I hear that Harumafuji, a top-ranking sumo wrestler (yokozuna) from Mongolia, has entered a graduate school at Hosei University, Japan. Having completed a correspondence course in law at a university in Mongolia last year, he is now studying regional economics at the graduate school. Even after leaving his home country and then reaching the top of the world of sumo, a traditional part of Japanese culture, the young man is not satisfied with his current situation, and is continuing to try new things in quite different fields. I would like to express my deep respect for Harumafuji.
When I was invited to the commencement ceremony of my alma mater the other day, I found at the event that some school representatives from the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses were international students from foreign countries. Although such a phenomenon could never have been observed when I was a college student, it is now not so unusual. Actually, I could not help admiring the beautiful Japanese of the Russian student delivering the valedictory speech at the ceremony; he spoke Japanese better than many Japanese people.
Globalization and diversity have now become trends that we can no longer resist. How effectively we can incorporate these trends into management will determine our future as a company. When human resources with different cultural backgrounds respect each other ? though sometimes they may have differences of opinion - and work hard together in friendly rivalry, “aufheben” occurs in the development of organizational strength, leading the company in an even better direction.
Young people in Japan today are often regarded as “inward-looking.” How should we encourage such people and ensure that they demonstrate their capacities to the fullest extent possible? At the same time, ambitious young people from foreign countries are eager to establish themselves in Japan. How should we receive them? Diversity does not simply concern nationality. In A Psalm of Life, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes: Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate. How should we grow such gritty human resources? Finding answers to these questions is a test given to me as a company manager.