As a businessperson, I don't have the power to change the government. That is in the hands of the political leaders. However, as a taxpayer, we have the right to be critical of the government and demand change.
America, for me, is the country where, if you have something great to offer, you'll be valued highly.
People say that globalisation has negative aspects, but I don't believe globalisation is bad. It's criticised from a western perspective, but if you put yourself in the shoes of people in the developing world, it provides an unprecedented opportunity.
You have to be a crazy guy and a little eccentric to be very successful.
Japan's biggest problems are conservatism and cowardice.
I think like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Failure is a great teacher. At the same time, you must remember, success will never last... Whether it's tech or fashion, it must be for the customer.
At Uniqlo, we're thinking ahead. We're thinking about how to create new, innovative products... and sell that to everyone.
I learned that people don't buy anything from unknown stores.
I tell people that we must have the courage to share what we feel, but no one follows me.
I think I may not be able to retire.
I'm afraid Japanese people tend to collective hysteria.
It is clothes. It is parts. Therefore, you combine the parts differently to create your own unique expression.
More than trends, consumers need functionality. Everything needs an element of fashion, but that's more like a spice.
Opening new stores outside of Japan is important, but training our employees is even more important.
We are a country of artisans and a country of manufacturing. I think Japanese textile technology is the best in the world.
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