I gave a talk today at the Keizai Doyukai (Association of Corporate Executives) Secretariat study group meeting. I talked about Neoteny, venture capital and... blogs. ;-p Many of the older guys fell asleep. At the lunch, I sat next to Yotaro "Tony" Kobayashi. I'm a big fan of Tony's. He's very smart, nice, well-dressed and important. He is the chairman of the Keizai Doyukai and Fuji-Xerox. Tony also represents the Keizai Doyukai to the World Economic Forum so I gave him an update on the Blueprint for Japan 2020. I told him that we were discussing the issue of women's participation in my blog and suggested that his wife, Momo, who I respect greatly and who is very smart and outspoken, should join the meeting and help us understand the women's perspective. He said he thought that was a good idea. He said she often asks questions that many men are either afraid to ask or have forgotten how to ask...

I was complaining to him about the whole NBC thing and mentioned I wanted to quit. Watanabe-san who is working on a collaborative project between the Keizai Doyukai and NBC heard me and asked if I was going to quit. Oooops! Cat-out-of-the-bag, foot-in-the-mouth... I said I would serve until I completed my duties at the chair of the forum, but that I was planning on leaving after that. I said I blogged it already...

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Here's a picture of Tony Kobayashi...

How does one participate in the Keizai Koyukai? The web site doesn't list any membership requriements, member companies, or meetings.

William. One has to be nominated by two secretariat members. You have to be a corporate executive of some sort. You have to pay dues...

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