Mongolia office “Developing Mongolian Industry” project, we organized a joint seminar “Improving the product quality” on January 23, 2010.
Associated with their “One community and one product” movement and the seminar aimed at the representatives from Small and Medium enterprises to provide them with information on their interest to export to Japan. More than 20 business owners from the companies such as carpet makers, wool products, souvenirs, honey makers, salt producers and traditional home makers (tent shaped round house that Mongolian live in) are participated.
Although we planned to have the training for 3 days and changed to 1 day may have restricted the participation from the rural areas.
During this seminar, we covered the following topics:
- Japanese style quality management specifics
- Main focus of the management and quality policy – quality goal
- Standard and monitoring
- Product quality management and quality guarantee
- What are the 7 methods of the quality management?
- 5S and quality management
- How can you know your customer?
In the afternoon, we divided the participants into 4 groups and worked on the very common 2 methods of quality management “Creating a palette graph” and “Creating a schema of important factors”. During the “Creating a schema of important factors” task, participants opened up about the main challenges facing them in real life.
We were scheduled to end at 5pm but continued on till 6pm due to great participation effort and continuing talk. I do notice that Mongolian attendants are very keen and interested in the topic they are studying and taking a note, actively ask questions.
Here we listed a few of the questions participants asked.
- One participant described the difficulty of storing his raw material and inventory of fruit he uses for his production. Like everyone else, he has resources problem when he wants to buy the freezer.
- A woman who makes souvenir bags talked about the quality of the raw material. She buys expensive Russian raw material because the domestic ones are not good quality.
- Participant from Selenge province asked the team to come to her province and provide training. Advisory service just started year ago and there are small businesses that are producing dairy products, bakery and animal raw materials.
- Participant designed a new ger model which can have large furniture and has big space. Because of this, it is more expensive and sale is not good. He asked for an advice how they handle this kind of situations in Japan.
At the end, I’m sure that Mongolia-Japan Center will work together and organize joint seminars with UN’s Mongolia office, Chamber of Commerce and other donor organizations.
(Business course expert Kurahara Kenji)
Mongolian blind people’s association
Over the last few years, we heard about social services and policy from radio and TV a lot. In reality Do we really know what they mean? At the end of the year, I visited the Mongolian blind people’s association with Shiraishi project organizer.
They aim to improve the lives of blind people, provide normal environment where they can work, provide information to people who work with blind people and create information sources to transfer knowledge. As of now, they have services such as massage, English language course, lifestyle management and recording studio that records “talking book” and FM radio segments.
There are only five people are working on this and they are doing everything they can. We visited their Best massage center where nine blind people who graduated from the massage course work.
Our host, the director of the association D.Gerel, has eye sight difficulties and he wants to help and do a lot more for the other blind people. In Mongolia, there are 8000 blind people but only 80 are employed which describes the true living condition and social circumstances of blind people.
The most important characteristic for the disabled people is the confidence thus we should focus on accepting and building their confidence. We, the Mongolia-Japan Center, should organize events for the disabled people to promote their cause and work.
(Japanese language staff G.Ganbolor)
Mongolian wedding tradition and modern wedding
Depending on the region, Mongolian wedding tradition differs from each other. For example, in Arkhangai aimag bride’s family hide the bride and ask groom’s side to find her. If they cannot find her they joke that they will not give the bride.
There is a tradition, after the ceremony and celebration parents of the bride put axe on the dress and bride should not say goodbye to her parents outside her home. If she follows her parents, she will return to her parents place soon. There are many stories of runaway couples; most of the time groom is not approved by bride’s parents.
Kazakh people prohibit sexual relationship prior to marriage. Many people in the rural area have followed all these traditions and as time goes by they started to forget.
Thus, it is important to teach our kids about the tradition.
Nowadays, Mongolians get married in older age, especially women. It is common for women to get married when they are over thirty. The reason why is many women are studying in Masters program then pursue career for 2-3 years then consider marriage.
In 2007, Mongolian government passed a law to provide 500000 tugruk to newlyweds. Afterwards, the number of marriage increased a lot. However, people are worried that many couples are getting married to receive money.
I would like to rally young generation of Mongolians to work hard, be honest and happy.
(Library assistant M.Batnasan)