2011 has been an incredible year of change, to be mild about it. Of course, Japan experienced a horrific disaster as a result of the 3/11 earthquake and following tsunami and nuclear crises. Not as deadly, New Zealand also suffered from deadly quakes, as did Turkey and others. The U.S. also saw dozens of killer tornadoes.
Osama bin Laden was finally found and killed; U.S. forces are beginning to return from Iraq. Libya struggled to oust Muammar Gaddafi after decades of hard rule, ending in his death. Sudan split into North and South Sudan relatively easily, and Egypt also pressed for regime change. Currently, Syria is embroiled in its own desire for democratic freedoms. Greece especially had led the financial news due to the economic struggles in Europe, creating uncertainty for governments and economists alike. And, with the sudden death of Kim Jong Il, one can see increased tensions whilst hoping for ease of relations between the North and South Koreas.
One of the world’s best literary figures, Christopher Hitchens, passed away just this month, and the world over expressed remorse over the passing of Steve Jobs. Here in Japan, two SONY leaders, former president Norio Ohga (who oversaw
the development of the compact disc) and Nobutoshi Kihara (engineer of Sony Walkman fame), both passed away in 2011. And at Kumo Consulting we were saddened by the passing of Michael Ghiglione, the former owner of an executive search firm in Tokyo, ESI.
There was a lot of news that was dramatic, yes. Of course, some inspirational stories of renewal took place in 2011. There was the highly-jubilant British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And just this week, the first of many Wendy’s stores opened in Tokyo, near Omotesando. After a two-year hiatus and via a joint venture with Higa Industries, 100 stores are planned to be opened in Japan over the next five years.
Looking forward, we can only count our blessings and strive to develop towards better lives, careers, relationships, etc. We would like to wish you the very best as we head into 2012. Thank you for continuing to visit our website and for your patronage.
Warmest seasons greetings from all of us,