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Distance Traveled in 2024    87144  miles (as of June 2024)

Creativity grows with how far you go and what you do.

By visiting various places around the world, we can experience diverse cultures and values, gathering real information that cannot be found online.
Travel experiences lead to new discoveries and ideas, stimulating creativity. Interacting with different cultures broadens our perspectives and nurtures curiosity.
This way, we can surpass our own limits and discover new possibilities. The knowledge and experiences gained from travel bring innovation to our daily lives and business.

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Global Adventures

Message

My name is DK Sugiyama, and I continue to embrace challenges on the global stage. Raised amidst the diversity of New York, I have honed the skills necessary for cross-cultural communication.

My education at Keio University laid the foundation for my journey as an entrepreneur, enabling me to guide businesses in their international endeavors.

Through "My Philosophy," I aim to deliver the authentic voices of leaders across various industries, sharing the courage to act with all. Our future is enriched through connections and mutual understanding. Let's explore the bounds of our potential together.

DK Sugiyama

Founder & CEO, INTERLITERACY INSTITUTE.Inc
Editor in Chief of “My Philospohy”
Global Business Producer

Born in Tokyo in 1979 and raised in New York, DK Sugiyama ventured into entrepreneurship at the age of 19. He is a graduate of Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management and also holds an MBA from Keio University's Graduate School of Business Administration. In 2014, he served as the President of Quantum Leap Corporation, established by the late Nobuyuki Idei, former Chairman of Sony.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the interview series "My Philosophy," Sugiyama has interviewed pioneers, leaders, and managers across various industries for 17 years.

His publications include "The Courage to Act" (Forest Publishing), "Move Your Luck" (Discover Twenty-One), "DDDD - Only 'Action' Brings Miracles" (Jiyukokuminsha), and "[World Standard] AO Parenting" (Clover Publishing).

Sugiyama holds a large motorcycle license and a first-class small boat pilot license. He is a father of three sons and one daughter.

As a Global Business Producer, he specializes in unlocking and enhancing the potential of companies and projects that have not yet fully realized their market value. His goal is to build businesses together, sharing the joy and profits that come from this process.

Journey

Living a Multicultural Life
Journey 01

Living a Multicultural Life

DK Sugiyama was born in Tokyo in 1979 and raised in New York from the ages of 3 to 15. By interacting with people of various nationalities until the end of middle school, he recognized the importance of communication and developed a strong sense of self-identity. He returned to Japan in the year of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and enrolled in the Oizumi Campus of Tokyo Gakugei University Senior High School. During his second year of high school, he had a near-death experience due to an anaphylactic shock after consuming a horned turban shell while working a part-time job, which starkly reminded him that we only live once.

DK Sugiyama was born in Tokyo in 1979 and raised in New York from the ages of 3 to 15. By interacting with people of various nationalities until the end of middle school, he recognized the importance of communication and developed a strong sense of self-identity. He returned to Japan in the year of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and enrolled in the Oizumi Campus of Tokyo Gakugei University Senior High School. During his second year of high school, he had a near-death experience due to an anaphylactic shock after consuming a horned turban shell while working a part-time job, which starkly reminded him that we only live once.

Honed Vision and Practice at Keio University
Journey 02

Honed Vision and Practice at Keio University

At Keio University SFC, he polished his problem-solving skills as a "student from the future," and founded an educational consulting firm during his freshman year, providing services to returnee students in high school and above. After graduating, he advanced to Keio University's Graduate School of Business Administration (M25) as a new graduate. He balanced managing his company with his studies over six years, from his first undergraduate year until completing business school. During his graduate studies, he married and welcomed his first son, starting his career at the age of 24. He graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management in 2002 and completed his MBA in 2004.

At Keio University SFC, he polished his problem-solving skills as a "student from the future," and founded an educational consulting firm during his freshman year, providing services to returnee students in high school and above. After graduating, he advanced to Keio University's Graduate School of Business Administration (M25) as a new graduate. He balanced managing his company with his studies over six years, from his first undergraduate year until completing business school. During his graduate studies, he married and welcomed his first son, starting his career at the age of 24. He graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management in 2002 and completed his MBA in 2004.

Bridging Global Communication
Journey 03

Bridging Global Communication

In 2007, he established ILI Corporation to solve communication problems. He supports the overseas expansion of domestic companies and the entry of foreign companies into Japan. To ensure smooth and good communication activities in culturally different countries, he provides support with an extensive network and accurate problem-solving abilities. He offers optimal resources and solutions for companies, projects, and modern social issues, seamlessly and through a global network.

In 2007, he established ILI Corporation to solve communication problems. He supports the overseas expansion of domestic companies and the entry of foreign companies into Japan. To ensure smooth and good communication activities in culturally different countries, he provides support with an extensive network and accurate problem-solving abilities. He offers optimal resources and solutions for companies, projects, and modern social issues, seamlessly and through a global network.

