2012年3月27日 星期二

中國走狗:歌颂




德国之声早前曾报道,薄熙来免职后,孔庆东仍然在"第一视频"节目中高声力挺薄熙来和"重庆模式",认为免薄熙来的职相当于"发动反革命政变。"
其后该视频遭删除,孔庆东也销声匿迹,3月24日,微博网友忽然发现孔庆东发出博文,称薄熙来事件后,他被国家安全部门限制自由5天时间及问讯。因他接受 薄熙来资助的100万元用于宣传 "重庆模式"而被调查。孔庆东也在微博中称已经退回该笔资助费,目前"很平静很坦荡",该微博被网友大量转载后,后又被删除。


当日中国另一挺薄的左派人士司马南在微博也透露:"孔庆东进国安绝非因出卖国家机密,只待了五天,现在平安了。"司马南在近期接受媒体访谈时力证自 己并未如传言所说,因事涉薄熙来事件"出关被阻"和"离婚转移财产等",但语义中暗指遭两名国家部门人员约谈。但公众质疑其力挺薄熙来背后牵涉利益输送。

"花钱买歌颂"
《苹果日报》指薄熙来为推销"重庆模式",曾下令重庆当局斥巨资宣传,包括出书、拍电视片及出钱雇请孔庆东等有影响的左派学者,为重庆颂扬。重庆卫视于去 年3月1日改为"红色频道",黄金时段播出"红色影视剧"等,并且不允许插播任何广告,为此重庆政府每年给重庆卫视补贴1.5亿元人民币;孔庆东此番自曝收取薄熙来的宣传费,不免让人忆及他昔日挺薄和"重庆模式"言论和文章,他曾写下《"警界铁腕"王立军被北邮聘为教授当之无愧》,《王立军有一颗心一个胆》,《汉奸媒体反对"重庆模式"其目的很明显》,《重庆警察值得表扬》,《自有天龙灭妖孽》等文章。
2011年6月28日,美国前国务卿基辛格第三次到访重庆并赞扬薄熙来是中国的一位传奇式人物。私下里,他还亲身参与了红歌会并高度评价"唱红打黑。" 基辛格此次访问重庆是非官方的私人访问。香港《开放》杂志总编金钟当时发表评论文章:"基辛格已和中共建立了利益共同体。基辛格的顾问公司业务是数十家大 公司的中国生意。相信很少有政客像 基辛格这样将从政资源最大化变为商业利益。他在商界已赢得'跨国掮客"的称号。"

而另一位中国左派学者,现为香港中文大学政治与公共行政系主任、教授的王绍光,曾在2011年写下"探索中国式社会主义3.0:重庆经验",也曾被公众质 疑和重庆政府间达成利益输送关系并助依附权力。3月23日,他在接受《南方人物周刊》采访时,表示"王立军事件"后依然肯定"重庆模式。"

"防火墙之父"方滨兴闻"重庆"色变?
早在两会期间, 北京邮电大学校长在以安徽省人大代表身份参加两会时,有记者问他是否会解聘几个月前从他手中接过"北邮教授"聘书的王立军,方滨兴闻"军"色变,拔腿跑人。
另据博讯网的报道,方滨兴也曾接受薄熙来巨款,以为薄熙来提供网路监听、窃取政要网路电话、电邮等机密资讯的服务。

"一些知识分子与官商的利益交换是普遍现象"
金钟向德国之声表示,近年中国大陆在"官商勾结"之外,又出现官商将一些知识分子拉入"共同利益"团体中,为其政策、商业形象等著书立说;特别是一些知识 分子,以成为"政府智囊"而自抬身价。学术界甚至弥漫"人人都有一个帝师梦"的气氛,其间部分知识分子为追逐名利风骨尽失: "按照我们对大陆的了解,不排除司马南和政商团体之间有利益交换,目前这种利益输送是非常普遍的现象。政党也许、大财团也好,都要利用他们。"
金钟也认为公共知识分子为政府或企业代言,将会给社会带来很多负面影响。公共知识分子的公信力也在不断被透支。
作者:吴雨
责编:乐然

2012年3月20日 星期二

William Hsiao(蕭慶倫) .


