Time & Date January 14 (Thu), 2016 3:00PM-5:40PM (Reception open at 14:30)
Venue Nikkei Hall (1-3-7 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Organizers Nikkei Inc., Financial Times
Audience 600 persons
Admission Admission Free, Pre-registration required (Simultaneous translation English/Japanese)
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15:00~15:05 Opening Remarks
15:05~15:35 Keynote Speech "Globalization : Quest for the ideal"
Tatsuo Yasunaga, President & CEO, MITSUI & CO., LTD.
15:35~16:15 "Globalization 2.0: A perspective in 2016"
Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times
16:15~16:25 Break

Panel Discussion

Eijiro Katsu, President and COO, Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Atsushi Yoshikawa, President and Group COO, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Katsuyoshi Kondo, Editor in Chief, Tokyo, Nikkei Inc.


Special Talk Session

James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times
Edward Luce, Chief US Columnist & Commentator, Financial Times
Hiroyuki Akita, Editorial & Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.



*Please be advised that the program may be subject to change.
*Honorific titles omitted, in no particular order.
Tatsuo Yasunaga

Tatsuo Yasunaga
President & CEO


  • Date of Birth : Dec 13, 1960
  • Department of Urban Engineering, the University of Tokyo
    (Graduated MAR 1983 )
  • MAY 2008 General Manager, Planning & Administrative Division Infrastructure Projects Business Unit
  • JUL  2010 General Manager, Corporate Planning & Strategy Division
  • APR 2013 Managing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Transportation Systems Business Unit
  • APR 2015 President & Chief Executive Officer

Tatsuo Yasunaga joined Mitsui & Co. in 1983 and has held responsibilities in China, Southeast Asia, the US, Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, with a focus on plant engineering projects. Over the course of his career he has gained diverse and deep business experience, with periods spent assigned to the World Bank and Toyo Engineering Corporation.

From 2010 he served as General manager of Corporate Planning & Strategy Division, leading formulation of the company’s medium-term management strategy and the business plan. He became Chief Operating Officer of the Integrated Transportation Systems Business Unit in 2013, spearheading projects across various fields including automotive, construction machinery, shipping, aerospace and railway. Through many endeavours, including railway infrastructure projects and track-leasing projects, he set this unit on the road to growth.

Mr. Yasunaga’s motto in business is, “Know and respect your partners.” He made a point of studying the language, history and culture of each nation where he was assigned responsibility. By personally visiting countries where Mitsui does business he hopes to set an example, showing the importance of dialogue with customers and partners with the aim of realizing 360° business innovation.

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Barber has solidified the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a profitable and multichannel news organisation. During Barber’s tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman. He moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent in 1981. He joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. In 1986, he became Washington correspondent before being appointed Brussels bureau chief in 1992. He served as the news editor from 1998-2000 before leading the continental European edition between 2000 and 2002. Following that he was appointed US managing editor, overseeing the FT’s US editorial coverage and operations.

In 2001, Barber was invited to brief George W. Bush on European affairs ahead of the president’s inaugural mission to Europe. In the same year, European Voice named him one of the 50 most influential personalities in Europe.

Barber graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University with a joint honours degree in German and modern history and speaks fluent French and German.

During his career, Barber has received several distinguished awards. In 1981, he was named Young Journalist of the Year in the British press awards. In 1985, he was the Laurence Stern fellow at the Washington Post. In 1992, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996, he was a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1998, he was named one of the 101 most influential Europeans by Le Nouvel Observateur. In 2009, he was awarded the St George Society medal of honour for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Tate and in 2014 he was appointed to the Carnegie Corporation of New York Board of Trustees.

Eijiro KATSU
President and COO

Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

  • Date of Birth : June 19, 1950
  • Place of Birth : Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Education :
  • Mar. 1975 Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Professional History :
  • Apr. 1975 Joined Ministry of Finance (MOF)
  • Jun. 1995 Director, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Division, International Finance Bureau, MOF
  • Jul.  2008 Deputy Vice Minister, MOF
  • Jul.  2009 Director-General, Budget Bureau, MOF
  • Jul.  2010 Vice Minister of Finance
  • Aug. 2012 Retired from MOF
  • Jun. 2013 President & COO of IIJ

Atsushi Yoshikawa
President and Group COO

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Atsushi Yoshikawa was appointed President and Group COO in August 2012. He served concurrently as CEO of Nomura's Wholesale division from August 2012 to March 2014. He is a member of the board of directors of Nomura Holdings and Nomura Securities, where he also serves as Representative Executive Officer. Prior to his current role he was Executive Vice President of Nomura Holdings with direct responsibility for the firm's operations in the Americas as President and CEO of Nomura Holding America and Chairman and CEO of Nomura Securities International.

