Category: Vision

Venture and Social Capital: A Vision for Japan (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from last week, my essay on “Venture and Social Capital”: 3. Break through the glass ceiling In a future in which business will he under extreme pressure to eliminate waste and increase efficiency, it’s hard to see how Japan can continue to underutilize half its population: women. The higher ranks of corporate Japan, in particular, are astonishingly absent of women. According to the 2009 report Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI), women accounted for only 17 of roughly 1,200 seats on the boards of Japan’s 100 biggest companies – roughly 1.4 percent. Japan even lagged behind Arab countries such as

Venture and Social Capital: A Vision for Japan (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from last week, my essay on “Venture and Social Capital”: 2. Encourage a culture of empathy through volunteeringAt my high school in California, every student had to perform 100 hours of community service in order to advance to the next grade level. The focus was not on impersonal activities like cleaning up a park, but on providing meaningful service to the less privileged people in our community. Volunteering to help people instills the idea in young minds that “giving back” to society is a natural part of life. Young people discover that volunteering pays rich dividends in community appreciation, self-esteem,

Venture and Social Capital: A Vision for Japan (Part 1 of 3)

I recently had the honor of providing a chapter for the best-selling book in Japan titled Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works, published by McKinsey & Company. You can buy the book in many forms, including two types of electronic format. I am posting my essay as a 3-part series. ***** In the 1980s, it was “Japan bashing.” In the early 2000s, it was “Japan passing.” And now it has become “Japan missing.” In the past two decades, the country’s once-vocal critics have fallen silent, largely because the world is no longer interested in Japan (with the