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Having redefined its mission as a "social innovation business", Japanese conglomerate Hitachi is tackling issues faced by society. And that, says the company's vice president Kojin Nakakita, is what "contributing to society" truly means.

"After the 2011 tsunami, everything was wiped out. No lights, no water, darkness for one week in Tokyo. I had to walk 42 km from my office to my home ... Can you imagine, all the lifts were dead, water didn't come out. It's a terrible thing." - Mr Nakakita on basic infrastructure being taken for granted in the developed world.

ASK Kojin Nakakita to talk about himself and the chairman of Hitachi Asia immediately says he is an ice hockey player, after opening with a rather enigmatic "I've had a bit of a different life from everyone else".

His accent too is hard to place. It is definitely Japanese but mixed with...

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