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.

Artificial intelligence and future of Japan with Mark Davidson <Set D>

Set D, Clip 1:
Mark Davidson on artificial intelligence

Set D, Clip 2:
On Japan's new era and future prospects

In clip Set D, Mark Davidson considers artificial intelligence and its job displacement and job obsolescence impact. Davidson advocates education to impart the skills, resilience, and adaptability required for the dawning A.I. era. Drawing lessons from his experience in both government and business, he encourages public/private sector cooperation to minimize negative effects, and to ensure an ample supply of proficient staff for Japan's global workforce.

Davidson wraps up with an appreciation of the prospects for Japan's new era. The ascent to the throne of the new Emperor of Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will fix the gaze of the world on the country as the Japanese seek to answer by action: "What do we want to become?"

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