Oriens, research & consulting
Oriens, research & consulting

About Us

Knowledge keeps our minds in shape

Oriens was born as Studio Inumaru in 1982, as an expression of a long-term experience of her founder, Kazuo Inumaru, with a focus on the planning and implementation of research and consulting services, conducted for private companies as well as public bodies in Italy and Japan. In December 2001 the company changed her name into Oriens, in order to give more weight to her Oriental paradigm and her mission.
Oriens has been actively building relationships between Italy and Japan for thirty years. Consulting services we’ve been delivering comprise such areas as Human Resources, Cost Reduction, Innovation Management, and employ the use of Japanese and American managerial methodologies.
Oriens’ know-how has its roots in the fields of cultural anthropology and Japanese management. Company’s portfolio includes major Italian and Japanese companies from different economic sectors.

What we do


chiIn research activities, Oriens drives her focus on deeper understanding of a given economic sector (let it be industrial or commercial), a particular situation or market potentials. We’ve done market analysis and research into different sectors, and have also conducted various types of research on behalf of our Japanese or Italian partners.
Oriens has done trend or sector studies as well, and has been assisting during promotional events such public bodies as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, or the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft Trade and Agriculture of Milan.


souOriens aims to transfer passion, creativity and initiative to contribute to organizations’ growth. Our model consists of integrating emphatic and emotional aspects with the rational and economic ones, in order to direct the competence and autonomy towards a higher level of shared objectives.
The organization we wish to build is a resilient company, immune to, or ready for the unexpected. Innovation and routine merge into continuous improvement, which, in case of excellent companies, is a great sign of business stability. Oriens’ consulting services include studies of technological or commercial agreements between the Japanese and Italian companies (i.e., East Japan Rail and FS, Fuji Industrial and Elica, Denso and Magneti Marelli). Quality auditing sessions are prepared in collaboration with qualified experts of the respective sectors.
The Change management which follows such managerial techniques as Total Quality Control (TQC), Lean Production, TPM, TC/TP, Lean Six Sigma, constitutes one of the most important aspects of our consulting activities.

Transfer of technologies and methodologies

kyouOriens has transferred from Japan to Italy the technology of GHA which consists of hard anodizing in which silver ions are diffused in the coating film.
We have also contributed in transferring the methodologies of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Lean Production, Target Cost/Target Price and Knowledge Creation, employing such means as publications, organization of conferences and training sessions. As for Ferrovie dello Stato, the State Railway Company, the role of Oriens consisted in conveying the techniques of customer service from the East Japan Railway Company and the Central Japan Railway Company.
Oriens has also a long-term experience in organizing bench-marking missions. We’ve planned, organized, conducted and managed learning tour programs for Italian companies and foreigners in Japan, Germany, France and Italy, in the sectors of Quality, Production, Human Resources, and Marketing.

Business support

Based on our multicultural communication experience for decades, Oriens offers various business support programs including high-quality translation/interpreting services, representation of international events/exhibitions, and market research/sales representatives for your new business in EU countries. We also support the launch and recruiting of local subsidiaries in Italy.
We have assisted in intergovernmental negotiations and large international events so far. Please refer to our achievement record.

Ethic Intent

Oriens’ goal is to support customer management in maximizing operational and strategic ethical choices, related to Corporate Social Responsibility in order to obtain effectiveness and appeal of ethical behaviors towards employees, customers, suppliers and local communities. Ethic Intent proposes a structured and modular path to maximize the consistency and impact of the Corporate Social Responsibility’s activities increasing the stakeholders engagement. For more information, be sure to visit our dedicated site.

Contact Information

Oriens di Inumaru Kazuo
Viale Ungheria, 46/E, 20138 Milano Italy
P.Iva: 08470680961
TEL: +39 02 3656 5692
email: oriens@oriens-consulting.it