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Valuable insight that tuna diplomacy provided my child

Let me introduce to you an essay written by one of my eldest son last week, who graduated from elementary school today. This is one of the many essays my son agreed to write in exchange for the permission to play games on the weekend. He is required to read an article in the Nikkei newspaper and write essays by every Friday. Last week’s topic was tuna diplomacy. The essay contained a revelation that delighted me as a parent.

“I was interested in the recent news that blue fin tuna trade had remained unbanned. The opinion that blue fin tuna trade should be banned was strong around the world, but Japan talked with a lot of people around the world, and it was finally decided that they would not ban blue fin tuna trade.”

“I heard this and learned the importance of having your own opinion at all times and of letting other people hear them. Whenever my opinion was different with somebody else’s, I tended to let their opinions take priority and I remained passive. But from now on, whenever my opinion is different from others, I will try and speak up my opinion.”

I showed this essay to Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Fukuyama at Tomamu, where G1 Summit was held. He was very pleased to read it and promised to show this essay to those involved in the diplomatic talk on tuna. One diplomatic act of Japan had provided an revelation for a young child.

Fukuyama-san, keep voicing your opinions. We’re counting on you.

March 25, 2010
Yoshito Hori

 

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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