HR Consulting


Strategic HR Consulting

We offer a full range of services related to M&A, downsizing, and restructuring. We handle due diligence, integrations, restructurings, turnarounds and cost improvement programs. We focus on the critical human capital issues that are tied to the business strategies our clients are executing. Our teams can help uncover hidden pension liabilities, incompatible leadership teams, complicated reward programs and incompatible cultures. After identifying the issues, we can offer hands-on solutions and help you manage the communication process.

Labor Standards Law Consulting

We have bilingual Human Resources Professionals with executive level experience at major international companies. Compared to other HR consulting firms, our consultants have significant hands-on experience handling a variety of complex issues related to Labor Standards Law.

Japanese Labor Unions

Our consultants have significant working experience at international companies in Japan assisting foreign managers negotiate with Japanese labor unions. In these sensitive situations, we always recommend that our clients utilize native Japanese consultants that have real world working experience at global corporations with Japanese labor unions. Our senior level executives can provide all of the necessary guidance in difficult negotiations. Please make a confidential enquiry at +81 (0)3-4550-6534 or

Rules of Employment Drafting and Revision

Leverage can assist new or existing companies draft new or revise outdated rules of employment. We can guide you on how to integrate your corporation’s global policies into your Japanese Work Rules, while at the same time making sure that the final result is compliant with Japanese Law.

Compensation and Benefits

Leverage’s HR team is particularly strong in developing and implementing new compensation and appraisal systems covering HRM policy, job analysis/grading, pay structure (pay range, incentive scheme, stock options), retirement benefit programs, and career development programs.

Recent Projects

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Leverage’s HR Consulting team has provided strategic advice, planning, document preparation, and hands-on support related to several European and UK companies’ downsizing efforts in Japan. All of our client companies significantly downsized their Japan operations and we also helped exit 2 Japanese Representative Directors. Most of the activity was done virtually, as travel restrictions exist.

Leverage’s HR Consulting team provided strategic advice, mediation service and hands-on support to a European Industrial Goods & Services Company that restructured their Japanese operations. The client closed several sales and service offices throughout Japan and restructured their Tokyo office as well. Leverage provided initial strategic planning, communications training, document preparation, mediation service between affected employees and the client company, and ongoing general support to all people related matters.

Leverage’s HR team provided strategic advice to a newly created JV between a major Japanese Airline and a Canadian Aerospace Training Company. It was a 3 month project during which we created an entirely new and comprehensive HR system for the newly created JV (rules of employment, compensation & benefits system, appraisal system, union relations, and strategic HR communications). There were many shareholders involved in the project and the outcome was successful.

Driving Forces of Downsizing and Restructuring Projects in 2020

Exchange Rate and Pricing
Poor Performance
Business Closure

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