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Why is Japan resisting changes?
- Hiromi Murakami (Founder and President of Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE))
Winning his 3rd term as LDP president, Shinzo Abe is on course to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. In his “Innovation 2025” vision released in 2007 during his first stint as premier, he committed his cabinet to turning Japan into an innovative nation. But 11 years later, not only is Japan not an innovative nation, it is losing the innovation race to China, the United States, South Korea and others such as Taiwan, Germany and Singapore. Why? While technology has advanced globally at lightning speed, Japanese business, society and government remain largely closed to change. Instead, they cling to glorified memories of the past and strongly resist introduction of new technologies and processes, and the social values necessary for their absorption. Creativity is not required. Innovative ideas are crushed at birth. Apathy has become normal, and a majority of society feels numb. Why is this happening? Do we have solutions?
Founder and President of Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE)
Hiromi Murakami is the Founder and President of Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE). Prior to founding JSIE, she’s involved in various policy projects in US/Japanese institutions, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Economic Strategy Institute in Washington DC, and the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) in Tokyo. She has worked in the private sector and taught courses at GRIPS in Tokyo and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. She holds BS in physics from Sophia University, an MBA. from St. Mary’s College and a PhD in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. www.jsie.net/en