Date: November 10 (Tue) - 11 (Wed), 2020
Hitotsubashi University Business School
School of International Corporate Strategy
Held every year in the fall, the Nikkei Global Management Forum is the most prestigious event organized by Nikkei Inc., Japan's leading media for business. Some 20 executives from around the world gather for two days to discuss critical issues while offering their own insight. Since the first forum held in 1999, Nikkei Global Management Forum was attended by Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO of General Electric; Fujio Mitarai, President and CEO of Canon; Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google; and Jack Ma, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group and many other global business leaders. In 2019, the podium was graced by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman Emeritus of Nestlé; and Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing (all job titles are as of time of event).
This year’s forum will be streamed live to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The world’s top business leaders will connect online to discuss what the roles and contributions of corporations are in a world facing unprecedented change amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and what impact this has on corporate management and human resource development.
The global economy suffered as the spread of COVID-19 interrupted the movement of goods and people across borders, creating economic stagnation and division. Many global market suppliers experienced a sharp decline in sales, while airlines and department stores were hit hard by restrictions on social gatherings and travel.
As the virus changes the way we work and conduct business, there has been a push to digitize operations, increasing demand for telecommunications and other electronics equipment. Major pharmaceutical companies are competing to develop vaccines while an increasing number of companies make contributions to support health care professionals and face mask production.
As social distancing is likely to continue in order to curb the spread of the virus, business executives are forced to find new ways to promote business growth within a “new normal.”
November 10 (Tue) - 11 (Wed), 2020
|Organizers|| Nikkei Inc. |
Harvard Business School
|Corporate Sponsors|| Daiichi Sankyo |
|Sponsors||SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation Philip Morris Japan|
|Special Supporter||Financial Times|
|Registration Deadline||*Registration has been closed|
|Contact||Secretariat of the 22nd Nikkei Global Management Forum |
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9:00 Opening ／ 18:15 Closing (tentative)
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【Special Session】 ※Only available with 2Day Pass or 1Day Pass (November 10)
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|17:45 - 18:15 【Summary Lecture】|
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【Special Session】 ※Only available with 2Day Pass or 1Day Pass (November 11)
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|14:30 - 15:05 Session [Day 2-6]|
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|15:25 - 15:55 Session [Day 2-7]|
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Editor-in-Chief of Nikkei’s Osaka Editorial Headquarters and Aide to the Publisher of Nikkei Asia
Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Chairman and CEO, EXOR
John Elkann is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the holding company EXOR N.V. He is also Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari N.V.
Born in New York in 1976, Mr. Elkann obtained a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris, and graduated in Engineering from Politecnico, the Engineering University of Turin. While at university, he gained work experience in various companies of the Fiat Group in the UK and Poland (manufacturing) as well as in France (sales and marketing). He started his professional career in 2001 at General Electric as a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, with assignments in Asia, the USA and Europe.
John Elkann is Chairman of Giovanni Agnelli B.V. and Chairman of GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A., one of the main European news and media groups.
He is also a board member of the reinsurance company PartnerRe Ltd.
Mr. Elkann is Chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and a member of MoMA.
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.
Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.
Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin. He attended Princeton University and earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Nidec Corporation
Born in Kyoto in August, 1944
Graduates from Polytechnic University in Tokyo, Japan (major in Electrical Engineering) in March, 1967.
Selection of major literary works
Jane Jie Sun
Jane Jie Sun is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Trip.com Group Limited, a leading international travel services provider. She first joined the company as the Chief Financial Officer in 2005, later serving as the Chief Operating Officer and the Co-President, before moving into the CEO role in 2016.
In the years since Ms. Sun joined, Trip.com Group has experienced a significant increase in its market capitalization, growing from approximately $1 billion to $20 billion, and has continued to rapidly expand its global footprint. Founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing the best travel experience to travelers, the company effectively adapted to the rise of mobile Internet, growing from a small tech company into a one-stop-shop for travel services for 400 million users worldwide. The company also has a firm belief in the potential for tourism to promote understanding and exchange, and to advance peaceful development. In her capacity as CEO, Ms. Sun has led the expansion of the company’s international presence, including the launch of the company’s international brand Trip.com, the acquisition of British travel search engine Skyscanner, and an investment in India’s largest online travel provider MakeMyTrip.
