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Business Summit: huge success for our 6th edition

Business Summit: huge success for our 6th edition

On November 28th, around 1,000 participants attended the 6th edition of the French Japanese Business Summit titled “Innovation: Racing for a global advantage”, after a series of successful sectorial conferences held throughout the year (on Energy, Healthcare, Space, Mobility...)

Since 2018, the French-Japanese Business Summit has become a flagship event for the French and Japanese business community, aiming to strengthen and highlight partnerships towards the future.

This edition was held in Nikkei Hall in Tokyo and welcomed over 30 top-level speakers. The participants heard from top-level executives from well-known French and Japanese companies, high level government officials and prestigious academics.

The Opening Ceremony gave off an inspiring start with 4 prestigious speakers: Jérôme CHOUCHAN, President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, HIGASHIHARA Toshiaki, Vice Chair, Chair of Committee on Europe, Keidanren, Philippe SETTON, French Ambassador to Japan, and KONO Taro, Minister for Digital Transformation

Speakers then explores a broad array of topics, including:

  • The necessary mindset to foster innovation
  • The underestimated potential of innovation within Japanese startups
  • The prominent role of gender and national diversity to spread new ideas in major companies
  • The focus on user experience improvement in the automotive sector
  • The need for strategic partnerships between startups, big companies and governmental institutions, the benefits from digital transformation and AI in many sectors
  • The methods to support a creative innovation ecosystem.

Prestigious speakers included:

KOBAYASHI Nobuko, Managing Director & Partner, EY

FUJII Teruo, President of the University of Tokyo

Richard KATZ, Special Correspondent, Toyo Keizai

UOTANI Masahiro, Presentative Director, Chairman and CEO, Shiseido

TAKEUCHI Yasuo, Director, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Chairman, Olympus Corporation

DOI Kazuhiro, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Motor Corporation

François TARDIF, Executive Vice President, FORVIA Asia Faurecia Clarion Electronics

Raphaël KELLER, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of France in Japan

TAKAHASHI Masami, Group COO, Scrum Ventures

FUNAKI Kenichi, General Manager, Corporate Venturing Office, Innovation Growth Strategy Division, Hitachi

OKADA Kohei, Executive Officer, Deputy CSO, Toyota Tsucho

IZUMO Mitsuru, President, Euglena

Guillaume DOURDIN, CEO & Representative Director, Veolia Japan

ASHIZAWA Michiko, Associate Professor, Keio Business School

YAMAMOTO Ichita, Governor of Gunma Prefecture

ISHIGURO Hiroshi, Professor of Faculty of Systems Innovation, Osaka University, and Visting Director, ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories

TAKEMASU Sadanobu, President and CEO, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, Lawson

Jean-Philippe BIRAGNET, Partner, Bain & Company

Bharat RUPANI, President, AEON NEXT

OYA Masahiro, Executive Officer, Group President, Global Strategic Planning & Marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Fabrice BORGERS, Japan R&D Lab – Customer Strategic Partnerships Director, Dassault Systèmes

IDEZAWA Takeshi, President and Representative Director CEO, LY Corporation

OKUMURA Shigesaburo, Chief International News Center, Editorial Division, NIKKEI

KIN Syogetsu, CEO, A. Global

ADACHI Masayuki, President & COO, Horiba

Stéphane ORTIZ, Global Managing Director, Innovation & Product Development Métiers, L’Oréal

Jean-Dominique SENARD, President, The Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

KASHIWABARA Kyoko, Director General of Multilateral Trade System Department, METI

Roland LESCURE, Ministre délégué auprès du ministre de l’Economie, des Finances et de la Souveraineté industrielle et numérique, chargé de l’Industrie


The lunch served by Chef-owner of Chez Olivier, Olivier Oddos was a great networking opportunity for speakers and participants.

In 2024, the 7th edition of the Business Summit will be held on November 26th – we hope that you will be part of the discussion! The topic will be announced soon.

Do not hesitate to contact us to be part of next year's journey!


Finally, we would like to express our gratitude again to all our sponsors and partners:


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