Entrepreneur Yoshito Hori has a strong sense of mission to guide Japan to become a better place as it undergoes what he calls a "quiet revolution," and he thinks his role is outside of politics.

Hori, the president of Globis University and managing partner of Globis Capital Partners, sees limits to what politicians can do, especially when it comes to having the public swallow bitter pills. He specifically points to the divisive issue of social welfare reform, which faces resistance from those facing cuts in benefits even though it's an urgent issue facing Japan's rapidly aging population.

"We need social welfare reform, but no politicians address it in elections. When the situation comes to this, it's time for us in the private sector to raise our voices and convince the public at large."