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Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council

We have shared these months to tell what social contribution activities IISIA/RIJAG has dedicated to and for the purpose of gaining a bigger voice in global societies, we have set a goal to acquire a place of consultative status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in United States. Through the place of consultative status in ECOSOC, we may enhance a global assertiveness and make the concept of “Pax Japonica” come true.

What does “consultative status” mean? Article 71 of the UN Charter offers a chance to non-governmental organizations of providing suitable consultations to the members of united states and its activities. The consultative relationship with ECOSOC is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the United Nations Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship.

Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the Committee on NGOs, which is composed by 19 Member States. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their program of work has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. The basic resources of the organization must be derived mainly from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members. Moreover, organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

There are three categories of status: General consultative status, Special consultative status and Roster status. General consultative status is reserved for large international NGOs whose area of work cover most of the issues on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. These tend to be fairly large, established international NGOs with a broad geographical reach.

Special consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the ECOSOC. Organizations that apply for consultative status but do not fit in any of the other categories are usually included in the Roster. These NGOs tend to have a rather narrow and/or technical focus. NGOs that have formal status with other UN bodies or specialized agencies (FAO, ILO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, WHO and others), can be included on the ECOSOC Roster. The roster lists NGOs that ECOSOC or the UN Secretary-General considers can make “occasional and useful contributions to the work of the Council or its subsidiary bodies.”

Non-governmental organizations in general, special or roster consultative status that express their wish to attend conferences convened by the United Nations shall be accredited for participation. Other non-governmental organizations wishing to be accredited may apply to the Secretariat of the conference for this purpose.

To satisfy the requirements for applying the place of special consultative status, IISIA/RIJAG has to plan and operate the relevant events as many as she can, especially those concerning the goals that UN has promoted such as SDGs. Recently, we have jointed the activity of UN75, which is marking its 75th anniversary of the UN. The UN75 is encouraging more and more people all over the world to join the discussion via online engagement due to the influence of COVID-19.

The main topics of dialogue which UN75 recommends are “What kind of future do we want to create?”, “Are we on track?” and “What action is needed to bridge the gap?”. We have held a very successful online discussion last month with the members of IISIA and the achievement will be submitted to the UN. After the submission, it will be released in public soon. We hope to bring you another view of point that how we are looking at this world.

On-line course with FSPPM, Vietnam

Continue to the issue of overseas internship with UNECON Russia last week, we would like to introduce another internship project with Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, Vietnam (FSPPM). IISIA/RIJAG and FSPPM signed a cooperation agreement last year for the purpose of establishing an internship program for their students.

This program will consist of academic research and practical works concerning information literacy to train highly qualified researchers and practitioners with the skills and knowledge to solve contemporary global or regional or local social, economic and political problems. And the goals of this collaboration project between IISIA/RIJAG and FSPPM are firstly, by educating students with fundamental knowledge and principles of “information literacy” to lead them to acquire skills of making strategic future scenarios and leadership. Secondly, providing the internship program in Tokyo in order to give opportunities for students to understand well the way of Japanese society and business world and through this activity we hope the students can enhance their ability of intercultural communication and global mindset.

Moreover, we IISIA/RIJAG has dedicated ourself to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocated by United Nations, especially focuses on SDG4 (Quality Education), SDG8(Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG16(Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), and SDG17(Partnerships for the Goals). With a shared understanding and common background towards our commitment to SDGs, IISIA/RIJAG strongly believe that executing this joint-program with FSPPM would be of great significance for the better future.

The program is actually consisted of the following activities. Firstly, the online course is. Students must join and actively participate in an online discussion on every topic which is designated to Facebook group “IISIA/RIJAG-Fulbright University Vietnam Discussion Forum for Information Literacy”. Secondly, taking part in two IISIA/RIJAG workshops which will be held in FSPPM campus to achieve the fulfilling tasks and receiving evaluation. Based on the result, we will provide one or two competitive students to have an internship chance to work as a part time in IISIA/RIJAG in Tokyo for one month. And finally the interns have to write an report which will be posted on our monthly magazine.

Unfortunately, this cooperation program has been suspended right now due to the COVID-19. We are looking forward to resume it soon in the near future.