哈佛大學的William Hsiao(蕭慶倫) .
Fareed Zakaria's Puzzling Take on Health Care in Britain, Taiwan, and Switzerland
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William Hsiao

K.T. Li Professor of Economics

Department of Health Policy and Management

Department of Global Health and Population

124 Mt. Auburn
Program in Health Care Financing 4th Floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Phone: 617.496.8856

Research

Dr. Hsiao's health policy research program spans across developed and less developed nations. He and his research team focus their economic studies on five topics:
  1. a simulation model of the US health sector;
  2. payment systems for physicians and hospitals;
  3. comparative health care systems;
  4. financing health care in developing nations; and,
  5. interaction between economic development and health care.
Two projects address policy issues of the United States. Hsiao and his colleagues developed a large scale simulation model that intends to assess the fiscal and health impacts produced by various national health insurance plans. Using time series/cross-sectional data, Hsiao's team designed a multi-equation model that employs a number of variables to predict utilization rates and prices of health services. This model also predicts total health expenditures from supply and demand variables, giving special attention to supply variables, such as physician and hospital beds per capita, availability of primary care physicians, and new technologies. The second project further expands his previous work on the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) by packaging physician services into episode of illness, and examines variation in resource input costs by quality of service.
Comparing health systems across industrialized nations, Hsiao applies political and economic theories to develop a structural framework of essential elements of health systems. His team uses econometric models to test various hypotheses and to estimate the extent to which each structural element influences health expenditures and health status. Employing his systemic framework, he is assisting Taiwan, Cyprus, Mexico, Colombia, China, and Sweden in their health systems reforms.
In developing nations, Hsiao's research focuses on the development of sustainable financing mechanisms to provide health care for the poor, rural population, and urban workers. With UNICEF's support, he collaborates with seven universities in China to conduct a nationwide study on health care financing and provision for 100 million poor Chinese. Meanwhile, with the support of The World Bank, he is launching a large scale social experiment on community financing for the rural Chinese population, involving 100 communities and two million people.

Education

Ph.D., 1982, Harvard University

2012年3月14日 星期三

雷穎/雷寶華

我聽過一場改變志向,決心走向工業界的演講,是高禩瑾先生請趙鐵頭來講中鋼創辦史的感人故事……這是我的一次難忘體驗: 我很少聽演講。這輩子印象最深刻的演講是:我1970年 代初,上高禩瑾先生的工業管理學課程,他講的,都是很正統的美國企業管理知識。實務方面,高先生會請他的舊部屬來演講,如中鋼公司負責人趙耀東先生(他後 當過經濟部長)的故事,最感人。他演講的一些具體內容,可參考雷穎《造化遊戲四十年:雷穎回憶錄》,(台北:中央研究院近代史研究所,民國88年(1999),頁175-80)。當然,最重要的是「趙鐵頭」親身說法,他很有說偉大英雄故事的魅力,讓年青人嚮往萬分。(現在,第一代中鋼員工多快退休了……2008年八月初還傳出新進員工考試作弊之醜聞)。高院長又請各行業界領導來演講「台灣的產業問題」,……. 敬悼 趙耀東先生