Building Networks Through Dialogue
Journey 04

Building Networks Through Dialogue

Since 2007, he started the "Daisuke Sugiyama Interviews 'My Philosophy'" without sponsors or appearance fees. When searching for mentors during the early stages of entrepreneurship, he realized that interviewing provided more opportunities to meet executives than scheduling lunch appointments. Additionally, his exposure to the concept of \"Six degrees of separation" during his student days led him to appreciate the possibility of connecting with anyone in the world, which inspired the inception of \"My Philosophy."

Since 2007, he started the "Daisuke Sugiyama Interviews 'My Philosophy'" without sponsors or appearance fees. When searching for mentors during the early stages of entrepreneurship, he realized that interviewing provided more opportunities to meet executives than scheduling lunch appointments. Additionally, his exposure to the concept of \"Six degrees of separation" during his student days led him to appreciate the possibility of connecting with anyone in the world, which inspired the inception of \"My Philosophy."

Acquiring Unique English-Japanese Presentation Skills
Journey 05

Acquiring Unique English-Japanese Presentation Skills

The "SoftBank Academia," which opened in July 2010, was designed to cultivate successors for Masayoshi Son and included a Global CEO Course in which he participated as the first external student. Through repeated English presentations, he honed his skills in effective material preparation and communication, developing a unique style of explaining Japanese documents in English and English documents in Japanese.

The "SoftBank Academia," which opened in July 2010, was designed to cultivate successors for Masayoshi Son and included a Global CEO Course in which he participated as the first external student. Through repeated English presentations, he honed his skills in effective material preparation and communication, developing a unique style of explaining Japanese documents in English and English documents in Japanese.

Mastering the Force in the Business World
Journey 06

Mastering the Force in the Business World

In 2013, he was selected by Nobuyuki Idei, the former Chairman of Sony and founder of Quantum Leap Corporation, to assume the role of President of the company. He orchestrated numerous business productions bridging large corporations and ventures, honing his skills in rigorous negotiations and managing projects within diverse teams.

In 2013, he was selected by Nobuyuki Idei, the former Chairman of Sony and founder of Quantum Leap Corporation, to assume the role of President of the company. He orchestrated numerous business productions bridging large corporations and ventures, honing his skills in rigorous negotiations and managing projects within diverse teams.

Maximizing Business Potential with Strategy
Journey 07

Maximizing Business Potential with Strategy

As the President and CEO of ILI.inc, he champions the corporate slogan "Do Today for a Better Tomorrow," focusing on unleashing the latent potential of companies and projects that have not yet maximized their market value. As a Global Business Producer, he provides support to enhance this value. His goal is to collaboratively build businesses, sharing the joy and profits that arise throughout the process.

As the President and CEO of ILI.inc, he champions the corporate slogan "Do Today for a Better Tomorrow," focusing on unleashing the latent potential of companies and projects that have not yet maximized their market value. As a Global Business Producer, he provides support to enhance this value. His goal is to collaboratively build businesses, sharing the joy and profits that arise throughout the process.

Globetrotting Adventures

Globetrotting Adventures

Books

The Courage to Take Action | Forest Publishing (2014)
The Courage to Take Action Forest Publishing (2014)
Move Your Luck | Discover Twenty-One (2015)
Move Your Luck Discover Twenty-One (2015)
DDDD [Do-Do-Do-Do] | Jiyukokuminsha (2019)
DDDD [Do-Do-Do-Do] Jiyukokuminsha (2019)
[World Standard] AO-style Parenting | Clover Publishing (2023)
[World Standard] AO-style Parenting Clover Publishing (2023)
The Courage to Take Action: The first step to a future you never imagined possible | INTERLITERACY (2016)
The Courage to Take Action: The first step to a future you never imagined possible INTERLITERACY (2016)
The Skills To Take Action: A Guide to the Sugiyama Method | Daisuke Sugiyama (2015)
The Skills To Take Action: A Guide to the Sugiyama Method Daisuke Sugiyama (2015)

Life Philosophy

Life Philosophy 01

My Philosophy ®︎

Interview and Dialogue Series
My Philosophy®

The interview series "My Philosophy®" is an informational site where editor-in-chief DK Sugiyama meets with people he wants to talk to, listens to their stories, and shares their experiences, life philosophies, and policies with readers. It started in 2007, when DK, who had just started his own business, planned it as web content to expand his business network.

My Philosophy®

The origins of the project date back to 1994. At that time, DK, then 14 years old, was involved in a magazine project called "AT&T Club Moshi Moshi." He had the fortunate opportunity to interview Mr. Sadaharu Oh, who is now the chairman of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. This invaluable experience sparked a desire in him to hear more people's stories and use them as nourishment for his own personal growth. This aspiration eventually became the driving force behind the creation of the "My Philosophy®" series.

Tomio Taki

Honorary Advisor, Takihyo Co., Ltd.
Expectations and Encouragement for Daisuke Sugiyama

I perceived Daisuke Sugiyama as a young and energetic individual. He possesses a great concept, attentively listened to my story, and made the interview enjoyable. He is doing something commendable by listening to the "philosophies" of various people, and I would like him to continue. Aim not for 100 but for 1000 interviews. I believe this will have a positive impact on many people, and I look forward to his future achievements.

