Tokyo 2020: Promoting the Creativity of the Global Metropolis

Against the background of a global trend where more and more cities compete to attract creative and innovative talent, place branding has become a key success factor for cities worldwide. Tokyo is already a vibrant metropolis with a reputation of being a leading cultural hub for the art, fashion, technology and cuisine. But as the future host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, what are Tokyo’s priorities beyond the immediate tasks of upgrading infrastructure and managing a large influx of visitors? How can Tokyo best project its creative identity to the outside world? This session will discuss strategies for Tokyo to further enhance and promote its long-term soft power influence.

Junko Inokuma
Deputy Director General for Press Strategy
Assistant to the Governor
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Adrian Monck
Head of Public Engagement
Member of the Management Committee
World Economic Forum

Tak Umezawa
Japan Chairman and Partner
A.T. Kearney

Koji Inoue
Senior Vice President
Christie's

Ross Rowbury (Moderator)
President and Representative Director
Edelman Japan KK

Come join us!

The 6th annual G1 Global will gather leaders from government, business and academia for networking and discussion on Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. This year's theme is "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable," based on the research by G1 Global main facilitator & former BBC Presenter Nik Gowing.

- G1 Global Conference 2016 -
19:00-22:00, Friday, October 21 at GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Fee: 40,000 JPY (Deadline Sept 15th)
Language: English.
Click here for the G1 Global Website. Register here.

Expected speakers include:
-David Asher, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
-Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
-Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
-Nik Gowing, Visiting Professor, King’s College London & Nanyang University, Singapore; former BBC Broadcaster and Journalist
-Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
-Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Hiroaki Kitano, CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
-Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan
-Taro Kono, Member, Japanese House of Representatives
-Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
-Meri Rosich, CMO, Marketing Business Intelligence, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc
-Timothy Langley, President & Representative Director, Langley Esquire
-Shinichi Takamiya, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, GLOBIS Capital Partners
-Mio Takaoka, Executive Director, Monex Group
-Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet
-Tak Umezawa, Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney

About this year's theme:
In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders were unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.

The Brexit was once "Unthinkable." To respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan.

See here for details about Mr. Gowing's report.

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