Thomas J. Nevins earned a B.S. in 1972 at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. Fluent in Japanese, he began his career in Japan in 1972 as a researcher with Cornell and the Japan Institute of Labor (the research organ of the Ministry of Labor). Before establishing Technics in Management Transfer Inc. (TMT) in 1978, he worked as a contract consultant in a number of Japanese labor unions and companies.
Mr. Nevins was elected in 1980 as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), and is a member of a number foreign chambers of commerce. Before coming to Japan, Nevins worked as a “White House Intern” in Asian Affairs at the Department of State, and did an internship at the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Nevins writes frequently on personnel management in Japan by contributing to books, magazines, and newspapers in Japan and abroad. He has written articles for and has been featured in most major Japanese magazines and newspapers.
Outside Japan, he has been interviewed and quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Observer, Institutional Investor, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Fortune, and been featured on Japanese and American television.
His published books include “Passport to Japan – Businessman’ Guide” (BII, 1978), “The Complete Handbook of U.S. Personnel and Labor Relations for Japanese Corporations” (JETRO, 1980 – now out of print), “Labor Pains and the Gaijin Boss” (Japan Times, 1984), and “Taking Charge in Japan” (Japan Times, 1990). There is a seminar video, “Strategic Tools for Managing Japanese Personnel – Local Practices, Policies, and the Law” (1987).
More recent books are “Japan True or False – People Problems, Costs, Restructuring” (2004), “Know Your Own Bone” (2004 – not Japan focused but partially translated into Japanese), and “Gaijin Boss’s Power Pill”(2011). Books and video are available at Order Books “Stay Put? Make a Move?” was published in the U.K. in July, 2016. It is a more general interest book. Video trailer, picture gallery and details on book website. www.thomasnevins.co.uk