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  • Movie: Mirai in the future
  • I went see an animation film Mirai in the future (Mirai no Mirai in Japanese) today which was produced by a popular animation crea
    tor Mamoru Hosoda, who made hit movies including Wolf Children in 2012 and The Boy and the Beast in 2015.This was a story about fa
    mily ties and growth of a 4-year-old boy Kun-chan. After his new born young sister came back from the hospital, his parents have k
    ept taki [続きを読む]
  • A right to be educated
  • When I was a student, I couldn’t remember the years when historical events occurred. So I hated a history class. As I read some history related books after I got old, I’ve learned a lot from history. I learned about a way of thinking about knowledge and learning by a Confucianism handbook which I read last week.―Confucius was a true realist, so he never said humans were all equal. Human natur [続きを読む]
  • Enjoy sports like a child
  • I reserved a public gymnasium for tennis friends yesterday. We could secure only one tennis court there and the number of the frie
    nds was seven. If we play doubles matches, three members needed to take a rest. So I brought a pair of badminton rackets.I bought
    the badminton rackets when my son was small and enjoyed it with him. I asked some friends if we just tried hitting a shuttlecock w
    hile oth [続きを読む]
  • Psychology to fear powers
  • Human beings haven’t thought themselves as supremacy for a long time. They’ve believed absolute sovereigns binding them, and they’ve thought it’s natural to fear the powers. It’s a wisdom. You can say civilizations were created at the time.If you thought humans are supreme existence, individuals would be supremacy. If the individuals became supremacy, it would be justified that they exclude [続きを読む]
  • CO2 emission regulation
  • I realize that global warming is firmly progressing as I see many facts including sweltering heat and torrential rains in small ar
    eas this summer.Now I’m looking into regulations in the world in terms of fuel consumption and tailgate gas emission from vehicl
    es. These regulations are going to be tighter. For example, the value of CO2 emission in EU regulation is enacted at 95g/km (CAFÉ
    : Corpora [続きを読む]
  • Two perspectives about diversity
  • It may be a common sense for people who are involved in diversity at work. there are two perspectives about the diversity. When I
    read a book written by a consultant last month, I learned it.It can be divided into two perspectives; one as a “good company”
    and another as a “strong company”.The diversity as a “good company” refers to equality and fairness encouragement for the
    society to g [続きを読む]
  • Extreme weather
  • It was a scorching hot today, too. Heat wave hits Japan and the maximum temperature exceeded 40 degrees at some part in Japan. I d
    idn’t remember such scorching hot days in the past. But I frequently see the scene that TV news programs warn the risk of high t
    emperature these days.The typhoon passed by Japan on the reverse route from north east to south west last week. Heavy rainfalls wh
    ich we’v [続きを読む]
  • About the work style reform
  • The work style reform bills have passed at the Diet last month and take effect on April next year. The below column was written by
    a CEO in a small-and-medium size manufacturer.―I have a sense of discomfort about the work style reform bills.For example, they
    include the upper limitation on overtime work with penalty. Thinking about the current condition that the overtime work has no li
    mitati [続きを読む]
  • Yoso-mono, Waka-mono, Baka-mono
  • When I read a book about business management last week, I encountered factors to revitalize deserted regions; “Yoso-mono, Waka-mono, Baka-mono” in Japanese, which is translated “Persons from foreign places, Young people, and Persons who don’t care about the past way or relationship in the region and can go ahead based on their ways. The words seem to be famous among people who are engaged to r [続きを読む]
  • Concerns about the cashless society
  • A report conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry tells us that the government aims to raise the cashless settleme
    nt ratio by 40% in 2025 and seeks the world top level 80% in the future. It seems to be an ambitious target for a cash settlement
    giant Japan where current cashless ratio is less than 20% in the condition that in Korea is 90%, those in Western countries and Ch
    ina have r [続きを読む]
  • Take a risk
  • I finished reading a book titled “Chronicles of M&A at Goldman Sachs” by Nobumichi Hattori, who worked there from 1989 to 2003
    and undertook many mega M&A deals including a triangular merger of telecommunication companies DDI, IDO, and KDD in 1999, and pha
    rmaceutical company Roche’s acquisition of Chugai Pharmaceutical in 2001.He enrolled in Nissan Motor in 1981, and obtained an MB
    A degree at [続きを読む]
  • Source of income
  • I met with persons working at a major bank and an affiliated securities firm today. It was a first time for me to see them as my company haven’t dealt with them.It’s not unusual for the banks and securities firms to cooperate or share clients because the commercial bank business is decreasing as economy in the Japanese society is shrinking. In Japan, the securities firms conduct the investment [続きを読む]
  • Launching a new business
  • When I talked with a tennis friend yesterday, he described his plan to launch a new business running a tennis club. He is self-emp
