The Meaning of Writing Columns

I really feel that I am strongly supported by many people in my life. Although I don't meet them face-to-face everyday, I'm acutely aware of their support for me, publicly and privately.

I can't, however, see those people in person to thank them or let them know what I am doing now. I do not wish to make excuses for myself by saying that I'm too busy, although it is getting difficult to see very many people because my time is limited. This is why I sometimes feel this support is like a one-way street and I haven't returned any favors at all.

I hardly see my parents, who raised me. Sometimes I don't even have time to call on Mother's Day or to wish them a happy birthday. I also don't have many opportunities to see old friends from the time I spent in Tokaimura and Mito City; former classmates from my days at Kyoto University; and former colleagues when I was a salaryman. I even have fewer chances to see employees I work with, as the staff numbers have increased. Naturally, it is difficult for me to express my thanks and explain my current situation to GLOBIS students, graduates, teaching staff, clients, investors, people from companies we have invested in, and many others who have supported me. To tell you the truth, I wish I could express my gratitude more directly. But, I believe one purpose of this column is to be able to share my thoughts and feelings with those that I don't get a chance to do that with otherwise. I write these entries as if I were writing a letter, letting people know where I am, what I'm doing and what I am thinking about.

My grandfather passed away when I was nine years old. At the time, his writings were posthumously put together under the title, "My Personal Mission Statement." (Inspired by this essay, which he wrote in his 20s, I published a book with the same title when I was 40.) My grandfather's essays contained writings and conversations as well as match logs from Go competitions. I read these thinking deeply about what his words meant. I even laid out all the stones just as they had been played in his match logs and in the process learned a great deal about his personality.

Although my children cannot read this column now, they will, perhaps, someday, as well as my grandchildren in the more distant future. In short, these column entries are my letters to the future generation.

I would like these entries to inspire people, and I would be even happier if they somehow encouraged my contemporaries.

June 13, 2008
in Kyoto 
Yoshito Hori

P.S. Why don't we get together once in a while?
Here are some upcoming events. Please come if you can.

Event:11th Go and Management Discussion (Japanese)
Date: Friday, June 20 
Time: 19:00-21:30 (reception starts at 18:30)

Event:Special Seminar, "Value of an MBA for Career-oriented Women," Marunouchi Career Academy (Japanese)
Date: Thursday, July 3

Event: "On Art and Management" with Yoshito Hori and Dr. Hiroshi Okano,
Ginza Yanagi Gallery (Japanese)

Management Seminars on GLOBIS Campuses

Seminar:"Paving the Way for Creating Change and Innovation" (Japanese)
Date: June 23
Location: Osaka Campus
Seminar: "Paving the Way for Creating Change and Innovation" (Japanese) 
Date: June 24
Location: Nagoya Campus

Notification will be posted separately for the following management seminars:

Event: "Paving the Way for Creating Change and Innovation"
Date: October 2
Location: Nagoya Campus

Event: "Paving the Way for Creating Change and Innovation"
Date: October 3
Location: Osaka Campus

Event: "What does an MBA give you?"
Date: October 24
Location: Tokyo Campus

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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