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Message from the Chairman

Kunitake Ando, Chairman

What is innovation? Innovation is changing the world by providing new value in completely novel ways. I have seen moments where many young people have influenced the times in Silicon Valley and other places. When you're young, you have nothing to lose and only a boundless future ahead. How much can you invest in yourself while you're young? I want you to have many experiences and take up challenges to do what only you can and what no one else will. You’re sure to have setbacks along the way. But your world is sure to begin to change significantly when you undauntedly face hardships, risks, and difficulties. The future you paint is also sure to bring about new traditions at our university. All first-year students have to stay in the dorms, and everyone has to do an overseas program. I say if it’s something that’s never been done before, give it a try. The University of Nagano is not bound by existing values. I believe the university is an outstanding innovation in and of itself.