As the only female CEO in China’s high-tech industry, Ms. Sun proactively advocates gender equality, and has made it her mission to empower women to achieve balance and success in both their career and family lives. For example, Trip.com Group is the first company in China to offer oocyte cryopreservation as an employee benefit. Other female friendly policies include birth gifts and commuter benefits for pregnant workers. At Trip.com Group, over half of the total workforce and 1/3 of VPs are women.
Ms. Sun is well-respected for her extensive experience in operating and managing online travel businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting and operations, and has received numerous accolades for her work in the industry. She is an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Executive Board member, a JPMorgan Asian Advisory Board member, Vice Chair of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Co-Chair of the Development Advisory Board of University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, and a Board member and Business Leaders Group committee member of Business China established by Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. In 2019, she was awarded an Asia Society Asia Game Changer Award and joined as a member of the Asia Society Board of Trustee. Forbes named her one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s Latest Star Businesswomen in 2018, and one of the Most Influential and Outstanding Businesswomen in China in 2017. She was also one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2017. During her tenure at Trip.com Group, she also won the Institutional Investor Awards for the Best CEO and the Best CFO.
Before joining Trip.com Group, Ms. Sun was head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she was an audit manager at KPMG LLP in Silicon Valley, California. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a State of California Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Sun earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Business School of the University of Florida, and graduated with high distinction. She received her LLM degree from the Law School of Peking University.
President and CEO, Siemens
Joe Kaeser is President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. Immediately prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in August 2013, he served as Siemens’ Chief Financial Officer for seven years.
Mr. Kaeser has over 40 years of experience at Siemens, where he has held a variety of leading management positions in finance and strategy, both within and outside Germany. He began his career at Siemens in 1980 in the field of components and semiconductors, where he also worked in Malaysia and the United States. In 1999 he joined the Corporate Finance department. In 2001 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Information and Communication Mobile Group. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Siemens’ Chief Strategy Officer.
Mr. Kaeser is a member of the supervisory boards of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz AG and NXP Semiconductors N.V. He is Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA)
Chairman and CEO, Nitori Holdings
Born in Karafuto (Sakhalin) on March 5, 1944
Hobbies: Karaoke, scuba diving, golf, traveling
CEO, SCB Abacus
Sutapa Amornvivat, Ph.D. is founding CEO of SCB Abacus, an AI-powered data-tech startup that delivered Thailand’s first fully digital lending platform using alternative data. At Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Sutapa previously led the Economic Intelligence Center (EIC), established the Risk Analytics Division, and headed Risk Management Committee of SCB Asset Management (Thailand’s largest asset management company). Sutapa currently sits on Public Sector Audit and Evaluation Subcommission, overseeing the development of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC); and on Board of Directors of Asian Institute of Technology.
Sutapa formerly served on Subcommittee on Finance, Banking, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, The National Legislative Assembly; as well as Board of Directors, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS).
Before SCB, Sutapa founded TMB Analytics and Risk Analytics & Research Group at TMB Bank during her secondment from ING Group. Prior to joining the banking industry, Sutapa was Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC.
Sutapa holds an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She was a recipient of Thailand's most prestigious King's Scholarship, and a representative of Thailand in the 23rd International Chemistry Olympiad. In 2007, Sutapa was honored Asia 21 Young Leader Fellow, by the Asia Society where she is later appointed as Global Council member.
President and CEO
Sunao Manabe has served as President and CEO of Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. since June 2019. From April 2017 to June 2019, he served as President and COO. He brings in more than 40 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry with many kinds of field.
At the beginning, Dr. Manabe joined former Sankyo Research Laboratories as a researcher in 1978, and he was based in Edison, NJ to work for Sankyo Pharma Development as Vice President from 2003 to 2005.
