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Launched in 2011, the G1 Global Conference addresses global and regional challenges through discussions conducted in English. The G1 Global provides a unique opportunity for global leaders to interact, share visions for the future, and develop ideas into concrete actions.

  • Cross-industry, multi-sector networking with opinion leaders and corporate and government decision-makers from around the world
  • An outreach platform showcasing to the world the diverse potential of a changing Japan

 Overview 

Date and Time 9:00-17:55, Sunday, October 14th, 2018 (followed by a reception, 18:00-20:00)
Theme Connecting a Fractured World
Venue GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Open to Members, or by invitation (for inquiries about invitations, please contact us)
Language English
Expected no. of participants 150-200
Registration Fee 78,000 JPY (registration extended to September 7)

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This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-09:15
Opening Session
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Japan’s Role in Connecting a Fractured World

Strong societal divisions can be seen around the world today. US President Donald Trump's “America First” policy challenges America's traditional alliances and domestic tensions remain high. Meanwhile, China's state capitalism seems to challenge the 70 years of postwar balance in East Asia, as other nations are increasingly forced to ally with China or the US, or forge a new path. In the midst of all this, Japan seems to remain relatively stable and connected in this fractured world. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's close relationship with President Trump has helped balance support for the US while maintaining its own interests. Is Japan's strategy a role model for others? In what spaces might Japan be able to exercise further global leadership and create more connections? This session lays out the theme of today’s conference and how to think about possible next steps.

Panelists
Yoichi Funabashi
Co-founder and Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative
Jane Harman
Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Hiromichi Mizuno
Executive Managing Director, CIO,
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Moderator
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Sessions
Asian Geopolitics: North Korea and How to Achieve Regional Stability

The June meeting between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump seemed to signify a new momentum in the geopolitical balance in East Asia. A few months later, the warm feelings have cooled off, and the status quo seems to have returned. What will happen next? What does it mean for relations among the US, China, Japan, and South Korea? Meanwhile, China's military buildup on artificial islands in the East China Sea continues, leading to potential conflicts with nations including the Philippines. Flashes of unrest between India and China occur infrequently along their border, while China continues its development with its One Belt One Road Initiative. With a stronger China and an unpredictable US, countries are looking to balance themselves in this potentially new military and economic framework. This panel explores these timely topics in this important region of the world.

Panelists
Chiew-Ping Hoo
Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies and International Relations, National University of Malaysia
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson, BJP (India's governing party)
Dong Wang
Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Implementing Abenomics: Unfinished Business?

Within the first weeks taking office in late 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implemented his two arrows of Abenomics, with a ¥10.3 trillion fiscal stimulus bill, and a 2 percent target inflation rate through quantitative easing. The third arrow of structural reform was always the most ambitious and has been the most difficult to implement. How has it progressed? What challenges remain? Will the consumption tax be raised? What can be achieved while he is still Prime Minister? How will Japan's neighbors and allies be affected? Much debate remains on this pivotal policy in Japanese history, and our panel takes a look at the main policy legacy of someone who may become Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister.

Panelists
Kent Calder
Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs & International Research Cooperation, SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) Johns Hopkins University
Leo Lewis
Tokyo Correspondent, Financial Times
Joanna Pitman
Director, Baillie Gifford Japan Trust
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
Moderator
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
Can Inbound Tourism Boost Japan’s Economy?

Thanks to the growing Asian middle class and to favorable policy changes such as the easing of visa conditions, Japan’s inbound tourism is booming. The government seems to be leading Japan into “Kanko Rikkoku” or a tourism-based country, but is it actually possible for tourism to drive economic growth? Travel consumption in Japan peaked in 2006 at around 30 trillion yen and the current figure, despite an impressive growth of inbound travelers, is in the 24-25 trillion yen range. Also, the travel industry has a very high ratio of part-time workers with low salaries. How can we change this contradictory picture and bring real prosperity through inbound growth?

