About RISE

President's message

Why we set up RISE

Japan has been facing an economic downturn since 1990 following the collapse of Japan's “bubble economy.” Also Japan's population has been decreasing since 2006, which will eventually result in the loss of attractiveness of the Japanese market and a decrease in power in terms of Japan's position in the global economy in comparison with the growth of the Chinese and Indian markets. Due to the above-mentioned causes, we at RISE were aware that Japanese society and the Japanese people have been losing the energy and power they once had when Japan experienced a period of rapid economic growth in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
We established the NPO, GEWEL, in 2004 to promote Diversity and Inclusion in Japanese society in order to regain the creative power and active spirit in once found in Japan. We have been conducting research projects, offering consulting services to corporations and giving various speeches to fulfill this mission.

Through those activities, we were convinced that the fulfillment of a society which promotes Diversity and Inclusion should be based on the social culture where everybody believes that “I am a worthwhile person and others are as well” and everybody respects their own values and those of others, a state which will add creativity to society by helping to bring forward a lot of different ideas. In order to promote D&I in Japanese society, and thus to make Japanese people more positive, gaining affirmative self-awareness and creative spirit is what is needed most in Japanese society today.
However through the various research projects GEWEL has conducted, we learned that Japanese people have a relatively low level of self-esteem. They do not behave that they are worthwhile, either that or they are too shy to express their positive self-confidence publicly. This may be one of the unique qualities of the Japanese people, however if we continue to behave like this on a global stage, we may be misunderstood, with people from other countries thinking that Japanese people do not have the will to communicate to other people. In order to display leadership globally, we should change ourselves to have a more healthy self-outlook.

After March 11, 2011 (Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant), Japan is struggling with a slow economic recovery, and the lack of leadership only exacerbates the crisis. If we do not make dramatic changes, we will be left behind in the world.

It is with this in mind that we established Research Institute of Self-Esteem (RISE) to be a think-tank focusing on Self-Esteem for the Japanese people and, with this the relationship between Self-Esteem and Leadership can thus contribute to Japanese society so that the Japanese people may get prepared for making the changes required.