In 2007, when Daiichi and Sankyo were fully integrated into Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd, Dr. Manabe was assigned as Vice President of Medicinal Safety Research Laboratories; two years later, he moved to Global Project Management Department as Vice President and was responsible for the role till 2011.
Dr. Manabe served as Head of Group HR & CSR from 2011 to 2012, as Vice President of Corporate Strategy Department from 2012 to 2014.
In April 2014, Dr. Manabe took responsibility for Japan Company as President, and also Head of Business Intelligence Division; in June 2014, he was assigned as Member of the Board of Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. One year later, he became Senior Executive Officer and also in charge of Global Sales & Marketing.
In April 2016, He got promoted to Executive Vice President, responsible for General Affairs & Human Resources Division as well as Medical Affairs Division.
Dr. Manabe received DVM degree in 1977 and PhD degree in 1988 from Veterinary Science, the University of Tokyo, and Master of Science in Medical Sciences from the University of Tsukuba in 1982.
Also he was based in the Ohio State University from 1988 to 1990 as a visiting scientist of College of Veterinary Medicine.
Chairman, President and CEO, Rakuten
Hiroshi (Mickey) Mikitani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. Founded in Japan in 1997 with the mission to contribute to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship, Rakuten has grown to become one of the world's leading internet services companies.
Rakuten has a dynamic ecosystem of more than 70 services, spanning e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications, bringing the joy of discovery to more than 1.4 billion members around the world. Rakuten also became Japan’s newest mobile network operator in 2019.
Born in Kobe, Mikitani was educated at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, began his career in investment banking, and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2012, he was awarded the HBS Alumni Achievement Award, one of the school’s highest honors.
In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as Representative Director of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE).
In 2016, he was appointed Chairman and Director of Rakuten Medical, Inc. (formerly Aspyrian Therapeutics, Inc.), a biotechnology company developing the proprietary Illuminox™ platform as a new standard in precision-targeted anti-cancer treatment technology, and also took up the role of CEO in 2018.
President and CEO, Cartier
French, born 1961, Mr Vigneron was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.
On 1 January 2016, he succeeded Mr Stanislas de Quercize as Chief Executive Officer of Cartier S.A. Prior to his new role, Mr Vigneron was President of LVMH Japan and worked with Richemont from 1988 to 2013: principally with Cartier, rising to become Managing Director of Cartier Japan, President of Richemont Japan, and finally, Managing Director of Cartier Europe.
He is a graduate of ESCP – Paris
Chairman, KPMG Japan
Toshiya joined KPMG Minato Audit Corporation in 1986. Since returning from a three-year secondment to KPMG US in 1993, he has acted as audit engagement partner for major clients including a general trading company and global manufacturers, among others. In the advisory area, he has led a variety of projects related to business transformation, performance improvement, governance and M&A.
He later assumed concurrent roles as Executive Board Member of KPMG AZSA LLC and Chairman of KPMG Consulting. In October 2018, he was appointed Chairman of KPMG Japan and Chairman of Global Japanese Practice (GJP). Currently, he is a member of the KPMG Global Board and Council and the ASPAC Board.
Chairman, President and CEO, H.I.S.
Date of Birth: February 4, 1951
After graduate from high school, went abroad to study at University of Mainz in former West Germany.
Literary Work (in Japanese only):
Chairman, Asia Leaders Association
Vice-president, The Africa Society of Japan.
Chairman, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Chairman, SAWADA FOUNDATION
Mr. Snow has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Snow held the title of President. He began his career at FactSet in 1996 and spent several years establishing and growing the Company's presence in the Asia Pacific region based in both Tokyo and Sydney. Mr. Snow then held various leadership roles within Global Content Sales & Americas Sales.
He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Snow is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has committed FactSet to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.
Junko Koshino was born in the city of Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture. After graduating from Osaka Prefectural Kishiwada High School, she entered Bunka Fashion College. Her classmates Kenzo Takada (Kenzo), Mitsuhiro Matsuda (Nicole), and Isao Kaneko (Pink House), who later became famous fashion designers, were known as “the brightest 9th batch” in the same grade of the college’s design department.