雷穎--盡所學 無怨無悔論 過往 悲喜難道 工程師 雷穎 兵工世界展長才 管理帶人一把罩

基本資料:
姓  名 雷穎
性  別 男
訪談時間 2006年08月02日
訪談摘要:
雷穎先生雖然是位將軍,並且在兵工界 享有盛名,歷任陸軍汽車基地廠廠長、61兵工廠廠長、兵工署署長、聯勤參謀長、聯勤副總司令,及臺灣機械公司總經理、董事長等,但是卻沒有任何一點官架 子,甚至比許多其他的榮民伯伯還親切,當我向他解釋這次專訪的目的及內容時,雷先生竟兩手一攤,笑笑地說沒關係,一切隨我擺佈,實在是令我受寵若驚。
雷 穎先生出生於北平,父親雷寶華*曾任北票煤礦公司總工程師及總經理,來臺後擔任臺糖總經理,舅舅為重慶金融鉅子康心如,對雷先生小時後的教育有著重大影響。 中學時就讀南開中學,南開中學對於學生的德智體群美同等重視,要求學生不能偏廢任何一項,雷穎先生便是在這種自由開明中的環境中成長;畢業後由於體認到兵 工未來的發展,因此進入兵工學校造兵系就讀,接受嚴格的兵工訓練,畢業後派到各地進行兵工任務。
38年隨兵工廠來臺,因著對英文的興趣,46年 起,多次擔任高級企業管理討論會的翻譯,使得雷穎先生近一步了解管理並激起其對管理的興趣,49年時奉命代理陸軍汽車基地勤務廠廠長職務,雖然壓力沉重, 但雷穎先生仍本著身為軍人就要服從上級命令的精神,咬牙接下任務,談到當時工作的辛酸,直言「當時真是苦啊!」雖然辛苦,但3年後雷先生離開汽基廠時,已 將汽基廠的績效好轉,因此上級指名要求雷先生接任61兵工廠廠長一職,雷先生說這是他職場生涯中最快樂的一段日子,不僅做的是他最愛的兵工,同事間也相處 融洽。由於績效卓越,日後雷先生更是更上一層樓,擔任兵工生產署署長及聯勤參謀長、副總司令,因為功蹟顯著,接著被外調到臺灣機械公司擔任總經理及董事長 一職,雷先生語重心長地告訴我們,帶人主在帶心,只要能讓部屬心向著你,那麼一切事情就都好辦,我想,這就是雷先生一路走來,成功的秘訣。
訪談結束挑選照片時,雷先生拿出一個封袋笑說已經幾十年沒打開了,今天讓我們看一下,封袋上面寫著「最有價值、最值得珍藏的照片」,原本我猜想裡面可能是他與達官要人的合照,不料卻是雷先生家人的照片,由此也看到雷先生重視家庭的另一面,也讓我對這位將軍更加地敬佩。
*陳之藩先生有篇悼念雷寶華的文章: 把酒論詩 (1981年3月寫於香港 是陳的最好文章之一) 收入一星如月

2012年3月13日 星期二

商禽 王迎先 陳文成/ "用腳思想"(1988)


今天眼鏡故障 一早回永和 眼鏡行11點才開
所以回書庫
讀商禽的"用腳思想"(1988) 其中有1985年的"木棉花" 是悼念陳文成的
我會補入1981年的hc一文中
(我今晚才發現 李敏勇的文章都將這些詩抄出 上周四與李談過.....)
這本詩集 還有夜訪東海花園 楊逵素描 大度山本事 等詩 都讓我這東海畢業生很感傷

2010/8/29

紀念詩人商禽以及一些隨想
紀念詩人商禽以及一些隨想

◎李敏勇 圖◎達姆

7月29日,我進了一下工作室,就頂著大太陽來到華山藝文特區。下了計程車時,司機問說怎麼這麼多警察,探頭一想,那個人要來了。

進會場前,詩人羅浪的女兒在樹下打招呼,她說是在等父親前來。有一張1964年的照片,自左至右依序是羅浪、商禽、林亨泰、錦連四位詩人,合攝於彰化八卦山下,已列入當代文學史料影像系統。四十多年前,一夥人仍然四十歲左右壯年時期的形影,讓人不禁感到人生的倥傯。想當年,正是《笠詩刊》創刊那一年,四位詩人都加盟過紀弦發起的現代派,也在《現代詩》發表過作品。而商禽之外的三位台灣本土詩人,在那一年都成為笠詩社的發起人與詩刊的創辦人。也在這一年,小說家吳濁流創辦《台灣文藝》,而彭明敏與他兩位台灣大學政治系學生發表〈台灣人自救宣言〉。

