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 The ACCJ honored Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa as the 2010 Person of the Year for his contrbution to the ties between the U.S. and Japan.  I heard the news from my friends this morning and it made my day. 

 I checked the ACCJ website and read his interview just now. (I skimmed first several lines in the morning when I heard the news.)  There were several things I did not know about his background, but his outspoken style of speech is there, sometimes making me laugh (because it is so true but few people express it!).

  I was fortunate to have met with Dr. K several years ago at the conference and very impressed with his outspoken style.  I served as VP of the Science Council of Japan when he was the President and this appointment gave me rare opportunities to get to know leading scientists throughtout the world through his network and to be involved with various prestigious events.  We wrote a book together (in Japanese) and he has supported Global Agenda Seminar Series I ran last year at Roppongi Academy Hills.

  He is the man of quick action. He will do anything to make it happen rather than talk about it.  (One of his favorite phrases  to describe some Japanese is NATO–No Action, Talk Only) and his joke of Japanese readers (because Japanese leaders “read” prepared speeches rather than talk to the audience) became my favorite, too. 

  I have been privileged to work with him on various assignments and his positive attitude and high energy level has been contagious.  He is the person that has expanded my horizon tremendously and is always inspirational. 

  I am so happy that the person like him who “does things” rather than just holding the title get the honor of the 2010 Person of the Year.

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