Forty-five years ago, when I was 18, I came to San Francisco by boat and took two weeks to get here. I had a great impression. I think San Francisco is the welcoming gate for people from Asia.
As a businessperson, I don't have the power to change the government. That is in the hands of the political leaders. However, as a taxpayer, we have the right to be critical of the government and demand change.
If you always think about your dreams or goals, work steadfastly towards them and continue to challenge yourself, you will definitely be able to realise those dreams or goals.
The air of the English is down-to-earth. They care about details; there's a tradition, but there's also a counter-culture: the younger generation versus the older generation and so on. But then that's well blended into a happy balance and crystallised into common sense.
America, for me, is the country where, if you have something great to offer, you'll be valued highly.
Opening new stores outside of Japan is important, but training our employees is even more important.
I think like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Failure is a great teacher. At the same time, you must remember, success will never last... Whether it's tech or fashion, it must be for the customer.
At Uniqlo, we're thinking ahead. We're thinking about how to create new, innovative products... and sell that to everyone.
More than trends, consumers need functionality. Everything needs an element of fashion, but that's more like a spice.
Japan's biggest problems are conservatism and cowardice.
Politicians make decisions in favor of their interest groups or their supporters back in their hometowns.
We are a country of artisans and a country of manufacturing. I think Japanese textile technology is the best in the world.
You have to be a crazy guy and a little eccentric to be very successful.
People say that globalisation has negative aspects, but I don't believe globalisation is bad. It's criticised from a western perspective, but if you put yourself in the shoes of people in the developing world, it provides an unprecedented opportunity.
I tell people that we must have the courage to share what we feel, but no one follows me.
I learned that people don't buy anything from unknown stores.
I think I may not be able to retire.
I'm afraid Japanese people tend to collective hysteria.
It is clothes. It is parts. Therefore, you combine the parts differently to create your own unique expression.
Konosuke Matsushita was a visionary entrepreneur. He started working very young as a teenager, and he eventually created Panasonic to become a truly global company.