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By The Money Nerds, Published on August 26, 2020

Money and happiness expert Ken Honda is a best-selling self-development author in Japan, with book sales surpassing seven million copies since 2001. His latest book is called “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money” (June 4, 2019, Simon & Schuster). Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor.

Ken’s financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, a management consulting firm, and a venture capital corporation. His writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Ken provides ongoing support through mentoring programs, business seminars, therapeutic workshops, and correspondence courses.

Ken is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of personal and professional development leaders. He is fluent in Japanese and English; lived in Boston, Massachusetts for two years; and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. Learn more at

What You’ll Learn

In this episode we talk about:

  • What led Ken to think about the correlation between money and emotions
  • How he retired at 29
  • Recognizing your gifts and doing what you love
  • Effects of the word “no” during childhood
  • Changing your financial life through this simple perspective shift
  • Why wealth is an emotion
  • A huge difference between how Western culture and Japanese culture perceives money


Nicole- “Hey all! I have wanted to buy a dog for years, but I always put it off for various reasons—busy with school (undergrad & grad), apartment living (pet deposit and pet rent), credit card debt, etc. After getting a promotion in my chosen field, moving into a house, and paying off my credit card debt earlier this year, I started saving for a dog. I saved money for adoption fees, vaccinations, and puppy accessories and I have a separate emergency fund as well. I’m happy to say that as of last week I’m a proud dog mom to a handsome little pup! I waited until I was financially ready and I’m so happy I did! #moneywin


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