In 1960, while still in school, she received the Soen Award, an important distinction for new designers. She opened the Colette boutique at Gaienmae in Tokyo, and worked on stage costumes for Group Sounds musical acts, such as Tigers, Carnabeats, Wild Ones and Golden Cups.
She participated in the Paris Fashion Week in 1978. After organizing a show in Beijing in 1985, she opened a boutique in that city in 1986, but had to close it due to the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989. She held shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1990, as well as in Vietnam in 1994, Cuba in 1996 and Myanmar in 2009.
She has created numerous stage costumes for operas such as “The Magic Flute” and “Madame Butterfly”, and musicals such as “Pacific Overtures”. She was appointed Ambassador of VISIT JAPAN.
She is a member of the Culture and Education Commission of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and was a special envoy for the 2025 International Exposition. She was recently honored by being named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government.
Founder and Co-CEO, Netflix
Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.
Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including KIPP and Pahara. Reed is also a board member of The City Fund.
Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland.
Hitotsubashi University Business School
School of International Corporate Strategy
Ken Kusunoki received his BA and MS from Hitotsubashi University. He has been a faculty member at Hitotsubashi University since 1992 and joined the School of International Corporate Strategy in 2000.
Professor Kusunoki specializes in strategy. He has conducted consulting and executive seminars for many leading Japanese and global companies.
Professor Kusunoki’s research has appeared in many books including
“It Starts from Your Likes and Dislikes” (Bungei Shunjyu 2019, in Japanese) , “Likes, Dislikes, and Talent” (Toyo Keizai Shimposha 2016, in Japanese), “Anyway You Want It, That’s The Way You Need It” (Diamond-sha 2016, in Japanese), “Likes, Dislikes, and Management” (Toyo Keizai Shimposha 2014, in Japanese), “Reading Strategies” (President-sha 2013, in Japanese), “Logic in the Sense of Management” (Shincho-sha 2013, in Japanese) ,“Competitive Strategy as a Narrative Story” (Toyo Keizai Shimposha 2010, in Japanese), and “Dynamics of Knowledge, Corporate Systems and Innovation” (edited by H. Itami, K. Kusunoki, T. Numagami, and A. Takeishi, Springer, 2010), among others. In addition, Professor Kusunoki has written more than 30 articles for Organization Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Business Review (in Japanese), Organizational Science (in Japanese), and other academic journals, as well as a number of articles for business magazines.
CEO, Central Retail
On September 16, 2016 Mr. Yol Phokasub was officially appointed as President of Central Group, and on August 1, 2018 Mr. Yol took the leadership in Central Retail Corporation Public Company Limited as Chief Executive Officer.
On August 13, 2020 Mr. Yol was elected as President of Thailand Retailers Association.
Mr. Yol joined SCB in 2007 and he was named President of the Bank in April 2015. He was a Director of the Bank and Member of the Executive Committee up until September 2016. With the experience of over 17 years at Unilever Thailand, he was Managing Director of Unifoods (Thailand), Board Member of Unilever Thailand, and a Management Member of Unilever Asia Ice Cream and Foods.
Mr. Yol has also served as Advisor to the Thailand Board of Investment (B01), Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCB Asset Management Ltd., Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCB Life Assurance PLC., Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of VinaSiam Bank, and a Member of the Asia/Pacific Advisory Board of MasterCard Asia/Pacific Pte. Ltd.
President, Philip Morris Japan
Shea Lih Goh
Master of Business Administration (Business Administration)
University of Hull, United Kingdom Bachelor of Business (Major in Marketing)
Monash University, Australia
Arvind Krishna is Chief Executive Officer of IBM. As a business leader and technologist, he has led the building and expansion of new markets for IBM in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain. He has also played a significant role in the development of innovative IBM products and solutions based on these emerging technologies.
Over his 30-year career at IBM, Arvind led a series of bold transformations and delivered proven business results. He most recently drove the successful $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat – the largest software acquisition – that has defined the hybrid cloud market. Together, IBM and Red Hat give clients the unique ability to build mission-critical applications once and run them anywhere.
