General Manager and President at IBM Japan, Ltd.
Akio Yamaguchi was born in Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture in 1964. He is the eldest son of an Arakawa peach farmer, and he lived in Wakayama until his graduation from high school. He joined IBM Japan, Ltd. in 1987 after graduating from university in Osaka. He began his career as an engineer and experienced a variety of different positions, including corporate planning in the president’s office and director’s assistant at IBM in the United States. In 2007, Yamaguchi became in charge of service businesses including consulting, system development and maintenance, and business process outsourcing. He has been in his current position since May 2019. He was also involved in global strategy planning and execution as a member of the Executive Committee at IBM's headquarters in the United States from 2017. He is also the Representative Director of Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises (ACE), and the Vice Chairman of KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and the Chairperson of its Corporate Management Committee.
I always feel a sense of relief whenever I go back to Wakayama. I genuinely have a sense that I am returning home. This is particularly true for Koyasan, which is my favorite place on earth.
I remember being a little boy and going to worship in the Okuno-in.
I remember going with my parents to buy an umbrella pine.
I remember driving along the Koya-Ryujin Skyline Road amidst thick, verdant green.
So many memories of Koyasan are etched in my mind.
In particular, when I am on Koyasan, I can somehow feel the earth's life force emanating from the surrounding forests, refreshing my spirit and re-energizing me for whatever task I need to tackle next.
A place to cultivate the courage for tomorrow and beyond - that is what Koyasan is for me.