Overseas interns with IISIA/RIJAG

Last summer in 2019, we have successfully held an internship in Tokyo with two university students from Russia. They were the students of a leading University of Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) in Russia. The interns not only acquire the skills of “information literacy” but also learned Japanese corporate culture. You may be wondering that why we chose a russian university for an internship program?

Bilateral relations between the Japanese and Russian government have been made rapid progress in recent years and in order to develop it further more in private sector, the CEO of IISIA and RIJAG, Mr. Harada has participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2014 and 2018 as a panelist, which made an initial contact with Russia’s leading university, the above mentioned UNECON.

working as part time in IISIA

Since its establishment in 2007, IISIA has dedicated itself into the “information literacy” education for young generation and conducted a pioneer course called “IISIA Prep School” for excellent university students in Japan. Obviously, the importance of “information literacy” education to make future scenario is as same in Russia and in the global society. Therefore, IISIA jointed together with RIJAG to hold an internship program for the students from UNECON to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for their future career, particularly in terms of “information literacy” based on our experiences and commitment in “IISIA Prep School”.

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attending prep school with japanese university students

The two interns have been selected by the following criteria such as writing essays, evaluating the performance of participation in the program activities through the Face Book group “IISIA-UNECON” Discussion forum for the purpose of information literacy education. Finally, they had to attend an interview with the CEO of IISIA/RIJAG, Mr. Harada during a workshop held in May of 2019 on UNECON campus. It was our great honor to finally announce Ms. K. Perova and Ms. E. Gannochka to joint with us for the internship program in Tokyo last summer.

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information literacy lessons with the CEO of IISIA, Mr. Harada

They worked as part-time in our office, which is located in the central commercial area in Tokyo called “Marunouchi” between the Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace. During the internship, they received intensive Japanese language lessons to help them understand more Japanese culture. And the most important program is to learn and to practice the skills of information literacy through writing up to 15 pages of essay and published in Monthly Report of IISIA. Not only paper works also did they meet with Japanese prominent business and academic leaders including Isao Kubota, the chairman of Nishi Nippon City Bank, one of the most influential regional banks in Japan.

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japanese language lessons

They also spent their private time to take a round in Tokyo to understand more for Japan. And from their smiles, we know this internship has been become a “seed” deep in their heart and may help their future career. Unfortunately, the internship of this year has been suspended due to the COVID-19. However, we will resume it once the border has been reopened. Look forward to meeting talented students from all over the world.

Future scenario and Leadership

Nowadays, uncertainly and volatility is increasing in the world, how to carve out own path, lead the organization and create renovation are important. This seminar is aimed at young generation, to learn how to make the future scenario through information literacy.

This seminar in Tokyo University is part of IISIA’s social contribution program, which uses 50% of the profits generated from the membership fees of IISIA’s membership services.

Through this education program, we will make further contributions to achieve the early achievement of the SDGs(Sustainable Development Goals), especially focus on SDG4 (Quality Education), SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth), and SDG16 (Peace, justice and strong institution) set by the United Nations.

As to the seminar, there are three parts in each class and students are divided into three groups. First, seminar is started by Tutor Mr. Harada, who will look back those issues talked last week and confirmed everyone can follow well. Also, he will talk about some current and big news like a warming up to get into the main issue.

The students divided into three groups will make a presentation in turns. First group will talk about the current news, and the other two groups will discuss the assigned book. To show how much and how deeply they understand or are aware of something. Through the discussion to try to find the core of the issue, and what we should take action or where we should go to. The tutor Mr. Harada will involve in the discussion in proper timing. Basically, he tries to create a free-talking atmosphere to ensure everyone can rack their brains. It is not about the right or wrong, but what you are thinking. Finally, Mr. Harada will make a summary of the assigned book and talk the essence which he thinks. However, this is not the ending; he tries every effort to give some additional information after the class concerned those issues mentioned during the seminar.

