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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 9:00-18:00, Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (a holiday in Japan)
(followed by networking time until 18:30)
Theme Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society
Venue GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan and online
(Sumitomo Fudosan Kojimachi Bldg., 5-1 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0084, Map)
Open to Members, or by invitation (for inquiries about invitations, please contact us)
Language English
Expected no. of participants 250
Registration Fee In Japan (in-person or online)
- 58,000 JPY (registration by September 2)
- 78,000 JPY (registration September 3-September 30)
Outside Japan (online only)
- 30,000 JPY (registration by September 30)

 Program 

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This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-09:15
Opening Session
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

After almost two years, we are beginning to see some glimpses of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. While certainly not over, infections tend to be decreasing in some countries such as Japan and Taiwan, which each had their own unique challenges and strategies. The pandemic has brought many rapid changes and opportunities for breakthroughs in digitization, workstyle, health, and social change. Meanwhile, there have been political transitions in the US, Japan, and Europe, while climate change, cybersecurity, and the US-China relationship remain major global challenges. As we move forward, what have we learned? What is new and what will stay the same? What types of innovative resilience have we developed to move forward in politics, business, technology and society? Panelists discuss the global roles for Japan and Taiwan now and in the years ahead, setting the stage for today's conference.

Panelists
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Chairperson, Liberal Democratic Party Public Relations Headquarters;
Member of the House of Representatives
Audrey Tang
Audrey Tang
Digital Minister of Taiwan
Moderator
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Session
[Business] Investing & Diversity: The Changing Faces of Venture Capitalists
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

A number of researchers have indicated that diversity significantly improves financial performance on measures such as profitable investments at the individual portfolio-company level as well as overall fund returns. Yet, the gender and racial makeup of the broader investment industry is staggeringly homogeneous. This is particularly true among venture capitalists. At this session, we will take a close look at who is writing the checks for startups and discuss how the VC industry is embracing the notion of diversity.

Panelists
Cheryl Beninga
Cheryl Beninga
Managing Director, Wai Mohala Ventures;
Co-Founder, Fouthwave
Jonathan Epstein
Jonathan Epstein
Managing Director, Cornerstone OnDemand
Cindy Jin
Cindy Jin
Partner, Investment Team, SoftBank Ventures Asia
Seiji Inagaki
Seiji Inagaki
President, Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami
General Partner, MPower Partners
[Politics] Communicating Japan's Contribution in an Uncertain World
VENUE: 203-204

Living with Covid, demographic challenges, climate change in increasing natural disasters, demographic issues, and a troubling geopolitical environment. In this unprecedented fluid environment, Japan should have much to offer in terms of resilience and innovation. But, in this complex world, the facts no longer speak for themselves. Does Japan need to make a better effort at communicating its role and contribution? How does it do this? What needs to change, if anything? This panel will examine the way Japan presents itself to the world and discuss and propose changes and new approaches.

Panelists
Billie Cole
Billie Cole
Vice General Manager, Corporate Communications, Rakuten Group & Rakuten Mobile
Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
CEO, Edelman
Kana Inagaki
Kana Inagaki
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Financial Times Ltd.
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Chairperson, Liberal Democratic Party Public Relations Headquarters;
Member of the House of Representatives
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
Ross Rowbury
Senior Managing Director, Co-head of Group Corporate Communications, Nomura Holdings
[Technology] Innovative Resilience in Greentech: Will Technology Beat Climate Change?
VENUE: 206

Climate change is accelerating, with tragic consequences around the world. But technology change is also accelerating, with innovative ways to achieve resilience. What technologies are most promising? Will the new technologies be adopted fast enough and broadly enough to mitigate or stop climate change? Our panel of practitioners and investors will discuss the prospects, pace, and profitability of resilience-enhancing technologies, and the resulting business opportunities.

Panelists
Patricia Bader-Johnston
Patricia Bader-Johnston
CEO, Silverbirch Associates KK
Mitsuru Izumo
Mitsuru Izumo
CEO, Euglena Co., Ltd.
Eriko Suzuki
Eriko Suzuki
Managing Director, MPower Partners
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.;
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
[Society] Resilience in Well-Being: Strengthening the Ability to Live Through the Changing Times
VENUE: 201

The COVID-19 pandemic, a rapid switch to remote work throughout the world, and leaps in technological advances are just a few examples of recent rapid changes, both positive and negative. How can we maintain and enhance our well-being as individuals and collectively, mentally and physically, in this new era? This panel embraces a dialogue based on new thinking about well-being and explores what we can do for a better society.

Panelists
Alden Lai
Alden Lai
Assistant Professor, New York University;
Executive Advisor, Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation
Angus MacGregor
Angus MacGregor
International Head of Human Resources, MUFG Securities;
Head of Global Human Resources, MUFG Bank
Daiko Matsuyama
Daiko Matsuyama
Deputy Head Priest, Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple
Vickie Skorji
Vickie Skorji
Lifeline Services Director, TELL Japan
Moderator
Takashi Mitachi
Takashi Mitachi
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Session
[Business] No Exit? Economic Policy Stuck Between Big Government, Excess Liquidity, and Accelerating Disruption
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

Global economies have never been as imbalanced as today: record fiscal deficits, massive central bank balance sheets, booming asset prices, rising wealth, and income disparity, along with unprecedented levels of entrepreneurship and creative disruption. Growing nationalism, the environmental crisis, and growing inter-generational tensions combine to form a policy conundrum that makes the Great Recession look like child’s play. However, not all is lost. We may be at the brink of a new golden age where low unemployment, low inflation and rising productivity will raise and sustain higher standards of living and prosperity. This session will outline these positive forces, discuss the downside risks, and present a roadmap for policy makers and private entrepreneurs to ensure the optimists prevail. 

Panelists
Leo Lewis
Leo Lewis
Tokyo Correspondent, Financial Times
Aya Murakami
Aya Murakami
Investor
Yusuke Narita
Yusuke Narita
Assistant Professor, Yale University;
Founder / Representative Director, Hanjuku-kaso, Inc.
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Expert Director, Monex Group
[Politics] Geoeconomic Challenges: Economic Dimensions of US-China Competition
VENUE: 203-204

Much has been written about the friction between the two global superpowers, the US and China. While this shows up in different fields, such as politics, trade, and technology, this panel will focus on the economic effects of how these two nations conflict (and sometimes cooperate) both between each other as well as how it affects other parts of the world, such as Japan and the rest of Asia. While there is potential to divide the world into two economic spheres, other "third ways" may also be emerging. What are stakeholders in each country proposing, and what is the role for Japan? Is there hope that economic cooperation may actually reverse the trend of worsening relations and lead to more global stability? This panel explores how this competition affects both countries and the rest of the world, in hopes that we can help create an innovative resilience in the global economy. 

Panelists
Christina Davis
Christina Davis
Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University
Nobuhiro Hemmi
Nobuhiro Hemmi
Partner, Monitor Deloitte Chief Strategist,
Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
Eric Sayers
Eric Sayers
Nonresident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Ken Jimbo
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
[Technology] Tech in Gaming, Anime, and Manga: How can Japan Stay Competitive in the Media and Entertainment Industry?
VENUE: 206

From Final Fantasy to Pokemon, Japan has often been seen as a leader in the media and entertainment industry. However, the Japanese gaming industry has had difficulties adapting to hardware changes such as the smartphone, while the US and China have taken the lead in networking gaming, such as Fortnite. Anime and manga, meanwhile, remain niches in the larger film and book industries, respectively. The recent success of "Parasite," K-pop, and webtoons have heightened the urgency for Japan to keep up. Recent technologies such as blockchain and NFT, however, have provided opportunities for Japan to fight back in the new worlds of VTubers and the XR (extended reality) Metaverse. The recent popularity of DemonSlayer: Kimitsu no Yaeba demonstrates that Japan can stay competitive, what will it need to do next?

Panelists
Naomitsu Kodaka
Naomitsu Kodaka
Representative Director & President, Tokyo Otaku Mode Co. Ltd.
Yuri Sawaragi
Yuri Sawaragi
Manager, Anime Business & IP Scouting Team, Netflix
Justin Waldron
Justin Waldron
Co-Founder / President, Playco
Moderator
Masayuki Ikegami
Masayuki Ikegami
CEO, SAKURAS CO., LTD.
[Society] Japan's Tourism Going Forward: Sustainability, Luxury, Nature and Culture
VENUE: 201

Hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan’s inbound tourism market was literally shut down. Yet Japan continues to be among the most desirable destinations for world travelers. At the same time, the domestic tourism market saw new developments, including micro-tourism, workations, and the growth of luxury travel. In view of these new realities and global trends, how should we reshape Japan’s tourism? We will invite the government’s chief advisor on tourism, a luxury travel designer and hotel consultant, and an adventure tourism expert to discuss these key issues.

Panelists
David Mark Atkinson
David Mark Atkinson
CEO, Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co., Ltd.
Satoko Nagahara
Satoko Nagahara
Co-Founder & CEO, DENEB
Taku Yamada
Taku Yamada
CEO, Chura-boshi Co., Ltd.
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney;
Chairman, CIC Japan
13:00-13:45
Lunch
Innovative Resilience Proposals from G20 Youth
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

Young leaders from and associated with G7/G20 Youth Japan share their insights about some of the global issues we face today. These presenters, selected as G20 Youth for their unique contributions to diplomatic and social issues, represent some of the best and the brightest we have today. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your lunch bentos while listening to their presentations!

