Überblick:Klappentext Throughout its history Japan has had a strong sense of its political economic and cultural individuality. This pride in the Japanese tradition has been one of the nation's greatest strengths?and one of its greatest weaknesses. In a world of connection collaboration and rapid exchange Japan is falling behind. This is the reality readers must confront in The Power to Compete a truly one-of-a-kind book with a sensitive approach to the most pressing issues faced by Asia's island nation. The authors and protagonists of The Power to Compete are Hiroshi Mikitani chairman and CEO of one of Japan's largest Internet companies and his father Ryoichi Mikitani a leading Japanese economist. In this series of long-form conversations between them the perspectives of father and son come together to uncover the path forward that will allow Japan to slough off its decades-long stagnation. Combining hard-hitting analysis with a little light banter The Power to Compete is an enjoyable read that nonetheless presents important revelations and recommendations. Mikitani Sr. who passed away shortly before the publication of this book was a Harvard-educated international economist who studied under Nobel Prize winners and made important contributions to Japanese economic theory. His understanding of Abenomics the free market economic reform plan of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provides a depth to The Power to Compete that is lacking in many other books on the topic. Mikitani Jr. on the other hand has the practical experience to know how the Japanese business world will be affected if the nation fails to evolve. Through their conversations Mikitani Sr. and Mikitani Jr. arrive at a series of conclusions that will inspire readers to work on the international stage for Japan's development. Summarized concisely at the end of each chapter these conclusions range from implementing business strategies like key performance indicators to using technological advancements in an effort to reform and modernize childhood education. The authors of this book do not suggest that Japan should change. Instead they show how Japan can use its historical strengths and strong national identity to create an economic platform to return to competitiveness in the global arena. The Power to Compete is a cross-generational conversation that should engage a new group of entrepreneurs and officials in the process of creating a future for Japan that is both peaceful and prosperous. Buchrückseite A Penetrating Sensitive and Engaging Analysis of the Road to a Brighter Future for Japan The Japanese economy needs a jump-start. This is not an indictment but rather an honest assessment of reality. The Power to Compete is a conversation between two of the men most qualified to discuss the situation: a CEO of one of the world's largest Internet companies and his father a leading international economist and longtime Kobe University professor. Between Hiroshi and Ryoichi Mikitani there is a depth of understanding?both of global issues and of the Japanese identity?that makes their conversations stimulating informative and even transformational. In each chapter of The Power to Compete father and son tackle complex issues with intelligence and humor arriving at a series of recommendations for the future that have the power to inspire a generation of readers to work for a more prosperous Japan. Their ideas are ambitious wide-ranging and often controversial but they aren't shy about presenting them. Internationally Japan has a reputation of resisting foreign ideas and isolating itself from progress. To change this image and cure 'the Japan Disease' members of all generations need to work together. The Power to Compete is an inspiring book that will show you how to take the history and traditions of Japan onto the global stage. 'Hiroshi Mikitani is not only an important business leader in Japan but along with his late father Ryoichi someone who has done a tremendous amount of strategic thinking on the Japanese economy its history and its recovery. Mikitani-san is a shining example for up and coming innovators and entrepreneurs across Japan who will be critical to Japan's economy and in turn the U.S.-Japan relationship for years to come.' ? John V. Roos former U.S. Ambassador to Japan 'Ryoichi Mikitani was one of Japan's most thoughtful and probing economists and Hiroshi is today probably Japan's most dynamic entrepreneur. And Ryoichi clearly passed on to his son a deep Japanese patriotism in the finest sense. Everyone who wishes Japan well should hope that the ideas they shared will receive the widest attention among the country's government and people.' ? Benjamin M. Friedman William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy Harvard University and author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende HIROSHI MIKITANI is the founder chairman and CEO of Rakuten Inc. one of the world's largest Internet companies. The firm has operations in 28 countries and customers all over the world. RYOICHI MIKITANI was a leading Japanese economist who worked and studied at Harvard Stanford Yale and Kobe University and made important contributions in his work with the Japan Society for Monetary Economics. Ryoichi was also a prolific and respected author.