Ken Honda is a best-selling author of self-development books in Japan. He is a prolific and successful writer in Japan, selling more than 7 million books since 2001. Ken counts an audience of about 1 in every 20 people across the country who listen to his podcasts and recorded lectures and attend his seminars. His financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, 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's much-sought-after advice has been the impetus for thousands of people to take action toward self-realization, allowing them to work and live from a position of strength and solvency. Ken also provides ongoing support through mentoring programs, business seminars, therapeutic workshops, and correspondence courses.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor. At 29 he semi-retired and spent the next four years raising his young daughter. During this time, he wrote, self-published, and distributed a free booklet of essays called “8 Steps to Happiness & Prosperity." By word of mouth alone, his booklet reached more than 1 million people. A publisher was among one of his readers, and he persuaded Ken to pursue a writing career.
Soon after Ken became an author, Japanese magnate Wahei Takeda, one of the wealthiest and most charitable private investors in Japan, contacted Ken. Wahei found Ken's publishing and free distribution of his own personal wisdom resonated with one of Wahei's unique philosophies: one of giving freely in pursuit of your own passion. A sincere and insightful mentorship grew between the two, and to this day, Wahei's actions and teachings continue to inspire Ken.
To date, Ken has published more than 110 books, has recorded weekly podcasts for 4 years, and has held seminars and conferences all over Japan for the last 12 years. He is the highest paid professional speaker in Japan. His seminars attract up to 1,000 people and sell out within an hour, and his Japanese website receives more than 250 testimonials and reader comments every day. Over the years he has also been a frequent guest on Japanese radio shows, such as the perennially popular show J-Wave.
Ken is greatly inspired by American Transcendentalist philosophers such as Henry David Thoreau, and many of the 20th century's iconic non-violent revolutionaries－Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are chief among them.
He is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of personal and professional development leaders.
Ken is fluent in Japanese and English. He lived in Boston for 2 years, and his naturally laid-back attitude fits right in with the United States. He has focused on the Japanese market for 12 years, but is turning his attention to North America. He currently lives in Tokyo.