The video clip below provides excerpts from a conversation with executive and former diplomat Mark Davidson.

In a wide-ranging interview, executive Mark Davidson surveys the society and business world of Japan, pinpointing its key strengths and challenges. With the benefit of extensive diplomatic service worldwide and in-country, Davidson does not hold back on recommendations as to how Japan can "tool up" and speed up in its quest for "global standard" excellence.

Mark Davidson is Director of Government & External Affairs for Amway Japan, a US$ 1-billion company based in Tokyo. Previously, he was a Senior Foreign Service Officer (career diplomat) with the U.S. Department of State, with a rank equivalent to a two-star general in the military. As a diplomat, Mark served four times in Japan, as well as in Islamabad, Asuncion, Madrid, Caracas, and Washington, DC. He taught U.S.-Japan relations and strategic leadership at the U.S. National Defense University, worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and has published numerous articles, columns, and book chapters on U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy. He serves on several educational and charitable boards in Japan and the United States. Fluent in Japanese, Spanish, and French, Mark holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. (Law and Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Empowering women in society and CSR with Mark Davidson <Set C>

Set C, Clip 1:
Mark Davidson on empowering women in society

Set C, Clip 2:
On corporate social responsibility in today's Japan

In clip Set C, Mark Davidson proposes reframing the challenge of women's issues in Japan. With an eye toward creating "a society where everyone can shine," Davidson sets out some of his ideas for enhanced flexibility in the workplace, including childcare, workforce re-entry policies, and educational opportunities. He also discusses corporate social responsibility in Japan, and the guiding role played by the United Nations' "SDG" Sustainable Development Goals. Davidson urges companies to identify their unique capabilities so as to best engage and contribute to their communities and the world.

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