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Mar 02, 2015

The Swiss Railway, clad in red, pulled into the wintry train station. I boarded the train and took in the view of the landscape from the train window. I was endlessly entertained by the passing scenery of Switzerland. As I looked at the panorama, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment that I had completed everything I set out to do at this year’s WEF Davos Meeting.

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Feb 24, 2015

This year I promised myself I would not get drunk at the conference, but I ended up drinking too much again. Japan Night and GLOBIS Night were both resounding successes. I ended up drinking until 2 in the morning and woke up with a hangover. Despite this, I woke up a little after 6am as I had an important board meeting from 7:30am. After checking my emails I took the shuttle bus to the Davos conference hall.

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Feb 23, 2015

Most businesses get off to a rocky start.

I know mine did.

I founded my firm - a business school to which I later added a venture-capital business - in 1992. Our startup capital was just $8,000. For the first few years we operated on a shoestring budget, even renting the classrooms we needed on an hourly basis to keep costs down! The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis was a near-death experience. It was only around 1999, after eight long years, that the business settled down and started generating steady profits.

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Feb 16, 2015

This side story on Japan Night and GLOBIS Night, which were held on January 22, (Thursday), is being brought to you by Hiroyasu Mizuno, (Editor of GLOBIS Chikenroku (knowledge library) “Yomu”), on behalf of Yoshito Hori.

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Feb 12, 2015

I woke up a little after six in the morning, a few minutes before the alarm went off. I was still a little tired but I felt perfectly healthy. After getting up, I answered my emails, checked replies on Twitter, and wrote a comment for NewsPicks. After that I got dressed and headed off to a breakfast meeting. My day started off with this breakfast meeting, which was attended by Hakubun Shimomura, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). I was one of the hosts for the meeting.

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Feb 04, 2015

On the morning of the second day of the Davos meeting, I woke up around 6 a.m. and began replying to the numerous emails from Japan that had piled up while I was asleep. I then got dressed, and headed to a private breakfast meeting organized by Edelman. It was still dark out.

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Feb 02, 2015

After leaving Zurich Airport, the chartered bus ran though the valleys of the Swiss Alps for about two and a half hours. Then, crossing over a hill, I saw a familiar sight: as the bus entered the town of Davos, I felt a great sense of nostalgia.

It has been 12 years since I first participated in the annual meeting and this year it is my eighth time. In an article published by Reuters yesterday, a 10-time participant in the Davos meeting was quoted as saying, “it gives me a picture of how 2015 may play out and it’s impossible to get the same quantity or quality of interaction in such a condensed period of time in any other place on the planet.” I totally agree with this opinion.

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Jan 15, 2015

Japan, Asia & the World Zen Office: How to be Mindful at Work

Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs is full of examples of the Apple founder being selfish, rude and downright nasty. In fact, in the mid-1980s, Jobs was so out of control that no one wanted to work with him and he was eventually kicked out of the firm he had set up.

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Jan 08, 2015

Japan, Asia & the World Are You Fit To Lead?

Does your level of physical fitness affect your ability to do your job well?

From my experience, I’d have to say…It depends.

Let me explain.

In my twenties and thirties, I had zero time for physical exercise. On top of doing an MBA, I set up my own firm, worked like crazy to hit milestones, got married and fathered five children.

I had absolutely no time for anything else, including exercise.

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Dec 15, 2014

Personal My Bucket List

Quite some time ago I saw a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman titled The Bucket List, in which the protagonists, in the face of imminent death, created a “bucket list”—a list of things to do before “kicking the bucket”—and eventually managed to cross off all the items on the list. Well-known entrepreneurs’ wish lists of “50 things to do before one dies” was also featured in an issue of Goethe magazine I happened to leaf through. I started to read the article, hoping for fresh insight, but realized that most of the wishes mentioned were either things I had already done, or was tackling.

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