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Session Listing

March 22–23, 2023
Japan Symposium
New Era, New Opportunities
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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Welcome Reception for Speakers and Sponsors (Invite only)
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM JST
Residence of the US Ambassador to Japan
Opening Remarks
Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Welcome Remarkss
Rahm Emanuel
Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan
H.E. Taro Kono
Minister for Digital Transformation, Minister for Digital Reform, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety, and Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform, Japan

07:30 AM - 03:00 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom
The Search for Fulfillment and Meaningful Living: A Conversation with Anjali Kumar (Invite only)
07:45 AM - 08:30 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Boardroom
Curtis S. Chin
Chair, Milken Institute Asia Center; former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
Anjali Kumar
Author, "Stalking God"; Attorney; Co-Founder, COVID Tech Connect
The Strongest Link: Optimizing Supply Chain Resilience (Invite only)
07:45 AM - 08:45 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Parkview Room

Even as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chain disruptions are expected to continue for another year or two. Supply and demand mismatches, inventory and logistics bottlenecks, and regional geopolitical developments in Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region have impacted global supply chain efficiency. Actions have been taken to boost supply-chain security, including investing in and building up domestic production capabilities. With supply-chain resilience and business security the growing focus of more companies and governments, how are the US and Asia's major industries responding? What opportunities and challenges do they face as they reconstitute business partners and supply chains? 

Kevin Klowden
Chief Global Strategist, Milken Institute
Duen-Chian (DC) Cheng
Chairman, TGVest
Tetsuo Nishihara
President of Japan, UPS
Abhinav Reddy
Owner, GAR Corporation
Soichiro Shibata
Director, Monitor Deloitte Japan
Opening Plenary | The World Transformed: A Conversation with US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel
09:00 AM - 09:35 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom

For all the progress humankind has achieved, few could have imagined just how rapidly our world is being transformed. While globalization and connectivity have yielded tremendous innovations and ingenuity to the betterment of humanity, some have given rise to crises that have become detrimental to our livelihoods or threaten our very existence. The US Ambassador to Japan, the Hon. Rahm Emanuel, will discuss how leaders can restore the spirit of partnership and collaboration to ensure that current activity and future progress lead us on the right path.  

Welcome Remarks
Curtis S. Chin
Chair, Milken Institute Asia Center; former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
Hiromichi Mizuno
Founder and CEO, Good Steward Partners LLC; Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Rahm Emanuel
Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan
New Business Opportunities for Asset Management
09:40 AM - 10:25 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom

The asset management industry has had to adopt new business strategies in response to a long series of financial, political, and health-related events. Besides the global health pandemic, geopolitical events, monetary policy shifts, and greater accountability on sustainability and ESG considerations have all weighed—and continue to weigh—on the asset management class. Panelists will reflect on how transition to a new era has affected asset management, from capital raising and portfolio construction to business continuity. They will compare the various ways in which regulators have adjusted their policies to attract capital and accelerate financial innovations, while maintaining stability in financial markets. Panel members will examine where investors are looking for returns, from the real economy to financial markets. Most especially, the panel members will try to answer questions about the opportunities that beckon investors to—Japan, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world.

Kana Inagaki
Tokyo Bureau Chief, Financial Times
Tomoko Amaya
Vice Minister for International Affairs, Japan’s Financial Services Agency
Kevin Lu
Chairman of Asia and Global Executive Board Member, Partners Group; Milken Institute Asia Fellow
Hiroshi Ozeki
President and CEO, Nissay Asset Management Corporation
Fraz Siddiqui
Head of Growth and M&A, Direct Investments, Mubadala Investment Company
Senior Leaders Roundtable (Invite only)
09:40 AM - 10:40 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Parkview Room

Global CEOs and senior leaders today are under more pressure to address issues well beyond their bottom lines as demanded by shareholders, employees, regulators, and the public. These include greater action on climate change, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and health and wellness, to name a few. What governance issues are likely to be top of mind for CEOs and senior executives in the years ahead? How are they preparing to lead in this new corporate paradigm?

Cesar Purisima
Founding Partner, IKHLAS Capital; Milken Institute Asia Fellow; former Secretary of Finance, Republic of the Philippines
Eddie Ahmed
Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual International LLC
Iwao Aso
President and Group Chairman, Aso Group
Koji Fujiwara
Senior Advisor, Mizuho Financial Group
Nobumitsu Hayashi
Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Ning Lin
Managing Director, CICC Hong Kong Asset Management Ltd., China International Capital Corporation (CICC)
Tokyo's Capital Ideas: Where Finance, Sustainability, and Creative Solutions Meet
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom
Introductory Remarks
Laura Deal Lacey
Executive Director, Global Markets, Milken Institute
Yuriko Koike
Governor of Tokyo
Accelerating Measurable Progress for a Sustainable Future
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom

Global warming and increasingly intense weather patterns around the world point to an environment in crisis. A sense of urgency has led businesses, investors, and governments to incorporate sustainability and ESG considerations into business strategies and public policies. However, growing public sentiment holds that much more needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions, transition to clean energy sources, develop new technologies and tools, and mobilize more investment capital for sustainability-linked projects. Speakers in this session will propose and review concrete actions that could accelerate progress to a more sustainable future across a range of industries that are integral to our way of life. 

