Harbus Japan

  Harvard Business School Club of Japan Newsletter

Vol. XIII - No.‚P                                                                                          

 August 2006

 

 Mark Your Calendar: Business Award Dinner on November 6

 Please mark your calendar on the evening of Monday, November 6 for the Business Award Dinner at Josui Kaikan.  This yearfs honorees are Kunio Nakamura, Chairman of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Tomoko Namba (MBA1990), CEO of DeNA Co., Ltd.  The invitation will be distributed in September.

 

 HBS Japan Research Center Looking for Research Associate

HBS Japan Research Center is now looking for a research associate (either full time or part time) to work with HBS faculty members to research Japanese companies or develop case studies.  We are looking for those with masters degree or above (MBAs are welcome).  Candidates have to possess excellent English skills (good enough to write case studies), PC skills and business experiences.  Interested applicants are requested to send their resume (in English and Japanese, with photo attached) to the following address.  We will treat the candidatesf information discreetly.

 Harvard Business School  Japan Research Center

Marunouchi Building 9F, 2-3-24, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo  100-6309 

URL: http://www.hbs.edu/global/japan-japanese.html

 

 Harvard Krokodiloes Concert in Honor of Minoru Makihara (AB 54, AMP 77)

 HBS Club of Japan and The Harvard Club of Japan jointly hosted Harvard Krokodiloes Concert on June 19, honoring Minoru Makihara (AB 54, AMP 77), former Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation, who received Harvard Medal (from Harvard University), Alumni Achievement Award (from Harvard Business School) and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (from the Japanese government).  The concert and reception took place on the top floor of Shinsei Bank headquarters building, overlooking Hibiya Park.  The beautiful and funny performance of the a cappella singing group captivated the audience, who enjoyed the company of the members of the two clubs. 

 

 Kresge Club:  Successful Turnaround by Ichiro Kawanabe, President of Nihon Kotsu

Ichiro Kawanabe, President of Nihon Kotsu, one of the largest taxi/limousine companies with over 3000 vehicles and 5000 drivers, shared his experiences at Kresge Club on June 19.  After graduating from Northwesternfs Kellog Business School and working at McKinseyfs Tokyo office, he joined the family business at the age of 29.  Over the past 6 years, he faced the challenges of huge bank debt and intensifying competition from deregulation, worked hard to motivate the taxi drivers and successfully turned around the company.

 

 Professor Badaracco Discussed Demanding Challenges of Responsible Leadership

 On July 20, Professor Joe Badaracco, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of MBA Program, made a presentation on the demanding challenges of responsible leadership.  The author of books such as Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right, Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing, and Questions of Character, he discussed the challenges that leaders face when they have to balance between conflicting and yet right choices. The presentation took place at Tokyo American Club and was attended by over 40 people.

 

 2006 Global Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

 Global Leadership Forum this year was held in Washington, D.C. and was attended by about 700 alumni and guests.  The speakers included prominent political and business leaders such as Robert Rubin, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, 1995-99; Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of CE; Newt Gingrich, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-99; Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative, 1997-2001; and Samuel Bodman, U.S. Secretary of Energy.

 

 Please Support the Fight against ALS!

 Avi Kremer, HBS MBA2006, came to HBS with the ambition to become one of the leaders in the world, just like most HBS students do.  However, in the fall of 2004, he was diagnosed of having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), so called Lou Gehrig disease.  ALS is a fatal illness that attacks the brainfs ability to control onefs muscle.  The average life expectancy is only two to five years.

 Under this devastating situation, Avi stood up to fight against ALS. He raised awareness of ALS and 2 million dollars as research funds.  In spring of 2006, with the help of his fellow classmates, he founded Prize 4 Life (http://www.prize4life.org/), a non profit organization which plans to raise 10 million dollars for the prize of a research contest for the cure of ALS. 

 As an acknowledgement of the impact he has made to the HBS community and to the world, Avi received this yearfs HBS Deanfs Award.   Avi has drawn media attention and has appeared in Wall Street Journal (http://webreprints.djreprints.com/1497630308690.html), New England Cable News, and many other articles. 

 However, awareness and research of ALS is still very limited due to the very short life expectancy of patients.

 Inspired by Avifs passion, the Japanese students of HBS 2006 started to support his fight against ALS in Japan.  Japan is a very important country not only for fund raising, but also for research and media exposure.  In fact, the International ALS/MND Conference will be held in Yokohama this November. 

 Please support the fight against ALS by forwarding this information about ALS, making a contribution to Prize 4 Life (http://www.prize4life.org/), or helping Prize 4 Lifefs activity in Japan.  If you have any questions, please contact Yusuke Watanabe (ywatanabe@mba2006.hbs.edu).

 Links:

Documentary of Avi Kremer

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9126292333611977288&q=yuval+orr

Prize4life URL

www.prize4life.org 

 

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