Monthly Archives: November 2016

Why Now Quest for Argentinean Beef?

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On November 22, I got back from South America, while I’ve been there for almost one week. Officially, the reason why I was there is quite simple. I just wanted to take part in this year’s APEC CEO Summit in Peru, while I compare it with other similar conferences for global business leaders such as B20. By the way, B20 will hold its first “physical” conference from 1 to 2 December under the German presidency, in which I’ll also participate.

Make sure I just mentioned “officially”. I.e., there was indeed another, much more significant reason why I was there, I mean, in South America. Can you imagine based on what I’ve been reporting through this online column?

As I had expected, nothing inspiring happened during the APEC CEO Summit. A series of “western” celebrities in global conferences such as Mark Zuckerberg, Christine Lagarde and Ian Bremmer were given opportunities to deliver their speeches to the audience, which were awfully boring with repeatedly expressed messages. MZ just screamed, “We urgently need connectivity! Only connectivity saves the world!” CL emphasized, “Only empowerment of women can raise GDP in the global economy.” IB pointed out “Pax Americana is coming to an end. But America remains a super power. Don’t be afraid.” How often did I hear the same stuffs in previous “global” meetings I attended?

Anyway, one thing was made clear to me this time: Globalism was dead. The CEO Summit was full of Chinese participants who could only speak Chinese and were not capable of communicating with foreign guests without Chinese language skills. Whenever they talked to me, they always began to ask me, “您是中国人吗?(Are you Chinese?)” For them, there is obviously one tribe in the whole world, which is proudly called “Chinese”. Why did they rush to Lima this time? They must have been invited by the Chinese authority, while they were given an honorable opportunity to listen to Xi Jinping, President of PRC. They were so excited that they didn’t forget to show well-trained “standing ovation” at the end of their top comrade from Beijing.

No, what I just described was not the stuff which led me to South America. Actually not. The only reason was rather another, much more significant one: The currently accelerating and exceeding climate change on the globe. Particularly for those who’s a new comer to this column, I’ll summarize what’s going on in the climate and human society in the following four points:

-Irregularity of solar activities became irreversible.

-That’s been causing dramatic climate change. In the northern hemisphere, “global cooling” accelerates except for the Arctic Circle, where it’s turned out to be “warming”.

-Due to “cooling” of climate, human bodies are endangered to lose immune strength.

-Everybody begins to hesitate expanding their economic activities, while the global economy per se is shrinking.

The point is, compared with the northern hemisphere, the southern one remains saved, and the center of human civilization is gradually shifting to there. That’s exactly why the British Empire covered many countries and regions in the southern hemisphere, and why the Americans tried to reach out to countries in the southern hemisphere by generous transfer of high technology called “global outsourcing”.

Nevertheless, from my viewpoint, every single country in the southern hemisphere can be nominated as savior of the global economy. Of course, the westerners, as they always do, pretend as if all the countries are well prepared to develop dramatically, which is not the case. For e.g., I’m so sorry to say our Peruvian friends have little chances to change their fundamental status in the world order. You can immediately understand what I mean to say by trying to get local foods there. Whenever you can find only little sorts of local foods, that inevitably indicates that the country and region are not capable of fostering human civilization by nature. This time, I unfortunately made sure that it’s quite the case for Peru.

Compared with Peru, my second stop, Argentina, has obviously tremendous opportunities to develop, which once seemed to be lost for decades after the WWII. Argentina is an experimental, man-made state, while local tribes were massacred. All the people with Argentinean nationality are children of ancestors, who came from outside, particularly Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan. Besides the mixture of cultures and traditions, they have fertile soil which produces splendid foods. Because of this characteristic, the Argentineans were given an opportunity to develop economically till 1920s, whereas their leadership abruptly changed the course, which led the country to both stagnation and political tragedy. That was so ridiculous that any expert can fully explain why. I personally think that these Argentinean leaders with military or ideological backgrounds were forced by the “inner core” of the world order to let down their national economy to wait for “moment of the truth”. Now that the climate change has irreversibly begun, President Macri was elected to get started with Argentinean new era.

To decide whether a certain country or region is promising in this regard, you can simply try to eat “beef” in a local restaurant. By doing so, you can immediately find out the future orientation of the country’s orientation, because beef cattle is fed with either crop or grass. The best quality of beef is always produced with the latter, which is the case in Argentina besides Kazakhstan, where westerners have been trying to penetrate. And the quality of grass is directly generated by local soil, nature product of climate. That’s the genuine “geopolitics” which the Germans developed before the end of WWII. This time, I stayed only 16 hours (!) in Buenos Aires, while I could fully ensure the brilliant future of the once capsuled country. Join me next time to enjoy Argentinean beef in BA. By the way, the next year, B20 meetings are to be held in Argentina. The world keeps on going around. Cheers.

The End of Pax Americana Eventually Declared.