Panelists
Ross Findlay
Managing Director, NAC Niseko Adventure Centre
Fumiko Kato
CEO, WAmazing Inc.
Terrie Lloyd
CEO, Japan Travel KK
Moderator
Takashi Mitachi
Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Sessions
Social and Political Fractures in America: Wounds, Remedies, and Scars

Japan may not recognize the America it sees today: issues over immigration, racism, nominations to the Supreme Court, taxation, Obamacare, guns and many more have spurred division and unrest. Businesses, hardly immune, are taking sides on issues that a few years ago would have been considered too sensitive. This panel looks at the fractures in the US at both the social and political levels, and in particular how these fractures may impact̶and be impacted by̶the mid-term elections coming in November. Is there a path for the country to live up to its motto: "E pluribus unum (out of many, one)”? What lessons should Japan draw? What might Japan contribute?

Panelists
Hannah Bauman
Deputy Director of Policy, Green New Deal Project, New Consensus
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Alyce Johnson
Manager of Staff Diversity & Inclusion
Interim Institute Community Equity Officer, MIT
Mark R. Kennedy
President, University of North Dakota
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
Founder and CEO, The Wisteria Group
The Future of Work: Labor, Innovation, and Productivity

Technologies and business models are destroying some jobs and creating new ones. What will the world of work look like in 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years? What skills will workers need? What should companies and governments do to bring income stability to workers without slowing innovation and diffusion of new ideas? What macroeconomic policies are needed to allow and encourage faster productivity growth? Our panelists explore ways to understand the future of work.

Panelists
Daniel P. Ahn
Professorial Lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Soichiro Minami
CEO, BizReach
Nobuko Nagase
Professor of Labor Economics and Social Policy, Ochanomizu University
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Creative Cities 2.0: Not Just Livable, But Fun

In 2017, the Monocle named Tokyo the world's most livable city for the third year in a row. It helped signify a rejuvenation, with record numbers of tourists, the coming Olympics, and a new sense of post-modern cool popping up in different neighborhoods around the city. It exemplified a “Creative City,” where creativity and cultural industries are at the heart of sustainable urban development. In light of this, how does Tokyo compare to other creative cities, such as Portland, now known as one of the top places to live in the US, or New York, or London? What should Tokyo do to evolve further as creative city, while addressing its challenges? Our panel includes the former Art Director/Thing Maker for the trendy Ace Hotel in Portland, a world-renowned Japanese architect based in New York, the founder of a leading creative design agency, and the leader of the NEXTOKYO Project. Together they share their insights into leading creative cities and expertise on developing creative hubs.

Panelists
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-founder, Loftwork Inc
Toshiko Mori
Founder CEO, Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC
Professor, Harvard University
Jeremy Pelley
Co-founder and Creative Director, OMFGCO
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
12:50-13:50
Lunch Workshops on “Connecting a Fractured World”
14:00-15:00
#4 Breakout Sessions
Preventing a Global Trade War: Is It Too Late?

Under President Donald Trump's "America First" policy, the US has sought to renegotiate major trade deals, including with the EU, China, and NAFTA. Many traditional alliances are becoming fractured. Is a trade war inevitable, or has it already started? What would it look like, and what could be done to prevent it from worsening? Should we promote bilateral deals or multilateral frameworks? How would the global value chain be affected with more protectionism? Japan has the potential to lead a TPP, which, even without the US, could be a potential solution. Is this still realistic? How would business be affected? We gather experts from the US, China, the EU, and Japan to discuss this important issue.

Panelists
Maoliang Bu
Professor, Nanjing University
Marjut Hannonen
Head of the Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Mark R. Kennedy
President, University of North Dakota
Shigehiro Tanaka
Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Head, OECD Tokyo Centre
Fintech: What’s New in Innovation in Finance

Is the fintech revolution already dead? Technological breakthroughs in AI, Big Data, and blockchain have revolutionized finance, giving rise to alternatives to traditional banking, cross-border flows, and even currencies. But recent scandals in cryptocurrencies, as well as bans on cryptocurrencies in many countries, have seemed to halt the excitement. What are the risks and opportunities in Fintech? How will businesses use them? How will these new technologies be regulated and what global frameworks will be created? New automation will help cuts costs, but will they be passed on to consumers? How will the rise of big data affect protection of consumer privacy and financial data? Can we avoid another financial bubble and recession? Global leaders in business gather to share what's new in fintech, what it means for business, and what's in store for the future.