Michael Peel
Executive Editor, Nikkei Asia
Asako Hoshino
Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Corporation
Jack Lin
President, MioTech
Takayuki Morita
President and CEO, NEC Corporation
Akimi Takemura
Regional Director for North Asia,
Ships and Chips: The Trade Outlook for 2023 (Invite only)
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Parkview Room

While the trade outlook remains generally positive, global events and lingering challenges from the pandemic may put a damper on multinational companies operating throughout the region. Global fragmentation, protectionism, and increased costs of production and logistics are requiring leaders to rebuild global value chains, while several regional trade agreements are presenting new opportunities in production diversification and market access. How are leaders adjusting to the trade challenges? What opportunities exist to build more resilient and efficient value chains in the year ahead? 

Steven Ciobo
Managing Director, Head of Global Affairs, Stonepeak; Former Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Milken Institute Asia Fellow
Xu Jinsong
CEO and Founder, Innowave Tech
Robert Le Busque
Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Verizon Business Group
Rufus Yerxa
Senior Advisor, Global Trade, McLarty Associates
Networking Break
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM JST
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom Foyer
Lunch Plenary | Innovations for a Thriving Society
12:15 PM - 01:05 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom

A global innovations race is underway. With humanity facing increasingly challenging crises—global warming, infectious and non-communicable diseases, lack of access to financial services and the formal economy, inability to participate in the real economy—companies and governments around the world are racing to incubate and scale the ideas that could solve these issues, and to take the lead in building back better. What are the biggest challenges today that will require the most creative solutions? What innovations are needed to ensure more people enjoy good health and well-being in the years ahead? 

Welcome Remarks
Yuka Shimokawa
Associate Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute
Michelle Ye Hee Lee
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Hiroaki Kitano
Chief Technology Officer, Sony Group Corp; CEO, Sony AI; President, Sony Computer Science Lab; Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science
Kathy Matsui
General Partner, MPower Partners
Ken Suzuki
Co-Founder and CEO, SmartNews; Project Researcher, The University of Tokyo
Alternative Investments in Peak Interest Rates (Invite only)
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Parkview Room

Are alternative investments still attractive in this environment of higher capital costs? While portfolio diversification remains key for generating alpha, higher rates and economic uncertainty may require revisiting key investment strategies as well as pivoting toward new alternative investment opportunities. What’s the outlook for alternative investments in the year ahead? How are global investors reviewing allocation and investment strategies in these current global conditions? 

Richard Johnston
Chairman of Asia, Albourne Partners
Xiaoqing (Clare) Bai
Managing Director, Head of Private Equity Investment Department, China Investment Corporation
Tatsuo Kawasaki
Co-Founder and Partner, Unison Capital, Inc.
Kenny Lam
CEO, Two Sigma Asia Pacific
Wendy Norris
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Change and Innovation, Future Fund
Naoya Sugimoto
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fund Management HQ, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Bart Turtelboom
Chairman and CEO, Delphos
Closing Plenary | The Global Investment Outlook
01:10 PM - 01:55 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom

Global investors have their work cut out for them. Cross-border conflicts and geopolitical tensions, climate change, higher interest rates, and rippling supply shocks are pointing to prolonged volatility in financial markets in the years ahead. Where are global investors looking in these uncertain times and are there silver linings? What should policymakers be doing to stabilize markets? Where is the global economy likely to be 12 to 24 months from now? 

Richard Ditizio
CEO, Milken Institute
Xiangjun Guo
Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, China Investment Corporation
Seiji Inagaki
President, and Representative Director, The Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
Keiko Tashiro
Deputy President and Member of the Board, Daiwa Securities
Masanori Yoshida
Executive Officer, Japan Exchange Group, Inc.
Closing Reception
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM JST
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Grand Ballroom Foyer
Opportunities to Build Better Health-Care Systems (Invite only)
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM JST
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tokyo - Parkview Room

Structural and demographic shifts are opening opportunities to innovate health-care systems. A growing consensus holds that health-care systems should emphasize patient-centric services and preventive care; improve affordability, quality, and access; and integrate digitization to improve the patient experience and empower patients with information, resources, and collaboration. Experts on this panel will review the trends that are driving urgency to build better health-care systems. They will assess approaches companies and providers might take to transition successfully to the next era of service delivery. Further points for debate include the investments needed to scale innovations and unlock the greater potential of digitization for patient-centric care models, and the role of the community and local jobs to support the transformation of care in a post-COVID world. 

Atsushi Sorita
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Hoda Abou-Jamra
Founding Partner and Managing Director, TVM Capital Healthcare Partners
Yoko Katakura
Head of Healthcare and Public Health, YouTube, Japan
Shinsuke Muto
Chairman, Community Healthcare Coordination Platform, Inc