Arvind previously was Senior Vice President of Cloud and Cognitive Software, where he pioneered the company’s hybrid cloud business, transformed IBM’s entire software and services portfolio and offerings for cloud, and grew the business. He also headed IBM Research, where he drove innovation in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions, and nanotechnology. In 2016, Wired magazine selected Arvind as “one of 25 geniuses who are creating the future of business” for his foundational work on blockchain.
As general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, Arvind led the strategy for data-centric systems and the widespread industry adoption of open and collaborative technology standards. He also grew the IBM Information Management business by 50 percent.
At IBM, Arvind has been an outspoken advocate for learning at every stage of one’s career. He has made scientific contributions in a number of technical fields, including wireless networking, security, systems, and databases. In addition, he founded IBM’s security software business and helped create the world’s first commercial wireless system.
Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from both institutions.
Chairman, ExaWizards Inc.
LL.B. from Kyoto University. Former Managing Director and Chairman at DeNA Co., Ltd, one of the largest mobile and e-commerce companies in Japan. Led it during IPO and M&A of multiple companies including Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars, a baseball team. Founded ExaIntelligence Inc. (now known as Exa Wizards Inc.) in February 2016. Current position since November 2018. Outside Director of TBS Holdings, Inc.
President and CEO, Money Forward Inc.
After graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture (BS), Kyoto University, Yosuke Tsuji obtained his MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He worked at Sony Corporation and Monex Securities before establishing Money Forward, Inc., in 2012. He currently serves as an executive officer of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) ,exective committee member of the Silicon Valley Japan Platform (SVJP) and nominated member of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (KEIZAI DOYUKAI).
Planning Director / Consultant, Dentsu
Born in 1986. After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce of Keio University, entered Dentsu in 2009. As a researcher at Dentsu Institute, researched market trends and consumer trends such as the luxury brand market and wellness market. As a founding member of the Insight Lab "Dentsu Youth Research Department" and "Gal Lab", she mainly researches consumer sentiment and trend analysis for young people in their teens and 20s. Currently belongs to Dentsu Business Design Square. Published 2011 "Pagal Consumption-Study on Gal Mind that 70% of Girls have under cover-" and 2014 "Why do you guys start talking about the same thing when you are hunting for a job?" She received Red Dot Design Award, One show Silver, Kids Design Award, etc. She is also engaged in external activities such as a lecturer at the Cabinet Office Youth Issues Study Group, a food education review committee member of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, an advisory general manager of NPO ETIC Marketing Creative, and a brand strategy advisor for the voice platform "Voicy".
Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Akito Tanaka is a senior staff writer and an editorial writer for Nikkei, covering the technology and automobile sector.
Tanaka has over fifteen years of reporting experience and has been covering global companies in both Japan and the United States.
Tanaka graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with BA in political science.
He spent his childhood years in Lisbon, Portugal, attending the American International School.
Senior Editorial Writer and Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Graduated from Liberal Arts Faculty of the University of Tokyo and joined Nikkei in 1987.
Main coverage is automobile, transportation and energy industry.
New York correspondent from September 1997 to August 2001
Joined Editorial Committee of Nikkei in March 2012
Editor-in-Chief of Nikkei’s Osaka Editorial Headquarters and
Aide to the Publisher of Nikkei Asia, Nikkei Inc.
Sonoko Watanabe is the editor-in-chief of Nikkei’s Osaka editorial headquarters, where she oversees the company’s editorial activities in western Japan. Before moving to Osaka in April 2019, she was editor-in-chief of the Nikkei Asian Review, Nikkei’s English-language news service. She now doubles as an aide to the publisher of Nikkei Asia (Formerly "Nikkei Asian Review").
Watanabe joined Nikkei in 1987 as a reporter in the Business News Department. She covered various industries including the automotive, electronics and telecom sectors. From 1994 to 1997 she worked as a correspondent in Singapore, covering business across the ASEAN region, and from 2006 to 2009 she was Nikkei’s bureau chief in Shanghai. As an editor, she has worked in the business news, international news and economic commentary departments.
Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
Makoto Kajiwara is a commentator for Nikkei. His focus is global capital markets and corporate news.