Panelists
Denes Ban
General Partner, MD Asia, OurCrowd Ltd
Judy Marlinski
President, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management®
Mamoru Taniya
Chairman and CEO, Asuka Holdings Inc.
Moderator
Makoto Takano
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN
Beyond Omotenashi? How to Showcase Japan to the World

When Christel Takigawa gave her famous "Omotenashi" speech to help Tokyo win the 2020 Summer Olympics bid in 2013, it signaled the start of a shift in the way Japan communicates its image of itself globally. Japan has become a model of soft power, with its culture spreading in diverse ways few other countries can, from anime and otaku culture, to gourmet food, to postmodern art and architectural design. Has something changed? Is this a hint of "Cool Japan 2.0"? A fortunate result of this renaissance is that Japan now means many different things to many different people. What is the best way to continue this positive trend? On this panel, we bring the consultant behind Tokyo’s successful Olympic bid, and other international perspectives on how Japan can help shape its image globally.

Panelists
Martin Newman
CEO, The Leadership Council
Masi Oka
Actor/Writer/Producer Mobius Productions
Naho Shigeta
Founder & CEO, INFOBRIDGE Marketing & Promotions Co., Ltd.
Stefan Wagstyl
Journalist, Financial Times/Nikkei
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
President, Edelman Japan KK
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
Tech Cold War: Opportunities and Challenges in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

One of the top risks set out for 2018 by Eurasia Group is that of a "Global Tech Cold War." As the pace of technological breakthroughs increase, people become more connected than ever, and the efforts to protect privacy become more and more difficult. AI, Big Data, and IoT are enabling greater access to information. Companies in the US and China are racing to utilize this information and dominate the market, and other countries may be forced to choose their country's standards, infrastructure, hardware and software. Consumers may one day have to choose between Baidu or Google, WeChat or WhatsApp, Weibo or Twitter, Paypal or Alipay. On a government level, countries that want more control of information flows may choose to fashion themselves after the Great Firewall of China. These are some of the elements that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings forward to us both as challenges and opportunities. The panel will discuss how we can seize the opportunities in this dramatic time that we live in.

Panelists
James Jian Ding
Managing Director, GSR Ventures
Yoichi Funabashi
Co-founder and Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative
Joshua Walker
Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Japan, Office of the President of Eurasia Group
Moderator
Makiko Eda
Chief Representative Officer, Japan, Member of the Executive Committee, Tokyo Office, World Economic Forum Tokyo
New Generations of Entrepreneurs: From Tokyo to the World

Is Tokyo the next Silicon Valley? New policies by the Abe administration have led to more opportunities for entrepreneurs, including one-year startup visas for non-Japanese to immigrate to Japan and start their own businesses. The BBC says Japan is on "the brink of a major cultural shift," as the environment for Japanese and non-Japanese entrepreneurs has warmed, with more incubators, more funding for start-ups, and greater networking among people in the start-up industry. What has been successful for entrepreneurs in the past few years, and what challenges still remain? On this panel, we bring in successful entrepreneurs̶all of whom are non-Japanese̶who were inspired in Japan and are now looking to expand globally

Panelists
Christopher Ax
Founder & CEO, Schmatz
José Fernandez Villaseñor
COO, Biointeractive Technologies
Jordan Fisher
Co-founder and CEO, Zehitomo Inc.
Moderator
Emre Yuasa
Principal, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Inclusive Growth and Sustainability: How to Create a Lasting Impact

The recent waves of globalization since the end of the Cold War have resulted in fractures throughout the world. In response, we emphasize concepts such as "sustainability" and "impact." However, these have come to have different levels of importance to different people: CSR and ESG for businesses, economic growth and environmental protection for governments, and social justice and human rights for non-profits and individuals. While much of humanity is committed to making the world a better place, answers remain elusive and require coordination and creativity. How do we know when we have made a difference? What challenges are next, and where should we focus? Where can Japan take leadership? This panel will explore how to achieve sustainable impact through business, technology, governments and civil society.

