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Launch of Project KIBOW-2

On the evening of March 14th, volunteers gathered to discuss the theme of “The Eastern Japan Great Earthquake - What We Can Do Now.” As the aftershocks continued, rolling blackouts were implemented, and trains stopped running, we turned off the heating and engaged in passionate debate. Those who took part in this session strongly affirmed to one another their willingness to help reconstruct Japan following this unprecedented catastrophic earthquake.

Once the session was over, the volunteers moved to a different place to continue their discussion. From a desire to reconstruct Japan, a project was launched. That project is named “Project KIBOW.” A word coined from the word “kibou,” meaning “hope” in Japanese and the word “Rainbow.” Its mission is to bring hope to many people by acting as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world.

Japan has never been on the spot light from the world, as it is now. Likewise, the need to disseminate information to the rest of the world has never been greater. We the people, not the government or the mass media, seek to convey our strong will to “make Japan better”, and our desire to gain the cooperation of the world in Japan’s reconstruction.

From now on we plan to approach prominent business people and leaders. We would like to see them each in their own way affirming the strong will to “rebuild Japan,” trusting each other, and generating a groundswell that will instil a vision and courage in many people. We also wish to carry out fundraising activities by making a strong appeal to the world. I would like this to be an occasion for us all to affirm to one another our strong desire to rebuild Japan.

In many regions, the aftershocks have still not subsided. In Fukushima people are engaged in desperate struggles. Commodities still have not reached areas that were swept away by the tsunami. The self-defence forces and doctors are working at full capacity. There are rolling blackouts in Metropolitan Tokyo, and public transport has not yet returned to normal. The number of dead and missing continues to grow. Further, there is a problem in Fukushima. I strongly believe that it is precisely at times such as these that Japan must stand united and show her fundamental strength.

At the moment, the integrity, diligence, and orderly conduct displayed by Japan are attracting the unstinting admiration of the world. Japan’s new leaders are trying to be a bridge of hope with the commitment to regenerate Japan together. We don’t know what we can do, but we have decided that we must at least start. Let’s all do it together.

March 16, 2011

Project KIBOW

Yoshito Hori, President and Dean, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Kiyoshi Nishikawa, CEO of NETAGE, Inc. (Director/Founder of ngi group)
Takao Ozawa, Director of NPO Civic Force
Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc.
Hideaki Inoue, CEO of Park Corporation
Takaaki Umezawa, Partner and Managing Director, Japan, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Daigo Sato, Representative Director of NPO Charity Platform, Chairman of NPO dot-jp, Managing Director, COO of JustGiving Japan Foundation
Yu Yumoto, Representative Director of JustGiving Japan Foundation 
Maiko Tajima, The United Nations World Food Programme

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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