14:00-15:00
#4 Breakout Session
[Business] Creative Startup Minds: Designing a More Vibrant Japanese and Global Economy
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

One of the keys to revitalize an economy is by supporting startups and entrepreneurs, but how can we support the innovative resilience necessary for them to be able to compete and be successful over time? One key might be found in using design to stimulate creativity, to help entrepreneurs be able to think differently not only about the needs of society but also how to meet them. For example, most people would agree that while focusing on SDG goals is important for society, few have yet to incorporate ESG into the way they support startups and entrepreneurs. The panel includes experts in the fields of design, support for startups, diversity empowerment, and empowering society, who gather today to discuss these topics and more.

Panelists
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO/D4V
John Maeda
John Maeda
SVP Chief Experience Officer, Everbridge
Kathy Matsui
Kathy Matsui
General Partner, MPower Partners
Moderator
Makoto Takano
Makoto Takano
CEO (Forbes JAPAN Founder), linkties Co., Ltd.
[Politics] Digital Leadership: How Can National Governments Support Business?
VENUE: 203-204

There have been a variety of responses to COVID-19 around the world, and in Japan, the response was often slow and uncoordinated, exposing much inefficiency and/or incapability of the Japanese Government in utilizing IT. While abolishing the "Hanko" signature stamps was a start, not much else has been done yet to help the private sector be more efficient.  What can Japan learn from the experiences in other countries? What should we expect from the newly established Digital Agency? How can government policy help realize a "Digital Revolution," in Japan and around the world? This panel will discuss these topics, including potential impediments and how to overcome them.

Panelists
Jun Murai
Jun Murai
Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Meri Rosich
Meri Rosich
Chief Data Officer in Financial Services, Data Strategy Professor
Siim Sikkut
Siim Sikkut
Government CIO, Deputy Secretary-General of Digital Development,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Republic of Estonia
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Moderator
Tatsuya Terazawa
Tatsuya Terazawa
Chairman CEO, Institute of Energy Economics Japan
[Technology] Innovative Resilience in Health: Data, Technology, and Clinical Value
VENUE: 206

The health industry in Japan and much of the world was already facing challenges before the pandemic, including aging societies, rising costs, and regulatory changes. The spread of COVID-19, however, sped up those changes and brought along opportunities for new innovations with technology, data, and digitalization. From simply digitizing medical records for rural clinics to zoom checkup calls with your doctor, the industry is changing fast. At the heart of the issue is how to maintain and enhance clinical value while meeting patients’ needs. Much talk has been made about potential and ideals, but the present calls for concrete actions. This panel digs down into who should take which types of actions in order to realize the new healthtech advances that will be awaiting to serve a Post-COVID-19 society. 

Panelists
James Riney
James Riney
Founding Partner & CEO, Coral Capital
Masayo Takahashi
Masayo Takahashi
President, Vision Care Inc.
Yusuke Tsugawa
Yusuke Tsugawa
Associate Professor, UCLA
Moderator
Sho Okiyama
Sho Okiyama
CEO, Aillis, Inc.
[Society] Innovative Resilience? The Legacy of the Tokyo Olympics
VENUE: 201

Despite the initial reservations of many people in Japan and around the world, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were held successfully. Athletes from around the globe--who had been waiting for five years--made their way to Japan to leave new stories of miracles and heartbreak, and most of the world watched. Most people in Japan are happy that the Games took place. Now that they are over, what is their legacy? What does it mean for the Olympics and other global sports events going forward, as the Winter Olympics are just three months away in Beijing? What is the legacy of the Olympics for Japan? How can Tokyo capitalize on everything that happened? As the world hopefully enters a Post-COVID-19 society, there is hope that Japan can leverage this good will for the future, and reinvigorate several industries such as tourism, housing, and recreation, not to mention Japan's global reputation. The panel gathers to consider the Olympic legacy in Japan and for the world.

Panelists
David Hackett
David Hackett
Partner, Mindspring Capital
Takayuki Hioki
Takayuki Hioki
Founder and CEO, Sports Branding Japan, Co. Ltd.
Hiromi Kawamura
Hiromi Kawamura
Director for International Strategic Planning, Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sport, Science and Technology
Moderator
Soichiro Minami
Soichiro Minami
Chief Executive Officer, Visional
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Session
[Business] From Purpose to Performance: Business Priorities for a Better World
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

While there is a growing awareness and interest in "Purpose" as an integral part of management, there still seems to be many companies that struggle to define and implement it in practice. In light of this situation, this panel will discuss issues such as: how can we embody Purpose in our organizations? How can it be aligned with strategies in order to lead to good results? What systems, leadership styles, and resources are necessary to better motivate employees? How might companies new to this concept learn to incorporate it? Moreover, with the pandemic and new technological challenges, what needs to change and what needs to be kept the same? This panel brings wisdom from throughout the world to see how a focus on purpose can lead to better corporations and a better society.

Panelists
Sandeep Kohli
Sandeep Kohli
Vice President Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Turkey
Jin Montesano
Jin Montesano
Director, Executive Officer, Executive Vice President,
Chief People Officer, LIXIL Corporation
Gullapalli N Rao
Gullapalli N Rao
Distinguished Chair of Eye Health, L V Prasad Eye Institute
Miki Tsusaka
Miki Tsusaka
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Moderator
Toru Takahashi
Toru Takahashi
Managing Director, Corporate Education, GLOBIS Corporation
[Politics] Innovative Resilience in Europe: COVID, Brexit & Elections
VENUE: 203-204

The innovative resilience in Europe has certainly been tested recently. Despite the threat of new variants, it seems to be recovering from COVID-19. Brexit is proceeding with new challenges and opportunities. Relations with Russia are often tense, yet openings for cooperation exist. Meanwhile, elections in Germany and France may provide a paradigm shift for the EU. What will Europe look like going forward, and who will lead? How will it relate to major global players such as Japan, China and the United States? This panel explores the current issues Europe is facing. 

Panelists
Alexander Gabuev
Alexander Gabuev
Senior Fellow and Chair, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center
Valerie Niquet
Valerie Niquet
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA);
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Japan Program, Foundation for Strategic Research
Joanna Pitman
Joanna Pitman
Director, Baillie Gifford Japan Trust;
Former Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Times
Michito Tsuruoka
Michito Tsuruoka
Associate Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Noah Sneider
Noah Sneider
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Economist Newspaper Limited
[Technology] Global Tech Scene: Emerging Trends and Ecosystems
VENUE: 206

Tech ecosystems have developed beyond Silicon Valley all around the world, such as in India, Israel, and Japan, leading to new tech trends and major changes to the industry. Meanwhile, a few tech titans known as GAFAM-BAT (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft in the US; and Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent in China) have become dominant, but have they become too big? Should they be more regulated? If so, how? This tech dominance is part of a larger political and trade friction between the US & China, which companies big and small must navigate. What are the opportunities and risks that we should keep our eyes on? The panel explores these topics and more.

Panelists
Denes Ban
Denes Ban
Managing Partner, OurCrowd
Michiko Kato
Michiko Kato
Principal, Woven Capital
Soichiro Minami
Soichiro Minami
Chief Executive Officer, Visional
Moderator
Emre Yuasa
Emre Yuasa
Director, GLOBIS Capital Partners
[Society] Innovative Resilience in Ocean Conservation: How to Achieve a Sustainable Blue Economy
VENUE: 201

Marine resources are shared by all humankind, but an international system has not yet been well established so entities can cooperate for its sustainable management. This issue is made all the more urgent by overfishing and illegal fishing. The EU and the US have adopted rules related to catch documentation and import control, but Japan has yet to follow this global standard. Fisheries laws have been passed but not yet well implemented. What needs to be done to sustain our marine resources?

Panelists
Maria Damanaki
Maria Damanaki
Former European Commissioner, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Charles Goddard
Charles Goddard
Editorial Director, The Economist Group
Atsushi Sunami
Atsushi Sunami
President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation / Ocean Policy Research Institute
Aiko Yamauchi
Aiko Yamauchi
Senior Officer, Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
Moderator
Minako Iue
Minako Iue
Chair and CEO, Sailors for the Sea Japan
16:30-17:30
#6 Plenary Session
Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall

We close the day with a vigorous debate about where we are and how we need to move forward. How can we build our innovative resilience to thrive in the uncertain (post-COVID?) world we are facing?  Many new "disruptive innovations" that were developed during that pandemic now have a chance to take root and make the "new normal" permanent. On the other hand, change itself may simply become a constant reality.  Building on the discussions throughout the day, this panel will discuss how leaders in politics, business, technology, and other parts of society must collaborate to take action. We encourage the audience to share their insights so that we can move forward together as a G1 Community, for a better future in Japan and throughout the world

Panelists
Bill Emmott
Bill Emmott
Former Editor, The Economist; Chairman, IISS;
Co-Director, Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy
Ian Goldin
Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford
Karen Makishima
Karen Makishima
Minister of Digital Agency, Minister in Charge of Administrative Reform, Minister of State for Regulatory Reform, Member of Japan's House of Representatives
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Expert Director, Monex Group
17:30-18:00
Closing Session
VENUE: 1F GLOBIS Hall
18:00-18:30
Networking Time in Foyer
VENUE: Foyer

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-09:15
Opening Session
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Japan’s Global Role and Beyond
VENUE:

2020 has been a year of many surprises. Instead of celebrating the Tokyo Olympics, Japan is battling a pandemic and an economic recession. Globally, issues that were prevalent before COVID-19—US/China tension, the US elections, and the reverberations of Brexit—have intensified, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves collaboration. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe's sudden resignation may signify a new turning point for Japan. What type of Disruptive Evolution is in store for Japan? Can the new Suga administration build on Mr. Abe's legacy? Or will it forge a new path? Can it recreate the special "Trump-Abe" friendship with the US? Panelists discuss the global role for Japan now and in the years ahead, setting the stage for today's conference.  

