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Feb 2009 [Preparatory Committee]

February marked an important start of our Dream School Project* - launch of a preparatory committee ("suishin kyogikai"). There are many more steps to clear in order to get an official accreditation as a school. But this surely is a big initial step.

Prep Committee is endorsed and promoted by renowned businessmen including Mr. Idei (former CEO of SONY), Mr. Kitashiro (former CEO of IBM Japan, former Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and Mr. Tateishi (Executive Director and Vice Chairman of OMRON). I'll be charing the board together with my principal project partner, Mr. Taniya (Founder and CEO of Asuka Asset Management).

February was also the month when I had a chance to visit several international and/or boarding schools in Japan (photos: Osaka IS) and learn from their experiences. Principals and board members of those schools are extremely supportive of our philosophy, and insisted that together we can (and must) make a significant difference on Japan's future. I'm thrilled to be a part of this important endeavor, and at the same time, feel strongly responsible to make our Dream School come true.