Wish upon a star, in Hiroshima

Coaching from Sub-Zero for post-pandemic / Session 5, Spring 2023

Masahiro (Hiro) Nakagawa
3 min readMay 22


Credit; Masahiro Okada at Nakagawa Zemi

My parents are Isahaya, Nagasaki origin, and my late father’s factory where he worked from his secondary school was off on 9th August 1945 and watched a huge atomic bomb flash over the hill, otherwise, I may not be born then. As a graduate of junior high and high school in Hiroshima, maybe my observation over last weekend would be very emotional, rather than non-biased.

But moreover, I have got a message from Masahiro, who is 1 ki of Nakagawa Zemi and works as a taxi driver in Kyoto, with remarkable photos including the above;

“Sensei, now at G7, and working as one of the drivers of some government’s delegation. In Kyoto, I had asked to drive some VIP’s delegation, and these may test for me. Now enjoying”.

I always say that “No high or low at the job. As far as you enjoy that position as is as you are, I am pleased and respect your smile”. But at the same time, I personally wondered why some got BA with expensive tuition and became like taxi drivers. This has been told by the other faculty as well.

But I was wrong. Masahiro kindly teaches me.

After entering a taxi company in Kyoto, Masahiro took one higher driver's license and can drive a long-range drive with a larger car. That makes him one of the rising stars in that company and always asked to drive in important delegations.

Now G7. Driving VIP delegation there? Can not stop crying at Masahiro’s message. Sorry, Masahiro. I was wrong. Also, among my Zemi member, you may be the most apprentice to use English.

The best gift as a high educator? Students and apprentices always teach something to me.

At G7 Summit in Hiroshima, we must admire the efforts of PM Kishida. Some friends at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs work very hard there and they may tell me some story behind it later. Japan should learn more about being a moderator in this turmoiled geographics, on which we may show some at last. Domestically, Kishida san, who was losing popularity before, and KOCHI KAI will gear up to drive their politics from now on. We should watch closely how they dance.

Moreover, no high or low on the wish. As most media tells us that this summit may change the dialogue with a surprise visit by President Zelenskyy, with hope. I also saw great hope for the others like Masahiro during this event.

Credit; Hir Nakagawa, a rose at Europa House, Minami Azabu, Tokyo

Thank you, Masahiro and my friends in Hiroshima, for updating me from there. Class, follow them.



Masahiro (Hiro) Nakagawa

Street Economist / Strategist, Founder of Nakagawa Zemi/Lab