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YUNUS&SHIKI SOCIAL BUSINESS RESEARCH CENTER

November 22nd, 2017: France and Japan Debate

Social Innovation: How can we attempt to solve social issues while simultaneously develop businesses?

Institut Francais Kyushu and the Social Business Research Center at Kyushu University co-facilitated a Social Business debate between France and Japan at the Startup Café in Fukuoka city.

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  • Nicolas HAZARD (Founder, INCO)
  • Eric LESUEUR (President, Véolia INNOVE 2EI)
  • Kazunari TAGUCHI (President, Borderless Japan Corporation)
  • Masaharu OKADA (Executive Director, Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research Center/NY Attorney at Law)

A French embassy attaché, a chief executive from the Economy, Tourism & Culture Bureau of Fukuoka and the executive vice president from Kyushu University appeared on the platform. It became a heated event with an audience over the capacity of 100 people.

The panelists discussed the role of local governments to create eco-systems for the social innovation development. In addition, entrepreneurs in Japan and France shared their experiences and examples of how social business was economically sustainable.

“Paris decided to develop social businesses for the Olympic games.” “I no longer asked myself about what I was living for. I’ve been waking up full of energy and excitement every morning since I got involved in social business.” (Nicolas)

“Poor people and poor communities have not been considered valuable, however, (through social business) there is a business chance there.” (Eric)

“’A role model’ is important to spread social business.

Many successful examples in the various fields, social concepts and business models are essential to make them real. I manage my company, Borderless Japan, to make many successful examples and expand them in the world.” (Taguchi)

“We are a family living together on the earth. Japanese people know it well since we have been preserving our culture on our small islands. We have social business DNA in our bodies.” (Okada)

※Honorific titles are omitted.

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