Panelists
Lin Kobayashi
Chair of the Board, UWC ISAK Japan
Sachiko Kuno
Co-Founder and President, S&R Foundation
Peter J. Morgan
Senior Consulting Economist, Co-chair of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute
Moderator
Pallavi Aiyar
Freelance Journalist
16:30-17:30
#6 Plenary Session
Japan in 2030: Actions For a More Connected World

A day’s worth of discussion is brought to a conclusion in this closing session. Despite many fractures, there are opportunities for connections. How can we create them, and how would these connections shape Japan? What would the country look like in 2030, ten years after the success of the Tokyo Olympics? How would Japanese be connected with others around the world? Our panel brings global and domestic perspectives to these questions, and looks on how to build on the day's progress. We look forward to hearing from the audience about how we as a G1 Community can move forward together and take action to create friendly and positive relationships in a more connected world.

Panelists
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Sachiko Kuno
Co-Founder and President, S&R Foundation
Hiromichi Mizuno
Executive Managing Director, CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Moderator
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
17:30-17:55
Closing Session

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-09:15
Opening
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Can Japan be a Role Model for Global Economic Prosperity and Stability?
Panelists
Richard McCormack
Senior Advisor,Center for Strategic and International Studies
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio UniversityProfessor, Toyo University
Moderator
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Sessions
Geopolitics in Asia: New Shifts and Rebalancing?
Panelists
Jonathan Berkshire Miller
International Affairs Fellow (Japan),Council on Foreign Relations
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson BJP (India's governing party)
Dong Wang
Associate Professor, School of International Studies,Peking University
James Zumwalt
CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management,Keio University
Business in Asia: Where Will the Next Growth Come From?
Panelists
Paul Bradley
Chairman & CEO, Caprica International
Daisuke Murata
President & C.E.O, Murata Machinery, Ltd.
Frank-Jurgen Richter
Chairman, Horasis
Su-Ming Wong
CEO, CHAMP Ventures Pty Limited
Moderator
Miki Tsusaka
Senior Partner & Managing Director,The Boston Consulting Group
Space Business: Strategies to Tackle a New Frontier
Panelists
Hidetaka Aoki
Space Business Evangelist,Global Brain Corporation
Chris Blackerby
COO, ASTROSCALE
Guy Bonaud
Representative Director,SAFRAN Helicopter Engines Japan
Daniel Tani
Faculty, The American School in JapanFormer Astronaut, NASA
Moderator
Naoko Yamazaki
Astronaut, Fly to the Future
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Sessions
Japan-US Relations: A New Era?
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Rui Matsukawa
Member of the House of Councilors(Liberal Democratic Party of Japan)
Yuki Tatsumi
Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Investing: What is the Role and Significance of ESG?
Panelists
Scott Halliday
Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF
Kimberley Stafford
Managing Director and Head, PIMCO Asia-Pacific
Moderator
Makoto Takano
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN
Tech Business: Harnessing New Ideas into Sustainable Ventures
Panelists
Jonathan Epstein
General Manager, Japan, SentinelOne
Teruhide Sato
Founder and Managing Partner, BEENEXT PTE. LTD.
Emi Takemura
FutureEdu Tokyo and Peatix.com Co-founder,Mistletoe Inc. Fellow
Alex Vieux
CEO, Herring International
Moderator
Soichiro Minami
CEO, BizReach
12:50-13:50
Lunch Workshops on “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World”
14:00-15:00
#4 Breakout Sessions
Politics in the Middle East: New Peace & Stability?
Panelists
Anwar Ali
Al-Naki
Director, Kuwait Industries Company
Henri J. Barkey
Cohen Professor of International RelationsLehigh University
Katsuhiko Takahashi
Deputy Assistant Minister, Deputy Director-General,Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Media & Communications: The Collapse of Trust in the Mass Media—How Do We Evolve?
Panelists
Atsuo Fujimura
Senior Vice President, Media Business Development,SmartNews, Inc.
Jonathan Soble
Reporter, New York Times
Hidehiko Yuzaki
Governor, Hiroshima Prefecture
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
President, Edelman Japan KK
Risks & Opportunities: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, and Cybersecurity
Panelists
Michael Cusumano
Distinguished Professor of Management,MIT Sloan School of Management
David Malkin
AI Architect, Cogent Labs
Noboru
Nakatani
Executive Director,INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
Moderator
William Saito
Special Advisor - Cabinet Office,Government of Japan
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
Politics in Europe: The Changing Landscape Post-Brexit
Panelists
Nick Herbert
MP for Arundel & South Downs,House of Commons (United Kingdom)
Karoline
Postel-Vinay
Research Professor, Sciences Po
Patrick Welter
Tokyo Correspondent, Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Head of OECD Tokyo, OECD
Free Trade: How to Push Against the Rise of Protectionism?
Panelists
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyMember, House of Councillors
Terry Nakatsuka
President and Chief Executive Officer, JATCO Ltd
Mireya Solis
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Energy Security and Sustainability: How to Achieve it in the Trump Era?
Panelists
Mara Prentiss
Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson BJP (India's governing party)
Hiroyuki Tezuka
Executive Assistant & General Manager,JFE Steel Corporation
Moderator
Nobuo Tanaka
Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
16:30-17:20
#6 Plenary Session
Realizing Creative Evolution Using Design Thinking
Special Presentation
Seiichi Saito
Creative & Technical Director, Rhizomatiks
Panelists
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-founder, Loftwork Inc.
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Moderator
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
17:20-17:45
#7 Closing Plenary Session
Special Dialogue with Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi
Speaker
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science andTechnologyMember, House of Councillors
Moderator
Yoshito Hori
Chairperson, G1 Institute, President, GLOBIS UniversityManaging Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
17:45-18:00
Closing Session

