Promoting Change

I’ve had some opportunities to advise a wide range of both public and private groups, including various levels of the Japanese Government. No matter what kind of organization I talk to, I try to provide new ideas and perspectives that I believe will help to improve our world. I hope my viewpoints will lead people who are in positions of power to effect meaningful change. In these assorted posts you can see some of the recurring themes that I feel are essential to building stronger, healthier, more vital societies everywhere.


The Bellwether Series 2012: Japan

I was asked by the Economist Group as a guest delegate to an Economist Conference held at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo on May 16, 2012. I always enjoy the Economist magazine but their conferences (which I participate in from time-to-time) are put together very well. Anyway, I thought I ‘d blog about some points I found interesting during the conference. Obviously, to those who know me, I talk about many of these topics on a continual basis. Interesting answer to when JGB holdings becomes a problem (“clear and present danger”) is when the Japanese economy actually recovers. Interesting/good point

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

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

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

Post 3/11

Today marks the 49th day since the multiple disasters that took place on 3/11.  Called Chuin (中陰), this is the period (in Buddhist religion) when one’s being is in transition between death and the next life. As the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have revealed to the world Japan’s faults, both seismic and social, the transition the living will have to make will be critical. First came the terrible reminder that we live perched on the edge of a massive chasm deep as Mt. Everest is high, the fault line where two massive tectonic plates meet. Then came evidence of human fallibility:

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