The World Bank has translated The Next 4 Billion
into Japanese, and the Bank held a launch event in Tokyo, May 23. "The World Bank Tokyo Office is pleased to make this important research available to a broad audience in Japan," said Lester Dally, World Bank Acting Special Representative in Japan. "The emerging role of the private sector in poverty alleviation is a topic of considerable interest here. Japan has a long history of leadership in overseas development assistance, and this research points the way toward a strong and complementary role for the private sector, working alongside bilateral and multilateral institutions."William Kramer
, one of the work's principal authors, and deputy director of DTE, delivered the keynote address at the launch. "As a market approaching $4 trillion, Asia represents the largest opportunity for beneficial business engagement with low-income communities," he said. "Companies in Asia are leaders in BOP innovation, and that Japanese companies are waking up to the potential is a real tipping point."The executive summary in Japanese was made available to those in attendance; a pdf is attached to this post (click "Read More" for attachment).