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

19:00-20:00
Opening and Plenary Session 1
Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable
Keynote Speech
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London
Panelists
Richard
Edelman
President & CEO, Edelman
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives, Former Chairperson of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission
Tomohiko Taniguchi
Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London
20:10-21:00
Breakout Sessions
[Business] Unthinkable Politics, Disruptive Innovation, Incredible Opportunities
A Call to Action For Private Sector Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Panelists
Scott Halliday
Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Brian Kelly
Managing Partner, Asian Century Quest Capital, LLC
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Executive Managing Director, CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Mio Takaoka
Executive Director, Monex Group, Inc.
Moderator
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
[Technology] New Frontiers in AI, VR/AR, and Robotics
Panelists
Hiroaki Kitano
President &  CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Meri Rosich
CMO, Marketing Business Intelligence, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc
Shinichi (Shin) Takamiya
Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Moderator
William Saito
 Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
[Diplomacy] Globalization in Retreat? Opportunities for Japan?
Panelists
Vannarith Chheang
Consultant, Nippon Foundation
Abigail
Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Glen S.
Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Timothy
Langley
President & Representative Director, Langley Esquire
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
21:10-22:00
Plenary Session 2 and Closing
Thinking the Unthinkable -100 Actions Special Session-
Panelists
Abigail
Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
William Saito
Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-10:10
Opening and Plenary Session I
From “Japan Passing” to “Japan Rushing”: Understanding the New Momentum
Panelists
Jesper Koll
CEO, WisdomTree Japan KK
Hiromichi Mizuno
Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Government Pension Investment Fund Japan
Heizo Takenaka
Director, Global Security Institute; Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Journalist and Broadcaster
10:15-11:15
Plenary Session II
Geopolitics of East Asia
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Kuni Miyake
Research Director, The Canon Institute of Global Studies
Xie Tao
Professor of Political Science, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Journalist and Broadcaster
11:30-12:45
Breakout Session I
Potentials of Frontier Markets in Asia
Panelists
Binod Chaudhary
Chairman, Chaudhary Group, Nepal
Ganhuyag Hutagt
CEO, Ard Holdings, Mongolia
Vachara Phanchet
Chairman Emeritus, Pacific Basin Economic Council, Thailand
Moderator
Haruhiko Hirate
Corporate Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
The Future of the Middle East
Panelists
Bassem Awadallah
CEO, Tomoh Advisory
Faisal J. Abbas
Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News (English)
Moderator
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Leveraging Japan's Female Talent
Panelists
Monika Merz
President, Toys"R"Us, Asia Pacific
Yosuke Yagi
Executive Vice President, LIXIL Group Corporation
Haruno Yoshida
President, BT Japan Corporation
Moderator
Kathy Matsui
Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan
12:45-13:45
Networking Lunch
13:45-15:00
Breakout Session II
Japan’s Global Competitiveness: Perspectives from McKinsey Report
Panelists
Fujiyo Ishiguro
President and CEO, Netyear Group Corporation
Yumiko Murakami
Head, OECD Tokyo Centre
Ankur Sahu
Managing Director, Co-Head of Asia Pacific, Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Moderator
Georges Desvaux
Managing Partner, McKinsey Japan
New Work Style, Labor Market and Deregulation
Panelists
Keiichiro Asao
Member of the House of Representatives
Lauren Kawasaki
Founder, Best Living Japan KK
Soichiro Minami
CEO, BizReach
Moderator
Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Tokyo 2020: Promoting the Creativity of the Global Metropolis
Panelists
Junko Inokuma
Deputy Director General for Press Strategy, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Adrian Monck
Head of Public Engagement, Member of the Management Committee, World Economic Forum
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Special Contributor
Koji Inoue
Senior Vice President,Christie’s
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan KK
15:15-16:30
Breakout Session III
Innovation and Technology: Robotics, Wearable Tech and the Internet
Panelists
Benjamin Joffe
General Partner, HAX
Tadahiro Kawada
President, Kawada Industries
Jun Murai
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Moderator
Hiroaki Kitano
CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Economy-Security Nexus in Asia
Panelists
David Asher
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Brahma Chellaney
Professor of Strategic Studies, Center for Policy Research India
Nobuo Tanaka
President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Associate Professor, Keio University
Inclusive Growth and Sustainability
Panelists
Vijay Eswaran
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, QI Group
Ken Shibusawa
Chairman, Common Asset Management Inc.
Moderator
Yoshito Hori
President, GLOBIS UniversityManaging Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
16:45-18:00
Plenary Session III and Closing
The Future of Japan: next agenda for politics and the economy
Panelists
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Takashi Mitachi
Co-Chairman, Japan, Boston Consulting Group
Peter Tasker
Founding Partner, Arcus Investment
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Journalist and Broadcaster

