2024/05/29 16:30

Everyone, come and visit Yamamoto school!

Everyone, come and visit Yamamoto school!
Come and meet these great people who have had great experiences! Learn from them and live your life to the full!

Masanobu Yamamoto

While he was working for the Hitachi Zosen Corporation in Northern Europe he carried out the success of an 85% market share and created a legend. He also accomplished the success of an 85% market share in Indonesia. Eighteen years after he joined the Hitachi Zosen Corporation, he was headhunted to the Cahners Exposition Japan. He established the biggest international trade show for business firms in the whole of Asia (e.g. glasses, jewel goods, writing material/office work, hardware box, airline/space business, books, computer-aided publishing, fine particle, beautician/beauty salon/cosmetics, superconductivity and CAI/education) and, once again, led this to the great success. Shortly after he was headhunted to SEGA and made the record of ten times more of earnings for third parties, doubling of earnings in the United States and a 63% market share. He is currently working as a business consultant and an advisor for several enterprises through business management. On the other side, he is active in writing and completes hundreds of lecture circuits each year at university campuses and overseas.

It is a place for you to learn and communicate with other people from different generations. It is organized on the 18th of every month. Everyone is highly-motivated and they make the place lively with their powerful energy. You could call it a meeting for cross-industrial association but it is little bit different from that. Aside from executive committee members of different circles from each university, there are so many great people including Members of Parliament, government bureaucrats, financial leaders, young entrepreneurs, writers, artists, chartered accountants, lawyers, architectures, university professors and athletes and we all get together every time. There are young people, senior people, men and women. You can learn so much by listening to these great people from different age groups and industries every time you come here. There is a variety of great stories that you can not hear anywhere else. Many collaborations have been created between speakers, students and entrepreneurs, which led to the establishment of new companies and organizations. Moreover, the line-up of the meeting is different every time so it’s always fresh and you will be amused all the time. Another aspect of the Yamamoto School is that ambassadors from each country always attend this meeting and it proves the high level of quality of the Yamamoto School. The more meetings we have, the more energised we become. It is regarded in high opinion as a place to understand the essence of Japan and Japan today.

Myself and the Yamamoto School have no specific religion or agenda so we have no specific purpose either. I guess having no purpose is our purpose. Well, if there was a purpose, it would be to make sure your eyes are lit up with the hope of achieving your dreams! According to Mr. Kazuo Noda, the brightest time for us was the Osaka Expo in 1970. I was also very proud of our country developing at the time and showed the guests from overseas around the Expo. However, when I got back from crossing the world on business, I could see no hopes in the Japanese people’s eyes. I would like to encourage getting more people who are full of energy, with their eyes lit up with the hope of achieving their dreams!

Your fatigue and clouded mind will be gone by feeling the air of excitement and meeting the “masters of life” from the Yamamoto School! You will also feel a new found sense of motivation and bravery. You will think, “Okay, I will try as well!” and go with your new found motivation. Your perception of people will change and you will feel that the world you are living in is very small. Because everyone at the school has already experimented in their own way, you will want to launch yourself on the new world and will want to make yourself the main character in your own legend! And you will attend an after-party and say “cheers to my new encounters!” It is very meaningful to attend the Yamamoto School and listen to the lectures but I believe it is also important to attend an after-party and communicate with them in a friendly manner. Your new encounters with people will be very precious.

A summary of Yamamoto School

multicultural living in japan

The increase in the number of English teachers today must have some kind of effect on the variety of living styles.
multicultural living in japanI started an English conversation school called the “Patny Language Link”, one year after I got back from the UK in 1978. It was on the second floor of an old building located in between Ikebukuro train station and the Yamanote line at Mejiro station. I am not sure if it was the name of the school or if it was the fact that I did not have the potential to be a business manager, but the school closed its doors in less than two years. At the time, there was a female British teacher with blonde hair called Chris. Her actual job was being a model but she helped us with classes during her free time. She had already been in Japan for almost a year at the time and she was renting a room in an old house in the residential neighbourhood, around five to seven minutes away from Mejiro station. She had to share a common kitchen, toilet and bathroom yet the rent was unreasonably expensive. After hearing that story I said to her, “With that price, you can rent a normal apartment with a bathroom. Why don’t you move out?” She shook her head from left to right and said, “No way! It is so hard to rent an apartment in Japan. You need to have a guarantor and pay key money and all that, plus, I can’t speak Japanese very well so I can’t go to the real estate agent by myself. I don’t want to ask my friends to come with me either. Considering that, I only have to pay for the rent for the place I am living in now and I can speak English at home as well!” Small space or common utilities did not matter to her. In fact, the complication of renting an apartment seemed to pose more of a problem to her. Not every English teacher in Japan lived in a place like hers. At the time, there weren’t many foreign residents in Japan compared to the 760000 Japan has today. Furthermore, if you don’t include the permanent residents, new immigration would not even have reached an estimated 200000. Therefore, there was a shortage of English teachers in Japan and the pay was better than it is today. The standard of living for those English teachers was even higher than Japanese people. I wonder if there is any recent change to their living standards today. For English teachers today, some of them choose a place which can be rented using a simple procedure (e.g. guest house) like Chris did, and is also well-suited for their purpose or duration of stay. Others, especially those new to English teaching, choose a place where they can communicate with Japanese people so they can get used to being around them. The increase in the number of English teachers today must have some kind of effect on the variety of living styles. written by Masao Ogino President of Ichii CorporationJapan Property Management AssociationExecutive President of International Exchange Organisation