參加商禽追思會的詩人很多。我在入口的出席簽名錄寫下自己的名字。會場裡,已到的人都已經入席。一進會場,我想看的是展檯上商禽的相關文物、手稿、文件、畫作。就只我一個人站著低頭俯看,突然間聽到一旁的一群攝影記者出聲,意思是他們等待捕捉入鏡的人來了,要讓開視線。但我已將看完檯面的東西,沒照意思立即離開。

等到我抬頭,走近坐席時,有一位認識的詩友出聲說了這樣很好,不為權貴所動之類的話。我往入口方向看去,追思會主辦單位等的那位面對中華人民共和國不敢稱呼自己國家名號,也不敢說出自己職位的先生,正向裡面走進來,他也順路觀看檯面的紀念物。我索性往入口處移動,正好與那個人擦身而過,也就離開會場了。

在會場外,又遇見羅浪的女兒,詩人羅浪還沒有到。我請她轉告問候她父親,走到忠孝東路、八德路口,還沒等到計程車,就一路走回工作室。想像著那個人致詞追思商禽的樣子,思索著商禽會喜歡這樣的政治關懷嗎?半世紀的流亡,從中國大陸到島嶼台灣,人生就這麼隨著政治荒謬劇場落幕,在被追思中印記的是歷史的許多不能真實言說的困厄。

沉默於過分喧囂的時代

做為一個詩人,商禽有他獨特的位置。他不像許多有頭有臉的詩人同儕留下像反共抗俄、殺朱拔毛的刺青一樣的戰鬥詩,必須自己湮滅證據。他的詩,流露的是一個流亡者的真實處境,不需要移民美、加,自稱流亡。在過分喧囂的時代,他是低調的,總是在自己一個角落裡沉默著。

與羅浪、林亨泰、錦連幾位台灣本土詩人的合照,看出當年詩人間的情誼。當然也看得出林亨泰當年在商禽心目中的位置。八卦山下幾乎象徵林亨泰的生活場域;同在彰化的是錦連;羅浪在苗栗;而商禽住在更遠的地方。其實,商禽應和白萩相知,當年活躍於《現代詩》的共同情誼也是值得紀念的。

記得,有一次白萩提到1960年代末,在台北西門町的作家咖啡屋,一群詩人正熱烈地談論一首詩,突然間商禽說他和白萩一樣讀不懂,話語突然靜默下來。這是我印象深刻的記憶。有關口沫橫飛談論的晦澀詩歌從人云亦云到眾人不發一語,實在極具諷喻。在追思商禽之時,突然想到白萩這樣的一個詩人。詩人安在哉?

對於商禽的逝世,報導很多,我自己也在筆記裡留下這樣的追悼:

因眺望歲月的窗口/而伸長了脖子/成為長頸鹿的那人/閉上眼睛/瞳孔裡不再有滅火機的影子了//在流亡之島/寫下幽微人生的行句/詩語註記了生命無聲的叫喊/成為遙遠的催眠/在夢與飛翔中他其實是一隻鳥//魂魄終得回返家鄉/在故土成為一棵樹/那或是故國/只是革命的欺罔畢竟不如/圖書館裡詩人的咳嗽聲

──〈逝者的追悼──紀念商禽〉

我與商禽並不熟,見面的場合也只是點點頭打招呼。他的詩,我是細讀了的。年輕時,走上詩人之途,〈長頸鹿〉、〈滅火機〉、〈鴿子〉等詩,也與詩壇的朋友一樣喜歡。讀〈遙遠的催眠〉時,會想到白萩〈風的菁薇〉,想詩人另一種形式的歌唱;而初讀〈咳嗽〉時,則想到非馬這位詩人的長短句。商禽是冷的,也是凝練的,就像他靜靜微笑的身影。

關懷社會的現實詩想

說到散文詩,有許多人常以商禽為尊。我自己很少有散文詩這樣的作品,但讀了外國一些詩人的散文詩,也譯介過波蘭詩人赫伯特(Z.Herbert,1924-1998)。赫伯特式的嘲諷,以散文詩的形式產生強烈主題張力,他的《柯吉多先生》讓人印象深刻。不在語句的斷與連形塑張力,而是在敘述的虛實情境中呈現主題的張力。讓散文詩是詩而不是散文,看商禽,看赫伯特,能看見詩之為詩的共同點。

