John Roos Quotes

Profession: Diplomat
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Diplomacy is fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues. open_in_new

As the U.S. ambassador to Japan, I see this challenge of our younger generations not knowing each other as well as the prior generations. open_in_new

A successful entrepreneur can't be afraid of failures or setbacks. An initial setback can be a great opportunity to take a new and more promising approach to any problem, to come back stronger than ever. open_in_new

For the sake of future generations, we must continue to work together to realise a world without nuclear weapons. open_in_new

I'd not underestimate the competitive powers of the Japanese people. open_in_new

Growing up in California, I obviously knew about our deep connections with the Japanese. open_in_new

Japan is a well-educated, technological society. It is a free society, protects intellectual property. open_in_new

What people often ask me is, 'What are the ingredients of Silicon Valley?' While the answer to that is complex, some of the ingredients I talk about are celebrating entrepreneurship, accepting failure, and embracing a mobile and diverse workforce. open_in_new

My career was always about working with people, and understanding issues and problems and helping them to solve those issues and problems. How you deal with people - that's what diplomacy is all about. So while I'm not a career diplomat, many of the skills I had seemed to directly translate into the diplomatic arena. open_in_new

People talk about Japanese kids as being inward-looking. But my experience is that if you offer them an opportunity, they'll take it. open_in_new

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