100 Actions Revolution
100 Actions Revolution

100 Actions Revolution

Mr. Yoshito Hori sat down with JAPAN and the WORLD magazine and discussed his plans to return Japan to greatness.


Japan is going through a revolution. This is the sentiment felt by renowned venture capitalist and GLOBIS University President, Yoshito Hori. At the Age of 30, while working at Sumitomo Corporation, Hori pursued further education at Harvard University. It was at this time he was struck with inspiration to start GLOBIS. Since its creation, GLOBIS has become one of the most prestigious and well recognized private institutions for educating businesspersons, culminating with Japanese-language MBA programs throughout Japan and an English-language MBA program in Tokyo.

Yoshito Hori’s ambition extends beyond GLOBIS University and he has developed initiatives to help create a better future for Japan.

Yoshito Hori’s ambition extends beyond GLOBIS University and he has developed initiatives to help create a better future for Japan. These initiatives include the “100 Actions” initiative and the G1 Summit. Hori developed the “100 Actions” as a plan to “fix” Japan as the country has faced a sort of economic slump. “In business, it’s often said that the best way to fix a messed-up company is to devise and execute a simple 10-point action plan. I think the same approach can work for a country. Someone needs to come up with a vision or action plan for the politicians here to implement.” said, Mr. Hori. Examples of these actions are: Action 43- Enhance workplace diversity to promote growth, Action 39- Address the declining birthrate, Action 80- Strategically accept immigrants to invigorate Japan, Action 64- Contribute to the world through the water business, and Action 46- Expand Japanese Agriculture, forestry, and fishery on a global scale. If the 100-point plan is followed, Japan could reclaim its position as a definitive world leader.

Having a 100-point plan is useless without strong leaders to implement the change. Knowing this, Hori devised in 2009, the annual G1 Summit, “a multi-stakeholder meeting spanning the worlds of politics, business and academia”, in hopes of developing strong leaders. G1 summit events have been attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among other Japanese government officials, and several billionaire entrepreneurs. “The G1 movement is also prompting individuals to disrupt their own lives. After attending G1, Ryuta Ibaraki, fifth-generation director of a family-owned department store business, was inspired to run for prefectural governor of Okayama. Having been elected to the post in October 2012, Ibaraki is now directly helping to change Japan for the better.”

GLOBIS University

1991:
Inspiration for GLOBIS (Corporation)

1992:
Creation of GLOBIS Corporation.

2006:
Establishment of GLOBIS University Japanese language MBA Program.

2009:
Establishment of GLOBIS University English language MBA Program.

Mr. Hori believes that the change that is taking place in Japan is a slow process, as democratic change takes time, as opposed to change through violence.

Mr. Hori believes that the change that is taking place in Japan is a slow process, as democratic change takes time, as opposed to change through violence. With that said, he is confident that by developing strong, motivated leaders and giving them direction, Japan will be brought into a new era of success and growth.


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