月別アーカイブ:2020年05月

current affairs

What data shows is just mind-blowing – The US external liabilities are 1,077 trillion yen!

2020/7/9  

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who is specialized in economic research and asked questions regarding Japan’s current financial status: Is Japan at serious risk having overwhelmingly higher national debt to GDP compared to other developed nations? Which is preferable to Japan, having a weak yen or strong yen? Is the argument around the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) these days unreasonable?   Is inequality indeed worsening in developed countries? By looking at the numbers he presented, I was once again shocked. The following are major countries’ external net assets data: According to the table summarizes major countries’ external net ...

human resources development

“I am a supporting actor in your life” – A thought on leadership

2020/7/9  

We tend to see ourselves as the main character and everybody else as side characters. When we accomplish something we tend to think, “I did it,” but for mistakes, we tend to turn defensive and assert ourselves being not responsible or wrong. This is what’s happening with the coronavirus, too. There is an essay written by Shusaku Endo titled, “I am a supporting actor in your life.” It goes like this: In a play, there are supporting actors. Obviously, they are there to support the lead actor. They play roles pivotal to the story line together with the lead, but ...

human resources development

“In this journey I saw the sea and land horizons for the first time in my life.” Everything in human life becomes more sophisticated through real experience

2021/11/6  

The famous architect Tadao Ando, known for works such as the Church of the Light, has a unique background of becoming an architect by working part-time at an architect studio and learning by himself. He didn’t undertake any specialized education in architecture. He started his career as a professional boxer. However, he reminisces that after meeting Fighting Harada (a famous former pro-boxer in Japan) and observing how he trained himself, he felt overwhelmed and immediately decided to quit his boxing career (Tadao Ando, “Architect Tadao Ando”, p.39). Tadao Ando(source:flickr: Tadao Ando) H(e then fell in love with the art of ...

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“Facing the biggest challenge and yet feeling vibrant” – The irresistible passion

2021/11/6  

There’s something interesting about humans in that when it comes to what we love, we don’t mind going through hardships. My child has just turned five recently, but he is completely hooked on the computer I gave him. He is avidly reading guidebooks and learning programming. He is literally panting with exertion, his head covered in sweat while he stares at computer. He doesn’t even want to spare time for sleep. I often talk about “live in want to”. If we live doing what we want to, we can maximize our potential. On the other hand, if we are bound ...

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“It took 10 years to complete this job and that is why the flowers bloom so magnificently.” – The man who planted trees and Mr. Kokichi Mikimoto

2021/11/6  

Do you know the story The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono? It’s a story about a shepherd who plants 100 acorns every single day on a barren, devastated area of land. In the end, his solitary effort brings beautiful forests in the area. I studied French at the language school Athénée Français under its Synthétique course. Recently, I visited the school website and found that they offer a trial, short course, the curriculum of which includes reading “The Man Who Planted Trees.” When I was a student there, we had to memorize stories from homework and recite them ...

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The issues around North Korea: Simulate the worst-case scenario for Japan

2021/11/6  

Suddenly the health and safety of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has become a hot topic. North Korea has shot numerous missiles and been engaged in the development of nuclear weaponry. A country that has been one of the main characters of the “Trump show,” has been somewhat quiet these days, but suddenly a strange death rumor arose and created some noise (we don’t know if it’s true yet). For Japan, the relationship with Korea is clearly important politically. It is often argued that Japan is unique in that the Imperial House of Japan is the oldest continuing monarchical ...

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