A conference in Tokyo organized by the School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business brought together leading industry practitioners, government officials and scholars from the United States and Japan.
On May 14, more than 260 industry practitioners, government officials and scholars gathered in Tokyo for a series of panel discussions on the future of the world economy from the points of view of Japan and the United States. Organized by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB), the event focused on such practical policy issues as regulatory reform and management strategy.
In the first panel, “A Corporate Perspective on the Global Economy,” five senior executives — including Yuzaburo Mogi ’61, chairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation — discussed the impact of the global economic crisis on their respective businesses. A second panel engaged scholars and practitioners in a dialogue on regulatory reforms in the United State and Japan, and a third focused on the regulation of alternative investments. Video footage of the conference is available in both English and Japanese.
Panelists included Charles Calomiris, the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions; Susumu Kato, president and CEO, Sumitomo Corporation; Katsuhiro Nakagawa, vice chairman and representative director, Toyota Motor Corporation; Atsushi Saito, president and CEO, Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc.; Takafumi Sato, commissioner, Financial Services Agency; and Kazuo Ueda, professor of economics, University of Tokyo.
The conference was the last formal event organized under the auspices of CJEB’s Program on Alternative Investments, which will be discontinued on June 30. In light of the global financial crisis, the center plans to broaden its focus to encompass financial markets in Japan and the United States. This fall, the center will launch a new three-year program, “The New Financial Architecture: Japan and the United States," which will include an annual event in Tokyo and another at Columbia University.
Widely recognized for its international programs held both in New York and Tokyo, CJEB provides prominent practitioners and scholars from the public and private sectors with a forum for collaboration and reflection on Japan, the United States and the global economy.
To learn more about the center, visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/cjeb.