CKGSB and Nikkei BP Team up to Host China-Japan CEO forum
March 8, 2012

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP) will co-organize the 3rd China-Japan CEO Forum in Tokyo, Japan, on March 8, 2012. The full-day forum—which will bring together top executives, government leaders and scholars from China and Japan—is centered on building bridges for sustainable growth between the two nations.

The China-Japan CEO Forum takes on special meaning this year because 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations. More than 400 participants will come together to mark this important anniversary by seeking ways to strengthen cooperation and build bonds between enterprises in Asia’s two largest economies.

Among the influential attendees will be students from CKGSB, including participants in the school’s elite China CEO Program. The globally-delivered course is open to high-level executives from China’s most successful companies and has been called a “who’s who of Chinese business” by Businessweek.

Additionally, CKGSB Founding Dean Dr. XIANG Bing will deliver a keynote speech on win-win strategies for Chinese and Japanese enterprises, examining the issue from the perspective of the relationship and interdependency of the two economies. CKGSB professors CHEN Long and Juliet (Rui) ZHU will also host dialogue sessions.

Joining the participants from China will also be a number of leading executives from Japanese enterprises. Among these are: Mr. Suzuki Toshifumi, president and CEO of Seven & i; Mr. Chuzo Matsui, president and executive director of MUJI; and Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten Co. These business leaders from both nations will deliver speeches and exchange ideas on the topics of: globalization and global branding; new economies and new opportunities; lean management; and innovation.

The forum is another important step in CKGSB’s mission of being a constructive innovator in global business that helps companies bridge cultural and economic gaps to develop new strategies for the changing global business landscape.


Time Topic Speakers
9:00 – 9:05 Opening remarks and introduction of guests Moderator
9:05-9:10 Remarks President and CEO of Nikkei BP, 
Mr. Kohei Osada
9:10-9:40 Opening remarks and keynote speech Dean Bing XIANG, CKGSB
9:40-10:10 Experience sharing of globalization 
(Japanese enterprise)
How Japanese enterprise conduct sustainable development and make world-class enterprise
President and CEO of SEVEN & I, 
Mr Suzuki Toshifumi
10:10-10:30 Experience sharing of globalization 
(Chinese enterprise)
The challenges and opportunities
President of Shanshan Group
Mr. Yonggang ZHENG
10:30-10:40 Intermission Moderator
10:40-11:10 Experience sharing of globalization (Dialogue between Chinese and Japanese enterprise) Panelists:President and CEO of SEVEN & I, Mr. Suzuki Toshifumi

President of Shanshan, Mr. Yonggang ZHENG

Moderator: Nikkei BP Visionary Institute, 
Mr. Waichi Tada

11:10-12:10 Creating world-class brand
Japanese enterprise: successful experience of brand globalization
Chinese enterprise: The challenges and opportunities of brand globalization
Panelists:President and executive director of MUJI, Mr. Chuzo Matsui

Nomura Reserch Center (Shanghai), Mr. Takashi Sarada

President of Beijing Poly-bona Film Publishing Co. Ltd, Mr. Dong YU

Moderator: Prof. Juliet ZHU, CKGSB

12:10-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:00 Lean management and innovation
How can enterprises achieve strategic upgrade in terms of skill innovation, local talents strategies, product quality and safety?
Panelists:Yaskawa Electric Co. Chairman Mr. Koji Rishima

President of Zonda Auto Group, Mr. Liankuan XU

Moderator:Hitotsubashi University Professor Mr. Ikujiro Nonaka

15:00-15:10pm Intermission Moderator
15:10-16:00pm New economy, new opportunities 1
New business opportunities in aging societies in terms of age care and nursing, medication, health.
Panelists:Former president of TANITA Co., TANITA Research Center, Mr. Daisuke Tanita

President of Luye Pharma, Mr. Dianbo LIU

Moderator:CSIS Global Aging Initiative, Mr. Keisuke Nakajima

16:00-16:10pm Intermission Moderator
16:10-17:00pm New economy, new opportunities 2
The Upsurge of the middle class. To promote the service industry (e.g. entertainment industry, e-business innovation) through increasing the purchase ability of the Middle Class in China and Asia.
Panelists: RAKUTEN Co. CEO, Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani

President and GM, Future Architect, Mr. Yasufumi Kanamaru

C-Trip CEO, Mr. Min FAN

Moderator:Professor Long CHEN, CKGSB

17:00-17:02pm End of the forum Moderator

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