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 Last Thursday, June 19th, was an exciting day full of issues. The day began with breakfast meeting with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic forum. This was the third time in two weeks to have a chance to interact with Professor Schwab—starting from International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, World Economic Forum on East Asia in Kuala Lumpur and breakfast in Tokyo. There were some 10 members present at the meeting and we discussed the latest climate change report of the WEF which was presented to the Prime Minister Fukuda the next day. We also discussed various other initiatives taken by the World Economic Forum. 

    I am very impressed with their recent initiatives to expand their area of activities to cover younger generation (Young Global Leaders), new and upcoming companies (Global Growth Companies as New Champions) and cities as Center of Geography of Innovation. Their accelerating use of new technologies is also fascinating to me. 

  In the afternoon, I had an opportunity to address a group of career women representing various companies, majority of which are big corporations. The title of my talk was “How to build a career in the era of Web2.0”.  I talked about my experiences, tried to respond to the questions from the floor, and ended the seminar with JANKEN to give 10 copies of the book (in Japanese) entitled “World Class Career” I wrote with Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa two years ago.

  Then I moved to the Prime Minister’s office for the monthly CSTP meeting with the Prime Minister and some cabinet members. The major agenda was resource allocation for ensuring that Japan remains as one of the leaders in the world for Science & Technology.  I briefly talked about my impression of the Japan lunch and of the taped speech by the Prime Minister in Kuala Lumpur. It was full day with many interesting and stimulating discussion, ranging from global issues to career building, and on to the competitiveness of the country.  

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