Tag: Change

Changing the rules to unleash innovation in development

I am honored that my blog received a guest post from The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By Jon Lomøy, Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) Innovation isn’t something that springs to mind when speaking of statistical systems. But right now, the OECD is looking to do just that: innovate the way it measures and monitors external development finance in order to boost both its volume and effectiveness. The official development assistance (ODA) measure developed by the OECD, which has been used for over 50 years to monitor development finance, defines how funds must be delivered

Uneventul trip to “Race against time” in 10 minutes

Finally back home in Tokyo – and picking up the pieces. What was supposed to be an uneventful (and quick) trip to the US ended up suddenly turning into a race against time. I arrived in the US (San Francisco) on Thursday for a quick meeting and to return on Saturday on a 7:30pm flight (JL001) back to Tokyo. Since I had most of Saturday open, I thought I’d do a quick trip to Napa and buy some wines. However, before that, I decided to have lunch (1:15pm) at In-and-Out Burger (who wouldn’t). So I quickly parked the car, went

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

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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