A Stronger Japan: Impact on Asia and the World

By Yoshimasa Hayashi, Robert Alan Feldman, Yoshimasa Hayashi, Nik Gowing.

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2013
Opening and Plenary Session I
A Stronger Japan: Impact on Asia and the World

< Date > September 16, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:33:48

< Session description >
With an emphasis on measures to boost economic growth, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pressing forward to lift the Japanese economy out of prolonged deflation. Fortified by a
resounding victory in July's Upper House election, is the Abe government now in a position to carry out bold and substantial economic reforms? How do the prospects for a Japanese recovery impact on its relations with the rest of the world? This session features a keynote speech by Minister Hayashi, followed by a panel discussion joined by Dr. Robert Feldman, a leading economist with expertise on Japan, moderated by Mr. Nik Gowing.

< Keynote Speaker >
Yoshimasa Hayashi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Member of the House of Councillors

< Panelists >
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Chief Economist,
Head of Fixed Income Research Tokyo
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co.,Ltd

Yoshimasa Hayashi
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Member of the House of Councillors

Yoshito Hori
President, GLOBIS University
Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners

< Moderator >
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News

Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Mr. Hayashi graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Tokyo. He joined Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.in 1984.
He received his MA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995,and has subsequently been reelected for four consecutive terms.
He served as Deputy Secretary-General for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the House of Councillors, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Finance, and Senior Vice Minister for the Cabinet Office.
He was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Defense in 2008, and then as Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy in 2009.
And he stood as a candidate for the Presidency of the LDP in September 2012.
Mr. Hayashi is currently Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


He joined the firm in 1998 as the chief economist for Japan. In 2003, he also became Co-Director of Japan Research and currently is Head of Fixed Income Research in Japan. Robert focuses on the outlook for the Japanese economy and financial markets and policy developments. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was the chief economist for Japan at Salomon Brothers from 1990-97, and worked for the IMF from 1983-89. Robert holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the MIT and B.A. in Economics and in Japanese studies from Yale. He is also a regular commentator on World Business Satellite, the nightly business program of TV Tokyo.

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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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.