    loyed. The tennis club management is entirely not his current business. However, he may not feel difficulty so much in terms of la
    unching the new business.As I’m a salaried worker and I sometimes address new business at work. I realize how hard to make a pla
    n for new [続きを読む]
  • Ordeal era of indigenous people
  • Auto China 2018 showed a scene drawing the near future mobility including electric vehicles (EV) and artificial intelligence (AI)
    into the reality. I was surprised by the sophisticated shapes of Chinese cars. They made me feel the challenge like “the EV and
    AI is not special, the style is a decisive point.”Is was a strong contrast against the designs of Japanese car makers which gave
    me an imp [続きを読む]
  • An aspiring girl
  • A high school girl enrolled in the English conversation class two weeks ago at which I’ve been participated in for a decade. She goes to a girls’ high school and seems to enjoy sing a song with a guitar.She told us that she uploaded videos that she sang songs on the TwitCasting and gained a thousand “Likes”. YouTube is more popular. There are many “YouTubers” in the world. We can find inte [続きを読む]
  • Corporate culture and self-protection
  • I talked with a director about the potential future personnel problem last week. Issues in regard with the human resource and orga
    nization deeply connect to the corporate culture. He knew it. However, he rejected my proposal to deal with it because mainly of h
    is self-protection. In Japan, many directors are selected from persons who have achieved remarkable performance and have gained tr
    ust from [続きを読む]
  • Piano stairs
  • I’d like to introduce an essay about the piano stairs which was put in a newspaper. …The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is one of my favorite museums. It holds three or four exhibitions a year. We are satisfied with the exhibitions every time. As I visited there in March this year, it featured unique urban space with a sense of fun around the world.The case of Odenplan Metro station in Stoc [続きを読む]
  • Corporate identity
  • I heard a lecture about the corporate identity by a director in DISCO corporation last week. It was established as a grinding ston
    e company in 1937 and went into Silicon Valley in 1960s. It expanded its business only from the grinding stone maker to a machine
    maker in 1970s. Revenue in 2017 was 167 billion-yen, gross profit rate was 60%, ROE 19% despite of the capital adequacy ratio 80%.
    These fig [続きを読む]
  • Connected Industries
  • I heard a lecture about the Connected Industries by a counselor in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry two weeks ago. The
    Industry Minister Seko pledged it to aim at creating new value by connecting with people, machines and technologies at the IT exhi
    bition in Germany in 2017.He described that the Industrie 4.0 which Germany is leading focuses on the technology, but Japan consid
    er broad [続きを読む]
  • Passion and business
  • It’s sure that passion is necessary for business in particular when launching a new business.The tennis club which I’ve partic
    ipated in for a long time stopped the business last month. One of the club members now tries to launch a new tennis club by rentin
    g tennis courts where a general sports club had run business until several years ago. The place hasn’t used by anyone since it e
    nded the bu [続きを読む]
  • What is the strategic thought?
  • I’m reading a book titled “What is the strategic thought?” written by late former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia and Thailand Hisahiko Okazaki (1920-2014) in 1983. He writes about a defense strategy of Japan in it. I’m overwhelmed by his vast knowledge about history both Japan and world and militaries, and distinguished insights. I think there are few people who can write books or papers like this [続きを読む]
  • What age was the prime of life?
  • “What age was the prime of life?” it’s a headline in a life column of an American magazine early this year. Both a 63-year-old researcher and his 95-year-old father says “50”. A survey shows that 47 years old for male and 53 for female when their children get adult and their health conditions are good.As the survey asked students if they had medicine which stopped getting old, when they wan [続きを読む]
  • Market research data
  • I got a market research report from a market research firm in India last month. Although my company is engaged in this market, we
    have been troubled to grab the whole worldwide market size for these few years because there were no providers delivering reliable
    data. I looked for the market research reports through the Internet on March. This was one of them which I found out.The price pr
    esented [続きを読む]
  • Most important asset
  • The tennis club which I’ve taken part in for about 25 years closed the operation today. In the year when my son was born, I started to participate in the club.Tennis was more popular at the time than now. The early days as I began to visit there, many people needed to wait for their turn because it had only two tennis courts. I would have taken about one and a half hours for my turn.The month [続きを読む]
  • Management abroad
  • The annual meeting with managements in the headquarters and top managers in the overseas subsidiaries was held last week. I partic
    ipated as an administrative staff.There were several reports from the overseas facilities. Japanese expatriates face various diffi
    culties. A company president in Mexico spoke about an organizational change from management by Japanese expatriates to local manag
    ers.Wh [続きを読む]