Panelists
Jane Harman
Jane Harman
Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Minister for Administrative Reform and Regulatory Reform
Member of the House of Representatives
Moderator
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Sessions
[Geopolitics] Disruptive Evolution in US Politics? The November Elections
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In November, Americans will choose between two 70-year-old men to lead them out of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is running on "America First" and "Law and Order," and Vice President Biden never misses a chance to name-drop President Obama. The situation is similar to 2016, with the Democrat leading in the polls, and anything is still possible. Can Biden turn out Bernie Sanders-supporting, left-wing voters? Will Republicans stand with Trump or defect, as several Party leaders have done? Will Black Lives Matter affect voter turnout? Can VP nominee Kamala Harris inspire the Democratic base? Who will control Congress? With much of the election done by postal mail, how long will it be until we actually know the winner? What will the result mean for Japan and its new Prime Minister? Our panelists engage on this important topic.

Panelists
Abdul El-Sayed
Abdul El-Sayed
Physician, Epidemiologist,
Former City Health Commissioner,
Progressive Activist
Mark R. Kennedy
Mark R. Kennedy
President, University of Colorado
Toshihiro Nakayama
Toshihiro Nakayama
Professor, Keio University
Senior Adjunct Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
Moderator
Junko Tanaka
Junko Tanaka
Former Washington Bureau Chief
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
[Business] Disruptive Evolution in Workstyle: How Will COVID-19 Change the Future of Work?
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IT and globalization were already changing how we work before COVID-19, but the pandemic has brought forward a new dimension to the workplace by forcing many companies to have employees work remotely. What kind of measures are companies taking to adapt to these changes? What will the role of the office become and what will the right balance be with remote work? How will employees and their families be affected and who will be the eventual winners and losers, as we go through this disruptive evolution in workstyle? Our panel will discuss the future of work in these uncertain times, and what we need to know to be ahead of the curve.

Panelists
Chris Hyams
Chris Hyams
Chief Executive Officer, Indeed, Inc.
Yuka Shimada
Yuka Shimada
HR & GA Director, Unilever Japan Holdings K.K.
Maiko Todoroki
Maiko Todoroki
President, Poppins Corporation
Moderator
Soichiro Minami
Soichiro Minami
Chief Executive Officer, Visional
[Society] Disruptive Evolution in Healthcare: The Master Key to a Post-COVID Society
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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strong focus on healthcare and the essential role it needs to play in a functioning society. It has also highlighted gaps in the present system. This panel will examine the key innovations needed in healthcare in both the “with-COVID” and “post-COVID” scenarios. The audience will learn about what cutting edge innovations are being accelerated by the pandemic, changes in how we will look at the contribution made to society by healthcare, and the issues surrounding development and access to medicines and vaccines.

Panelists
Alice Graham
Alice Graham
Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Japan
Sho Okiyama
Sho Okiyama
CEO and Founder, Aillis, Inc.
Mio Takaoka
Mio Takaoka
Member of the Board, Medical Note
Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas
 Vice President, Global Commercial Strategy, Data and Analytics, Illumina Japan
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
Ross Rowbury
Former President, Edelman Japan KK
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Sessions
[Geopolitics] Disruptive Evolution in Asian Geopolitics: Post-COVID Implications
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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S.-China relations represented the major geopolitical challenge in Asia. While the pandemic seems to have unleashed China’s aggressiveness in areas such as the status of Hong Kong and the South China Seas, the current US administration seems to be doubling-down on its “America First” policy, seeking to intensify the strategic competition with China. In the midst of this, how can Japan, India, and ASEAN pursue their own interests while responding to the US-China situation? What would be Japan’s own security strategy with its new Prime Minister? How do we envision the Post-COVID international order? Our panelists offer their thoughts on policy directions as well as potential disruptive evolution in coordination among the U.S., Japan, India and ASEAN on China policy and other geopolitical agendas.

Panelists
Darshana M. Baruah
Darshana M. Baruah
Visiting Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Nonresident Scholar, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Abraham Denmark
Abraham Denmark
 Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Nobukatsu Kanehara
Nobukatsu Kanehara
Professor, Doshisha University
Former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary
Bilahari Kausikan
Bilahari Kausikan
Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Ken Jimbo
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
[Business] Disruptive Evolution in the Startup Scene Post-COVID-19
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During the last major recession, the 2008 financial crisis, angel investing and funding for startups declined into 2009 and 2010. Will the startup industry experience a similar fate in 2020 and beyond? Or will COVID-19 lead to a new disruptive evolution in new types of startups and tech companies? What can entrepreneurs do to innovate and find new opportunities? On the funding side, in what ways might venture capital (VCs) support them? Where is the growth potential of the VC market, and how will VCs evaluate ventures in this time of uncertainty? We bring entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley and Tokyo to discuss the current and future state of the startup industry.

Panelists
Saima Hasan
Saima Hasan
Founding Partner, Evolution
Miku Hirano
Miku Hirano
CEO, Cinnamon Inc.
Justin Waldron
Justin Waldron
Co-Founder/President, Playco
Emre Yuasa
Emre Yuasa
Director, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Moderator
Takuya Kitagawa
Takuya Kitagawa
Group Managing Executive Officer, CDO, Rakuten, Inc.
[Society] Disruptive Evolution in Urban Planning & Development: The New Role of Cities
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The COVID-19 lockdowns across the globe gave society the opportunity to question its assumptions and rebuild communities, including a new role for cities. How does COVID-19 impact how people live, work and play? What are the key implications for urban planning and development? In particular, what will be the key magnet for a city center to attract people, assuming that remote work becomes a norm, retail outlets disappear, and large events become unpopular? On a deeper level, what will determine the attractiveness of a city in the new paradigm? Furthermore, as COVID-19 seems to be contained, what aspects of our life will return to the old normal, and what will remain as new normal? Our panelists explore these topics and consider how cities may change--and not change--going forward.

Panelists
John Maeda
John Maeda
Chief Customer Experience Officer
Hiroo Mori
Hiroo Mori
Director and Executive Vice President, Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Toshiko Mori
Toshiko Mori
Founder CEO, Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC
Professor, Harvard University
Seiichi Saito
Seiichi Saito
Creative & Technical Director, Rhizomatiks
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman, A.T. Kearney
Chairman, CIC Japan
13:00-13:50
Lunch Program
English Rakugo
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For our lunch program, we welcome Shinoharu Tatekawa to present “English Rakugo.” Rakugo is a traditional Japanese storytelling entertainment that has been passed on for more than 300 years. It takes a unique style, where one performer sits on a stage, and acts out all the characters that appear in the story. Some stories are classical, some are original, but they are both quite hilarious. Shinoharu, who lived in the U.S. for seven years, brings this entertainment to non-Japanese speakers and first-timers, as well as Rakugo fans who are eager to experience this art with a different twist. Enjoy!  

Shinoharu Tatekawa
Shinoharu Tatekawa
Rakugo Performer
14:00-15:00
#4 Breakout Sessions
[Geopolitics] Disruptive Evolution in Monetary Policy: Prosperity, Bubbles, and Inflation?
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Global monetary policy has evolved most radically. Traditionally, central banks were the proud guardians of sound money, famous for taking the punch bowl away before the party got out of control. Now, Central banks everywhere are focused on pumping-up liquidity; with every crisis triggering new creative ways to buy public and private assets in the pursuit of stopping deflation; and the very attempt at ‘normalization’ or “exit” quickly raising recession fears. How sustainable are these new and radical policies? Are they adding to a rising gap between have and have-nots? Are they the root-cause for the growing disconnect between asset prices rising and the real economy stagnating? Where are the boundaries between fiscal and monetary policy, and how can they evolve further to ensure sustainable prosperity? Japan has been a pioneer of this disruptive evolution of monetary policy; is Japan special, or does Japan offer lessons for global policy makers? Our panelists confront these important questions as the world seeks to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists
Jennifer Corbett
Jennifer Corbett
Rio Tinto Fellow, Foundation for Australia - Japan Studies
Yusuke Narita
Yusuke Narita
Assistant Professor, Yale University
Founder CEO, Hanjuku-kaso, Inc.
Noah Sneider
Noah Sneider
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Economist Newspaper Limited
Ayako Weissman
Ayako Weissman
Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Asia Strategy,
Horizon Kinetics LLC.
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Senior Advisor, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.
[Business] Disruptive Evolution in Corporate Sustainability and Diversity: Business Initiatives Amidst COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns globally forced companies to change their business models to survive. Yet at the same time, it can be argued that the demand for corporate sustainability—in the broad sense—has never been higher. How can companies continue to maintain shareholder value while considering the needs of all stakeholders? What aspects has the COVID-19 disruption sped up (e.g., digital transformation?) and slowed down (e.g., investments in SDG?) This panel looks at how corporations are reacting to the pandemic, including new initiatives and opportunities, such as workplace diversity, ecological sustainability & potentially useful technology. As we hope to move forward into a Post-COVID-19 world, we ask our panelists what businesses (and leaders) should keep in mind going forward.