In 2007 Kajiwara became the Nikkei’s youngest editorial writer. From 2009 to 2011 he was on special assignment in New York to cover the post-crash American economy. From 2015 to 2017, he was a Hong Kong based columnist covering economic news across Asia. He returned to Tokyo in 2017.
From 2002 to 2006 he was the Nikkei’s chief New York correspondent, where he was responsible for covering capital markets and corporate news.
Previous to that, he served as a staff writer in the Capital Market and Corporate News Department in Tokyo from 1997 to 2002 and as a correspondent in the newspaper’s Seoul bureau from 1994 to 1997.
Kajiwara graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Japan’s Waseda University in 1988 and joined Nikkei in the same year. He also studied Korean at Yonsei University in South Korea from 1992 to 1993.
Dean of External Relations, IMD
Dominique Turpin was previously the director of the IMD MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PED (Program for Executive Development). He was named IMD President in July 2010 and now entitled as Dean of External Relations.
Turpin has directed customized programs for companies such as Groupe SEB, Panasonic, Japan Tobacco International. He has extensive teaching, consulting and research experience in the areas of marketing and international strategy both in Europe and in Asia, particularly in the area of brand management, customer orientation and communications strategy.
He has worked as a consultant and management educator with a large number of international companies including: Coca Cola, CPW, Danone, DSM, Jardine Matheson, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, Philips and Uponor. He also served as a board member for ITOCHU Europe, a leading Japanese trading company and the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.
He has widespread executive seminar and consulting experience for clients in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Prior to joining IMD, he spent several years in Tokyo as a representative of a French firm in Japan. He served as Visiting Professor at the Keio Graduate School of Business Administration, Japan. Since 1994, Turpin has served as the IMD representative on the Academic Council of the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai (People's Republic of China).
He received his master's degree from ESSCA in France. He earned a doctorate in economics from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
His current research focuses on brand management, and he has been widely published in more than 100 books, articles and case studies including the Financial Times, European Business Forum and MIT Sloan Management Review.
Professor, Harvard Business School
Professor Takeuchi received his B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo and M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School from 1976 to 1983, where he taught courses in marketing and retailing in the MBA program. He joined Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as an Associate Professor in 1983 and became Professor in 1987. In 1998, he became the Founding Dean at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS). In 2010, he returned to Harvard Business School as a Professor of Management Practice in the Strategy Unit. In 2019, he became Chair, Board of Trustees at his alma mater International Christian University. He currently teaches a field course in the second-year MBA curriculum at HBS (Japan Immersive Field Course: Fusion of Digital and Analog) and is the Faculty Chair for two customized programs in Executive Education.
Professor Takeuchi’s current research interests are focused on (a) the knowledge creation process within organizations, (b) knowledge-based strategy, (c) practical wisdom as the basis of continuous innovation, and (d) agile innovation methods.
He is the author of “The Best Practice Revolution” (Diamond-sha, 1994, in Japanese) and the co-author of the following books: (1) “Corporate Self-Innovation: Managing Chaos and Creation” (H. Takeuchi et al., Chuo Koron-sha, 1986, in Japanese); (2) “Managing Heterogeneity: The Path to Global Management” (H. Takeuchi and Yoko Ishikura, Diamond-sha, 1994, in Japanese); (3) “The Knowledge-Creating Company” (Ikujiro Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, Oxford University Press, 1995), which won the 1995 “Best New Book of the Year” Award for the Business and Management category by the Association of American Publishers; (4) “Can Japan Compete?” (M. Porter, H. Takeuchi, and M. Sakakibara, 2000, London: McMillan in English, and Diamond-sha in Japanese), (5) “Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management” (I. Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, John Wiley & Sons, 2004), (6) “Extreme Toyota” (E. Osono and N. Shimizu and H. Takeuchi, John Wiley & Sons, 2008), (7) “The Wise Company” (I. Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, Oxford University Press, 2019), and others.