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-10:30
Plenary Session Ⅰ
Opening Welcome and Video Message from Prime Minister
How should Japan navigate its politics and economy towards 2020?
Panelists
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Member of the House of Councillors
Heizo Takenaka
Director, Global Security Research Institute;Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster and Journalist
10:45-12:00
Breakout Session Ⅰ
Ⅰ-A Abenomics and Japan's Economy: Getting from Policy Enthusiasm to Sustainable Prosperity
Panelists
Brian Heywood
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Taiyo Pacific Partners
Florian Meyerhoefer
Financial Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan
Ken Shibusawa
Chairman, Commons Asset Management Inc.
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Managing Director, JP Morgan Securities Japan
Ⅰ-B TEPCO and the future of energy policy
Panelists
Kojiro Fujii
Attorney-at-Law (Japan/New York), Nishimura & Asahi
Barbara Judge
Deputy Chair, TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee
Moderator
Tatsuo Masuda
Visiting Professor, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Graduate School
Ⅰ-C Japan in the media: what should Japan’s story be, and how should Japan communicate it?
Panelists
Tamzin Booth
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Economist
Fiona Chan
Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times
Adrian Monck
Managing Director, Head of Public Engagement, World Economic Forum
Yumiko Ono
Managing Editor, WSJ Japan
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan KK
12:00-13:15
Networking Lunch
13:15-14:30
Breakout Session Ⅱ
Ⅱ-A The Japan Band: Promoting Japanese Culture to the World
Panelists
Richard Collasse
President and Representative Director, Chanel KK
Seiichi Kondo
Director, Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy
Nancy Snow
Abe Fellow, Visiting Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman, Director of the Board, A.T. Kearney
Ⅱ-B Entrepreneurship in Japan: where does growth come from?
Panelists
Robert Eberhart
Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Fujiyo Ishiguro
President and CEO, Netyear Group Corporation
Allen Miner
Chairman and CEO, SunBridge Group
Special Contributor
Vachara Phanchet
Chairman Emeritus, Pacific Basin Economic Council
Moderator
Georges Desvaux
Managing Partner, McKinsey Japan
Ⅱ-C Politics in Japan: where do parties stand on contentious issues?
Panelists
Hitoshi Asada
Head of Policy Research Bureau, Japan Restoration Party; Chairperson, Osaka Prefectural Assembly
Keiichiro Asao
Member of the House of Representatives; President, Your Party
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Isamu Ueda
Member of the House of Representatives, New Komeito Party
Moderator
Dan Slater
Director, Delphi Network
14:45-16:00
Breakout Session Ⅲ
Ⅲ-A Global Skills and Leadership education: Perspectives from Asian Business Schools
Panelists
Ravi Kumar
Shaw Chair Professor and Dean, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
Tomoya Nakamura
Dean, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
Hellmut Schutte
Vice President and Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Moderator
Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Ⅲ-B Japan-US Relations: the Role of Japanese Americans
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Mitchell T. Maki
Vice Provost, California State University Dominguez Hills
Moderator
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Ⅲ-C East Asian Diplomacy and Security
Panelists
Terry B. Kraft
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan
Moon Chung-In
Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University
Hiroshige Seko
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary; Member of the House of Councillors
Wang Dong
Associate Professor, School of International Studies , Peking University
Moderator
Tomohiko Taniguchi
Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Shinzo Abe’s
16:15-17:45
Plenary Session Ⅱ and Closing
Boosting innovation and dynamism: can Japanese companies survive in global competition?
Panelists
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Yoshiaki Fujimori
President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Takashi Mitachi
Co-Chairman, Japan, Boston Consulting Group
Moderator
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster and Journalist
18:00-:
Cocktail Reception

