Billionaire Buddhist priest/entrepreneur reveals his 5 greatest tips for success

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Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Kazuo Inamori is the founder of electronics company Kyocera, the Honorary Chairman of Japan Airlines and a trained Buddhist priest.

The 83-year-old philanthropist also founded the Inamori Foundation which awards the annual Kyoto Prize, Japan’s version of the Nobel Prize, that honors individuals’ “extraordinary contributions to science, civilization, and the spirituality of humankind.”

From his 1995 book, “Passion For Success”, he shares his philosophy on success in life and in business.

1. Know what your true motives are.
Zen, the Japanese word for ‘good,’ means being universally virtuous in anybody’s eyes. I cannot achieve something worthwhile by considering only my own interests, my own convenience, or how I may appear to others. The motive has to be good for others as well as myself.”

In whatever passion you pursue, if your motives aren’t just, you will surely fail. The most successful ideas and businesses today have flourished because they positively impact the lives of billions.

“If your motivation and methods are virtuous, you need not worry much about the result.

2. Make a habit of being a perfectionist.
“When it comes to work, I am a perfectionist.”

Perfection isn’t just something that is achieved, it is something that is practiced until it becomes your second nature.

“It is extremely difficult to begin demanding perfection of yourself in everyday life. However, once it becomes your second nature, you can easily live that way. Aerospace engineers know that it takes tremendous energy to launch a satellite against gravity. But once it is in orbit, the same satellite needs very little energy to remain there. A business leader must pursue perfection as an everyday habit.”

3. Think optimistically, plan pessimistically, execute optimistically.
“The most important factor in starting any new project is having a dream and the passion to achieve it. In setting your vision, you need to be ultraoptimistic. You must first believe that you have unlimited potential. Continue telling yourself, ‘I can do it,’ and believe in yourself.”

“Once you begin making your plan, however, you must become a pessimist. You should review your concept conservatively. By this I mean that you must recognize every potential difficulty, and plan for all contingencies.”

“Equipped with such an ultraconservative plan, you should then move to execute it optimistically. Pessimism at this stage would prevent you from taking the bold action necessary to succeed.”

4. Your life or work = Attitude x Effort x Ability
“The outcome of our life or work is the product of three factors: attitude, effort and ability. Effort and ability range from 0 to 100 points. As these two numbers are multiplied rather than simply added, it means that persons who exert unbeatable efforts to compensate for their only ‘average’ ability can accomplish more than geniuses who rely just on their ability while making only a minimal efforts.”

But effort and ability are nothing without the main driving force that every successful entrepreneur has mastered:

“Depending on our attitude, the outcome of our work and our life can change by 180 degrees. Thus, while ability and effort are important, it is our attitude that counts the most.”

5. Always aim higher than what you think you can achieve.
“When choosing a long-term goal, I purposely select something beyond my ability. In other words, I choose a goal which is impossible for me to accomplish at the present time: no matter how hard I struggle now, I will not be able to reach it. Then I set a date in the future by which time I shall have achieved it.”

You really don’t know what you don’t know, and that applies for what you will be capable of in the future. With the right motivation, spirit and attitude, you almost can’t imagine what you are capable of until you finally achieve it.

“A person who wants to accomplish something new and worthwhile must assess his or her own ability from both present and future viewpoints.”

Get the most out of your visit to Japan with these tourist-only deals

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Japan has a reputation as a very expensive place to travel, but it is trying to raise its profile as an international destination with some deals available just for foreign visitors. We here at RocketNews24 have gathered all the information together in one place for your travel-planning pleasure, so now you have no excuse not to visit us!

 

Transport

Rail
An oldie but a goodie, the Japan Rail Pass allows for free travel around Japan’s bullet train system, as well as city trains run by JR. The fastest bullet trains, called Nozomi and Mizuho, are not included, however. Passes are available in 7-, 14- and 21-day increments for either unreserved seats or the Green Car reserved seats.

 

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The JR Pass cannot be purchased inside Japan, so you will need to buy it up to three months in advance of travel from a licensed dealer. They will give you a tickets that can be exchanged for the actual pass at a JR ticket office once you reach Japan. If you are planning to cover a lot of ground during your trip, this is an excellent deal.

It is also possible to buy a JR Pass limited to one region, which is cheaper than the full pass. The same purchasing procedure applies. See this excellent JNTO page for more details.

 

Car
If you are planning to rent a car to drive around Japan, which can be a good option in more rural areas where public transportation is spotty, you may want to consider an ETC pass. ETC is an electronic toll collection system that allows you to enter and exit toll roads without stopping. For Japanese, it is usually connected to a credit card and the toll is automatically deducted, but for foreign visitors there is the fixed-rate Expressway Pass available for Central Japan and Hokkaido.

Naturally, the first thing you will need is an international driver’s license. After that, you can reserve a rental car and the Express Pass at Toyota Rent-a-Car or Times Car Rental. The passes are available for up to 14 days, with the cost starting at 5,000 yen ($49) for two days, up to 16,000 yen ($157) for 14 days. The pass is simply returned with the rental car.

 

Air
The two major domestic air carriers, ANA and JAL, have special deals for foreign visitors as well. JAL has the Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare and the Welcome to Japan Fare, which offer discounted flat-rate prices on domestic flights to over 30 cities when purchased in conjunction with an international flight to Japan on JAL or a oneworld partner airline. ANA has a similar deal on for Star Alliance customers. Both companies have some blackout dates, so check carefully before booking.

