Going for the Gold! A Herculean Effort Brings Continued Recovery (and the 2020 Olympic Games) to Japan

Speaker: Shinji Hosotsubo, Crisis Management Education and Exercise Center & Nathan Rhoden, DRI Japan

Now, riding the wave of “Abenomics,”Japan is poised to continue its recovery with a record-breaking tourism forecast of 13 million visitors in 2013, an investment in infrastructure, and significant jobs growth.

With so much to look forward to, it is also important to look back. Shinji Hosotsubo and Nathan Rhoden will reprise their DRI2012 session to let DRI2014 attendees know what’s been happening in Japan’s business continuity circles and how lessons learned are being translated into action. In 2012, they told us how Japanese business continuity thought leaders were pairing traditional risk mitigation strategies (like geographic diversification) with new-fangled thinking (including reciprocal agreements) to create a win-win for suppliers big and small as well as the countless companies around the world that rely on them. Attend this session for an informative update!

To view this presentation, follow this link: Going for the Gold! A Herculean Effort Brings Continued Recovery (and the 2020 Olympic Games) to Japan

Nathan-RhodenAbout the Speakers: Nathan Rhoden serves on the board of DRI Japan. Rhoden was born and raised in Japan, and speaks Japanese with native fluency.  Educated in English, he began his professional career in the early 80s as new business development manager for Itochu, one of Japan’s largest general trading companies. Primarily responsible for introducing U.S. products into the Japanese market, Rhoden was based in Silicon Valley and was deeply involved in a wide variety of high-tech industries from robotics to biotechnology.

Rhoden later moved back to Japan and became a freelance consultant. While keeping a hand in the import/export of specialty materials for the aerospace industry, he has spent the past 17 years working closely with Shinji Hosotsubo to promote crisis management and business continuity in Japan. Rhoden has found that, while his unique language and “cultural-bridging” skills are highly useful in the everyday business world, he is especially challenged and rewarded when applying his skills to Hosotsubo-san’s non-profit efforts. In addition to his work with DRI Japan, Rhoden is also on the boards of the Crisis Management and Preparedness Organization, Business Continuity Advancement Organization, and Crisis Management Education and Exercise Center.

Shinji Hosotsubo, CBCP, is a leading subject matter expert on “kiki-kanri” (Japanese “crisis management”) and one of the first proponents of business continuity in Japan.Shinji-Hosotsubo

After witnessing the limitations and difficulties encountered by Japan in response to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, he was determined to increase awareness of the problems and promote effective methodologies to reduce the physical and financial impacts of future events. To this end, he established the Crisis Management & Preparedness Organization (CMPO) which was not only the first organization of its kind in Japan; it was also the first organization to be incorporated under the fledgling Japanese NPO law of 1998. (That new NPO law itself was created largely in response to impediments revealed by the Kobe Earthquake.)

Over the past 17 years, he has served on a variety of governmental advisory committees, published several books, written numerous articles, and become highly sought after as a speaker at conferences and seminars. However, he is probably best known in Japan for his development and coordination of effective (more realistic) simulation exercises (for both the public and private sectors). Despite Japanese inherent cultural resistance (fear of “losing face”), his persuasive style and unique methodology (“hand-tailored” by experience) is renowned for rapidly revealing strategic limitations, and “opening-the-eyes” (increasing awareness and understanding) of both decision makers and practitioners alike.

When the Japanese government issued its first of several guidelines on business continuity in 2005, the broad interpretation of those guidelines and the wide variety of commentary on the subject led to significant confusion and some crucial misconceptions about key aspects of effective BCM. So, in 2006, he founded another dedicated NPO called the Business Continuity Advancement Organization (BCAO) to centralize and lend focus to the BCM movement. BCAO is now the leading membership organization for practitioners of BCM in Japan.

While he remains a board member for both the CMPO and BCAO, he has also taken on chairmanship of the Crisis Management Education & Exercise Center (CM-EEC), a non-profit foundation dedicated to enhancing crisis leadership within both the Japanese private and public sectors. CM-EEC uses simulation in a highly immersive environment (often overnight) to hone the decision making skills of existing leaders, and “up-and-coming” leaders. CM-EEC also offers a “train-the-trainers” program to promote this methodology throughout Japan.

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