Corporate Obligations and ResponsibilitiesHuman Capital Development and Training Programs

Yahoo Japan Corporation (Yahoo! JAPAN or Company) has various training programs in place to support the development of employees’ abilities at various stages of their career. (e.g. training for fresh graduates, training on specialized skills, training for managers, etc.)

Basic policies on human capital development and training

Focusing its efforts on unleashing the talents and passion of its employees and increasing growth opportunities, Yahoo! JAPAN aspires to become a “People Development Company”. In Yahoo! JAPAN, the company and the employees do not have a vertical relationship, but are partners. Based on the concept that the growth of the employees propels the growth of the company and that all employees have unlimited potential, the Company supports the employees to learn from experience so that these learning experiences will lead to their individual growth.

Results for FY2018
Average fee spent on training (per employee) JPY 90,000
% of creators appointed as KURO-OBI Approx. 0.6% ※

※ Approximately 0.6% of creators have been certified with KURO-OBI in 2018 (Eighth appointment)

Structure of trainings

Yahoo! JAPAN has a structure in place so that the employees’ independence and their challenging spirit as well as the evaluations from others can be periodically monitored and given back as feedback, so that the employees can receive a training that best fits their needs.

1 on 1 meeting

1 on 1 meeting is held once a week (around 30 minutes) between the employee and his/her superior.
1 on 1 meeting is held for superiors to help solve the challenges that the employees are facing and to support the fulfilment of the employees’ goals. It facilitates the employees to self-reflect and efficiently rotates the cycle of experiential learning.
In 1 on 1 meeting, employees reflect on their jobs. “Yahoo! Values” act as guidelines for actions and criteria for evaluations in solving challenges.

Third party meeting

This is a meeting to evaluate a manager from various angles. Attendees are not only the manager's subordinates but also members from related sections. The manager's 1 on 1 meetings and team management will be discussed and feedback will be made on the good points and points that need to be improved. The purpose of this meeting is to help managers develop themselves by coming into contact with objective views of themselves. Also, mutual understanding between managers and members will be enriched and team spirit will be strengthened.

People development meeting

In order to unlock the talent and passion of each employee, direct superior as well as managers from related departments gather to discuss about the mid/long term development policy of the employee. This discussion will be based on his/her "people development chart".
More specifically, discussions will be made on what this employee needs to experience in this year. This discussion will provide a chance for the employee to recognize his/her potentiality and will lead to training suggestions and provision of job opportunities that will enhance his/her growth.
Training is an opportunity where specialized knowledge and skill sets necessary for a job can be acquired, and where one can be aware of something new by reflecting upon past experiences.

Job change

This is a transfer system where employees can declare their wish for a transfer if they want to challenge something new in Yahoo! JAPAN.
We provide an opportunity for all employees to take on challenges so that this will lead to development and self-fulfillment of themselves.

Yahoo! Academia

Yahoo! Academia was established in April 2014 as a corporate university of Yahoo! JAPAN aiming to create next generation leaders. It strives to have all the participants fully demonstrate their leaderships and become human capital that can lead the Yahoo Japan Group as well as the society. Corporate officers of the current management team of Yahoo! JAPAN act as mentors for each class to earnestly instruct and support the participants, which is the uniqueness of Yahoo! Academia.


Yahoo! JAPAN provides internship programs to students. There are various internship programs including those in the science field, such as KURO-OBI internship and development internship. (Programs differ by year and period offered.)
The programs are provided to around 40 – 100 students every year as an opportunity for the students to have a better understanding of the Company.

Training for new graduates

This training teaches the right attitude as a member of society, basic business manners, and necessary frame of thinking as an employee of Yahoo! JAPAN. Programs to enhance specialized skills are prepared for engineers and designers.
In addition, senior staff will train the new staff on the job in the assigned departments. New staff will learn as they experience their respective jobs in their assigned posts.

Trainings for all employees

Problem solving training

From basics, trainees learn how to discover problems, set issues to be solved and how to solve them.

Logical communication training

This training teaches the basics of logical structure and methods for clearly relaying one’s opinion to the counterparty.

Meeting facilitation training

This training teaches the basics of facilitation so that productivity of meetings can be enhanced.

Career self-control training

This is a workshop for employees to self-reflect their own career and to think about future workstyle.

