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Ears to listen

Good ears are essential to learn music and new languages. Likewise, the attitude to listen is required to acquire new ideas and information. With age, learning new concepts becomes both easy and difficult. Learning is easy when the new idea is based on previously acquired information. Learning is difficult and takes times when the new idea contradicts previous knowledge. Learning

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Next generation environment

When problems arise, we attempt to solve the problem by addressing the events caused. This approach delivers perceivable results in the short term, but it may not solve the problem’s root cause. Without eliminating the root cause, the undesirable events may occur again. Poverty is a problem that exists in both developing and advanced economies. It is not an inevitable

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Communication and misunderstanding

Communication is the action to transfer thoughts, ideas, and knowledge from one person to another, and the process is bidirectional. Good communication can be ensured through confirmation for correct understanding of the person communicated.  Correct understanding requires comprehension of the communication context, because the same word can have different meanings depending on the context.  For example, the meaning of the

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Using metrics

Metrics provide a method to visualize progress towards achieving the objective.  Many kinds of metrics exist, such as revenue, customer satisfaction, and unemployment rate.  However, metrics that are not used in making decisions do not add so much value to the activities measured.  For example, if the customer satisfaction metric is not used in meetings to secure resources against other

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Poverty trend and economic environment

Graph 1:  Relative poverty rate and child poverty rate, 1985-2012; 相対的貧困率と子供の貧困率、1985-2012 (Comprehensive survey of Living Conditions 2013, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare;平成25年国民生活基礎調査の概要 厚生労働省) Graph 2:  Household income mean and mean real, 1985-2012; 世帯可処分所得中央値と世帯可処分所得中央値実質、1985-2012 (Comprehensive survey of Living Conditions 2013, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare;平成25年国民生活基礎調査の概要 厚生労働省) Graph 3:  Economic growth rate=[(GDP(yr)-GDP(yr-1)]/GDP(yr-1)x100, real GDP; 経済成長率=(当年GDP-前年GDP)/前年GDPx100、実質GDP (Data based on SNA (System of National

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