Mr. Steven Neo, Full-time MBA Candidate of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, discusses the “Neo Asia Challenge” with a variety guests from various businesses and cultures in Japan and Asia.
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Neo Asia Challenge No. 5 – Gaiety Iwasawa
Guest: Gaiety Iwasawa, Principal, NPO Shonan International School.
Host: Steven Neo Say Bin, 2012 MBA Candidate, GLOBIS University
Date: June 28, 2013
Venue: GLOBIS University Tokyo Campus
Reflection by interviewer:
In an increasingly global landscape, one of the key challenges is being able to adopt an open mindset and to actively interact with our surroundings through sharing our thoughts, experiences, and feelings with other people in order to better understand and accept new ideas and changes. However, through my conversation with Mdm. Gaiety Iwasawa, I learnt that cultivating global diversity in Japan is an uphill task due to key issues such as fear of failure and lack of confidence in sharing thoughts and feelings. As mentioned by Gaiety, the only way forward is to “respect the past and look into the future” by honoring traditional Japanese values while engaging in “play” and nurturing curiosity to debate, discuss, and interact with our surroundings and people so as to build new values and forge new relationships. — By Steven Neo Say Bin