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Special guests from various fields will share their view on why, where, what and how Japan can co-create well-being and prosperity with the world. Host: Ken Shibusawa

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Special guests from various fields will share their view on why, where, what and how Japan can co-create well-being and prosperity with the world. Host: Ken Shibusawa

    10. Masahiko Uotani, Part 3: Message for the Next Generation - Go Global

    10. Masahiko Uotani, Part 3: Message for the Next Generation - Go Global

    On beauty being a common language, cosmetics in emerging countries, Tani on the golf course, culture and the fear of failure, embracing diversity, the “Ei-Ei-Oh” shout, the younger generation Go Global.


     


    In the last episode of my conversation with “Tani,” we start off with the concept of beauty.  After all, Shiseido is a beauty products company, and the world is a beautiful place.  Yet, there are global issues that are troublesome, and we touch upon some concerns.  There are cultural differences in different parts of the world, yet culture serves as base for everything that we do.  We both agreed that the younger generation has an important big role to play in our world, and we get a glimpse of what Tani would personally like to be doing in the future.

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    9. Masahiko Uotani, Part 2: Changing the Corporate Culture and Unleashing the People

    9. Masahiko Uotani, Part 2: Changing the Corporate Culture and Unleashing the People

    On unleashing the people, changing the culture, “ichigan” organizational structure, being a global leader with a Japanese heritage, unpleasant business decisions, S-Park, diversity and inclusion.


     


    In this Part 2 of my conversation with “Tani,” we went back to the topic of people.  As a long-term investor, I believe the most valuable intangible value of the company for their ongoing sustainable growth is the people.  All companies say that people are their most valuable asset, but people don’t show up as an “asset” on the balance sheet.  It shows up as a “cost” on the P/L.  And, many Japanese corporations don’t really do good job in showing the value of their people, since many of them are still in the “Showa” mode of sectionalism silos, seniority system.  So, let’s see how Tani’s people focus strategy was able to change that culture.


     


    Representative Director, President and CEO


    Shiseido Company, Limited

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    8. Masahiko Uotani, Part 1: CEO That Brought “Waku-Waku” to a 150 Year Old Company

    8. Masahiko Uotani, Part 1: CEO That Brought “Waku-Waku” to a 150 Year Old Company

    On the perception of beauty, how an outsider became CEO, not recreating the company but unleashing the people, uplifting with waku-waku, and fundamentals of corporate governance.


     


     


    Known as “Tani” to his friends abroad, Masahiko Uotani is my hero.  Shiseido was one of our initial investments in January 2009, when I launched with my partners the Commons 30 Fund, a “cross generational” long term investment fund in Japanese companies.  We had made the investment based on the thesis that Shiseido’s sense of beauty would have appeal and thus growth potential in Asia.  However, the first several years were a very slow painful decline.  That is when Tani appeared out of the blue and saved the day.  Because of the spectacular turnaround of a traditional Japanese company, Tani is one of the most recognized CEOs in Japan, and the world.


     


    Representative Director, President and CEO


    Shiseido Company, Limited


     

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    7. Jin Montesano: NOT Your Typical Japanese Corporate Director

    7. Jin Montesano: NOT Your Typical Japanese Corporate Director

    On living in Hawaii, New York and Washington DC, the best decision of her life (and, it wasn’t about the pay), never wasting a good crisis, first impressions joining a Japanese company, corporate governance, breaking down the “top-down” culture, and embracing the career journey.


     


    Jin is a communicator.  And, a great one, at that.  An aspiring novelist growing up in Hawaii and studying in New York, fate (and her father) would alter her career journey to public policy work in Washington DC.  Then another twist of fate (moving to Singapore with her husband) catapults her into the corporate world.  Honing her skills in corporate communication at several well recognized brand companies, she is currently one of the most unique board of director at a Japanese corporation that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  What are the secrets of transforming a quintessential domestic Japanese company into a diversified global corporation with growth potential?  It is about unleashing and empowering the people, through none other than instilling a communication culture.


     


     


    Director, Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Affairs, Public Affairs, Investor Relations, External Affairs, and Corporate Responsibility, and Chief People Officer


    LIXIL Corporation

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    6. Tomonobu Kumahira: NOT Your Typical Japanese Millennial

    6. Tomonobu Kumahira: NOT Your Typical Japanese Millennial

    On Brown University, “anthropological explorations”, conscience gap formed by 3.11, the “aha moment,” Komaza- Airbnb for forestry, asking the questions, solving the problems.


     


    In the previous episodes, all of my guests have referred to the “younger generation.”  So, it is only fair to give that generation a say.  My guest, Tomo Kumahira is a bona fide millennial, turning 30 this year.  However, he is not a typical Japanese millennial.  He is an executive at a forestry company based in Kenya, and has been selected as one of the elite social entrepreneurs in East Africa.  Let see where he comes from, and what makes Tomo tick.


     


    Vice President, Corporate Finance & Strategy, Komaza


    Acumen Fellow East Africa

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    5. Daren Afshar: Master Storyteller, Riding the Waves of Opportunites

    5. Daren Afshar: Master Storyteller, Riding the Waves of Opportunites

    On riding the “waves” of opportunities, eloquent wine sommelier on stage, trying to bring MI series to Japan with Tom Cruise, hydrogen fuel cells, storytelling needed for Japan, One Young World


     


    There are some people that leaves an impression from the very first meeting.  This was Daren.  There are some people that sound a bit crazy, but you definitely like what you hear.  This was Daren.  And, then there are some gifted storytellers.  This is also Daren.  My guest on this episode, Daren Afshar was born in Corpus Christi, Texas but his father moved the family to Europe, and then back to the U.S. where most of his upbringing was in California and Arizona.  The second half of his life has been spent in Japan, where his business is Hollywood, but in the last 4 years, he has been leading a bunch of young global young leaders in Japan.  He and his team have a spectacular show planned for us in May 2022 in Tokyo.




    Director, One Young World Japan


    President, Winery Productions

    • 1 時間5分

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