Media, Old and New - Panel 1/2

As 3/11 unfolded, the power of social media as a communication tool over the mainstream media became apparent. Social network technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are transforming the role of media. How can the "Old" and "New" media thrive in a digitized society?

G1 Global Conference 2011: Breakout Panel Session II-A - Media, Old and New 1/2

< Panelists >
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News

Jun Murai
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

Ross Rowbury
President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan

Peter Wilson
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Gplus Media

< Moderator >
Masaakira James Kondo
Country Manager, Twitter Japan

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Nik Gowing has been a main presenter for the BBC's international 24-hour news channel BBC World News, since 1996, where he presents The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London and location coverage of major global stories. For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998‒2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005‒present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-). He is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation. In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan. He Graduated Keio University in 1979, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, MS in Computer Science from Keio University in 1981, Ph.D. in Computer Science from Keio University in 1987. Specialist in Computer Science, Computer Network and Computer Communication. 1980's, research and development of operating system and system software. 1984, developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET), 1988, established WIDE Project, currently the Founder, 1990's, research and development of computer networks, 2000's, IT governance for national government including Prime Ministers and global IT policy communities. 1993-1995, Member of Internet Architecture Board (IAB), 1997-2000, Board of trustee of Internet Society (ISOC), 1998-200, Board of Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Recipient of awards; 2005 Jonathan B.Postel Service Award from the Internet Society, 2011 IEEE Internet Award

Ross Rowbury is President of Edelman Japan. Ross was formerly Senior Managing Director and COO at PRAP, Japan’s largest independent public relations firm. Ross has been advising both foreign and Japanese companies on public relations and media strategy and implementation for close to 20 years.
Ross has worked in the Japan market for 30 years and is fluent in written and spoken Japanese. He has a wealth of experience in management training, strategic consulting and comprehensive communications disciplines. Prior to PRAP, Ross was Managing Director at the Tokyo Office of Gavin Anderson & Company (now Kreab Gavin Anderson) as well as Director at BZW Securities, Tokyo.

Peter is an Australian entrepreneur and has been a permanent resident of Japan since February 1994.
Making his start fresh out of University, Peter came to Japan on a working holiday visa with just a little over $400 to his name. He turned the challenges of living in a foreign country without speaking the local language into opportunities and within a few years moved from English teaching to self-financing several business ventures including Japan's most popular web site for foreigners. Peter is passionate about helping foreigners live and work in Japan.
Now, Peter's entrepreneurial investments span throughout Asia from Tokyo to Hong Kong and Shanghai and include popular web sites such as:,,,,


James Kondo currently heads Twitter Japan, and is a Visiting Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS). He is also: an Advisory Board member for GE's Healthymagination; a board member of Deworm the World; and co-chair of Beyond Tomorrow, a charity for Tohoku Earthquake orphans.
James has led a career spanning business, policy, academia, and the social sector. Previously, James was a Counsellor at the Prime Minister's office of the Government of Japan, co-founder of TABLE FOR TWO, President of Health and Global Policy Institute, faculty member at the University of Tokyo, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Selected a Young Global Leader at Davos. Graduate of Keio University Economics Department and Harvard Business School.