KUNIO HARA, Founder and President of the Ho-Me-I-Ku Group – Exclusive Interview
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Kunio Hara is the founder and president of the Ho-Me-I-Ku group. He invented his own method of education, Ho-Me-I-Ku, which influenced 500 companies and more than a million people. He has published 30 books and has appeared on TEDx three times (in 2022 and 2023, he won the top ratings).On November 17th, Kunio will receive the Gentlemen of Heart Awards GOHA  London Esteemed Honorary Patron, 2023.

KUNIO HARA As Cover Story – November 2023 Edition

Share your background. 

I was raised with immense love and affection by my parents, who constantly praised me as I grew up. I come from a line of Christians in Japan dating back three generations. My grandfather and great-grandfather had studied in Europe and were involved in trade. Four of my great-grandfathers worked in the field of education and international trading. Taking forward their legacy, I’m engaged in education “Ho-Me-I-Ku” (translated as Praise and Raise) as the founder and spreading it, traveling the world. 

Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember? 

During elementary school, I exhibited leadership qualities. However, upon entering junior high school, I became introverted due to bullying. I regained my confidence during high school and college, joining the karate club and volunteering as a leader at the YMCA. I met some incredible educators and am now working in the field of education.

Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?

I transitioned from a renowned consulting firm, Funai Consulting Incorporated, to working in a live-in ramen shop, starting as a dishwasher and then as a store manager. After gaining solid experience for four years, I became a consultant and educator who can empathize with ground-level staff.

What do people usually not know about you? 

I enjoy potato chips and wine late at night.

What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?

I actively promote the message “We were born to praise each other” to the world, living a life dependent on the mission and practicing it. 

What are your upcoming major events – Unforgettable Moments or products/services that you want to promote/inform? 

My future vital events include a seminar in New York in March 2024 and a speech to UN officials in September 2024, scheduled for the second consecutive year. I’d also like many people to watch my TEDx speeches:

What are your food preferences and physical attributes?

I enjoy steak and red wine. I have an average build. I love sports, but I equally love food and drink.

Your love life, relationships and family? 

I married my junior high school classmate, and we have two daughters. My sister married a Norwegian and lives near Oslo. My father passed away suddenly five years ago, but my mother is doing well.

What expert advice would you like to give?

I have a vision of a world where praise becomes the language we all speak, and the act of praising one another is not just a choice but a way of life. Praise is a universal need that transcends any boundaries – country, gender, race, gender, etc. Join me in this remarkable journey to create a world where praise is the norm and where we truly understand that “People are born to be praised, and we exist to praise each other.” 

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