Panelists
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, Co., Ltd.
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Seiji Inagaki
Seiji Inagaki
President, Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
Masao Torii
Masao Torii
Country President, Novartis Pharma K.K.
Moderator
Miki Tsusaka
Miki Tsusaka
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
[Society] Disruptive Evolution in the Creative Industry
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Necessity is the mother of invention. At the heart of invention is creativity, which often flourishes in challenging times like COVID-19. How is COVID-19 changing the way of "creatives" work, as well as businesses and the industry? Are companies looking for new types of creativity? Are there new creative ways that people can communicate (with employees, customers, and other stakeholders)? Is creative collaboration feasible online? Or what are the essential differences between online and offline in creative work? In Post-COVID-19, what type of new creative businesses and art will emerge? Our panel will discuss the types of Disruptive Evolution that will be necessary to breed new forms of creative industries and give advice for business professionals as well.

Panelists
Shiho Fukuhara
Shiho Fukuhara
Artist
Co-Founder, BCL
Human Awesome Error
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Taisei Tanaka
Taisei Tanaka
CEO, Geisha Tokyo, Inc.
Moderator
Kinya Tagawa
Kinya Tagawa
CEO, Takram
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
[Geopolitics] Disruptive Evolution in Cyberspace: How COVID-19 has affected
the Geopolitical Landscape
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For the last few years, Eurasia Group has identified the US-China tech rivalry as one of the top global risks, not only for government but companies as well. Both countries are increasingly using cyber-related threats to express their displeasure, and COVID-19 seems to be accelerating this phenomenon. What is the current situation, and how can third parties such as Japan, Europe and ASEAN respond? As data security comes to be treated more and more like traditional military and economic security, the strategic statecraft involved becomes even more complex. Europe is seeking to establish a "digital single market," or digital COCOM, while Japan sought to lead with "Data Free Flow with Trust" (DFFT). Other countries may need to choose between US or Chinese technology, as can be seen with Huawei. Our panelists discuss what can be done to protect our data security in these uncertain times.

Panelists
Benjamin Ang
Benjamin Ang
Senior Fellow, Deputy Head
Centre of Excellence for National Security, RSIS, Singapore
Mihoko Matsubara
Mihoko Matsubara
Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation
Tatsuya Terazawa
Tatsuya Terazawa
Special Adviser to the Minister,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson
CEO, Cyber Defence Alliance
Moderator
Noboru Nakatani
Noboru Nakatani
Executive Vice President, Corporate Officer
Yahoo Japan Corporation
[Business] Exploration, Innovation and Valuations: Looking Forward to a Decade of Disruptive Evolution in Space
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The last 20 years has seen the rise of a vibrant commercial space sector propelled by a combination of traditional aerospace giants, a few successful start-ups and many venture companies that are on the cusp of disruptive breakthroughs.  All of this activity is supported by increased government spending and growing global understanding about the importance of space exploration and utilization to our daily lives and to future generations. The coming decade will be a pivotal one for taking the next steps toward exploring, utilizing, working, and eventually living, in space. This panel is made up of a diverse group of experts that will address the role of government, industry, entrepreneurs and investors in this exciting market.

Panelists
Takeshi Hakamada
Takeshi Hakamada
Founder & CEO, ispace, inc.
Lewis Pinault
Lewis Pinault
Founding Partner, Airbus Ventures
Atsushi Sunami
Atsushi Sunami
President, Ocean Policy Research Institute / The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Naoko Yamazaki
Naoko Yamazaki
Astronaut, Fly to the Future
Moderator
Chris Blackerby
Chris Blackerby
COO, Astroscale Holdings Inc.
[Society] Disruptive Evolution and Divided Societies: Can Capitalism Save Us?
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Will the COVID crisis help unite the divided world we live in? For years before COVID-19 rocked our lives, the world was struggling to tackle deep social divides and inequalities. With the unprecedented public health and economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, these divisions seem to have become even more intensified. They have manifested themselves in various forms, including racial tensions, rising global nationalism as well as widening income discrepancies. At the same time, the COVID crisis could fast track us to a better world—one where, for example, digitization can be promoted across societies or environmental awareness is shared irrespective of political views. On this panel, we will discuss how the COVID-19 induced crisis can potentially create opportunities to address these social challenges in Japan, Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Panelists
Trista Bridges
Trista Bridges
 Co-founder and Principal, Read the Air Coalition
Author, "Leading Sustainably: The Path to Sustainable Business and How the SDGs Changed Everything"
James Crabtree
James Crabtree
Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Ken Shibusawa
Ken Shibusawa
Chief Executive Officer, Shibusawa and Company, Inc.
Founder and Chairman, Commons Asset Management
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami
Head, OECD Tokyo Centre
16:30-17:30
#6 Plenary Session
Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Moving Forward in the Face of Uncertainty
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A day’s worth of discussion winds down in this closing session. COVID-19 has disrupted our lives on every level, but with this pandemic, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly evolve from this disruption. We can virtually start over from scratch, question all our assumptions, and decide what type of society and world we want to live in. Building on the discussions throughout the day, our panelists discuss these possibilities and actions we can take to make them a reality, both in Japan and globally. We look forward to hearing ideas from the audience about how we, the G1 Community, can move forward together and take actions to create the Disruptive Evolution we need to build a better world post-COVID-19.

Panelists
Rui Matsukawa
Rui Matsukawa
Member of the House of Councilors
Hiromichi Mizuno
Hiromichi Mizuno
Special Advisor, Japanese Ministry of Economy and Trade
Member of the Board, Tesla Inc.
Member of the Mission Committee, Danone
Robin Niblett CMG
Robin Niblett CMG
Director and Chief Executive, Chatham House
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Senior Advisor, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.
17:30-18:00
Closing Session
19:30-20:30
Post-Conference Online Group Discussions (Optional)
Post-Conference Online Group Discussions (Optional)
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Congratulations! You made it through a full day of the G1 Global Conference. If you attended in-person, enjoy your trip home. If you are in Japan, please enjoy some tsumami (Japanese snacks) generously provided by Glico. Then, join your fellow participants who attended online in a relaxed, small group to discuss your thoughts on today’s conference. What opportunities for Disruptive Evolution do you see? What panels did you miss? This is an opportunity to network and hear new perspectives. Please share your reflections and how they might affect your daily life. Through these discussions, we hope you can deepen your connections in the G1 Global community, in order to create a better Japan and a better world! 

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-09:15
Opening Session
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption: Japan’s Geopolitical Leadership
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Trump. Brexit. The geopolitical fractures that emerged in 2016 seem to be deepening every day, aspopulism disrupts the post-WWII international order. Tensions over tariffs flare between the US andChina. Brexit forges ahead, leading to a new era for Europe. Iran, Russia, and North Korea areexercising new influence on the global stage. Amidst all this, global and regional institutions suchas the UN, the EU, and military and trade regimes must adapt or risk becoming obsolete. For somecountries, there are opportunities: Japan’s standing seems to be growing, emerging from thedisruption of allies and neighbors. How do we take advantage of such opportunities via ourcountries, our organizations, and ourselves in a disrupted geopolitical landscape? The panelists willdiscuss what measures can be taken to create sustainable innovation in these uncertain times,setting the stage for today’s conference.

Panelists
John Chipman CMG
John Chipman CMG
Director-General and Chief Executive,
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Minister of Defense
Member of the House of Representatives
Mieko Nakabayashi
Mieko Nakabayashi
Professor, School of Social Sciences,
Waseda University
Moderator
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Sessions
Technology and Design: Innovation in Business
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Disruptions such as design thinking have helped every industry focus on people-centric innovations and more efficient business processes. Generally, this has resulted in more satisfied customers and more fulfilled employees. In the most successful cases, designers and traditional business people have come to respect each other and collaborate, though it wasn’t always easy. How will developments in technology impact these delicate relationships? What existing practices will be disrupted, and what innovations will emerge? Will the current trends become mainstream, or will they be swept away by new techniques bolstered by digital advancements? Our panelists will discuss the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of the future of technology, design, and business.

