News & Highlights

  • September - November 2021

Sustainability Speaker Series with HBS Club of Japan

In collaboration with the Japan Research Center, the HBS Club of Japan launched a series of webinars on sustainability and invited guest speakers to share and promote their current thinking on sustainability issues in Japan and Asia. The speaker series kicked off with a webinar by Professor George Serafeim in September where he introduced his research on Impact Weighted Accounts (IWA). In November, Senior Lecturer John Macomber discussed his current research on how climate change will transform the way we build and invest. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman, Ayala Group and Koichi Narasaki, CEO, Palantir Japan and CDO, SOMPO Holdings joined as panelists and discussed the actions we can take on a practical level.
  • SEPTEMBER 2021

Growing Home: Yoshito Hori (MBA 1991) on revitalizing his hometown

In August of 2015, Yoshito Hori (MBA 1991) returned to his hometown of Mito, Japan, for a reunion with his high school swimming team. After high school, Hori had gone to Kyoto University and then to HBS, eventually settling in Tokyo to begin his career, which has included founding GLOBIS Management School and GLOBIS Capital Partners, a VC firm. He hadn’t been back to Mito in 34 years. Hori was distressed by what he saw: Shuttered department stores, abandoned buildings, empty streets. It had become a ghost town. “It was a really shocking sight,” says Hori, and one at odds with the bustling commercial hub he remembered. The experience led him to start the Downtown Mito Rebirth Project in 2016, a public-private partnership designed to breathe life back into the city. In this conversation with the Bulletin, Hori talks about his plan to reinvigorate his hometown—and why it's important to save the cities that the global economy has left behind.
  • SEPTEMBER 2021

HBS Online: Tokyo Chapter's winning recommendation for building a global community

Over the last four months, dozens of Harvard Business School Online learners have been brainstorming solutions to connect schools worldwide and build a global community. HBS Online partnered with United Planet for the third-annual Community Challenge and tasked the Community with crafting business plans to improve the reach and scale of the nonprofit’s Virtual Exchange Program. United Planet named the Tokyo Chapter the winner of this year’s Community Challenge. Their proposal detailed strategies for implementing United Planet’s Virtual Exchange Program in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, and India; suggestions for innovative technology use; and a multifaceted marketing plan.
  • August 2021

Closing the Education Gap with Kei Takatsuka (MBA 2022)

Tapping into the HBS Alumni network, Kei Takatsuka (MBA 2022) leveraged three internships across Africa and Japan to help propel her passion to close the education gap not just in her home country of Japan, but around the world. Read about her path from growing up in the countryside of Japan to interning in Nairobi, Nigeria, and then back to Japan to work on an exciting entrepreneurial venture.

New Research on the Region

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  • December 2021
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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Assessing Risk in Carlos Ghosn's International Escape

By: Eugene F. Soltes, Grace Liu and Muneeb Ahmed

In 2018, automotive tycoon Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan on financial misreporting charges, followed later by charges of improper payments and misappropriation of funds. Over a year later, still awaiting trial, Ghosn organized his escape from house arrest in Tokyo to Beirut, Lebanon, where he held a press conference alleging an unfair Japanese justice system and political persecution. This case introduces the business and legal context surrounding Ghosn’s case, and explores Ghosn’s perspective and decision-making process from the time between arrest and escape.

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  • Keizaikei [Kanto Gakuin Journal of Economics and Management]

B Corps: Can It Remake Capitalism in Japan?

This article examines the B Corporation movement that originated in the United States in 2006. The founders sought to create a new type of company whose governance structure mandated them to consider financial, social and environmental performance. A certification scheme was also introduced. In 2012 a group of Latin American business leaders took the concept to that region and widened its scope. Sistema B sought to engage policy makers, educators and other stakeholders in supporting a system-wide change to a more responsible form of capitalism. Although there were thousands of B Corporations by 2021, there were only seven based in Japan. This article explores the reasons for this low take-up of the new organizational form, including limited recognition of the concept, and overlap with traditional Japanese practices which made the cost of certification appear superfluous. The article concludes by placing the B Corps movement in a wider context of an ongoing paradigm shift away from the era of shareholder capitalism. The low take-up of B Corps in Japan reflected Japan's delayed engagement with the new trends which were shifting the nature of global capitalism.

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