Quotes by: Tadashi Yanai

Tadashi Yanai
Born (1949-02-07) 7 February 1949 (age 67)
Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
Residence Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality  Japanese
Alma mater Waseda University
Net worth US$19.3 billion (January 2016)[1]
Children Kazumi Yanai
Koji Yanai
Parent(s) Kanichi Yanai
Hisako Mori Yanai

Our international success started out first because we became the No. 1 casual wear brand in our home market of Japan. Then, we set up stores in the world's major fashion centers of New York, Paris and London.
Tadashi Yanai
The biggest part of my job now is to quickly develop successors, and around the world I am working to develop new business leaders in the company.
Tadashi Yanai
Our underwear used to just be cotton, but we wanted to see if we could create something out of synthetics.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai
The Asian brand, which I admire for having become a global success, is Samsung. In comparison, we're just starting, but I believe that we at Uniqlo will be the next Asian brand to do well globally.
Tadashi Yanai
America, for me, is the country where, if you have something great to offer, you'll be valued highly.
Tadashi Yanai
I tell people that we must have the courage to share what we feel, but no one follows me.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai
We are a country of artisans and a country of manufacturing. I think Japanese textile technology is the best in the world.
Tadashi Yanai
Wal-Mart is an amazing success story. What I particularly admire very much about the late Sam Walton was his policy of valuing his employees. Giving value to employees is very rare in the retail industry. I also admire the strategies Walton used to build up his discount store concept.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai
In general, the apparel industry isn't about continual process improvement or making the perfect piece of denim; it's about chasing trends.
Tadashi Yanai
Americans believe cotton is best, but we've invented new fabrics that will change your lifestyle.
Tadashi Yanai
At Uniqlo, we're thinking ahead. We're thinking about how to create new, innovative products... and sell that to everyone.
Tadashi Yanai
Too often, we have tended to fall into a trap of creating plain hamburgers.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai
Opening new stores outside of Japan is important, but training our employees is even more important.
Tadashi Yanai
More than trends, consumers need functionality. Everything needs an element of fashion, but that's more like a spice.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai
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.
Tadashi Yanai

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