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Joichi Ito

President and CEO
Neoteny Co Ltd
Tokyo, Japan
Joichi Ito
President and CEO
Neoteny Co Ltd
Tokyo, Japan
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

The World Economic Forum provides a wonderful opportunity for me to meet my peers and create contacts across industry and geography. I believe that it will be these ties that will help us manage many of the challenges ahead of us. As a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" I believe that it is our mission to build a network of global trust and respect which are essential for a healthy global economy and world peace.

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2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

I am happy that I have had the opportunity to build successful companies, participate in lawmaking and government policy, teach, create and support a variety of cultural and artistic initiatives, participate in exciting technical research, and participate in the entertainment industry. I believe that my experience from the variety communities has helped me to be more successful in each. Specifically I am proud of helping Japan understand the Internet by building several successful businesses including Digital Garage, Infoseek Japan and PSINet Japan. I am also proud of the influence I have had on Japanese computer security policy. Finally I am proud of my 6 years of participation as one of the first jury members of the Austrian Prix Ars Electronica .Net category.

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

I hope that I will be able to help Japan recover socially, politically, economically and culturally. I hope that I will be able to represent many of Japan's interests in the global arena and help Japan contribute to "improving the state of the world." I believe that the problems facing Japan are so severe right now that the basic cultural and social foundation of Japan must be reinvented while increasing Japan's ability to communicate and participate in the global dialog. I will continue to build businesses while serving as bridge between business, government, the arts and the rest of the world for Japan.

4. The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

Advances in technology have enabled the world economy to become truely global and have caused the speed in which markets move faster and faster. Although there are great benefits to globalization and efficient markets, this has also lead to fluctionation amplification and a kind of fragility. As the complexity increases, the need for ethics beyond simple rules and compliance becomes critical as well. Some of the key concepts for us to focus on will be:
1) Trust and self-esteem
2) Managing cultural diversity in a connected world
3) Global ethics and best practices


Joichi Ito
President and CEO
Neoteny Co Ltd
Tokyo, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Born: 1966

Profile: Joichi Ito is the founder and CEO of Neoteny (www.neoteny.com), an investment and operating company which provides financial, advisory and business support for IT related projects including startups and joint ventures. He has created and led numerous Internet companies in the past including Eccosys, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan.

In 1997 he was chosen by Time Magazine as a member of the Cyber Elite. In 2000 he was ranked as one of the "50 Stars of Asia - Leaders at the Forefront of Change" by Business Week and commemorated by the Ministry of Posts and Telecom for his years of service to the advancement of IT in Japan.
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