Boosting Innovation and Dynamism: Can Japanese Companies Survive in Global Competition?

By Robert Alan Feldman, Yoshiaki Fujimori, Takashi Mitachi and Nik Gowing.

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2014
Plenary Session II and Closing
Boosting Innovation and Dynamism: Can Japanese Companies Survive in Global Competition?

< Date > September 15, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:18:32

< Session description >
This panel will examine what needs to be done to stir up the Japanese private sector in terms of strategy, organization, and people. What are the strategies to be prioritized in the short-term future? How do we promote diversity and inclusion in the corporate world? How can corporate governance in Japan be improved? What are the prerequisites for building a globally competitive workforce? The panelists with a wealth of experience and in-depth understanding of both Japanese and global business environments will offer insights into what companies need to do to compete on the global stage.

Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Chief Economist
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

Yoshiaki Fujimori
President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation

Takashi Mitachi
Co-Chairman, Japan, Boston Consulting Group

Nik Gowing
International Broadcaster and Journalist


Robert Alan Feldman is a Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities. He joined the firm in February 1998 as the chief economist for Japan. In 2003, he also became Co -Director of Japan Research and currently is Head of Economic Research in Japan. He continues to focus on the outlook for the Japanese economy and on interest rate and exchange rate movements. He is a regular commentator on World Business Satellite, a daily business news program.
Feldman was the chief economist for Japan at Salomon Brothers from 1990 to 97. He worked for the IMF from 1983 through 89.
Feldman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the MIT and B.A.s in economics and in Japanese studies from Yale. He worked at both the FRB of New York and Chase Manhattan Bank. Robert first came to Japan as an exchange student in 1970, and has also studied at the NRI(1973-74) and the BoJ (1981-82).

Mr. Fujimori is President and CEO of LIXIL Group Corporation since August 2011. He also serves as an external director of Tokyo Electric Power Company. He is a vice chairman of Keizai Doyukai, a major business federation, and leads its committee on the promotion of EPAs/FTAs. Prior to joining the LIXIL Group, he worked 25 years at GE where he was Senior Vice President and served as CEO of various Asian and global business divisions. Prior to joining GE he worked for Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitz) for 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Business, where he serves as a lifetime member of the Board of Trustees.

Takashi Mitachi is a Co-Chairman Japan of the Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BA in American literature from the University of Kyoto. Before joining BCG, he worked for JAL for 14 years, including a position as Manager of Corporate Planning at the Tokyo head office. In 1993 he joined the Boston Consulting Group and currently is a Co-Chairman of the Japan office and a member of BCG's Worldwide Executive Committee. He has led projects for both Japanese and multinational clients in a wide range of industries. He has been a member of Japan General Agenda Council of World Economic Forum, a Chairman of Committee on Medical and Welfare Business of Keizai Doyuukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), a Chairman of Airport Restructuring Taskforce of Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, a Board member to Japan Association of World Food Program and a regular commentator on World Business Satellite. He is an author of books such as "The BCG Way - The Art of Strategic Insight", available in Japanese and Korean and "Tsukau Chikara (being able to apply)", on leveraging knowledge and skills to achieve results.


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.