On September 16th, I was invited to have dinner with Dr. Jacques Attali by the French Embassy. What a treat! Fortunately I was seated at the same table with him and was able to exchange views on several topics.
I brought to him a copy of my column in which I introduced his book, and asked him to sign the original English edition that I had. His stay in Japan was only for two days, and he said he had tough schedule publishing new book, giving lectures, having interviews and so on and was a bit tired.
Besides serving as an advisor to the French Government, Dr. Attali is currently working on PlaNet Finance that has the same model as Grameen Bank of Professor Yunus, (Ref.1) hoping to extinguish poverty and bring changes to society.