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11th Email from Japan - G1 Global Conference in Japan on Nov. 3rd

Dear Friends,

I got back from the area devastated by Tsunami just yesterday. Although clean-up efforts have been made, the Government policy of whether or not to allow residents to rebuild houses in places where Tsunami washed away have not been made. (As you may know, we have a mess in our politics at the moment).

Quite a few people are still living in school gymnasiums. I visited one of the evacuation centers in Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture. As most of the village was washed away, people there have lost their loved ones, relatives, houses and jobs.

A group of senior men were busy carrying woods from debris, cutting them into firewoods, and packing & shipping to the western part of Japan. The old leader said to me, "We just simply have to live lives in ways that we would not be laughed at by all the people died in Tsunami".

I have visited the coastal area of Iwate by car and Miyagi by helicopter.
The scale is unprecedented. We had a KIBOW gathering in Morioka on 22nd of June. We all felt that strong energy was coming out of us. We need to rebuild towns and rebuild Japan!

We have been receiving donations from Malaysia, Switzerland etc. Thank you all for your generosity. All the donation will go to the devastated area by means of supporting effective NPOs and providing good education to those in the affected region.

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In the meantime, we will be holding the first G1 Global Conference in Tokyo on 3rd November 2011.

The G1 Global Conference aims to create a forum for mutual learning and networking. The central theme of this year's G1 Global is "Rebirth of Japan after the Earthquake".

There will be a number of parallel panel sessions held, such as Japanese economic recovery, challenges of political leadership, fiscal crisis in Japan & developed nations, energy security, trends of the new media, and the changing balance of power in Asia etc.

Date and Time: 3rd November 2011, 9:00AM -5:30PM, followed by cocktail
reception and dinner
Venue: Globis University, Tokyo, Japan (tbc)
Registration Fee: 48,000 JPY
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Some of our distinguished guests have already confirmed their participation (as of June 24, 2011):

-Heizo Takenaka (Economist, former Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy)
-Yoriko Kawaguchi (Politician and diplomat, former Minister of Foreign Affairs)
-Yasuchika Hasegawa (President and CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, and Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives) 
-Henry Tricks (The Economist Tokyo Bureau Chief) 
-William Adamopoulos (President and Publisher, Forbes Asia) 
-Teresa Clarke (Founder and CEO, 
-Glen Fukushima (President and CEO, Airbus Japan)

For those of you who have not had the chance to visit Japan so far, this could be a great opportunity to come and see with your own eyes how post-disaster Japan may be able to address the tremendous challenge of rebuilding itself.

The conference programme is still being developed, and we welcome the participation of international speakers. If you are interested in joining us as a panelist or simply as an audience member, please reply to me on or to

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Yoshito Hori
Leader of GLOBIS & KIBOW

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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