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-10:30
Plenary Session I
A Stronger Japan
Impact on Asia and the World
Keynote Speech
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Member of the House of Councillors
Panelists
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Head of Fixed Income Research Tokyo, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Member of the House of Councillors
Moderator
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News
10:45-12:00
Breakout Session I
Global Entrepreneurship
Panelists
Fujiyo Ishiguro
President & CEO,Netyear Group Corporation
Ryo Kubota
Chairman, Prsident & CEO, Acucela Inc.
Jiren Liu
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,Neusoft Corporation
Dongsik Yoo
CEO, Zionex, Inc.
Moderator
Allen Miner
Chairman and CEO, SunBridge Group
Energy Security after Fukushima
Panelists
Yoriko Kawaguchi
Visiting Professor, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs
Nicholas Smith
Strategist, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets
Nobuo Tanaka
Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Moderator
Kunihiko Shimada
CEO, KS International Strategies, Inc. Special Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of the Environment
Gender and Economic Growth in Japan
Panelists
Georges Desvaux
Managing Partner, McKinsey Japan
Kathy Matsui
Managing Director, Chief Japan Equity Strategist, Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
Akira Tsuchiya
Executive Director, Head of Japan, World Economic Forum
Special Contributor
Etsuko May Okajima
Chief Executive Officer, ProNova Inc.,
Moderator
Hiroko Kuniya
Anchor, NHK-TV
12:00-13:00
Networking Lunch
13:00-14:15
Breakout Session II
Monetary Policy of “Abenomics”
Overview and Impact
Panelists
Shawn D Baldwin
Chairman, Capital Management Group
Jesper Koll
Managing Director and Head of Japanese Equity Research, JP Morgan Securities Japan
Oki Matsumoto
Chairman & CEO, Monex Goup, Inc.
Thierry Porte
Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
Moderator
Hiromichi Mizuno
Partner, Coller Capital
Africa and Japan
Business and Development Partnerships after TICAD V
Panelists
Masaru Arakida
Senior Researcher, Asian Disaster Reduction Center
George Krhoda
Associate Professor, Geography and Environment Studies, University of NairobiManaging Director, REDPLAN Consultants Ltd.
Satish Selvanathan
Director, Premium Nutrients Pte. Ltd.
Moderator
Satoru Nishikawa
Director-General of Audit, Japan Water Agency
Geopolitics in East Asia
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Moon Chung-in
Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University; Editor-in-chief, Global Asia
Tomohiko Taniguchi
Councillor, Prime Minister’s Office
Moderator
Dan Slater
Director, Delphi Network
14:30-15:45
Breakout Session III
Politics in Japan
the July Election and after
Panelists
Keiichiro Asao
Member of the House of RepresentativesSecretary-General, Your Party
Michael Cucek
Author, Shisaku BlogResearch Associate, M.I.T. Center for International Studies
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Moderator
Jonathan Soble
Tokyo Bureau Chief, Financial Times
ASEAN and India
Making the most of business opportunities
Panelists
Vachara Phanchet
Chairman Emeritus, Pacific Basin Economic Council
Ted Tan
Deputy Chief Executive, SPRING Singapore
Sanjeev Sinha
President, Sun and Sands Group
Moderator
Yoko Ishikura
Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
Cool Japan
Panelists
Misha Janette
Fashion Director/Journalist/Blogger
Naomitsu Kodaka
Co-Founder & CFO, Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.
Fumio Nanjo
Director, Mori Art Museum
Moderator
Takaaki Umezawa
Director of the Board; Managing Director Japan, A.T. Kearney
16:00-17:30
Plenary Session II
Building Trust in Business and Government
Japan and Beyond
Panelists
Richard Edelman
President & CEO, Edelman
Ken Shibusawa
President and CEO, Japan Center for International ExchangeChairman, Commons Asset Management, Inc.
Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Member of the House of Representatives
Moderator
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:30-10:00
Community Interaction
09:30-10:00
WorkStudio
New Models of Leadership - Japan and the World
Panelists
Yasuchika Hasegawa
Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executive (Keizai Doyukai);President and CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company;Member, Global Agenda Council on Japan
Sir David Wright
Vice-President, Barclays, United Kingdom
Ian Bremmer
President & founder, Eurasia Group, USA
Victor L. L. Chu
Chairman & CEO, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong
Moderated by
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC WORLD NEWS, United Kingdom
Closing Remarks
Yoshito Hori
President, GLOBIS University;Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is “Connecting a Fractured World.” As US President Donald Trump pursues an “America First” policy, traditional alliances are becoming challenged. Japan and other allies carefully balance their interests with the US while building up relations with other countries. At the same time, new technological breakthroughs in AI, IoT, and blockchain are upending our traditional notions of trust, productivity, and privacy.