This year we have successfully finished all the seminars. You may be wondering that we focused on. Just for your inference, the following issues were the topics we have discussed in the past three months:

  1. Introduction of IISIA and RIJAG
  2. The Heisei Bubble and Collapse
  3. Cosmos and Us
  4. What is the really the United Nations
  5. What is the information literacy
  6. What is the origin of Japan
  7. Japanese middle age and Kyoto
  8. Japanese modern age and Korea/US
  9. Gnosticism at the root of the Western countries
  10. Essence, Segments, Consciousness, and Words
  11. What is the Essence of problem of Iran

Also here attached the topics selected by students who presented during this semester.

  • Obama gate
  • the struggle for hegemony between China and the U.S. and genome editing technology
  • digital RMB in china, will lunch in 2022, Beijing Olympic
  • a propaganda bill for South Korea and Japanese government
  • Hong Kong national security law and future of Hongkong
  • Gold in London, and the two presidents of Venezuela fight for it. ―China’s shrinking interest and the U.S.’s path to the shale gas is key.
  • monetary base and Japanese default
  • The risk of flooding of the Yangtze River increases. ―The future of the Three Gorges Dam

Let us talk more about our social contributions next time.

Global Leader Raising: IISIA Prep-School

NEWS:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/23/asia/thailand-anti-government-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53798826

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30389095

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53770939

You may wonder why we started the blog with Thai protest movement that has been taking place recently.

Thai`s unemployment rate is soaring in Thailand due to the influence of COVID-19.

About 3,000 young people went out onto the street and appealed to the government to remove Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, out of office and democratize. Democratic society operates on the will of the majority; the reason that young people demand democracy is to reflect their voices on politics and make their lives better  ― by themselves.

Young talents are the future of the country. And we IISIA has been dedicating ourselves to turning them into global leaders and encouraging them to embody Pax Japonica – a theory of peace and development using Japan model for international community.

IISIA has made a number of achievements in educating young talents to become the next global leaders.

IISIA has been holding Prep-school seminars since 2012 in collaboration with our sister organization Research Institute for Japan`s Globalization (RIJAG).

Prep-school is a learning platform for college students to nurture leaders that direct world order. The students in question are those interested in promoting understanding and trusting relationship toward Japan within international society. Many of those students interested in the prep-school endeavored to become a career diplomat just like IISIA`s CEO and founder, Takeo Harada.

The educational model that prep-school utilized is Information Literacy education.

It taught students how to deeply analyze public information, withdraw essential conclusion from there, and make future scenarios provided from the conclusion.

We often employed the theme, “The World`s Changing. Japan`s Moving. We Need Leaders.”

The leaders that we need entail three keywords –global, innovative, and leadership. And the leaders can create a new world order, breaking through existing issues that the world embraces. They discern what is really Japanese; think and act beyond the framework of nation states. The prep-school proceeded with thorough discussions and on-site speech made by Takeo Harada.

Examples of our graduates` career:

財務省、外務省、経済産業省、防衛省、モルガン・スタンレー、マッキンゼー、三菱東京UFJ、三井住友FG、東芝、新日鐵、川崎重工業、あずさ監査法人、カシオ…

About 30 bright students from Japan-U.S. Student Association, Japan`s Mock UN club, ICU and Tournament enthusiastically joined the prep-school in 2015. They submitted reports in both Japanese and English and attended 6 series of lectures by Takeo Harada. The content is as follows:

Day1:What is Happening in the World Today?

Day2:What is Happening in Japan Now? What is Really Problematic?

Day3: Information Literacy. Learning the method of “Abduction”

Day4:Special Lecture Inviting Chairman Konno as a Guest.

Day5:The Core Values of Global Leadership

Day6:Wrap-up Group Presentation/Discussion, Making Future Scenarios Together.

Another round in 2018, prep-school was held for a few hours long per seminar and covered academic literatures about the topics below:

― Difference between Synchronicity and AI Synchronicity

― The Transition of Energy Policies under the GHQ Control and Future Scenarios

― Special District for Shanghai Nationality-less refugees in the Modern History of Juda and Japan

Where did the graduates of prep-school go?

There are nearly 300 graduates of IISIA prep-school nationwide; many of them made their careers in many known companies in the public sectors or finance industry, and became consultants, politicians and entrepreneurs. Those young talents, having learned the principle of information analysis and scenario-making, carry the lessons to the next stage of their life, become leaders themselves and disseminate those principles to another set of young talents.

