Kenichi Ohmae received his BS degree at Waseda University, his MS at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D in Nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For about twenty-three years he was a partner in Mackinsey and Company, Inc., an international management practice, he also served companies in a wide spectrum of industries, including industrial and consumer electronic financial institutions, telecommunications, office equipment, photographic euipment, industrial macinery, food, rubber, and chemicals. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ohmae worked for Hitachi as a senior design on japan's protype fast breeder reactor. His special area of expertise is expressing a creative approach and developing uniformity, so that it can be implemented into the private and public sector.
Ohmae is known in the United States as the author of high impact books and articles on corporate strategy,and in particular, as a guru of globalization. He has written books on reforming Japan, and has sold close to 2 million hardback copies. In his book The Borderless World, Ohmae discusses that centralized governments are loosing their ability, and their need to direct national economies.
He is the founder of "Reform of Heisei", a citizen's political movement estavlished on November 25, 1992, to promote and catalyze the reform of Japan's political and administrative systems. This organization has two elect Diet members commited to this program.
Reform is almost unheard of in Japan. He is doing rallies, television appearances, and bus tours, to recruite members across the country, who'll support his organization with contributions of 10,000 yen($90).
Ohmae is also the founder and Managing Director of the "Ohmae and Associates". Since October 1996, Ohmae has been a visting professor of the Global Management Course, Graduate School of Business at Standford University. January 1997, he joined the UCLA School of Public and Social research as chancellor's Professor of Public Policy. He currently serves on the boards of MIT Corporation, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Niki, Inc. He received an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University in 1955. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two sons, and in his spare time, he enjoys music, sailing, motorcycles, and scuba diving.
Under his plan, almost all of the power now held by the central government, would be scattered to 11 swmi-independent governments. MITI and the Ministry of Finance, the most powerful arms of the central bureaucracy, would be destroyed. The ban on imported rice would be lifted, and the rice farms that now consume large chunks of land on the edges of Tokyo, would be paved over for new housing.