In this fractured world, new connections in politics, business, society, and technology will be needed to survive. At the 8th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Connecting a Fractured World,” bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

09:00-10:30
Plenary Session I
The Rebirth of Japan: the Political Landscape
10:45-12:00
Breakout Panel 1
Changing Balance of Power in Asia
Soft Power Diplomacy
Crisis Management
Re-imagining Japan
12:00-13:00
Lunch
Tohoku to the World -in collaboration with BEYOND Tomorrow and KIBOW
13:00-14:15
Breakout Panel 2
Media, Old and New
Entrepreneurship in Japan and Asia
Energy Policy and its Future
14:30-15:45
Breakout Panel 3
Fiscal Crisis in Advanced Economies
Cool Japan
Strategy for developing and promoting Japan’s creative industurie
Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Negotiations
16:00-17:20
Plenary Session II
Rebuilding Japan
Globalization and the Economy

Programs are subject to change without notice.

Sponsorship

Gold Sponsor
WisdomTree Japan Inc
Individual Sponsors
Mr. Ross Rowbury
Mr. Makoto Takano
Strategic Partners
ADC Forum
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Media Partners
Beacon Reports
Custom Media
The Japan Times
Wall Street Journal

Advisory Board

Robert Alan Feldman 
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, Co., Ltd.
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Chiaki Hayashi  
Co-founder, Loftwork, Inc.
Ken Jimbo 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Jesper Koll 
CEO, WisdomTree Japan KK
Taro Kono 
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Member of the House of Representatives
Soichiro Minami 
CEO & Founder, BizReach
Yumiko Murakami 
Head of Tokyo Centre at OECD
Ross Rowbury 
President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan KK
Makoto Takano 
CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN
Heizo Takenaka 
Professor, Toyo University
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Tomohiko Taniguchi 
Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Miki Tsusaka 
Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Yoshito Hori 
President, GLOBIS University
Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners

International Advisors

Ian Bremmer 
Founder and President
Eurasia Group
Victor Chu 
Chairman and CEO
First Eastern Investment Group
Abraham Denmark
Director, Asia Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Barbara Judge 
Deputy Chairman
TEPCO Nuclear Reform
Monitoring Committee
Moon Chung-In 
Professor of Political Science
Yonsei University

 Contact 

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