“A poor person is not someone who has little, but one who needs infinitely more, and more, and more.” Thus spoke José Mujica, then the President of Uruguay, before the United Nations in 2012. Paraphrasing the wisdom of the great thinker Seneca, he asked the world to question the dogma of consumption that has driven us into environmental and economic crisis. Often referred to as the worlds “poorest” president, in part because of his practice of donating 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charity, José Mujica lived his words and proved that one need not have money to be rich. In The World’s Poorest President Speaks Out, José Mujica’s famous speech comes to life as he asks us to remember our neighbors, our children, and the Earth.
Yoshimi Kusaba is an editor and the author of Eiga kantoku ha chuugakusei! (Director is a middle school student!) (Tokyo: Choubunsha, 2012), 100 en kara dekiru kokusai kyouryoku 4 5 6 (International cooperation activities on 100 yen, vols. 4, 5, 6), Chikyuu wo sukuu shigoto zen 6 kan (Jobs that save the world, all 6 vols.) (above Choubunsha titles), and Oshigoto shiriizu zukan (Jobs series encyclopedia) (Froebel-kan), and co-author of Kagaku ni sugaru na! – uchuu to shi wo meguru tokubetsu jugyou (Don’t just rely on science! – A special lesson on the universe and death) (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2013) and others. He has provided editorial and written contributions to works including Junia ban purojekuto X shiriizu (Junior version Project X series), NHK tameshitegatten shiriizu (NHK “Tameshitegatten” series) (both Choubunsha).
Gaku Nakagawa was born in 1966 and currently resides in Kyoto. A monk of the Jodo-shu Seizan branch Zenrin-ji, he became an illustrator in 1996, creating illustrations for various books and other publications. Internationally, he has featured in Monocle, a London-based publication that is distributed across twenty countries, and also for a special feature on world illustrators by renowned German art publishers TASCHEN. Notable works include cover and book illustrations for Manabu Makine’s Toppinparari no kazetarou (Tokyo: Bungeishunju, 2013) and Bessatsu bungeishunjuu (Bungei shunju extra) (Tokyo: Bungeishunju, 2014). He won recognition in the 2013 Design for Asia Award for Ezoushi ryuutandan (Ezoushi Ryutandan) (2013) and Ehon kechou (Kechou) (2013)