我常常想,1949年隨國民黨從中國,自願或非自願地來到台灣,為台灣的戰後詩留下詩史風景的詩人們,一定有異於台灣本地出身的詩人們的詩情與詩想。隨著歷史的演變,這些詩人的詩也許會在中國詩史裡留下位置,也在台灣詩史有特殊的存在。台灣本土詩人在跨越二戰前後,從失語狀態跨越到漢字中文,語言受到傷害;而中國流亡來台的詩人在離散中漂泊。共同的時代裡,不同的情境,交叉出詩的風景。儘管有些詩人因為統治體制的權力附庸而曾經配合黨國國策,歌唱過不一定有自己感情歷史的行句,但像商禽這樣的詩人,也許因為純粹的堅持,而倍讓人敬重吧!

論者在談到商禽的作品時,習慣提到大家熟悉的詩。他那些詩極適合現代情境,反映了詩人的世界。特別是,戰後在台灣的詩迴避現實介入的課題,喜歡文人性,崇尚末端詩藝的造構,具有一種要嘛附翼黨國統治權力,要嘛退而放空,置之不見場所的現實。有兩首商禽的簡短散文詩,流露他的社會觀照。

〈音速──悼王迎先〉:

有人從橋上跳下來。

那姿勢凌亂而僵直,

恰似電影中道具般的身軀。

突然,在空中,

停格了1/2秒,

然後才緩緩繼續下降。

原來,他被從水面反彈回來的自己在縱身時所發出的那一聲悽厲的叫喊托了一下,

因而在落水時也只有悽楚一響。

──1987年8月28日,中和

1987年發生李師科搶劫土銀的事件,警方逮捕計程車司機王迎先,並予刑求。在新店溪福和橋勘查訊問時,王迎先突跳河自殺,警方以畏罪視之。但李師科寄存搶劫物之年輕工人報案,始知王迎先無辜。王迎先、李師科兩位都是退伍老兵,而李師科寄存之贓款據說是要贈予寄存之年輕工人,有劫富濟貧的用意。這一事件震驚當時社會,除暴露警察辦案刑求逼供,也暴露底層社會的無助。

商禽以悼王迎先為副題寫了〈音速〉這首詩,有悼念流亡來台退伍老兵命運之意,而不僅是為其蒙受不白之冤。從有人從橋上跳下來,到只有悽厲一聲,像是客觀地描述一個人跳水的情景,但悽厲的一聲叫喊出退伍老兵的集體命運,甚至涵蓋了詩人自己。商禽刻意的音旨流露了對底層流亡來台老兵的關心,不像許多所謂的現代詩人在高蹈的文人情境裡,疏於現實人間。商禽所強調的超現實應是更為現實,這也是一個例子。

在詩人之路留下的行跡

在這之前,商禽也有一首很特別的詩〈木棉花〉,是悼念陳文成──一位在美國卡耐基美隆大學任教的優秀台灣人數理統計學家,因為曾在美國募資幫助《美麗島》雜誌和施明德而被情治單位監控,於回台時被警總約談,之後被發現屍體倒在台大圖書館的草坪。咸認是刑求致死,但官方並未承認。

〈木棉花──悼陳文成〉:杜鵑花都已經悄無聲息的謝盡了,滿身楞刺、和傅鐘等高的木棉,正在暗夜裡盛開。說是有風吹嗎又未曾見草動,橫斜戳天的枝頭竟然跌下一朵,它不飄零,它帶著重量猛然著地,吧嗒一聲幾乎要令聞者為之呼痛!說不定是個墜樓人。 ──1985,台北

被發現屍體倒在台大圖書館草坪的陳文成,美國來台驗屍的法醫說是死後屍體被從圖書館丟擲下來的。這是一件未偵破,但咸認與官方的情治單位脫不了關係的案件。長期的戒嚴時代,屢見不鮮的政治迫害。