Panelists
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Takuya Kudo
Takuya Kudo
Managing Director, Chief Innovation Officer,
Global Lead Data Science Innovation Practice, Accenture
Kinya Tagawa
Kinya Tagawa
CEO, Takram
Moderator
Chiaki Hayashi
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-founder, Loftwork Inc.
Innovation through Art: Leveraging Disruption for a Sustainable Ecosystem
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To meet the demands of the global agenda, businesses and societies need to create disruptivesolutions. However, many business people continue to rely on empirical ideation and existing datasets in the innovation processes. The arts have the power to change this, to move us beyond logic, tocome up with unique questions and designs to generate solutions. In the first half of this session,panelists will focus on the unique characteristics of art and how to leverage them for disruptiveinnovation. However, many artists exist outside of the lucrative, insider circle of galleries, curators, andcritics. To harness the full potential of art, a sustainable, inclusive ecosystem is indispensable. In thesecond half of this session, panelists will tackle this conundrum and suggest concrete actions togenerate innovation in a healthy, forward-thinking, and global art ecosystem.

Panelists
Randy Channell Soei
Randy Channell Soei
Professor, Chado Urasenke
Ambassador of Hospitality, Kyoto City
Mai Miyake
Mai Miyake
Artist
Taihei Shii
Taihei Shii
CEO, Startbahn, Inc.
Moderator
Takashi Mitachi
Takashi Mitachi
Senior Advisor,
The Boston Consulting Group
Immigration Law Has Passed in Japan. What’s Next?
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Japan has passed laws to open up immigration as part of its strategy to balance demographics anddeal with a labor shortage. While net immigration to Japan has increased for six consecutive years,the 2.22 million foreign residents still represent a mere 1.76% of the population. Japan is said to beone of the most homogeneous and high-context cultures in the world. How can Japan successfullyintegrate immigrants into its society? What are the key issues and problems surrounding large scaleimmigration? Will the new laws help Japan create a diverse society, even a new definition of what itmeans to be Japanese? This panel will seek to cover key issues surrounding immigration andsuggest what should happen next.

Panelists
Misa Matsuzaki
Misa Matsuzaki
CEO, WORK JAPAN Co., Ltd
Toshihiro Menju
Toshihiro Menju
Managing Director,
Japan Center for International Exchange
Jonathan Soble
Jonathan Soble
Visiting Fellow,
Asia Pacific Initiative
Taku Tamura
Taku Tamura
Chief Director, EDAS
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
Ross Rowbury
President, Edelman Japan KK
Reiwanomics: An Economic Policy Agenda for the New Era
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At the dawn of the Reiwa Era, Japan stands at a crossroads. On one side, the relative domestic calmand stability provided by “Abenomics.” On the other side, increasingly turbulent external threats,global political tensions, and accelerating technological change. This panel aims to provide focusand spark ideas on how to turn threats into opportunities. Experts will offer insights and examplesfrom first-hand experience with local political and economic initiatives. How can we bringsustainable growth and revitalization? What can AI can do to boost productivity employeehappiness? Where does Japan offer opportunities? What potential does “Reiwanomics” have tore-define global best-practices for both private- and public-sector leaders?

Panelists
Peter Fitzgerald
Peter Fitzgerald
President, Google Japan G.K.
Ryuta Ibaragi
Ryuta Ibaragi
Governor, Okayama Prefecture
Tomoe Ishizumi
Tomoe Ishizumi
CEO, PALO ALTO INSIGHT, LLC.
Joanna Pitman
Joanna Pitman
Former Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Times
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Senior Advisor,
WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Sessions
Digital Media and the Transformation of Societies
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Across the world, social and digital media have transformed not only the way we distribute, receive,and send information, but the ways in which we inhabit the world and understand ourselves. Thedigital revolution has already engendered profound change, from influencing the outcome ofelections to supporting social movements and new kinds of businesses. It has also thrown updiverse challenges, including the perpetuation of fake news and the violation of individual privacy.How can we best regulate and harness the powerful forces unleashed by digital media to benefitsociety? Our panel will examine the possibilities and perils of this dynamic, brave new world.

Panelists
Faisal J. Abbas
Faisal J. Abbas
Editor in Chief, Arab News
John Lagerling
John Lagerling
CEO, Mercari U.S.
Norihiko Sasaki
Norihiko Sasaki
CCO, NewsPicks, Inc.
Moderator
Pallavi Aiyar
Pallavi Aiyar
Freelance Journalist
Disruption and Innovation in Food: Balancing Sustainability and Gastronomy
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With more Michelin stars than any other city, Tokyo is the food capital of the world. Leadingrestaurants attract foodies from across the globe, as some chefs uphold traditional aesthetics andtechniques while others experiment with new ideas to innovate. Meanwhile, with the world'spopulation expected to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050, food security is now one of the most importantglobal issues. However, multiple forces such as climate change, overfishing, marine pollution, andland degradation are negatively impacting agriculture and fisheries. How can chefs continue topursue innovation in gastronomy while supporting food sustainability, and what can consumers doto help? Our panel brings together the world’s No. 1 foodie, two of the most forward-thinkingTokyo-based chefs, and a food journalist/activist to discuss the latest trends in food sustainabilityand gastronomy.

Panelists
Thomas Frebel
Thomas Frebel
Head Chef, INUA
Hiroko Sasaki
Hiroko Sasaki
Representative Director, Chefs for the Blue
Food Journalist
Fumio Yonezawa
Fumio Yonezawa
Executive Chef, THE BURN
Moderator
Takefumi Hamada
Takefumi Hamada
Foodie
Global Politics in the Middle East: Cybersecurity as a Game Changer?
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The Middle East is clearly in the process of massive change. Put mildly, the landscape is clouded:Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are emerging (and competing) as regional powers; US presence maybe declining; and there is increased involvement from revisionist powers such as Russia and China.A potential determinant to all of this turmoil is cyber technology. With Israel as an outlier and Turkey,Saudi Arabia, and Iran as emerging investors in cyber warfare, the field could become a gamechanger in the longstanding confrontations of the Middle East. How would each country’s domesticpolitics be affected? How would the region’s relationship with the rest of the world change? Whatrole would China play? Or Japan? Our panelists shed light on these developments.

Panelists
Isaac Ben-Israel
Isaac Ben-Israel
Professor,
Dir Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Centre,
Tel Aviv University
Keiko Kono
Keiko Kono
Senior Fellow,
The National Institute for Defense Studies
Nobuo Tanaka
Nobuo Tanaka
Chairman,
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Ihsan Tolga
Ihsan Tolga
Researcher, NATO CCD COE
Motohiro Tsuchiya
Motohiro Tsuchiya
Professor,
Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Moderator
Satoshi Ikeuchi
Satoshi Ikeuchi
Professor,
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology,
The University of Tokyo
Data-Driven Economies: “Data Free Flow with Trust”
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Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way people live and work. Technology has been thedriver of growth and prosperity for centuries, but today’s speed and scope are qualitatively differentfrom past advances. This panel will discuss how new technologies make millions of lives easier,cheaper, and more prosperous, but also disrupt both labor markets and social stability. Aregovernments and businesses re-writing the rules fast enough to keep up? Will monopoliesundermine competition—an essential component of capitalism? Where does Japan stand in thebalance between realizing the benefits of new technology and avoiding disruption?

Panelists
Jennifer Corbett
Jennifer Corbett
Rio Tinto Fellow,
Foundation for Australia - Japan Studies
Alex Moazed
Alex Moazed
Founder and CEO,
APPLICO INC.
Amane Oshima
Amane Oshima
CEO,
Mizuho–DL Financial Technology Co., Ltd.
Tatsuya Terazawa
Tatsuya Terazawa
Special Adviser to the Minister,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami
Head,
OECD Tokyo Centre
12:50-13:50
Lunch Workshops on "Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption"
14:00-15:00
#4 Breakout Sessions
What’s Next for the Technovate Era? Technology and Innovation
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With the emergence of new technologies, diverse “Silicon Valleys” are popping up all around theworld, from China to the US and Israel to Southeast Asia. What is the driving force behind thesehotbeds of innovation? How are unicorns transcending national borders to go global? As techstartups play a more prominent role in society, the old mindset (coined by Facebook) to “move fastand break things” seems less appropriate. Companies are expected to bear increasingresponsibility for data management, sustainable business models, and job opportunities. What arethe social and economic ramifications for Technovate entrepreneurs? Our panelists will discussbest practices they have witnessed in their respective markets, as well as what society can do toensure that Technovate wealth is shared by all.

Panelists
Isaac Ben-Israel
Isaac Ben-Israel
Professor,
Dir Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Centre,
Tel Aviv University
Yuan Ding
Yuan Ding
Vice President and Dean, Cathay Capital Chair Professor in Accounting
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Miku Hirano
Miku Hirano
CEO, Cinnamon Inc.
Arun Sundararajan
Arun Sundararajan
Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology,
NYU Stem School of Business
Moderator
Emre Yuasa
Emre Yuasa
Director, GLOBIS Capital Partners
How to Change Japan Utilizing the Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics
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The Rugby World Cup…the Olympics and Paralympics… Global sporting events are coming toJapan, and the people here are uniting to elevate the country’s global standing, a symbol of itsrecovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Japanese are welcoming the world, breaking downlanguage barriers, making the subway easier to use, and even upgrading anti-smoking laws. Othernations and athletes, too, are excited to make their mark during these events…but there is a fine linebetween a festival of nations and a festival of nationalism. As Japan globalizes, its traditions,reputation, and even identity change. How will Japan, as the host, be perceived during and afterthese events? How will its status as a global leader be when the games are through? Can thegovernment and event organizers leverage today’s momentum to achieve wider social goals andambitions tomorrow? Panelists will discuss how hosting global sporting events may transformJapanese society and its image in the world.