His business experience includes marketing research and account service work with McCann-Erikson in Tokyo and San Francisco, and management consulting work with McKinsey & Company in Tokyo. He is an advisor/trustee to a number of organizations and an external board member of several Japanese companies.
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Sugimoto joined Nikkei in 2002 as a reporter in the Business News Department. From 2011 to 2015 he worked as a correspondent in New York. He has covered Business news since he entered Nikkei.
Recently he published a book about IT start-up.
Manager, News Department, Nikkei CNBC Japan Inc.
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Kaori Takahashi is a manager of News Department at Nikkei CNBC Japan Inc. She is also a senior staff writer at Nikkei Inc. Before taking the role this year, she was deputy editor of International News for two years. She spent five years from 2013 as Nikkei's first female Sydney Bureau chief, covering politics, global resources and international trade issues across the Pacific and East Asia.
Entering Nikkei in 1994, Takahashi has reported for the City News, International News, Lifestyle, and Business News sections. Her period as Sydney Bureau chief brought two editor's prizes for breaking news: one for groundbreaking concessions that secured Japan’s first broad trade agreement with a major agricultural exporter, and the other for Toyota's withdrawal from production in Australia. She commentated on Asia issues for Australian media.
Kaori graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Between 1990 and 1991 she studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University.
Nikkei Asia Tech Chief Editor, Business News Department, Nikkei Inc.
Shuhei Yamada worked as a correspondent in Beijing for five years and in Taipei for four years, covering major events such as the National People's Congress in China and the presidential election in Taiwan. In Japan he has mainly covered the high-tech industry. Currently, as the person in charge of the “Asia Tech Reporting Team”, he is following the industrial and technological trends in Greater China.
He is qualified as National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter (Chinese) and is also interested in inbound industry. Co-authored “Technical Hegemony: The Deep Clash between the United States and China” (Nikkei Publishing), “52 Chapters for Understanding Contemporary China” (Akashi Shoten), and co-authored “China Yearbook 2020” (Chinese Research Institute, Akashi Shoten) .
Graduated from Waseda University Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Peking University Foreign-affiliated company EMBA Completed
Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
Keiichi Murayama formerly served as the U.S. Silicon Valley bureau chief of Nikkei Inc., and was a senior staff writer and an editorial writer of Nikkei. After earning his undergraduate degree at Tohoku University in 1992, he joined the Business News Department of Nikkei in Tokyo as a staff writer. He covered technology, medical, automotive, and financial news. After he joined the Program on US-Japan Relations of Harvard University, he went on to oversee the U.S. Silicon Valley Bureau for a few years.
He's authored “Rise and Fall of the IT Empire - Steve Jobs Revolution” and “STARTUP - Real of Entrepreneurs”.
Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Naofumi Nakamura served as a senior staff writer and editorial writer from 2019. Prior to this, he was a senior staff writer from 2018. He joined Nikkei Inc. as a staff writer after graduating from Kanazawa University, School of Economics in 1989.
He held positions at Business News Department, Commodity News Department, Economic and Business News Department at Osaka Head Office, and Editorial Department at Sapporo Branch Office.
From 2014 to 2016, he worked as a senior staff writer and deputy editor-in-chief for the Nikkei MJ (marketing journal), Tokyo Editorial Bureau. From 2016 to 2018, he was editor-in-chief for the Nikkei MJ (marketing journal).
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Yo Tanaka is a senior staff writer of the Economic Commentary Department, Nikkei Inc. He graduated from Keio University in 1985 and joined Nikkei Inc. in the same year. In 1990, he became a staff writer for the Marketing News Department.
Tanaka reported on department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and foodservice companies for a long time. From 2002, he worked as a senior staff writer in the Marketing News Department (2002), Nikkei Business (2006), consumption industrial Department (2009) and Business News Department (2009). He has held the current position since 2015.
He was also the commentator for “Nikkei plus 10” on BS JAPAN and an anchor on “Evening Express” on Nikkei CNBC. He is an adjunct instructor at Tokyo Institute of Technology as well.