杜鵑花3月盛開,木棉花大約開在4月,而陳文成事件發生在7月初。詩題的木棉花,詩中的杜鵑花,應是場所與象徵之用。杜鵑花是台大校園之花,而木棉花也是。杜鵑啼血,小說也有「那片血一般紅的杜鵑花」,但在這首詩中是用來前序木棉花。木棉花開花落,滿樹都是,滿地都是。木棉花有一定的重量,落地時可聽見聲音。如果在夜晚,更是。商禽以木棉花的落地引喻墜樓人意象,述說了一件政治迫害的歷史事件。這樣的介入,在一些曾經發表過戰鬥文藝反共愛國的國策詩的詩人群中,是不可能的;在以工農兵文學指控台灣文學界,發出狼來了的警告,後來又轉向的詩人筆下也不會出現。商禽默默地留下詩的見證,留下詩人可貴的行止風格。

我之所以想去參加商禽的追思會,應該是有感於他在詩人之路留下的行跡。即使他是一個從中國流亡到台灣的詩人,即使他的魂魄回返中國,但那畢竟是他的家鄉,他的故土。商禽在台灣留下的詩,客觀上成為戰後台灣詩史的一部分是無庸置疑的事。也許有一天,二戰後隨國民黨從中國移入台灣的人們與他們的子孫終於和台灣原住民,或更早期的移入者及已落地生根的後代,共同在這個島嶼建構了新的國家,那麼用台灣的場域主題探察商禽的詩,更能感受到他的詩情與詩想。 ●

Samuel J. Palmisano,



我是資訊產業的旁觀者 IBM 公司的頭頭 Palmisano 在2002年上任時 讀了許多他的報導
這10年他又把 IBM轉型為確實的世界一流的公司
是相當了不起的


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As far as a legacy goes, says IBM chairman Sam Palmisano, "I just want to leave the company better than I found it." Judging by IBM's successes over the past decade, Palmisano, who was CEO of IBM until he stepped down earlier this month, did just that. During an interview with Wharton management professor Michael Useem, Palmisano discussed the sale of the company's personal computer business, the PricewaterhouseCoopers acquisition, how a big company can encourage innovation, and what he learned from his mentors, among other observations drawn from almost 40 years at IBM. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/2927.cfm




我可能在管理學新生 blog 寫更多的他
一心以企業為先 IBM's Samuel J. Palmisano

March 12, 2012Print version

IBM leader to send off JHU grads


Sam Palmisano
Samuel J. Palmisano, the chairman of the board at computer giant IBM and the company’s former president and CEO, will be the featured speaker at this year’s university commencement ceremony, to be held on Thursday, May 24, on Homewood Field.
Palmisano, a 1973 graduate of Johns Hopkins and a former university trustee, began his career at IBM right after college and rose through the ranks at a business currently listed 18th on the Fortune 500.
Palmisano is perhaps best known for leading the ambitious transformation of a 100-year-old company, and for his vision of how technology and global integration are reshaping business and society. Under his leadership, IBM made tough calls to get out of businesses that IBM itself had invented and enter new ones, leading to growth and innovation.
In January of this year, Palmisano stepped down as IBM CEO, leaving a legacy of record performance despite the global economic crisis. He continues to serve as IBM’s chairman of the board.
“Sam is a daring and visionary leader, whose dedication to discovery and refusal to accept the status quo guided one of the great transformations in business history,” said university President Ronald J. Daniels. “His capacity for bold, creative and critical thinking across domains reflects the power of a Johns Hopkins education. I’m delighted to welcome back one of our own to share his insights as the class of 2012 looks to the future.”
Palmisano joins a distinguished group of Johns Hopkins commencement speakers, a list that has included former Vice President Al Gore; comedian Bill Cosby; Elizabeth Dole, former senator and then president of the American Red Cross; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Brian Billick, then head coach of the Baltimore Ravens; Sen. John McCain; Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House at the time; and others from the worlds of politics, sports, media and entertainment.
Palmisano grew up in Baltimore and attended Calvert Hall College High School. At Johns Hopkins, he studied history and played on the offensive line for the Blue Jays football team that he co-captained.
He began his career at IBM in 1973 in Baltimore and took on a series of leadership positions before rising to president and chief operating officer in 2000, CEO in 2002 and chairman of the board in 2003.
He holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an honorary fellowship from the London Business School. He received the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award in 2009 and the inaugural Deming Cup, presented in 2010 by Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness. He is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Palmisano returned to his alma mater in February 2011 to launch the IBM Centennial Lectures, a yearlong series celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary and focusing on leadership and driving progress in an integrated and increasingly technologically enabled world. To hear the lecture, go to gazette.jhu.edu/2011/02/07/ceo-of-ibm-kicks-off-yearlong-lecture-series-at-his-alma-mater.
Palmisano recently sat down with President Daniels for the spring edition of Johns Hopkins Magazine to talk about higher education, innovation and U.S. global competitiveness. To read the interview or listen to their conversation, go to magazine.jhu.edu/colloquy.
In an effort to promote a more unified Johns Hopkins family, the university in 2010 fused the universitywide commencement ceremony with the Homewood undergraduate diploma ceremony for one grand graduation observance. The result is a single ceremony, at which Palmisano will speak, for graduates from all divisions and campuses.
More information on this year’s commencement ceremony, including a full list of speakers for all university divisional ceremonies, will be posted as it becomes available at www.jhu.edu/commencement.

