It’ll be okay even if everything is lost
Doing business overseas means that crises will come, and they will continue to come for mine as well. But the moment you think you’ll lose and decide to withdraw from the battle, you’ve already lost. I don’t ever want to forget that my ancestors came to Japan by swimming across the ocean. The early humans who originated from Africa were able to go to the far east and even the peninsulas. But those who risked their lives to cross the ocean were the Japanese. The pioneer spirit that the Japanese have of venturing into unknown territory is unlike any other country.
As I run my business, I have a thought that keeps getting stronger and stronger. It’s that I want more Japanese people to venture out into the world. Japanese people are supposed to be up for challenges, but I think many people are stuck in the country due to the simple reason of not being able to speak foreign languages. As you have read, I’ve experienced countless battles, but I’ve also met wonderful “destinies” and have created many “bonds” —even as a simple guy who runs a motorcycle delivery service. By venturing out into the world, great change comes your way.
I had planned for my life to end with just motorcycles, but somehow, I ended up here. I have offices in Cebu, Shanghai, Seoul, Tehran, and Sao Paolo. And I have over 1,000 staff members across the world. Now I also do business with Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and am planning on expanding to Russia and Vietnam too. All of this was possible by learning how to communicate in English.
I’m sure many more challenges will come our way in the future. But I plan to overcome them all by establishing relationships with others and helping each other out—thus utilizing the values of “fate”, “compassion”, “continuance”, and “bonds.” When overseas, you have to be aware of your strengths and polish them up well, so that you can be prepared to deal with crises. You can’t just go out into the world because you think you’ll be able to make it big easily. Many companies have tried to have a go in Cebu but have withdrawn because they couldn’t survive. Companies that challenge themselves without being scared of risk are strong, but I don’t think they’ll last longer if they expand overseas just because they think the labor costs are low.
I think my battles will head to the world championships from now on. My rival company in China had received an investment of 1.5 billion Japanese Yen the other day. If a start-up in Japan received 50 million Japanese Yen, it would still be a big deal, so it’s a lot of money. But I think being able to survive with limited resources is a talent that Japanese people are equipped with, and I have the intention of creating the world’s best English conversation school through it.
I want to be able to change as many people’s lives as I can through the power of English. And by creating jobs In the Philippines, I want to impact the country’s future as well.
If you’re going to put it into terms of The North Wind and the Sun, I’ll be going with the sun no matter how many times I’m betrayed or lied to. By telling my team that “It’ll work out,” my team of teachers can grow to become truly qualified individuals because they will believe in their worth too. The business model I learned from running a motorcycle delivery service business is to create a true team that trusts and beliefs in one another.
You can count on me to continue to fight alongside my Filipino Super Teachers, motorcycle-delivery-service style.