Inside Japan 2: Pauline Chakmakjian 1/2

Dr. Adam Kassab, Professor of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, invites a variety of guests from around the world to discuss people, culture and business from an “Inside Japan” perspective. The second guest is Ms. Pauline Chakmakjian, Board Member of The Japan Society of the UK and an independent scholar and lecturer on Freemasonry.

Inside Japan No.2 – Pauline Chakmakjian 1/2

Inside Japan No.2 – Pauline Chakmakjian 2/2

Guest: Pauline Chakmakjian, Board Member, The Japan Society of the UK
Host: Adam Kassab, GLOBIS
Date: April 30, 2012
Venue:GLOBIS Tokyo campus, Japan
Duration: 15:30

Comments from the series host
Pauline talks about her research on Freemasonry in Japan including affiliated lodges in the USA and UK, Cultural differences between American, British, French and Japanese “ways” including the best to take from each culture to create a “super culture”. She shares with us her love for Japanese culture in general and Japanese “rabbit culture” in particular, about how Japanese people have a special emotional reaction to nature and how “China is for thinkers and Japan is for sensualists”. With an admiration for Japanese craftsman represented by the stonemasons of Japan’s castles, Pauline also tells us about her passion for Art and the traditional crafts of Japan. Cutting through much hype and “MBA Speak” the most important elements of a Global Mindset are simply described as having an artistic nature and being able to escape from the trappings of education.
Many thanks from everyone at GLOBIS to Pauline and we would like to echo what she says in the interview to our viewers around the world “Once in your life before you die come to Japan!"

Adam Kassab, GLOBIS


Pauline obtained her BA in English Language and Literature and was also awarded a Merit Scholarship in Fine Art during her undergraduate studies. She then studied Law and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London where she has volunteered for the Gardens and the Temple Church. Pauline also has an MA in French Studies and has been an independent scholar and lecturer on Freemasonry since 2004, having given frequent public lectures on the subject as well as having had some of these lectures published. She also gives lectures on certain aspects of Japanese culture, especially Kyoto-based Japanese history and lifestyle because of her appreciation for Heian-period Japan. Pauline has been a Trustee of The Japan Society of the UK since 2008 and is also a Governor of the English-Speaking Union. She enjoys travelling quite a bit and makes frequent visits to America, Europe and East Asia. Please feel free to visit her website


Dr. Kassab has extensive business experience across Asia as well as in Europe and the USA. He has held senior positions at Sanyo Electric, a global Japanese electronics manufacturer, Mercer, a US based global HR Consulting firm, and most recently at Culture Convenience Club, the dominant Japanese player in the consumer entertainment and lifestyle sector. His work has ranged from facilitating European wide strategic planning sessions aimed at exploring synergies and enhancing competitiveness, developing ways to internationalize and globalize business operations, and implementing change programs for overseas subsidiaries.

As well as his strong professional background he also recently completed doctoral research looking into the use of Stories and Storytelling in Organizations as a tool for inspiring employees and bringing about visionary change.

Bachelors degree, History & Philosophy of Science and Philosophy, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, International Resources and Development Studies, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, Organization Change, Ashridge Management Center (UK); Doctoral Research, Hitotsubashi University (JPN)

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