I learned that people don’t buy anything from unknown stores.
The world’s major metropolitan cities are more or less the same.
Too often, we have tended to fall into a trap of creating plain hamburgers.
I hate politics. What they say and what they do is completely different.
I’m afraid Japanese people tend to collective hysteria.
Japan’s biggest problems are conservatism and cowardice.
The air of the English is down-to-earth. They care about details; there’s a tradition, but there’s also a counter-culture: the younger generation versus the older generation and so on. But then that’s well blended into a happy balance and crystallised into common sense.
You have to be a crazy guy and a little eccentric to be very successful.
Japanese businesspeople and companies are lacking in individuality.
People say that globalisation has negative aspects, but I don’t believe globalisation is bad. It’s criticised from a western perspective, but if you put yourself in the shoes of people in the developing world, it provides an unprecedented opportunity.
Wal-Mart is an amazing success story. What I particularly admire very much about the late Sam Walton was his policy of valuing his employees. Giving value to employees is very rare in the retail industry. I also admire the strategies Walton used to build up his discount store concept.
People shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to get high-quality clothing.