IISIA aim to make this cycle of leader nurturing through our free Information Literacy education deriving from our intelligence service provided to IISIA subscribers who have deep interest in the world and the world beyond.

Therefore, IISIA`s corporate goal in mind is to reach 0.5-0.6million Japanese leaders, change their thinking framework from the bottom, and lead the next generation to make a better future for Japan and other countries.

We appreciate your interest and cooperation.

Thank you for reading!

Global Leadership Unit (GLU)

IISIA and Information Literacy: Why does it matter?

COVID-19 pandemic was a totally unexpected event that turned the world and the world`s economy upside down.

https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/coronavirus/socio-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html

But, really? Did corona virus appear just out of nowhere? – The answer is no.

There are always meanings to events, but most of us experience them without realizing those meaning.

The past four articles that we published so far highlighted the following topics on the method of abduction: the thinking framework used by Western elites, the thinking framework that supported Japan`s high economic growth of the late 1900s, the process to provoke innovation with abduction, and how to acquire this skill.

All these relate to information literacy — the skill that we are committed to convey throughout Japan and across countries.

But then, do you know what information literacy exactly is?

If not, we highly recommend you to grasp the idea as to boost your potential for innovation and leadership, the keys to success in your career, and in a bigger prospect, the power of the country.

Information Literacy refers to the ability of extracting the essence out of a bunch of information through relating back to historical chronology and synchronizing with current events, producing future scenarios from those experience.

If you had high information literacy, actually, this pandemic was not an unexpected happening, but a carefully calculated event (Unfortunately, we can tell you no more as this is our exclusive information as a result of our thorough, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, and it is only exposed in to the subscribers of our service).

Many consultants, analysts, reporters, politicians, businessmen, and whatever smart people do very well in analyzing what is ongoingly happening or has happened in the past. But this is the hidden pitfall of humanity. Actually, this is not sufficient for you to understand the world and take initiative – because you still fear what may occur in the future, totally invisible and unpredictable. This won`t help you get prepared and take whole control of your own life.

Humans live within their individual “frameworks” – Probably, the word “comfort zone” is easier to understand. When things are happening as you imagined or experienced, you feel at ease. You are being able to take your surroundings under command

Yet, when something happens; and that something has never occurred in your life so you don`t know the definition of it, you feel scared, worried, angry, or upset. Humans` brains try to escape from such discomfort by ignoring it or blaming external factors (environment, other people related, society, etc. ) rather than confronting the unexpected. The ending of the story isn`t always happy in this case. Let`s suppose you heard us talk about the pandemic last year. You would think we are talking some fantasy, but surprisingly, we have been saying that immunity would be the biggest issue in the year of 2020, since 2012.

The question is : how can we prevent negative outcome? – You expand your framework much before the unexpected happens, and what extends your framework is information literacy. In a simple explanation, if you know it rains tomorrow, you know what shoes to choose. Information literacy does the same thing in a much bigger scale.

We IISIA, value information literacy.

IISIA operates on our mission to give people hope and future. And the hopeful future is characterized as Pax Japonica.

This word is associated with words like Pax Britannica and Pax Americana.

However, Pax Japonica is totally different; those two countries disseminated such ideas to dominate the world. But as you may know, Japan is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. The world we envision is not an ultra-nationalistic one or Japan as No.1, but it is a world of co-existence. What we aim through all our activities is to pursue peace and development not only in Japan, but using `the Japan model` to achieve a better international society.

The problem is that we Japanese ourselves are not aware of what is happening in the world and what is awaiting us ahead. We are the obstacles to the way to Pax Japonica.

We continue to claim the importance of information literacy as the foundation for humanity to think about others, the world, beyond oneself.

Therefore, we distribute future scenario reports to our 800 subscribers, and use 50% of the profits to commit CSR activities that are to provide information literacy education to young talents in and out of Japan.

In the coming articles, we will introduce our CSR projects.

Thank you for reading! Your feedback and questions are very welcome.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us. See you in the next chapter!

