Robot EVERYBODY Appreciates

At the InnoRobo I attended in March, we talked a lot about how the robots will be integrated into our lives.  Here is a concrete case.  Robot that everybody appreciates.  Robot that was vital to diagnosing the  Fukushima Nuclear Power plant. The 2011/04/17 Yomiuri Online article reads: On the 17th, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) succeeded… Continue reading Robot EVERYBODY Appreciates

Understanding Japanese Culture Through Music

Joseph Campbell talked about the role of mythology in people's lives.  It's so true.  And it seems to me music tells so much about each culture. Modern Japanese choral music performed by children at schools show so many things about Japanese culture.  Importance of harmony between people.  Working together.  The lyrics of modern choral music… Continue reading Understanding Japanese Culture Through Music

In a nutshell: How innovations happen, how businesses grow

If you would search on the web with "Apple innovation" or "Sony demise", you would find plenty of interesting reads.  Talk is easy.  I do it all the time, and I often get paid for doing it.  But to actually make a product or service that people actually pays for, and sell them in quantity,… Continue reading In a nutshell: How innovations happen, how businesses grow

Big topic: Are we born to run?

I took my sons on edu-vacation last December, but one of the thing that I treasure from the trip is not what we did together, but the encounter with Christopher McDougal's thoughts. My 16 year old was having his English lesson with a tutor at Starbucks at Barnes and Noble in San Jose, and I… Continue reading Big topic: Are we born to run?

Love of leather, paper

Designers with capability to create and has in reality created things that are truly wonderful to those designers who can talk about design are like real plants to fake plants. Mike Abelson is one of those real designer.  He often talks about about his love of working with leather, and recently, he was telling me… Continue reading Love of leather, paper

Creating best fit workplace

Mike Abelson and Yuri Shimizu's Research is inspiring.  Their ability to capture the spirit of things is amazing.  I am stingy when it comes to spending my own money, but they make things so well, I end up buying them despite their price. I was inspired by their booklet , AT Work.  I have found… Continue reading Creating best fit workplace

Things reveal themselves if we become interested

For about 7 years, I had firsthand experience in taking part in crunching numbers at a business unit.  Before doing that, all the education I had was taking a course in accounting in college and all the actual experience I had in accounting and finance was managing my own young, small family finance.  It was… Continue reading Things reveal themselves if we become interested

Reading on paper vs. online

It's been 5 days since I returned from the US, but I still have a jet lag.  I woke up and got out of bed at 3:50 am.  Before starting to work, I read online for nearly an hour about psychokinesis,  para-psychology, Dean Radin, Amazon customer reviews on Dean Radin's books, University of Pennsylvania.  At… Continue reading Reading on paper vs. online

User segmentation, profiling is dangerous

I've learned about Feargal Quinn's Crowning the Customer through reading Tom Peters blog a few years back.   It's a classic.  I read it over and over, and each time, I am inspired on different pages. What I was inspired this time was what Mr. Quinn wrote about "seeing customer as people".  He encouraged his workers… Continue reading User segmentation, profiling is dangerous

Starting up design essay project

14 years ago, I attended Yoshiko Sakurai’s seminar for small business audience. She said, when you read a book, have a pen or pencil in your hand, and underline the parts that means something to you. If you do that for 10 years, you will be standing here instead of me, giving seminar about the… Continue reading Starting up design essay project

Humans will be mostly manufactured

Maybe humanss will be manufactured, not born by year 2209. Look around now.  We seem to have already made the choice.  We are waiting for the technology to catch up.  Kids in advanced country planted in front of PC or gaming device or some sort of machine, because there aren't room for them to play… Continue reading Humans will be mostly manufactured

Understanding Ichiro’s words through American master coaches lessons

My friend and I were having lunch on March 24th, and she showed me that the World Baseball Classic final game was being played in Los Angeles as we were having our lunch in Tokyo.  During my teenage years, with an American step-father who loved to watch sports on TV, our family watched some kind… Continue reading Understanding Ichiro’s words through American master coaches lessons

The way Japanese executives think about company responsibility

I don't know what percentage of Japanese executives feel this way, but last week, I've heard it directly from the director of major Japanese companies, like I did from many Japanese executives before. We are responsible for providing livelihood for the citizens.  We have to think of ways to offer meaningful jobs for as many… Continue reading The way Japanese executives think about company responsibility

Why meet face to face?

http://www.reuters.com/resources/flash/include_video.swf?edition=US&videoId=97787 This year, more people than ever attend the World Economic Forum at Davos.  As this video asks:  Why attend?  We are now capable of sharing so much information virtually. It will probably take several generations, if ever, for the humans to become natural at virtual meetings.  In the recent seminar I organized about building… Continue reading Why meet face to face?

Astrology based on changed position of sun rising

Discovering this kind of thing is just so much fun! I mean, we could point out that what astrologers say are vague and also two astrological readings on same person would contradict each other, but that kind of argument would still leave a possibility of one or more astrologers in the world might be right.… Continue reading Astrology based on changed position of sun rising