Tomio Taki

Isao Aoki

Professional Golfer
The Fusion of Energy and Compassion

My first impression of Daisuke Sugiyama was that he was energetic and brimming with confidence. The progression of the interview was very smooth, and it was apparent he had done considerable preparation. True to my first impression, he was energetic, but he also displayed compassion towards me, making the interview experience pleasant. I look forward to seeing Sugiyama achieve even greater success in the future.

Isao Aoki

Yuichiro Miura

Mountaineer
Expectations and Challenges for the Young Leaders of Japan

The conversation was enjoyable. Daisuke Sugiyama's overflowing vitality, bold and fresh ideas, and his ability to take action are commendable. It's heartening to see young individuals in Japan who have the potential to become world leaders. Even as I age, I continue to take risks and challenge the world. I look forward to Sugiyama's further accomplishments and hope he opens new pages and doors.

Yuichiro Miura

Fumio Tateishi

Chairman of the Board, Omron Corporation
Daisuke's Growth and Contribution

I first met Daisuke when he was a university student and have had the opportunity to meet with him several times since, witnessing his growth as a person. Each time we meet, Daisuke shows his ability to gather information in advance and lead discussions with ease. His proactive role in the Philippine typhoon relief in 2013 particularly highlights his sense of support and capacity for action. I find myself empathizing with his way of life and am one of those who wish to send him my encouragement.

Fumio Tateishi

Hiroshi Senju

Japanese painter
The spirit of Bushido and the future on the international stage.

DK Sugiyama carries a clear and sharp impression, embodying the Bushido spirit of "clean and swift." He avoids unnecessary details and acts speedily and carefully where necessary. The speed of his movements in the tea ceremony and his careful handling of the tools are as beautiful as they are similar to survival strategies on the battlefield. As a cosmopolitan individual fluent in English and endowed with proper manners, I am confident in his bright future.

千住 博氏
Life Philosophy 02

Do-chan and Me

Project Cheer-Up Japan
Do-chan and Me

Courage can change the world. That is my belief, "the courage to take action."
As a father of four children, I am convinced that when each person acts positively, their courage can spread to others and brighten the world. My manga, "Do-chan and Me," was created with this sentiment in mind. Please give it a read. I hope it can be a small push to help you move forward.

It is natural to feel anxious, but let's overcome that anxiety, envision a "fun future," and focus on what we can "do" now. By doing so, the future awaiting us will surely be bright. The future can be carved out by our own hands. You can definitely do it too!

"Do-chan and Me" is a collaborative project with manga artist Ichibyo-san and the creative agency Cork Co., Ltd., themed "Spreading energy throughout Japan."
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Life Philosophy 03

Lecture Series

I have conducted over 100 lectures so far.
"Give it a shot" | Daisuke Sugiyama | TEDxKeioUSFC
TEDx Talks
TEDx Talks 41.1M subscribers
117,650 views

Since 2014, under the concept of "the courage to take action," I have been providing motivational speeches aimed at people who feel stuck, are considering a career change, need a boost of energy, want to turn their dreams into their careers, wish to change their lives, or are looking for the right job. These speeches emphasize "characteristics over job titles" and encourage individuals to choose their battles by leveraging their strengths.

I have delivered these talks at various prestigious venues and institutions including TEDx KeioUSFC, Prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Yahoo Japan Corporation, SoftBank Mobile Corp., Financial Japan Co., Ltd., Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co., Ltd., Toho Bank, Startup Grind Tokyo, The University of Tokyo, Keio University, Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration, Rikkyo University, Hosei University, Akita International University, Digital Hollywood University, Showa Women's University, Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University, Akita Prefectural Noshiro High School, Chiba Learning Juku Cooperative, Suginami Venture Club, Shinagawa Ward Board of Education, Gifu Kaizu City Agricultural Forum 21 Training, Shinagawa Child Raising Mess Executive Committee, Shinagawa Ward Hino No.1 Elementary School, and many others.

Life Philosophy 04

Orphanage Support and Philippine Reconstruction Project

Orphanage Support

In 2011, during a visit to an orphanage in the Philippines, I met children who had been sold in exchange for a bird or had become street children. I brought them candies from Japan. Without any specific preparation, I conveyed the message, "I can do it." I passionately communicated the importance of having confidence and dreams.

Philippine Reconstruction Project

Philippine Reconstruction Project

In 2011, during a visit to an orphanage on Cebu Island in the Philippines, I encouraged children who had been sold or were living on the streets to have confidence. The orphanage had been damaged by a recent typhoon, so the planned visit was canceled. Instead, through a call for donations on Facebook, we gathered relief funds and decided to deliver aid supplies through a trustworthy NPO.

Contact

Inquiries about Global Business and Educational Consulting

Specializing in multicultural communication and business matching, we assist in companies' international expansion and the development of educational programs.

Services Offered

Global Business Consulting: Support for entering overseas markets, business matching, and promoting cultural exchange.
Global Project Management: Management of multicultural teams and support for challenging negotiations.
"My Philosophy" Guest Introduction: Providing opportunities to connect with industry leaders.
Educational Consulting and Child Education Counseling: Educational programs for returning children, corporate training programs, learning plan formulation, and support in selecting educational institutions.

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