2012年3月4日 星期日

Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai

Tadashi Yanai (柳井 正 Yanai Tadashi?, born February 7, 1949) is founder and president of Fast Retailing, of which Uniqlo (ユニクロ, "unique clothing") is subsidiary. He is routinely ranked as one of richest men in Japan, and in 2009 he was ranked 76th richest man in world according to Forbes, making him richest man in Japan with estimated net worth of $6.0 billion USD.[1][2]

[edit] Biography

Yanai attended Ube High School and later Waseda University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Politics.[3] In 1984, he opened his first Uniqlo store in Hiroshima.[3] In the April 2009 issue of Monocle magazine, Yanai said, "I might look successful but I've made many mistakes. People take their failures too seriously. You have to be positive and believe you will find success next time."

Yanai won the International Retailer of Year award for 2010 from the National Retail Federation in US. He was only the fourth Japanese national to win it, and the first since Masatoshi Ito (the owner and honorary chairman of the Ito-Yokado retailing group) in 1998. He was also chosen as best company president in a survey of Japanese corporate executives by Sanno Institute of Management in 2008 and 2009.[4]

In March 2011, Yanai donated 1 billion yen to victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.[5]


6 February 2008

CNN's Talk Asia Interviews Uniqlo's Tadashi Yanai

Those who know me know i love brands, particularly fashion brands. One fashion brand that i am a fan of is Uniqlo. I love their brand image personality. Most importantly, their products delivers and keeps the brand promise of great quality mix-n-match fashionable clothing at more than affordable pricing.



Recently CNN's Talk Asia interviewed the founder and mastermind behind Uniqlo's phenomenal growth, Mr. Tadashi Yanai. The insightful interview comes in 3 parts; the first part forcusing on the no brand brand, the second part talks about working for Uniqlo and the final part discusses American consumers. Click here to see Tadashi Yanai share his thoughts on where the brand came from, what it stands for, and where it is headed.

I have been keeping a watchful eye on their development since I landed in Japan in 2002. What i am most interested in and find most impressive are the advertising and marketing efforts they use to initially, rebrand themselves to up their street-cred and desirability, and to maintain this image.



Take their Uniqlo Jump campaign last year for example. Instead of using models they enlisted the help of their 650+ staffs worldwide in Japan, UK, US, China and South Korea, for their ads shown on user-generated sites such as flickr, youtube, hatena blog and even google maps. The ads in my opinion are wonderful as they make me feel good and happy, they are full of vitality and energy and shows Uniqlo to be a fun and stylish brand. Most importantly, their clothes and their stores shine out in them.

To those i know and don't know, take care always and i'll see you guys later. Comments welcome.

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