Since joining Nomura in 1978, Mr. Yoshikawa has held key positions across a number of the firm's businesses, including Retail, Equity Sales, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. He served as CEO of Nomura's Asset Management division and as President and CEO of Nomura Asset Management, Japan's leading asset management firm, from April 2008 to June 2011. He has also served as Co-Head of Investment Banking in Tokyo.

In addition to his broad business background, Mr. Yoshikawa has extensive international experience having spent nearly 20 years outside Japan in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New York. This has given him a unique insight into the firm's international operations and global client base.

Mr. Yoshikawa graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BA in Economics and received an MBA from the National University of Singapore. He received the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award in 2014.

Katsuyoshi Kondo
Editor in Chief

Tokyo, Nikkei Inc.

  • Date of Birth : July 18, 1956
  • Place of Birth : Shizuoka , Japan
  • Education :
  • 1979 Bachelor of Political Science & Economics, Waseda University
  • Work History :
  • Apr 1979 Entered Nihon Keizai Shimbun,Inc. Editorial Bureau
  • Sep 1980 Correspondent , Nikkei Kawasaki
  • Sep 1983 Staff Writer, Capital Market and Corporate News Department
  • Mar 1992 Chief Correspondent, Nikkei New York
  • Mar 1996 Deputy International News Editor, Editorial Bureau
  • Mar 1997 Deputy Capital Market and Corporate News Editor, Editorial Bureau
  • Mar 2000 Deputy Economic News Editor, Editorial Bureau
  • Apr 2002 Marketing News Editor, Editorial Bureau
  • Mar 2004 Capital Market and Corporate News Editor , Editorial Bureau
  • Mar 2006 Senior Editor, Editor-in-Chief of The Nikkei Business Daily , Editorial Bureau
  • Mar 2008 Director, Executive Chief Editor of The Business Group , Nikkei Business Publications, Inc
  • Mar 2012 Managing Executive Officer & Editor At Large, Tokyo
  • Mar 2014 Managing Director Editor-in-chief, Tokyo
  • Mar 2015 Senior Managing Director Editor-in-chief, Tokyo
James Kynge

James Kynge
Emerging Markets Editor

Financial Times

James Kynge is emerging markets editor and associate editor at the Financial Times. He is also editor of beyondbrics, the FT’s emerging economies blog.

Previously, Kynge was Chairman of FT Confidential, the Financial Times’ premium research services on China, South East Asia and Latin America.

A recipient of several journalism awards, Kynge has been a correspondent based in Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, former Soviet Central Asia and Hong Kong over the past 28 years. He was China Bureau Chief for seven years until 2005 and later headed up the Pearson Group of companies' business operations in China. He was also President of FTChinese.com, the FT's Chinese language website.

His prize-winning book "China Shakes the World" was an international bestseller, translated into 19 languages.

Edward Luce

Edward Luce
Chief US Columnist & Commentator

Financial Times

As Chief US Commentator for the Financial Times, Edward Luce writes a weekly column on US politics, economy and foreign policy.

Previously, Luce served as the FT’s Washington bureau chief, leading coverage of American politics and managing the DC-based team of reporters. He has also worked as the FT’s South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi, capital markets editor in London, and as the Philippines correspondent.

Between December 1999 and January 2001, Luce was the speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, secretary of the treasury during the Clinton administration. In 2006, he authored In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India.

Luce graduated with degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and completed a post-graduate degree in journalism from City University in London.

Find him on Twitter at @EdwardLuceFT.


Hiroyuki Akita
Editorial & Senior Staff Writer

Nikkei Inc.

  • Occupation :
  • 1987-94   Staff Writer at Marketing News Dept / International News Dept.
  • 94-98   Correspondent at Beijing Bureau
  • 98-02   Staff Writer at Political News Dept.
  • 02-06   Senior Correspondent at Washington, D.C. Bureau
  • 07-10   Senior Staff Writer and Deputy Editor at Political News Dept.
  • 10-     Editorial Writer & Senior Staff Writer at Political News Dept.
  • Education :
  • 87       Jiyu Gakuen College (B.A.)
  • 91       Boston University (M.A. in International Relations)
  • 06       Associate of  the Program on US-Japan Relations at Harvard University
  • Publication :
  • Book    “暗流 米中日外交三国志” (Anryu, The US-China-Japan Power Game), Nikkei Inc. January 2008,
    “日米中、外交戦の裏側”(Power Game by US-China-Japan), Nikkei Inc. April 2013
  • Paper    “U.S.-China Relations and Management of the U.S.-Japan Alliance” Occasional Paper for Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University, January 2007
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