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2014年 1月 13日 Think Globally, Act Locally

I hope everyone got off to a good start in 2014.

What are the global issues that you are most concerned about today?

When I asked this question to a group of college students at Toshin Business School, global warming came out at the top. Other responses included the depletion of world’s natural resources — such as water and energy — and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. What do you think?  

Faced with complex and overwhelming challenges, we can feel powerless. However, I would like to suggest that there has to be a starting point, as well as a role to play for each of us for making a positive change in global society.

I believe education is the fundamental key to solving many of our common challenges. Not only does education help us understand the problems accurately, but it also empowers us to take action. One of the ways to get involved and get connected to the world starts with volunteering in your own community.

Soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, I was touched to see so many of our students taking the initiative to ride an overnight bus and volunteer in the disaster-hit areas in the Tohoku region. I am convinced that the set of leadership skills and compassion that you demonstrated will be an asset in your future business career in global settings.

You may not have to travel far. Organizing a festival in your hometown, or helping your family members, neighborhood children and the elderly with your talents and time will equally serve as a valuable experience for you. Even your smile can brighten up your neighbors!

I would like to end today’s blog with a quote by Mother Teresa. It’s a good reminder that each of us can make a difference.

 “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not there, I think the ocean would be less by that missing drop.”

Masanori

Senior Advisor 

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