INVEST JAPAN SEMINAR 2014 – Corporate Growth Opportunities and Japan’s Economic Agenda
Date: Sep 23(Tue), 2014
Time: 9:00am – 12:20pm
Venue: New York Hilton Midtown
Registration: Invest Japan Seminar 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is advancing an economic growth agenda designed to make Japan the best place in the world to do business. Among the most important goals of the Abe agenda is doubling foreign direct investment into Japan to $350 billion by 2020.
Achieving this FDI growth will require corporate tax reform, and the national government is aiming to reduce the percentage level of the effective corporate tax rate down to the twenties in several years and start the first phase reduction from the next fiscal year. The Abe Administration has also designated a number of “National Strategic Special Zones” across Japan with an eye to facilitating private sector investment and encouraging economic growth in each of these regions. This regional effort is supported by a new initiative – “Local Abenomics” – which is designed to strengthen ties between local governments and foreign companies.
This seminar is designed to inform New York business leaders of the Abe agenda, with a focus on the regional efforts noted above, with special attention paid to investment opportunities in the renewable energy, healthcare and tourism industry sectors.
Appearance and Greetings
His Excellency Shinzo Abe – Prime Minister of Japan
Jonathan B. Kindred
President and Chief Executive Officer
Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co., Ltd.
Jonathan B. Kindred is President & Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co., Ltd., President & Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd., and Non-Executive Chairman of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. He is also a member of Morgan Stanley’s global Management Committee.
Jon joined Morgan Stanley as an Analyst in New York in July 1983. In May 1985 he transferred to the Firm’s London office where he worked as a trader in the global asset swap business of the Fixed Income Division. In January 1989 he transferred to Tokyo to assume responsibility for structuring private debt placements in Japan. Jon rose to increasingly senior roles including Head of Structured Transactions Asia from 1993-2000 and Head of Fixed Income Asia from 2000-2006.
Jon presently serves as Chairman of the International Bankers Association of Japan, Co-Chairman of the Japan Financial Markets Council, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Japan Business Council. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of New York, and as a Trustee of The American School in Japan. Jon is a graduate of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and received a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in Economics.
Japan Local Government Officials:
Yoshinobu Nisaka – Governor of Wakayama Prefecture
Yoshinobu Nisaka was born in Wakayama Prefecture on October 2, 1950. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Economics, he entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and went on to hold various positions, including Director of Policy Division, Economic Planning Agency (1999); Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI (2001); and Deputy Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI (2002).
He also served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Brunei Darussalam (2003) and as the Executive Managing Director of Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (2006). In December 2006, he was elected Governor of Wakayama Prefecture and is currently in his second term of office. His interests include reading, sports, nature walks and research on butterflies.
Yoshifumi Sekiguchi – Mayor of Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture
Yoshifumi Sekiguchi is the mayor of Tokamachi City. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1982, he began his employment at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. He then received his MBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame, following which he went on to gain international experience during his time at Nomura London.In 1995, he returned to his hometown of Tokamachi and began working at his family’s textile company. He then served as deputy mayor of Tokamachi and later as treasurer of nearby Sanjo City. In 2009, he was elected mayor of Tokamachi. Mayor Sekiguchi is currently working to make the slogan “A City Chosen by Its People: A City for Life” a reality by inspiring movement within and through the community. By utilizing Tokamachi’s rich natural mountain resources to host one of the world’s largest international art festivals, and by fostering international exchange through sports, he is working to promote Tokamachi to the world. Through these efforts, Mayor Sekiguichi continues to accept the challenge of revitalizing Tokamachi’s local economy and community.
Daisaku Kadokawa – Mayor of Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Daisaku Kadokawa was born on November 23, 1950. He graduated from Ritsumeikan University’s Law Department night school. After serving as the Secretary General of the Board of Education of the City of Kyoto, he was elected the 26th Mayor of Kyoto in February 2008. Currently, he is serving his second term.Because of his achievements in educational reforms, he was appointed a member of the “Educational Reform Committee” and a member of the Central Education Council. He performs many other important roles, including Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities; President of the Regional Alliance Council for World Cultural Heritage, Japan; and is a Member of the Small and Medium Enterprise Policy Making Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He uses an “on-the-spot” decision-making approach and his motto is to think positively.He hopes to develop Kyoto in such a way that people will feel proud to have Kyoto in Japan and of the world and to maintain it for 100 years and 1,000 years to come. To this end, he devotes himself to conserving and improving the landscape, tradition and culture of Kyoto together with the citizens, in order to hand its heritage down to the next generation.
Seiji Hagiwara – Mayor of Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture
Seiji Hagiwara may be the only living Japanese citizen who has been mayor of two different cities in Japan. Before joining the House of Representatives, he served as Mayor of Okayama City; now, he is the Mayor of Mimasaka City.
While serving as Mayor, he continues to take part in academic activities in multiple fields, including international and rural development at Meiji University and Hosei University, two of the nation’s most prestigious private universities.
He graduated from Tokyo University and earned a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. Before entering political and academic life, he served at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Vice President, Product Management
Teacher turned techie, Marc Laitin is the Vice President of Product Management at Opower in Arlington, VA, responsible for international product development.Previously at Opower he held the position of Senior Director of Consumer Marketing where he led aggressive market tests to enhance the effectiveness of Opower programs. Prior to joining Opower, Marc co-founded Wired for Change, a political technology and consulting firm which served more than 85 clients, including the Center for American Progress, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Economic Policy Institute, the Democracy Alliance, MoveOn.org, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. From 1997-2004, Marc was a teacher and covered everything from mathematics to economics, history, and politics. Marc currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Lauren, and their two daughters, Ida and Louise.