“How lucky I am to be here, right now,” is something Tom Kelley often tells himself. The D4V chairman (Design for Ventures) and IDEO partner could be sitting in any one of IDEO’s nine global offices, but the Tokyo studio is his favorite.

Since 2015, Kelley has visited Tokyo once a week each month, working to help unlock Japan’s creative potential through D4V, a Japan-focused venture capital firm with $50 million under management that works with internationally renowned design consultancy IDEO.

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