November 18, 2013,16:15 +0900(JST) Conversation with Hitotsubashi University President Susumu Yamauchi
The magazine AERA is to publish a special issue featuring Hitotsubashi University, which I graduated from. For one of the articles in the special issue, the University President Susumu Yamauchi and I were interviewed. The venue for the interview was the beautiful Kanematsu Auditorium, which is often used for filming TV dramas. Near the entrance of the building, students were preparing for their school festival.
The interview began with the question of why I had chosen to study at Hitotsubashi University. I also described my memories of the late Professor Emeritus Shigeto Tsuru, who had served as the manager of the university’s athletics club to which I had belonged. He had taken great care of me both in public and private life.
Consider not who is right but what is right - the lesson that I learned from him still serves as my code of conduct. It was a great pleasure for me to be exposed to a liberal academic culture, to meet my lifetime respected teacher, and to do my best in both my studies and club activities.
The interview went on to cover various topics that I often think about, such as company management in this trend towards globalization and the importance of liberal arts. Actually, these ideas are based on the way of thinking that I acquired in my university days.
Covering a wide variety of topics, the interview and discussion with President Yamauchi was so exciting that it continued beyond the scheduled ending time. The interviewer might have had some difficulty managing the interview progress. I hear that it will take a while before the publication of the magazine. I’m looking forward to seeing how the interviewer will organize the article.