About Takeo Harada
Founder and CEO of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA), an independent think tank located in the heart of Tokyo. Former career diplomat in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly in charge of European affairs and DPRK, for the period of 12 years, Takeo Harada is extremely well-versed in the area of global strategy with his original methodology of future analysis and risk scenarios. Takeo Harada is frequently invited to international forums, panel discussions, and other events to share his unique outlook on “what is going to happen” based on his consistent belief of `Pax Japonica.

What is `Pax Japonica?`
Takeo Harada`s unique ideology, which lies in the belief that Japan, embracing overwhelming amount of social challenges, is bound to embody itself as the role model of overcoming those challenges likely to be faced by the whole world ultimately, for the end of giving hopes and futures for all the people across the world.

What does IISIA do?
An independent think tank that collects, analyzes, and publish regular reports on international affairs, we feel great commitment to making the world better by providing our unique future scenarios that no other can construct with our rich information resources. What we aim through this commitment is to enhance information literacy for all to eventually realize our company vision of `Pax Japonica,` which we believe is closely correlated with the promotion of UN values and SDGs.

Check out the official HP of IISIA to gain more necessary information:
https://haradatakeo.com/
https://haradatakeo.com/?p=79867

How to Acquire the Method of “Abduction”

We have been discussing the method of “Abduction” so far. Now we will move on to the step of acquiring the method ourselves. Surprisingly, the method is not too complicated for anyone to learn and can be put into practice immediately.

To begin with, you must get enough sleep at night and get up early in the morning. Getting enough sleep seems easy, but it significantly affects one`s daily performance, and accumulation of stress reduces one`s productivity eventually. Many of America’s famous CEOs wake up early and they begin their brand-new days around 4 am.

Reference1 https://lrandcom.com/articles/why_starbucks_ceo_get_up_four_thirty_in_the_moring

Reference 2

Besides, by getting up early, you get free time to raise your awareness of “fixed observation” and “comparison” . In other words, you can collect date by surfing the net and analyze each information.

There are points to be conscious of when collecting information. Firstly, do not read too carefully. Secondly, just read the subheading and important parts of the same media. By doing so you can notice a little difference. “fixed observation” and “comparison” are easy tasks, but they bring you many new points of views, which enables you to discover new horizons.

For the last important part, you review your notes. Then, you will see the relevance of the events you wrote down. You imagine what will happen in the future. You do these works at fixed times every day.

Reference 3

https://www.lifehack.org/796333/take-notes#:~:text=Making%20note%2Dtaking%20a%20habit,set%20you%20up%20for%20success.

Secondly, once a week, you investigate in detail something that stimulates your curiosity. It is important, at that time, to search several information, from an academic journal to an article made of an unlikely story in search result. You must carefully read “what happened in the past” about the event, person and company, to come to an understanding of common sense that makes you predict the future.

The notes you write every day will pile up after a month, and your knowledge will be enriched. While you are looking at the reality and internet, it will begin to structure the image of the future naturally. At this timing, you write down briefly, “the future scenario”. The important thing is to assemble the fact from the discoveries gained from your past notes.

Finally, you apply your own view, “scenario” in the workplace. If you are trained in the “Abduction”, you do not have to be afraid of the argument with your boss. At this moment, you can logically describe a “scenario” of the “image of the future” in your head. Forming up your future scenario alone is not enough, you should demonstrate leadership to convey your ideas effectively to others and gain their sympathy. Otherwise, people don`s rise up to make new action.

Reference 4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scenario)

The discoveries in your brain that you gained from this training act as a framework to move others. It is inseparable from the method of leadership that drives modern society. Although innovation is not easy, method of “Abduction” and these training would surely help you make difference.

Written by Kyoka Umezono
International student in Shanghai International Studies University.

Major in Business English.
She has been in Shanghai, China more than 7 years and wishes to be a bridge between Japan and China in the future.
Due to the COVID-19, she is now working as an intern in IISIA until the reopen of border closure.

About Takeo Harada
Founder and CEO of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA), an independent think tank located in the heart of Tokyo. Former career diplomat in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly in charge of European affairs and DPRK, for the period of 12 years, Takeo Harada is extremely well-versed in the area of global strategy with his original methodology of future analysis and risk scenarios. Takeo Harada is frequently invited to international forums, panel discussions, and other events to share his unique outlook on “what is going to happen” based on his consistent belief of `Pax Japonica.

