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davidAs I introduced earlier,  we had special seminar #2 of Global Agenda Seminars 2015 at Roppongi Academy Hills on Monday, .September 14. The guest speaker was David Mark Atkinson, whose book (“SHIN KANKO RIKKOKU RON”(Tourism as 51Pemwb-qkL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_foundation of Japan-New version”)just won the S. Yamamoto award by PHP Institute.
He began with the remarks how analysis of facts (rather than “catchy and simple -easy on ears- slogan” is critical in positioning Japan in the global context. He was well known for his fact-based analysis of nonperforming loans of the Japanese banks during the 1990s.
He then went on to discuss where Japan stands in the growing global tourism industry–its unique assets, though not utilized fully-, very low ranking in its use of tourism for GDP and the potential that lies ahead if we DO SOMETHING about it. He shared many personal experiences of dealing with the issue.
We were not able to accommodate as many questions as I liked from the audience (though I had promised I would keep it interactive) and the session went on 30 minutes beyond the original schedule. (It was my fault not manage time well)  I feel bad as it may have caused inconvenience to some participants.

But I personally found the talk very informative, inspiring and provocative. I also found David’s passion and enthusiasm contagious. It was great that we found out about his receiving the award for his book right after the session. Congratulations, David.  Thanks to all for coming and stayed…

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