Trainings for specialized skills

Technical training for new entrants

Training that teaches the Company’s own technologies and development rules necessary for development in the Company is in place for all new engineers.
This training is taken directly after the engineers enter the Company, thus the engineers can start their jobs with an understanding on the development methods employed in the Company.
In addition to this training, trainings on basic technologies that are generally used are also provided to the new engineers who joined the Company as fresh graduates.
*Other trainings to acquire special skills are prepared so that the engineers can exert their maximum ability in their assigned posts.

Technical training

A training lineup is prepared for engineers to learn technologies in line with overall corporate strategy (e.g. PaaS, CI/CD) and technologies original to Yahoo! JAPAN which act as the basis in providing Yahoo! JAPAN services.

Tech seminar

Employees take the lead to introduce the latest moves in the Internet industry and technical trends (e.g. AI, big data) and report their participation in technical conferences and academic conferences in and out of Japan.

Development camp program

The Company holds development camp programs geared towards engineers to share and succeed technologies and to solve common issues. Participants succeed technologies related to architectural design and conduct cross-organizational reviews in this program.

Support to attend top conferences

The Company supports engineers to participate in top-level international conferences and large-scale conferences in order to learn the state-of-the-art technologies and information in the world.

Training for managers

Training for newly appointed managers

Kick-off meetings are held for newly appointed managers in which the President directly conveys his message. Various programs are prepared so that newly appointed managers can learn the necessary skill sets and mind to conduct managerial duties such as 1 on 1 meeting, a cornerstone of Yahoo! JAPAN’s human capital development.

Career and self-awareness training

Easy approaches that can be used in 1 on 1 meetings are taught to support the subordinates’ autonomous career formation. (e.g. theory on careers, framework to promote the self-understanding of subordinates, etc.)

Learning support/ learning programs


Yahoo! JAPAN has an internal website called “Manaby” where we put together online learning contents for creators so that they can learn anywhere and anytime at their own pace.
Creators can choose from various learning materials that meet their needs such as archives of seminars and study sessions, and e-learning.

In-house TOEIC Exam

TOEIC IP exams can be taken in-house and Yahoo! JAPAN will cover the test fees.

Support for obtaining PhD

Yahoo! JAPAN supports employees to obtain PhD in the following research areas in our data platform and science fields. The necessary cost for this purpose will be granted as scholarship to the engineers certified to receive support.
※Research areas:
Natural language processing, image processing, voice processing, machine learning, information retrieval, recommendation, context awareness, HCI, large-scale distributed processing, HPC, virtualization technology, statistical modeling, semantic web

Subsidy for technical activities

This is a subsidy system for engineers and designers to enhance their technical capabilities. A maximum of 60,000 yen for every six months can be freely used to purchase books, apps, PC devices, to participate in seminars or study sessions, or to study English.

Invention incentive system

When various problems of the society are solved using the Internet and technology, the ideas and inventions produced through such process may be protected by patents.
Yahoo! JAPAN proactively files patent applications for ideas created by employees working as "Problem Solving Engines".
Incentives are paid to the employees who created such ideas so that employees will be motivated to "come up with ideas in order to solve the problems of the society".
Also, the patent filed ideas that are valued to be highly innovative are awarded in the company. Through these measures, Yahoo! JAPAN commends employees to come up with better ideas.

KURO-OBI (Black belt) System

Yahoo! JAPAN assigns KURO-OBI (black belt) to talented employees with expertise and support their activities.
KURO-OBI is defined as “a forerunner with outstanding knowledge and skills in a specific field” who can make contributions through awareness activities in and out of the company using their specialist skills, and who can contribute to the growth of specialist skills in the company.
When appointed as a KURO-OBI, one-time reward and an annual budget are granted. In their own fields, the assigned will pursue activities that contribute to the growth of specialist skills in the company as well as extend information and appeal technical skills out of the company. As part of the awareness activity, internship by KURO-OBI and meetups are occasionally held.

OSS developer certification program

This is a program which certifies selected employees as developers for OSS (open source software) which is strategically adopted by Yahoo! JAPAN. Time used for developing specific OSS is regarded as work hours and a maximum of JPY 1 million budget is granted for the certified employees to work as OSS committers.