What is `Pax Japonica?`
Takeo Harada`s unique ideology, which lies in the belief that Japan, embracing overwhelming amount of social challenges, is bound to embody itself as the role model of overcoming those challenges likely to be faced by the whole world ultimately, for the end of giving hopes and futures for all the people across the world.

What does IISIA do?
An independent think tank that collects, analyzes, and publish regular reports on international affairs, we feel great commitment to making the world better by providing our unique future scenarios that no other can construct with our rich information resources. What we aim through this commitment is to enhance information literacy for all to eventually realize our company vision of `Pax Japonica,` which we believe is closely correlated with the promotion of UN values and SDGs.

Check out the official HP of IISIA to gain more necessary information:
https://haradatakeo.com/
https://haradatakeo.com/?p=79867

The process to provoke innovation with “Abduction”

We have introduced the Japanese thinking methods such as the KJ method, KOZANE method and Equivalent Transformation Theory last week. You may be wondering that how come it is possible to look through the future and take actions with the thinking method of “abduction”.

Honestly speaking, we Japanese are now under the pressure of the financial capitalism overwhelmed worldwide, and moreover how to administer the increasingly immense information on the internet. If we cannot consider them into a new framework of abduction, it would be ended up with just a game of thinking.

Therefore, what exactly we need is the “abduction” like the following graph.

Reference1:

“Abduction” by Takeo Harada

Full use of your five senses like eyesight, hearing and kinesthesia to collect the information which is already happened. Then you will see “because A, so B”, which is to say “causality”. At this moment, you may feel something about this “encounter”; it is accidental but inevitable. It sounds weird however the synchronicity just happens. It brings you some illogical image about the “future”.

Reference 2: Synchronicity

https://go.gale.com/ps/anonymous?id=GALE%7CA20860374&sid=googleScholar&v=2.1&it=r&linkaccess=abs&issn=10559760&p=AONE&sw=w

Then what we need to do next is “backcasting”. If we know what future is waiting for us, then we can image what it will be before that. Though there is still nothing happened now, we need to make a picture, which is to say “scenario planning” for the causality which leads to the so-called future.

However, the most important is leadership. Whatever the awareness, ideas, scenario we have, a leader is needed to set the goal, to make competent strategy against rivals, to act and execute, to conduct teammate, and to evaluate the result. Therefore, the purpose of “abduction” is to invoke innovation through the awareness and brand-new ideas.

Reference3: predicting brains

https://neurosciencenews.com/brain-predictions-8563/

As we have talked before, the Japanese society is lack of a kind of human resource, who do have the ability to get awareness. Even if they are feeling something, it seems hard to shape it into a materiality. Thus, we do have a lot of intellectual asset, however most of them will never get on the production line.

What we Japanese need now is to get awareness into shape; and for promoting innovation worldwide, the incubator is necessary. Anyone can be the incubator, and be related to the mentioned “abduction”. From the point of view of globalism, what exactly the so-called “abduction” is? Is it unique or shared commonly in the world? Let us talk next time.

Reference 4: talks with intern students from Rusia

About Takeo Harada
Founder and CEO of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA), an independent think tank located in the heart of Tokyo.Former career diplomat in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly in charge of European affairs and DPRK, for the period of 12 years, Takeo Harada is extremely well-versed in the area of global strategy with his original methodology of future analysis and risk scenarios. Takeo Harada is frequently invited to international forums, panel discussions, and other events to share his unique outlook on “what is going to happen” based on his consistent belief of `Pax Japonica.

What is `Pax Japonica?`
Takeo Harada`s unique ideology, which lies in the belief that Japan, embracing overwhelming amount of social challenges, is bound to embody itself as the role model of overcoming those challenges likely to be faced by the whole world ultimately, for the end of giving hopes and futures for all the people across the world.

What does IISIA do?
An independent think tank that collects, analyzes, and publish regular reports on international affairs, we feel great commitment to making the world better by providing our unique future scenarios that no other can construct with our rich information resources. What we aim through this commitment is to enhance information literacy for all to eventually realize our company vision of `Pax Japonica,` which we believe is closely correlated with the promotion of UN values and SDGs.

