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JUL 16, 2008

The Meaning of Writing Columns

By Yoshito Hori

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