Panelists
Kenneth Berger
Kenneth Berger
Business Development & Sales, IMG Japan
Gen Fukushima
Gen Fukushima
Head of Executive Office, JRFU Interface,
Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee
David Hackett
David Hackett
Partner, Mindspring Capital
Hiromi Kawamura
Hiromi Kawamura
Public Relations Secretary,
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of
the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Moderator
Martin Newman
Martin Newman
Owner, The Newman Partnership
Geopolitics: US-China Hegemony in Asia
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Strategic competition between the U.S. and China continues to be a major geopolitical challenge in Asia. What are the core strategies in the region for each of these superpowers? How does the competition play out in the security, trade, and technology domains? Will the U.S. seriously pursue economic decoupling with China? Does China have policy alternatives? How can Japan, India, and ASEAN pursue their own interests while responding to the US-China situation? Our speakers tackle these disruptions and look for insights on innovation and sustainability for peace and stability in the region.

Panelists
Abraham Denmark
Abraham Denmark
Director, Asia Program,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Lynn Kuok
Lynn Kuok
Associate Fellow,
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Sanjay Pulipaka
Sanjay Pulipaka
Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum Library
Daojiong Zha
Daojiong Zha
Professor, School of International Studies and Institute
of South-South Cooperation and Development, Peking University
Moderator
Satoru Mori
Satoru Mori
Professor, Faculty of Law,
Hosei University
Breaking the Compromise: How the Best Managers Achieve Their SDGs and Deliver the Bottom Line
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Until recently ESG (environment, sustainability and governance) frameworks were a way for corporations to fulfill their “responsibility” towards society, which often demanded social and ethical leadership from leading corporations. The UN has since upped the ante to a more comprehensive list of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Great companies, leaders and investors now know that there is not a trade-off between doing "good" for the world and doing "well" financially. Additionally, the best talent in the world looks to join enterprises that have a clarity of vision and mission on these issues. How do CEOs balance these interests in their companies? How do investors direct their money towards companies that have successfully incorporated SDGs in their business? In this session, panelists will discuss strategies on how they see these issues playing out in their own corporations and clients as well as in best practice companies.

Panelists
Denes Ban
Denes Ban
General Partner,
MD Asia, OurCrowd Ltd.
Seiji Inagaki
Seiji Inagaki
President,
Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
Thierry Porté
Thierry Porté
Managing Director,
J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
Moderator
Miki Tsusaka
Miki Tsusaka
Managing Director & Senior Partner,
The Boston Consulting Group
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
Technology and Happiness: Can Hi-Tech Improve Society’s Well-Being?
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Since the beginning of human history, technology has had the power to improve people’s lives.Oftentimes, however, it is also used for destruction, from the invention of weaponry to thedevelopment of hazardous chemical compounds. Today, new technologies such as AI, IoT, bigdata, and machine learning are opening a new world of possibilities for human development.How can they be used for good, to make us happier, personally and professionally? Ishappiness what we as a society really want and need? What does happiness mean exactly?Can it be defined universally? Is it lasting? This panel will discuss the potential of newtechnologies and what we seek from them as a society.

Panelists
Kazuto Ataka
Kazuto Ataka
Professor, SFC, Keio University
Chief Strategy Officer, Yahoo! JAPAN
Sheena Iyengar
Sheena Iyengar
S.T. Lee Professor of Business,
Columbia Business School
Yuka Shimada
Yuka Shimada
HR & GA Director,
Unilever Japan Holdings K.K.
Moderator
Kazuo Yano
Kazuo Yano
Fellow, Corporate Officer,
Hitachi, Ltd.
Japan’s Inbound Tourism: How to Evolve into a Unique and Sustainable Tourism Superpower?
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Japan has seen a five-fold increase of inbound tourists in 5 years. In 2020, it will likely achieve itstarget of 40 million visitors, thanks to the Olympic Games. However, another key target for thesame year—tourist consumption of 8 trillion yen—will see a wide miss. Average consumption perinbound tourist has stagnated at 150K yen. Further, increasing dependency on visitors from EastAsia (China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) accounts for three-quarters of inboundvisitors, adding the sector’s vulnerability to regional diplomatic tensions. To meet its goals, Japanneeds to attract more affluent tourists and a more diversified portfolio of countries. This meansimproved quality of tourist destinations and experiences, both of which call for the right balanceof traditional uniqueness and infrastructure development. The panelists, who have led the tourismindustry’s transformation and helped the government shape its policy, will discuss how Japanmay realize itself as a sustainable tourism superpower.

Panelists
David Mark Atkinson
David Mark Atkinson
CEO,
Konishi Decorative Arts & Crafts
Shiori Ryu Harada
Shiori Ryu Harada
Founder, LandReam Inc.
 
Yoshiharu Hoshino
Yoshiharu Hoshino
CEO,
Hoshino Resorts Co., Ltd.
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner,
A.T. Kearney
Divided Societies in the US and Europe: Prognosis for Japan
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Three years after the Brexit vote and election of President Donald Trump, the waves of populism show no signs of slowing down. Issues that once simmered below the surface—immigration, health care, job creation—have boiled over to disrupt traditional political alliances, divide societies, and even rattle families at the dinner table. As each side becomes more extreme, compromised levels of politeness and decency erode political discourse, centrism, and collaboration. What are the issues driving this populism? Is it too late to turn back? Will this happen to Japan, too, or can Japan avoid it? Our panelists share their insights.

Panelists
Abdul El-Sayed
Abdul El-Sayed
Public Health Expert & Progressive Activist
Nick Herbert
Nick Herbert
MP for Arundel & South Downs,
House of Commons, UK
Mieko Nakabayashi
Mieko Nakabayashi
Professor, School of Social Sciences,
Waseda University
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
Abigail Friedman
Founder and CEO,
The Wisteria Group
Womenomics and Gender Equality in Entrepreneurship
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Social debate often sees a trade-off between fairness and efficiency, but gender equality in entrepreneurship offers a unique opportunity to improve both. By eliminating gender bias in entrepreneurship, society can not only use business talent more efficiently, but also accelerate the creation of such talent. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs and experts come together to discuss how barriers to gender equality have been broken, how new entrepreneurs can replicate successes, and how companies and societies have gained.

Panelists
Sung-Nam Cho
Sung-Nam Cho
Professor of Sociology,
Ewha Womans University
Lin Kobayashi
Lin Kobayashi
Founder and Chair of the Board,
UWC ISAK Japan
Kathy Matsui
Kathy Matsui
Vice Chair,
Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd
Enora Rogers
Enora Rogers
President, Enora Rogers, Inc
Maiko Todoroki
Maiko Todoroki
President, Poppins Corporation
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
16:30-17:50
#6 Plenary Session
Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption: Choices for a Better Society
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A day’s worth of discussion winds down in this closing session. Despite disruptions, there areopportunities for progress in all sectors of society. The key is to harness those opportunitiessustainably, without turning our backs on innovation. To help us identify the wisest and most effectivepaths toward this goal, we welcome keynote speaker Prof. Sheena Iyengar. Then, in our final panel,we’ll bring global and domestic perspectives to these challenges, building on the day's progress. Welook forward to hearing ideas from the audience about how we, the G1 Community, can move forwardtogether and take action to create a more sustainable, innovative world.

Special Presentation
Sheena Iyengar
Sheena Iyengar
S.T. Lee Professor of Business,
Columbia Business School
Panelists
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Ken Mogi
Ken Mogi
Brain Scientist
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Senior Advisor,
WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.
17:50-18:00
Closing Session