Tanaka is the author of “SEVEN-ELEVEN Endless Innovation” and “Survival of Department Stores”, the co-author of “New Pricing Revolution”, “Fall of the Daiei Castle”, and “A Very Easy-to-understand Guide to the Japanese Economy”, and the co-translator of “My Life with Marketing” by Philip Kotler, among other publications.
Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
Atsushi Nakayama is an expert in industrial and managerial trends in the automotive, transport, and electronics industries. He worked as a senior staff writer and as an editorial writer before starting his current position in February of 2017. He has performed lectures on topics such as “GE and Toshiba” and “The Future of Mobility”. He was stationed in New York during the 9/11 terror attacks and provided reporting on them.
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
Akira Kobayashi graduated from Faculty of Economics, Keio University in 1987. Before assuming his current position, he worked at the Marketing News Department, the Political News Department, the International News Department, Milan Bureau as a bureau chief and the Marketing News Department again as a deputy editor. In 1993, he studied as a research fellow at Bocconi University Milan, Italy. He received the “the Umberto Agnelli Prize for journalism” from the Italy-Japan Foundation in 2013. He has covered the Yugoslav Wars, the Iraq War, the G7 summit, the peace process of the Middle East, the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, etc.
Staying in India for a long time, he interviewed Mr. Ratan Tata, who was the top of the country’s largest conglomerate Tata Group. In 2018, he interviewed Yoko Ono exclusively at her home in New York. He appeared as a navigator for TV TOKYO's program “Future Century Zipangu”. His serial column is being published in the Nikkei Digital version.
“The Corporate Transformation”, “Specialty Stores Change”, “Cities—For whom exist”, “Dream Memoirs-- Kenzo Takada Story”, “Why Tanaka-san is a popular family name in the west Japan”, “Why hard drinkers are more in the north and south of Japan?”
Editor, Financial Times
Roula Khalaf is Editor of the Financial Times. She was previously deputy editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.
Before taking up the deputy editor role, Khalaf was the FT's foreign editor and oversaw the FT's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.
”Nikkei Plus 10” anchor, BS TV TOKYO
After studying at the University of Salamanca in Spain, she worked as an announcer for Sakuranbo Television Broadcasting Corporation and Television Osaka. In 2008, she began covering economic news. Currently, she appears on BS TV Tokyo "Nikkei Plus 10" and "Nikkei Sunday Salon." She has a wealth of experience in interviewing business owners. Enokido’s hobbies are running and playing the ukulele.
Editor-in-Chief of Nikkei MJ (Marketing Journal), Nikkei Inc.
He entered Nikkei Inc. in 1993 and has long been reporting consumer-related companies such as retailers, apparel, consumer goods manufacturers, and food-service industry. From 2003 to 2007, he was in New York and in charge of reporting companies such as Walmart. He also experienced the deputy editor of the business magazine "Nikkei Business". He is the author of "Saison -- The Future Seen by Seiji Tsutsumi" (Nikkei BP).
“Nikkei Morning Plus FT” Main caster, BS TV TOKYO
After graduating from university, she worked as an announcer in Yamaguchi Prefecture, then moved to Tokyo to become a newscaster on a news channel. She became interested in the profoundness of the economy while regularly reporting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and since 2014 she has been facing the market every day working for "Nikkei CNBC". After working on NHK BS1 "Economic Frontline", she has been the main caster of BS TV TOKYO’s "Nikkei Morning Plus FT" since 2018. Her hobbies are visiting bars and watching baseball games. She also likes manga. Her selling point is her wide area of expertise, from soft stories to the economy.
Commentator, BS TV TOKYO
Newscaster, Nikkei Inc.
After graduating from Tokyo Metropolitan University, he joined Nikkei Inc. Worked at the Commodity News Department, Urawa branch office, Osaka Economic and Business News Department, Tokyo Economic News Department, Finance News department, Nikkei CNBC, electronic editing headquarters, etc., and has been in his current position since April 2016. He has been appearing on "Nikkei Morning Plus FT" from April 2017. Since the mid-1990s, he has been involved in reporting and editing mainly financial market news. He covered the Lehman Shock as the deputy editor of Nikkei’s Americas Editorial Bureau (New York).