 

Transportation/Sightseeing Combo Passes
Many cities have begun offering passes that combine unlimited travel on public transportation with discounts at popular tourist attractions. There are really too many to list and many of them are not even restricted to foreign visitors, so be sure to ask at the local tourist information counter what’s available at your destination, but here are some popular ones only for you lucky visitors:

Osaka Amazing Pass– Any schlub can get the 1-day pass, but only foreign visitors get the better value 2-day pass.

Kansai Thru Pass– Unlimited travel throughout the Kansai region with lots of discounts on attractions and it can even be used on non-consecutive days, so take your time!

Feel Kobe– Not a pass per se, but a bunch of coupons that can be used in conjunction with your passport around the Kobe area, including the city loop bus.

Tokyo Metro Open Ticket– International visitors can get a discounted version of Tokyo Metro’s 1- and 2-day unlimited passes. These passes don’t come with any attraction discounts, but they can be purchased in combination with things like the Grutt Pass, a discount coupon book for 78 art galleries, museums, zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens around Tokyo, and offer an additional 8 percent discount at select Bic Camera electronics stores

 

Welcome Cards


Some cities and regions in Japan offer a guidebook filled with coupons for foreign visitors called a Welcome Card. The coupons are valid for discounts, free gifts or other special services at attractions, lodging and restaurants in the area. Currently, northern Tohoku, Narita, Tokyo, Shoryudo (a region between Tokyo and Osaka comprising nine prefectures), Kobe, Kita-Kyushu offer Welcome Cards. All are available at local tourist information centers, and many of them can even be printed out online.

 

Shopping

Tax-free Shopping
As with many other countries, foreign shoppers are exempt from consumption tax on purchases over 10,000 yen ($98). Some shops deduct the tax from your purchase, but most large department stores have a special counter where you take all of your receipts after shopping. Either way, you will have to show a passport, so be sure to bring it with you.

Certain items, such as cosmetics, food, alcohol, cigarettes, medicine, film and batteries are not currently included in the tax-refund scheme, but will be from October 2014, when the law will also change to exempt purchases over 5,000 yen ($49).

 

Store-Specific Discounts


In an effort to attract overseas shoppers, some Japanese department stores and retail chains have started offering discounts only available by flashing your passport. Sometimes these are run as promotions only during high seasons, so it never hurts to ask at the customer service counter what deals they might be running, but at the time of writing, we were able to find some more established offers as well:

AEON– Budget retailer AEON offers foreign shoppers a 5% discount

Bic Camera– In a tie-up with Visa, electronics giant Bic Camera is offering 5% off and a free gift when foreign shoppers pay with their Visa card

 

Free Walking Tours


Why pay for a tour guide when you can get one for free? Volunteering as a foreign-language guide is a popular activity for students and the elderly in Japan, so make use of their friendliness and generosity with their time, and not only will you get a free tour with a local, you might just make a friend too. Larger cities like Tokyo often have established programs, but smaller towns should be able to arrange something through the tourist information office as well. The JNTO has an extensive list of volunteers by region. These volunteers can often be spotted at the entrance to popular cultural sites too.

 

Other Tips
It’s been mentioned several times already, but the tourist information office is your friend. Not only can they help you with everything from finding accommodation to suggesting local delicacies, they are also a treasure trove of coupons! Most offices have racks and racks of brochures that include coupons, as well as maps that include coupons, and some plain old coupons lying around. Make use of them.

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NY Yankee Masahiro Tanaka charters Japan Airlines jet for $195,000 to fly from Japan to New York with wife, dog and three other passengers for Yankee Stadium press conference

 

Masahiro Tanaka is spending like a Yankee, shelling out almost 200G for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take himself, his wife, a dog and three other passengers from Tokyo to New York.

Masahiro Tanaka is spending like a Yankee, shelling out almost 200G for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take himself, his wife, a dog and three other passengers from Tokyo to New York.

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Now this is how you fly like an ace, even if your general manager recently said he thought you were a No. 3 starter.

The YankeesMasahiro Tanaka reportedly flew from Tokyo to New York for his Tuesday press conference at Yankee Stadium, chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Japan Airlines for a cool $195,000.

Visitors at the Paris Air Show get an inside-look at the first class cabin of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner last summer.

Hey, the guy can afford it after landing a seven-year, $155-million contract with the Yanks.

The plane, which can seat 200, brought a slightly smaller party to the Big Apple — Tanaka, his wife, his brown toy poodle and three other people, according to multiple reports.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner seats 200 passengers, unless Masahiro Tanaka is on board. In that case, there’s only room for five adults and a dog, which makes up the newest Yankee’s traveling party.

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner seats 200 passengers, unless Masahiro Tanaka is on board. In that case, there’s only room for five adults and a dog, which makes up the newest Yankee’s traveling party.

It’s a (chartered) private jet. It’s not something the Yankees have prepared,” Tanaka told reporters through an interpreter Sunday at Narita Airport near Tokyo.

Tanaka hired the plane because he wanted to be “in the best of form” for spring training, said a Japanese baseball official who was on the trip. Yankee pitchers and catchers are due to report to camp in Tampa on Friday and have their first workout the next day.

Even flying private didn’t spare Tanaka from winter weather woes. His trip from his Tokyo hotel to the airport reportedly took more than eight hours by car.

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NY Yankee Masahiro Tanaka charters Japan Airlines jet for $195,000 to fly from Japan to New York