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-09:15
Opening Session
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Japan’s Role in Connecting a Fractured World
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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
Yoichi Funabashi
Co-founder and Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative
Jane Harman
Jane Harman
Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Hiromichi Mizuno
Hiromichi Mizuno
Executive Managing Director, CIO,
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Moderator
Heizo Takenaka
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
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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
Chiew-Ping Hoo
Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies and International Relations, National University of Malaysia
Narendra Taneja
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson, BJP (India's governing party)
Dong Wang
Dong Wang
Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Ken Jimbo
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Implementing Abenomics: Unfinished Business?
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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
Kent Calder
Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs & International Research Cooperation, SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) Johns Hopkins University
Leo Lewis
Leo Lewis
Tokyo Correspondent, Financial Times
Joanna Pitman
Joanna Pitman
Director, Baillie Gifford Japan Trust
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
Can Inbound Tourism Boost Japan’s Economy?
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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
Ross Findlay
Managing Director, NAC Niseko Adventure Centre
Fumiko Kato
Fumiko Kato
CEO, WAmazing Inc.
Terrie Lloyd
Terrie Lloyd
CEO, Japan Travel KK
Moderator
Takashi Mitachi
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
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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
Hannah Bauman
Deputy Director of Policy, Green New Deal Project, New Consensus
Glen S. Fukushima
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Alyce Johnson
Alyce Johnson
Manager of Staff Diversity & Inclusion
Interim Institute Community Equity Officer, MIT
Mark R. Kennedy
Mark R. Kennedy
President, University of North Dakota
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
Abigail Friedman
Founder and CEO, The Wisteria Group
The Future of Work: Labor, Innovation, and Productivity
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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
Daniel P. Ahn
Professorial Lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Soichiro Minami
Soichiro Minami
CEO, BizReach
Nobuko Nagase
Nobuko Nagase
Professor of Labor Economics and Social Policy, Ochanomizu University
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Creative Cities 2.0: Not Just Livable, But Fun
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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
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-founder, Loftwork Inc
Toshiko Mori
Toshiko Mori
Founder CEO, Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC
Professor, Harvard University
Jeremy Pelley
Jeremy Pelley
Co-founder and Creative Director, OMFGCO
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
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?
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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
Maoliang Bu
Professor, Nanjing University
Marjut Hannonen
Marjut Hannonen
Head of the Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Mark R. Kennedy
Mark R. Kennedy
President, University of North Dakota
Shigehiro Tanaka
Shigehiro Tanaka
Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami
Head, OECD Tokyo Centre
Fintech: What’s New in Innovation in Finance
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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
Denes Ban
General Partner, MD Asia, OurCrowd Ltd
Judy Marlinski
Judy Marlinski
President, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management®
Mamoru Taniya
Mamoru Taniya
Chairman and CEO, Asuka Holdings Inc.
Moderator
Makoto Takano
Makoto Takano
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN
Beyond Omotenashi? How to Showcase Japan to the World
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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
Martin Newman
CEO, The Leadership Council
Masi Oka
Masi Oka
Actor/Writer/Producer Mobius Productions
Naho Shigeta
Naho Shigeta
Founder & CEO, INFOBRIDGE Marketing & Promotions Co., Ltd.
Stefan Wagstyl
Stefan Wagstyl
Journalist, Financial Times/Nikkei
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
Ross Rowbury
President, Edelman Japan KK
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
Tech Cold War: Opportunities and Challenges in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
VENUE:

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
James Jian Ding
Managing Director, GSR Ventures
Yoichi Funabashi
Yoichi Funabashi
Co-founder and Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative
Joshua Walker
Joshua Walker
Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Japan, Office of the President of Eurasia Group
Moderator
Makiko Eda
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
VENUE:

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

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

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
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Sachiko Kuno
Sachiko Kuno
Co-Founder and President, S&R Foundation
Hiromichi Mizuno
Hiromichi Mizuno
Executive Managing Director, CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Moderator
Jesper Koll
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 "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-09:15
Opening
09:15-10:15
#1 Plenary Session
Can Japan be a Role Model for Global Economic Prosperity and Stability?
VENUE:
Panelists
Richard McCormack
Richard McCormack
Senior Advisor,Center for Strategic and International Studies
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus, Keio UniversityProfessor, Toyo University
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
10:30-11:30
#2 Breakout Sessions
Geopolitics in Asia: New Shifts and Rebalancing?
VENUE:
Panelists
Jonathan Berkshire Miller
Jonathan Berkshire Miller
International Affairs Fellow (Japan),Council on Foreign Relations
Narendra Taneja
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson BJP (India's governing party)
Dong Wang
Dong Wang
Associate Professor, School of International Studies,Peking University
James Zumwalt
James Zumwalt
CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Moderator
Ken Jimbo
Ken Jimbo
Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management,Keio University
Business in Asia: Where Will the Next Growth Come From?
VENUE:
Panelists
Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley
Chairman & CEO, Caprica International
Daisuke Murata
Daisuke Murata
President & C.E.O, Murata Machinery, Ltd.
Frank-Jurgen Richter
Frank-Jurgen Richter
Chairman, Horasis
Su-Ming Wong
Su-Ming Wong
CEO, CHAMP Ventures Pty Limited
Moderator
Miki Tsusaka
Miki Tsusaka
Senior Partner & Managing Director,The Boston Consulting Group
Space Business: Strategies to Tackle a New Frontier
VENUE:
Panelists
Hidetaka Aoki
Hidetaka Aoki
Space Business Evangelist,Global Brain Corporation
Chris Blackerby
Chris Blackerby
COO, ASTROSCALE
Guy Bonaud
Guy Bonaud
Representative Director,SAFRAN Helicopter Engines Japan
Daniel Tani
Daniel Tani
Faculty, The American School in JapanFormer Astronaut, NASA
Moderator
Naoko Yamazaki
Naoko Yamazaki
Astronaut, Fly to the Future
11:45-12:45
#3 Breakout Sessions
Japan-US Relations: A New Era?
VENUE:
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Rui Matsukawa
Rui Matsukawa
Member of the House of Councilors(Liberal Democratic Party of Japan)
Yuki Tatsumi
Yuki Tatsumi
Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
Abigail Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Investing: What is the Role and Significance of ESG?
VENUE:
Panelists
Scott Halliday
Scott Halliday
Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Hiromichi
Mizuno
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GPIF
Kimberley Stafford
Kimberley Stafford
Managing Director and Head, PIMCO Asia-Pacific
Moderator
Makoto Takano
Makoto Takano
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN
Tech Business: Harnessing New Ideas into Sustainable Ventures
VENUE:
Panelists
Jonathan Epstein
Jonathan Epstein
General Manager, Japan, SentinelOne
Teruhide Sato
Teruhide Sato
Founder and Managing Partner, BEENEXT PTE. LTD.
Emi Takemura
Emi Takemura
FutureEdu Tokyo and Peatix.com Co-founder,Mistletoe Inc. Fellow
Alex Vieux
Alex Vieux
CEO, Herring International
Moderator
Soichiro Minami
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?
VENUE:
Panelists
Anwar Ali
Al-Naki
Anwar Ali
Al-Naki
Director, Kuwait Industries Company
Henri J. Barkey
Henri J. Barkey
Cohen Professor of International RelationsLehigh University
Katsuhiko Takahashi
Katsuhiko Takahashi
Deputy Assistant Minister, Deputy Director-General,Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator
Abigail Friedman
Abigail Friedman
CEO, The Wisteria Group
Media & Communications: The Collapse of Trust in the Mass Media—How Do We Evolve?
VENUE:
Panelists
Atsuo Fujimura
Atsuo Fujimura
Senior Vice President, Media Business Development,SmartNews, Inc.
Jonathan Soble
Jonathan Soble
Reporter, New York Times
Hidehiko Yuzaki
Hidehiko Yuzaki
Governor, Hiroshima Prefecture
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
Ross Rowbury
President, Edelman Japan KK
Risks & Opportunities: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, and Cybersecurity
VENUE:
Panelists
Michael Cusumano
Michael Cusumano
Distinguished Professor of Management,MIT Sloan School of Management
David Malkin
David Malkin
AI Architect, Cogent Labs
Noboru
Nakatani
Noboru
Nakatani
Executive Director,INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
Moderator
William Saito
William Saito
Special Advisor - Cabinet Office,Government of Japan
15:15-16:15
#5 Breakout Sessions
Politics in Europe: The Changing Landscape Post-Brexit
VENUE:
Panelists
Nick Herbert
Nick Herbert
MP for Arundel & South Downs,House of Commons (United Kingdom)
Karoline
Postel-Vinay
Karoline
Postel-Vinay
Research Professor, Sciences Po
Patrick Welter
Patrick Welter
Tokyo Correspondent, Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung
Moderator
Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami
Head of OECD Tokyo, OECD
Free Trade: How to Push Against the Rise of Protectionism?
VENUE:
Panelists
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and TechnologyMember, House of Councillors
Terry Nakatsuka
Terry Nakatsuka
President and Chief Executive Officer, JATCO Ltd
Mireya Solis
Mireya Solis
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Moderator
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Energy Security and Sustainability: How to Achieve it in the Trump Era?
VENUE:
Panelists
Mara Prentiss
Mara Prentiss
Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Narendra Taneja
Narendra Taneja
Energy Expert and Spokesperson BJP (India's governing party)
Hiroyuki Tezuka
Hiroyuki Tezuka
Executive Assistant & General Manager,JFE Steel Corporation
Moderator
Nobuo Tanaka
Nobuo Tanaka
Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
16:30-17:20
#6 Plenary Session
Realizing Creative Evolution Using Design Thinking
VENUE:
Special Presentation
Seiichi Saito
Seiichi Saito
Creative & Technical Director, Rhizomatiks
Panelists
Chiaki Hayashi
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-founder, Loftwork Inc.
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley
Partner, IDEO
Tak Umezawa
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
17:20-17:45
#7 Closing Plenary Session
Special Dialogue with Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi
VENUE:
Speaker
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science andTechnologyMember, House of Councillors
Moderator
Yoshito Hori
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 "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