Check out the official HP of IISIA to gain more necessary information:
https://haradatakeo.com/
https://haradatakeo.com/?p=79867

The Japanese way of Thinking Surpassed the Western’s?

As we have discussed last week that we need a kind of frame work to help generate innovation which can boost the economic development again. And we also talked about the western methods of reasoning, such as the induction, deduction and abduction claimed by Aristotle, a philosopher in Ancient Greece and furthermore advanced by American philosopher Charles Peirce.

Except the western methods, didn’t we Japan have such a distinguished way of thinking? We did, of course. The KJ method proposed by Jiro Kawakita, an ethnographer in the 1960s, is used to administer immense and various kinds of data and information effectively. However, this method did not live long in Japanese society. The problem is probably on the last phase of “writing” which is usually thought bothersome. In other words, to deal with information in a planned way seems difficult for Japanese people.

Reference 1:

KJ method   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_diagram

Let us look at another thinking method in Japanese way. The so-called “KOZANE (splint) method” developed by Tadao Umesao born in Kyoto in 1920 and a Japanese anthropologist. The Kozane method is started from writing down any idea concerning the topic in one word or short message in a small scrap of paper. Then to gather the similar ones which make senses and to staple them. Finally, to construct them in order and to make it into a writing text. Unfortunately, it is disappeared in Japanese society as the KJ method afterward.

Reference 2:

Tadao Umesao   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadao_Umesao

KOZANE method

Another method of “Equivalent Transformation Theory”, a theory about creation and innovation should be spotlighted. It is advocated by science and engineering professor Kikuya Ichikawa of Doshisya University in the late of 1960s. Creation means something took from the past should be abandoned some part of it and introduce something new instead, so that it can be reconstructed and make the innovation possible. In fact, there were many cases of innovation happened in high economic growth period in Japan could be explained by this theory. However again, it seems to be gone with the wind.

Reference 3:

Kikuya Ichikawa-Japan Creativity Development Center https://www.jcdc.jp/

Why these outstanding thinking methods developed by Japanese foregoer won’t take root in Japan? First, while we enjoyed the atmosphere of “Japan is number one” in 1980s, the America made their every effort to study Japanese industries and to think about how to monopolize the frame work used in business world. When we Japanese people are aware of it, it is already too late to do anything and just struggle for chasing the rules made by the outside world.

Second, the research and development department which was once regarded as the cash cow are almost cut after the high economic growth period in Japan followed under the rules of accounting criteria set by the other side across the sea and those leaders who are just swayed by the so-called accounting strategy.

It is necessary to bring it back again now that the Japanese foregoer has taught us with the frame work of abduction and to ask ourselves what should we do from now on? Let us continue on next week.

About Takeo Harada
Founder and CEO of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA), an independent think tank located in the heart of Tokyo. Former career diplomat in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly in charge of European affairs and DPRK, for the period of 12 years, Takeo Harada is extremely well-versed in the area of global strategy with his original methodology of future analysis and risk scenarios. Takeo Harada is frequently invited to international forums, panel discussions, and other events to share his unique outlook on “what is going to happen” based on his consistent belief of `Pax Japonica.`

What is `Pax Japonica?`
Takeo Harada`s unique ideology, which lies in the belief that Japan, embracing overwhelming amount of social challenges, is bound to embody itself as the role model of overcoming those challenges likely to be faced by the whole world ultimately, for the end of giving hope and future for all the people across the world.

What does IISIA do?
An independent think tank that collects, analyzes, and publish regular reports on international affairs, we feel great commitment to making the world better by providing our unique future scenarios that no other can construct with our rich information resources. What we aim through this commitment is to enhance information literacy for all to eventually realize our company vision of `Pax Japonica,` which we believe is closely correlated with the promotion of UN values and SDGs.

Check out the official HP of IISIA to gain more necessary information:
https://haradatakeo.com/
https://haradatakeo.com/?p=79867

What is “Abduction” used by western elites?

