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Message from GLOBIS & KIBOW Japan - 3

I have written a third email to 3600 friends of mine globally. I feel that it is important to show our commitment to rebuild our community.

Dear friends of GLOBIS and the KIBOW Project,

It has been over a week since the earthquake hit Japan on March 11. As I write this message, the entire country of Japan is mourning for the lost lives, supporting the survivors, and tackling with the various problems including the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident.

However, with just after a short week, lifelines in the most affected areas in the northeast are fast being rebuilt, and Tokyo and the rest of Japan are preparing to resume our normal economic activities. During the course of the week, we have witnessed the amazing collective power of this country’s people. We have seen, and expect to keep on seeing significant changes, both social and economical.

This is my third email since the devastating earthquake hit Japan. I have a lot that I want to tell you, so please bear with me.

1. THE MEDIA COVERAGE
I have major concerns on the foreign media coverage on the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. I still live in Tokyo and GLOBIS resumed its operations since last Monday. I have compiled some analyses to show you how things really are.

1) The British Government's Chief Scientific Officer Professor John Beddington comments on the developments following the explosion at Fukushima nuclear plant.

Updated version

2) Assistant Professor Benjamin Monreal, UCSB Department of Physics, gives an overview of radioactivity and reactors.

3) "Why I’m not fleeing Japan" by Paul Blustein

Please share this email with any media you may know in your country. I am willing to participate in any kind of interview.


2. SHOW US YOUR FLAGS;
Thousands of people have died and millions of people are still affected by this terrible tragedy. Therefore, Japanese people are becoming gradually more sensitive towards reactions of other countries, companies and people overseas.

Lufthansa's airline's decision not to fly to Narita was a shocking one. The French government also ignited panic by evacuating all residents from the Tokyo area overseas or to Osaka. The US has been very helpful and supportive all the way after the disaster except for some disturbing comments made by Hollywood stars.

We understand that people decided to leave and business had to be shut down temporarily. But at times like these, we can all recognize who are real friends and those who are here in Japan just for their own benefit.Japan will remember your acts forever.

So my friends, we would like all of you to show us you care by supporting Japan.

3. DONATIONS
I keep hearing that the amount of donations coming from overseas is rather small compared to other incidents i.e. Haiti and others. Japan has always been very generous towards other countries when disasters occurred. We all hope that after this tragedy, they too can return the favor.

GLOBIS has set up a donation platform together with the KIBOW Project. I hope you are able to contribute and spread the news of this donation platform.

Thank you all for your support, Your heartfelt messages have been very encouraging, and we appreciate your continued support. We will do our utmost best to support our community and to rebuild our country.

WE WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED, WE WILL REBUILD TOWNS AND REBUILD JAPAN.

Yours,

Yoshito Hori Dean & President, GLOBIS University
Managing Director, GLOBIS Capital Partners 
Leader of KIBOW Project

Note) KIBOW stands for KIBO=Hope in Japanese+ RainBOW=bridge between Japan and the world.

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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