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

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

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

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-10:30
Plenary Session Ⅰ
How should Japan navigate its politics and economy towards 2020?
VENUE:
Panelists
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Member of the House of Councillors
Heizo Takenaka
Heizo Takenaka
Director, Global Security Research Institute;Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Nik Gowing
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
VENUE:
Panelists
Brian Heywood
Brian Heywood
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Taiyo Pacific Partners
Florian Meyerhoefer
Florian Meyerhoefer
Financial Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan
Ken Shibusawa
Ken Shibusawa
Chairman, Commons Asset Management Inc.
Moderator
Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Managing Director, JP Morgan Securities Japan
Ⅰ-B TEPCO and the future of energy policy
VENUE:
Panelists
Kojiro Fujii
Kojiro Fujii
Attorney-at-Law (Japan/New York), Nishimura & Asahi
Barbara Judge
Barbara Judge
Deputy Chair, TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee
Moderator
Tatsuo Masuda
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?
VENUE:
Panelists
Tamzin Booth
Tamzin Booth
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Economist
Fiona Chan
Fiona Chan
Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times
Adrian Monck
Adrian Monck
Managing Director, Head of Public Engagement, World Economic Forum
Yumiko Ono
Yumiko Ono
Managing Editor, WSJ Japan
Moderator
Ross Rowbury
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
VENUE:
Panelists
Richard Collasse
Richard Collasse
President and Representative Director, Chanel KK
Seiichi Kondo
Seiichi Kondo
Director, Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy
Nancy Snow
Nancy Snow
Abe Fellow, Visiting Professor, Keio University
Moderator
Tak Umezawa
Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman, Director of the Board, A.T. Kearney
Ⅱ-B Entrepreneurship in Japan: where does growth come from?
VENUE:
Panelists
Robert Eberhart
Robert Eberhart
Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Fujiyo Ishiguro
Fujiyo Ishiguro
President and CEO, Netyear Group Corporation
Allen Miner
Allen Miner
Chairman and CEO, SunBridge Group
Special Contributor
Vachara Phanchet
Vachara Phanchet
Chairman Emeritus, Pacific Basin Economic Council
Moderator
Georges Desvaux
Georges Desvaux
Managing Partner, McKinsey Japan
Ⅱ-C Politics in Japan: where do parties stand on contentious issues?
VENUE:
Panelists
Hitoshi Asada
Hitoshi Asada
Head of Policy Research Bureau, Japan Restoration Party; Chairperson, Osaka Prefectural Assembly
Keiichiro Asao
Keiichiro Asao
Member of the House of Representatives; President, Your Party
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Isamu Ueda
Isamu Ueda
Member of the House of Representatives, New Komeito Party
Moderator
Dan Slater
Dan Slater
Director, Delphi Network
14:45-16:00
Breakout Session Ⅲ
Ⅲ-A Global Skills and Leadership education: Perspectives from Asian Business Schools
VENUE:
Panelists
Ravi Kumar
Ravi Kumar
Shaw Chair Professor and Dean, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
Tomoya Nakamura
Tomoya Nakamura
Dean, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
Hellmut Schutte
Hellmut Schutte
Vice President and Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Moderator
Yoko Ishikura
Yoko Ishikura
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Ⅲ-B Japan-US Relations: the Role of Japanese Americans
VENUE:
Panelists
Glen S. Fukushima
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Mitchell T. Maki
Mitchell T. Maki
Vice Provost, California State University Dominguez Hills
Moderator
Taro Kono
Taro Kono
Member of the House of Representatives
Ⅲ-C East Asian Diplomacy and Security
VENUE:
Panelists
Terry B. Kraft
Terry B. Kraft
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan
Moon Chung-In
Moon Chung-In
Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University
Hiroshige Seko
Hiroshige Seko
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary; Member of the House of Councillors
Wang Dong
Wang Dong
Associate Professor, School of International Studies , Peking University
Moderator
Tomohiko Taniguchi
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?
VENUE:
Panelists
Robert Alan Feldman
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
Yoshiaki Fujimori
Yoshiaki Fujimori
President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Takashi Mitachi
Takashi Mitachi
Co-Chairman, Japan, Boston Consulting Group
Moderator
Nik Gowing
Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster and Journalist
18:00-
Cocktail Reception

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

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

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

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

Programs are subject to change without notice.

This year's theme is "Innovative Resilience in Politics, Business, Technology, and Society." As our global society gradually recovers from COVID-19, we face great chances to apply innovation and resilience to societies ravaged by the pandemic.

How shall we cope with climate change, cybersecurity, and geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Asia? What will arise from the US after COVID-19 and Trump's volatile presidency? What will be the effect of the US-China relationship? How will leadership transitions in Europe affect the world? What is the role of Japan in the international order?

Innovative resilience is how we endured the pandemic, and it is how we will move beyond it. But none of us can do it alone. Political and societal leaders, businesses, and technologies must collaborate to shift priorities toward a better future.

At the 11th G1 Global Conference, we will ignite that collaboration and innovative resilience to rebuild our world. We will invite wisdom from all around the globe, think beyond our existing roles, and discuss actions we can take together as a new society. See report here.

This year's theme is "Disruptive Evolution Post-COVID-19: Geopolitics, Business and Society." COVID-19 may represent the most disruptive event of our lifetimes, as the pandemic has infected millions and threatens to be the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump have been exacerbated, amplifying isolationist tendencies when the world craves for collaboration.

With disruption comes opportunities for evolution. History has been accelerated, as online technologies are changing the ways we live, work, and interact. Businesses and organizations that survive will need to be able to adapt in real time. With US-China tensions rising, a pivotal US election in November, and more potential waves of COVID-19, many disruptions await.

At the 10th G1 Global Conference, we will reflect on how the coronavirus has changed our geopolitics, business and society. Then, by utilizing the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe, we will discuss the ways we can evolve towards a post-COVID-19 world together. See report here.

This year's theme is “Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption.” Social fractures that emerged with Brexit and US President Trump are deepening and expanding globally, with populism being one of many factors disrupting the post-WWII international order.

Meanwhile, Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, Big Data, and IoT are transforming politics, business, and society.

At the 9th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss these disruptions in politics, business, and society by bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

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. See report here.

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.“ Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions. Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World,“ bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe. See report here.

The theme this year is “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable,” based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator and former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing. Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom. To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan. See report here.

09:00-10:30
Plenary Session I
The Rebirth of Japan: the Political Landscape
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10:45-12:00
Breakout Panel 1
Changing Balance of Power in Asia
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Soft Power Diplomacy
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Crisis Management
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Re-imagining Japan
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12:00-13:00
Lunch
Tohoku to the World -in collaboration with BEYOND Tomorrow and KIBOW
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13:00-14:15
Breakout Panel 2
Media, Old and New
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Entrepreneurship in Japan and Asia
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Energy Policy and its Future
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14:30-15:45
Breakout Panel 3
Fiscal Crisis in Advanced Economies
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Cool Japan
Strategy for developing and promoting Japan’s creative industurie
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Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Negotiations
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16:00-17:20
Plenary Session II
Rebuilding Japan
Globalization and the Economy
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Programs are subject to change without notice.

Sponsorship

Silver Sponsor
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Bronze Sponsors
GCA Corporation
GEEK PICTURES INC.
SAKURUG Co., Ltd.
Individual Sponsors
Mr. Iwao Aso
Mr. Satoshi Hirose
Dr. Akinori Kanayama, PhD
Mr. Shunichi Shibanuma
Mr. Toru Takahashi
Mr. Makoto Takano
Mr. Mamoru Taniya
Strategic Partner
ADC Forum
Media Partners
Arab News
Beacon Reports
Forbes JAPAN
The Japan Times
The Wall Street Journal

Advisory Board

Robert Alan Feldman 
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, Co., Ltd.
Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Minako Iue 
Chair and CEO, Sailors for the Sea Japan
Yoshito Hori 
President, G1 Institute
Founder and President, GLOBIS University
Founding Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Ken Jimbo 
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Keio University
Lin Kobayashi 
Founder and Chair of the Board
UWC ISAK Japan
Jesper Koll 
Expert Director
Monex Group 

Taro Kono 
Chairperson, Liberal Democratic Party Public Relations Headquarters
Member of the House of Representatives
Soichiro Minami 
Chief Executive Officer, Visional
Takashi Mitachi 
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
Yumiko Murakami 
General Partner, MPower Partners
Ross Rowbury 
Senior Managing Director, Co-head of Group Corporate Communications, Nomura Holdings
Minako Suematsu 
Chairperson & Publisher, The Japan Times, Ltd.
Toru Takahashi 
Managing Director, Corporate Education
GLOBIS Corporation
Makoto Takano 
Chairman and Publisher, Forbes JAPAN, linkties Co., Ltd.
 
Heizo Takenaka 
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Miki Tsusaka 
Managing Director & Senior Partner
Boston Consulting Group
Tak Umezawa 
Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
Chairman, CIC Japan
Emre Yuasa 
Director, GLOBIS Capital Partners

International Advisors

Ian Bremmer 
Founder and President
Eurasia Group
Victor Chu 
Chairman and CEO
First Eastern Investment Group
Moon Chung-In 
Special Adviser on Unification and National
Security to the President, Office of the
President of the Republic of Korea
Abraham Denmark 
Director, Asia Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Richard W. Edelman 
CEO, Edelman
Sheena Iyengar 
S.T. Lee Professor of Business,
Columbia Business School
Tom Kelley 
Partner, IDEO
Jiren Liu 
Chairman & CEO, Neusoft

 Contact 

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