“Why does the Western elites use this `framework` to move the world?” authored by Takeo Harada

We have discussed last time that the current Japanese society is lack of the ability of “innovation”. However, the global capital flow from China market or other countries to Japan is still on a buying craze for Japanese technology. If we cannot create something new, then just waiting for sinking.

The problem is “how”? Is there any frame work like “all-purpose drug” that we Japanese can learn and not only survive in such a difficult time but also lead the global society like the western elites who have continuously changed the world based on such a frame work?

The numbers of consultants all over Japan do share a “common sense” among the world of business consulting that the standard of “innovation” which can stir up the whole business world does not exist. Moreover, the winning strategy of educating the leadership for the global scale is impossible.

Is that true? The “common sense” in business consulting industry usually contains three steps of globalization, innovation and leadership. Actually, they all have been connected by the people and the so-called frame work of “Abduction”. If we do know how to master it, then those three steps will also go ahead.

Mr. Takeo Harada, CEO and Representative of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA) located in Tokyo, Japan, delivered a speech on think tanks’ future role towards solution-oriented globalism for the common interest of humankind, on the occasion of 2019 High Level Seminar on World-leading Think Tanks co-organized by Center for China and Globalization and Penn Wharton China Center on 29 May, 2019 in Beijing, PRC.

So, what does the “Abduction” mean? When it comes to the method of reasoning, it may remind you the “deduction” and “induction” approaches claimed by Aristotle, a philosopher in Ancient Greece. The deduction works from the more general to the more specific. On the other hand, induction moves from specific observations to broader generalizations and theories.

However, no matter the deduction or the induction, there is nothing new born from them. They all work based on the existent facts. In other words, they are just presented under a frame work of fact situation and are stuffed their correctness up. Unfortunately, the goal is not to create a frame work itself or something beyond it.

Here comes the apagoge. An indirect argument which proves thing by showing the impossibility or absurdity of the contrary. American philosopher Charles Peirce has advanced it into the concept of “abduction” which is a form of logical inference. It starts with an observation or set of observations and then seeks to find the simplest and most likely conclusion from the observations.

This process, unlike deductive reasoning, yields a plausible conclusion but does not positively verify it. One can understand abductive reasoning as inference to the best explanation, although not all usages of the term of abduction and inference to the best explanation are exactly equivalent. While we experience some happenings in front of us, in our mind we could fit others into “it must be~” or “it shall become~” and this is what we called “awakening”,

When it comes to the “awakening”, is that the only way to acquire it from western inference mentioned above for Japanese people? Or, we should have known it, but forgot? If so, how to bring back to memory? Let us talk about it next time.

References:

UNESCO (Information Literacy)

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/information-literacy/

SDG(Global Innovation Exchange)

http://stisolutions4sdgs.globalinnovationexchange.org/

“Is There Abduction in Aristotle?”

https://www.ocula.it/files/OCULA-FluxSaggi-PRONI-Is-there-abduction-in-aristotle-peirce-eco.pdf

About Takeo Harada
Founder and CEO of Institute for International Strategy and Information Analysis, Inc. (IISIA), an independent think tank located in the heart of Tokyo.Former career diplomat in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly in charge of European affairs and DPRK, for the period of 12 years, Takeo Harada is extremely well-versed in the area of global strategy with his original methodology of future analysis and risk scenarios. Takeo Harada is frequently invited to international forums, panel discussions, and other events to share his unique outlook on “what is going to happen” based on his consistent belief of `Pax Japonica.

What is `Pax Japonica?`
Takeo Harada`s unique ideology, which lies in the belief that Japan, embracing overwhelming amount of social challenges, is bound to embody itself as the role model of overcoming those challenges likely to be faced by the whole world ultimately, for the end of giving hopes and futures for all the people across the world.

What does IISIA do?
An independent think tank that collects, analyzes, and publish regular reports on international affairs, we feel great commitment to making the world better by providing our unique future scenarios that no other can construct with our rich information resources. What we aim through this commitment is to enhance information literacy for all to eventually realize our company vision of `Pax Japonica,` which we believe is closely correlated with the promotion of UN values and SDGs.

Check out the official HP of IISIA to gain more necessary information:
https://haradatakeo.com/
https://haradatakeo.com/?p=79867