Othman Almazyad, non-resident researcher at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, presented two lectures in Japanese at the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo, attended by a number of Japanese academics and the former head of their research center, Professor Isakay Yoshi Nuri.
The first lecture, held on 30 October 2017, entitled: "Saudi Family Companies Between Reality and Challenges: Contribution to Achieving the Goals of Vision 2030 and Comparisons with Durable Companies in Japan." Mr. Almazyad discussed the importance of the role of Saudi family businesses in achieving the goals of the vision. He also discussed the issue from the family and administrative perspective, as well as the legal challenges, which faced the majority of companies. He presented the most important challenges and commonalities between family businesses in Saudi Arabia and Japan.
In the second lecture, which was held on 13 November 2017 under the title: "The Future of Innovation in Family Business and its Impact on the Saudi Economy: Innovation and its Future Prospects, and the Vision 2030 in Achieving the Highest Standards of Innovation in the World", Mr. Almazyad presented an overview of the basic concepts of innovation, how to achieve it in the family business, and the most important challenges in the innovation industry, with the introduction of proposals in the interest of the national economy. He put forward several examples of long-standing Saudi family companies, which harnessed their efforts to invest and innovation and development in the long term.
It is worth noting that Keio University is the oldest university in Japan, founded in 1858 by the thinker and reformer Fukuzawa Yokichi, who contributed to the development of Japan, especially in the Meiji era of reform.
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