G1 Global 2011: Rebuilding Japan 3/3 (Video)

3/11 posed a major challenge for the Japanese economy, especially the manufacturing sector, whose exports still remain at the crux of the country’ s economic growth. As the situation improves, how can we assess the economic impact of 3/11? What should companies do? What is the economic blueprint to rebuild the Japanese economy?

G1 Global Conference 2011
Plenary Session II
Rebuilding Japan: Globalization and the Economy 3/3 – Panel Discussion and Closing

< Panelists >
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

Takashi Mitachi
Co-Chairman Japan, The Boston Consulting Group

Toshiyuki Shiga
Representative Director and Chief Operating Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nicholas Smith
Japan Strategist, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets

< Moderator >
Nik Gowing
Main Presenter, BBC World News

< Closing Remarks >
Yoshito Hori
President and Dean, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners

Video streaming and editing by V-CUBE


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).

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.

Toshiyuki Shiga is the Representative Director, Chief Operating Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., where he is responsible for External and Government Affairs, Intellectual Asset Management, Design, Corporate Governance and Global Internal Audit. Before assuming his current position in 2005, he acted as Senior Vice President in charge of the General Overseas Market Sales & Marketing division. Since joining Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in April 1976, he has held a number of positions in Sales Operation in Asia and Corporate Planning. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, OSAKA Prefecture University in March 1976.
Also, since 2010 he has been the chairman of Japan Automobile Manufactures Association, Inc. (JAMA).

Nicholas Smith is Japan Strategist for top-ranked Asian research house CLSA Securities. He has been a resident of Japan for a quarter century. He spent the Nineties with Jardine Fleming Securities, where he was a topranked Oil & Chemical analyst and headed up their global team. He spent much of the Noughties in hedge funds, first at Penta Investments then setting up Falcon Pacific with former Penta colleagues.


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.

Closing Remarks

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.

Follow him on
LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

Subscribe to the GLOBIS Insights Newsletter