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Ian Bremmer, CEO of Eurasia Group, screamed: “We’re now leaving away from Pax Americana from 1945 to 2016.” Originally, US President Obama should have given a presentation to company executives from all over the world in this year’s APEC CEO Summit in Lima, Peru. However, he skipped the opportunity along with Putin and Tordeau. Instead, the audience was force to listen to Bremmer’s presentation, which he not precisely but enthusiastically gave with full of ironies.

Since 2010, I’ve been professionally participating a series of meetings on global affairs, which have been opened to company executives. While I’m sometimes used to play a role as either panelist or even keynote speaker, I rather concentrate on how “narratives” in the global community are gradually changing. This is exactly why I dare to leave Japan for the APEC CEO Summit in Lima this time, even though lots of obligations due to the capacity of my own small-sized enterprise’s CEO could have hindered me from doing so.

Among these meetings and conferences I’ve attended so far, it was unfortunately this APEC CEO Summit in Peru that inspired me only a little bit. Of course, some high-ranking politicians from the Asia-Pacific region got together thanks to the Peruvian government’s endeavor and delivered speeches. However, the topics they touched upon and underlined were all the issues which western mass media have been repeatedly focusing on almost everyday. For example, Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minster of Singapore, highlighted how to proceed global growth. Or Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF, picked up the issue of women empowerment and proudly announced some South American countries including Peru succeeded to do the “right things” in this regard.

On Day 2, even Mark Zukerberg, CEO of Facebook, was given an opportunity to speak out what he thought towards the future. According to his mindset, it’s global “connectivity” that really matters. By enhancing the connectivity on the globe, we can make much more people “happier” than before, he simply said. And Ian Bremmer, whom I mentioned at first, declared the end of “Pax Americana”, but never joined those who US’ status as the only “superpower” in the world to already lost. In his view, just the way how US behave themselves to protect their own national interest is about to change due to the next Trump administration. In addition, he tried to remind the audience of Trump’s original profession: businessman. Trump is said to recognize the world affairs from the viewpoint of businessman. Thus, something dramatic, which the public opinion currently love to be concerned about, will never happen even under US President-elect D. Trump.

While listening to the speeches, I can’t help from feeling a kind of urgency. The urgency for the global leadership to give explanations in detail on what really matters. Because of accelerating irregularity of solar activities, the climate has been dramatically changing, which is gradually leading the global economy to decline in an irreversible way. In spite of such a simple sequence of significant events on the earth and in human societies, the global leaders never tell the truth to their community with clear-cut logics to urgently call them on to react appropriately. Instead, they always touch upon only the above mentioned single issues relevant to this fundamental problem the earth is facing, which doesn’t just enable their followers to understand what really matters.

As I frequently pointed out in my English columns, the global community won’t be saved, unless even historical secret treasury hidden by selected ultrahigh-ranking leaders in China, Japan and the Occident will be massively poured into the global financial market. And as far as I was informed, 24th of November in this year is said to be the most critical for checking out whether a part of this secret treasury will really be exchanged into cash. Of course, all the panelists and speakers, who appeared on the stage in Lima this time, neither directly mentioned, nor implied it. I. e., either they don’t know, or they pretend not to know the truth.

Because “Pax Japonica” will emerges abruptly in the next phase, somebody, who is authentically capable of explaining what it is and why Pax “American” will be replaced by Pax “Japonica”. In this mean, I’ve not learned a lot here in Peru, but finally made sure what to do from now on.

I’m about to leave Lima for Buenos Aires, where Prime Minister Macri, who also skipped the meeting, governs. From my viewpoint, the both countries will tremendously contribute to build up “Pax Japaonica” thanks to their esteemed populations with Japanese origins. Stay tuned.

 

Ode to Mr. K.

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Yesterday, I was informed by one of classified information sources that Mr. K, former high-ranking official of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, who passed away in the Summer of 2015, had been entitled to play the role of “signer” for the Imperial secret treasure. As soon as I heard that, it spontaneously occurred to me that Mr. K had showed me a book on modern history of the Japanese Imperial family during our conversation in December 2014 in his office. Just after having defeated in three-days discussion with PM Shinzo ABE in terms of raising the rate of consumption tax from 8 to 10%, he told me, “Mr. Harada, I’m awfully tired of these political nonsenses. Instead, I’m interested rather in the Japanese history”. At that time, I couldn’t understand at all what he meant by saying that. Now that I’m fully aware of what he actually did for the sake of our nation “Japan”, I’m extremely proud of being given several opportunities to meet him in MOF through synchronicity. I pray again for his happiness in his next life.

 

 

My New Retreat.

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Sometimes, I can’t help from running away from where I professionally do obligations and try to forget everything. Yes, I need my “retreat”, where I’m able to come back to myself.

In the midst of global volatilities, we just forget to take a rest. A rest to make everyday something special. Instead, we continuously get involved in endless rat race that’ll bring you nothing significant in the end.

Delete all the appointments and meetings ahead in your schedule and throw away iPhone and iPad. Be seated in a flight to the retreat where you can breathe deep. Get back to humanity what you’re originally made of.

Finally, I’m just discovering where I should be. Check it out and join me. Enjoy. From Setouchi, Japan.