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Initial proposal to national strategy commission (Part 1 of 3)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was named to be part of the national strategy commission for the Prime Minister of Japan. Since then, I have received numerous comments via the “crowd sourcing” SNS method I proposed. The comments, both positive and negative, on what Japan needs and what should be done continue to this day. Through this process and after discussions and working with the other commission members, I made the following proposal (translated from Japanese but otherwise unedited) to the commission as part of the initial feedback process. — Japan’s most pressing issue is its aging and shrinking population. Coupled with a negative trade balance, growing

The One Year Anniversary of 3/11

As many of you have commented, I have not been blogging very much this past year. Obviously, as the world knows, Japan has suffered tremendously in the last year due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The triple disaster has changed everyone’s lives forever. In this last year, I have personally gone through many changes. Thankfully and luckily, most have been good. However, as fate would have it, I have also immersed myself into the very heart of Japanese government and am finally understanding what is important and what is not, and try to apply all my experiences and talents to really try to improve this place we call Japan.

Solving a country’s problem through SNS "Crowd Sourcing"

Last week, I was named to the national strategy commission by Prime Minister Noda of Japan. The commission was empaneled to focus on existing problems in Japan and to find practical solutions by the year 2050. My area of focus is on economic prosperity. I assume they are expecting my background in entrepreneurship, innovation and global perspective to be incorporated. Therefore, I wanted to be entrepreneurial in framing the problem, innovative in receiving ideas and solutions, and global in implementing them. To do this, I am using my vast social network to “crowd source” from everyone about some problem issues they perceive as well as practical ideas/solutions for them. Looking

Getting ready to tape 3-hour NHK special (broadcast 1/1/12) on disparities of Japanese (

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St. Gallen Symposium

As a speaker at the last two St. Gallen Symposium, I cannot recommend enough how valuable an experience it is to attend this event. If you are a graduate student who understands the importance of interacting in a global community and discussing very current issues with your peers from around the world, this is the event for you. The St. Gallen Symposium, a conference organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a student initiative of the University of St. Gallen, is the world’s premier conference for intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural debates. The 42nd St. Gallen Symposium will be held under the topic “Facing Risk” from 3 – 4 May 2012