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October
17(Sun) - 21(Thu)
[To be Held Online]
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--Main theme for 2021
Hope with Action Can Change the World

The Asahi World Forum 2021, the sixth in its series, will be held for 5 days from October 17 (Sun) to 21 (Thu) this year, with a main theme, “Hope with Action Can Change the World”. The Forum is a flagship event of the Asahi Shimbun Company and has served as a platform to explore the paths, together with our readers, to achieve a sustainable Earth and human society.

With the world still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis continues to threaten us; anxiety about the outlook of the world economy lingers; and we see growing international political tensions including U.S.-China confrontation.

What hope should we hold and what action should it be backed by in order to achieve a better world? We will discuss this question, taking up many subjects listed under the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a number of prominent domestic and overseas speakers.

All sessions will be streamed online with no physical audiences as last year to avoid coronavirus transmission.

Six DOORS to Areas that Matter to You

  • Together with Generation Z
    To talk to young generations who will create a new era.
    Dialogue : Let’s Learn SDGs with non
    Following last year’s appearance, non will return to the stage of the Asahi World Forum. This year, the actress will read aloud a picture book related to the SDGs and discuss the issue with Shojiro Okuyama, Editor in Chief of withnews.
    ① DAY1 13:50 ~ 14:05 
    REPLAY :DAY2 15:35 ~ 15:50 DAY4 13:00 ~ 13:15 DAY5 14:25 ~ 14:40
    ② DAY1 17 :40 ~ 17:55 
    REPLAY :DAY3 13:00 ~ 13:15 DAY4 16:55 ~ 17:10
    ③ DAY2 13:00 ~ 13:15 
    REPLAY :DAY3 15:15 ~ 15:30 DAY5 13:00 ~ 13:15
    Guest
    non
    non

    Actress

    Artist

    Shojiro Okuyama
    Moderator
    Shojiro Okuyama
    Editor in Chief of withnews
    Panel Discussion : Open Class "Digital Nature—What am I?"
    A world where "natural" and "artificial" matters become fused and indistinguishable—Digital Nature. In there, "I"s all over world, including AI, are connected across time and space. What is "I" who lives the present time, and what kind of future awaits it? “I have multiple selves on SNSs”, “I can’t make friends in the physical world”, “I feel as if I am always under surveillance”, and “I am not as free as it seems”—university students who make these comments will ask Yoichi Ochiai, Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba and Media Artist, how they should live in the future.
    DAY3 18:50 ~ 19:50 REPLAY :DAY4 17:15 ~ 18:15
    Panelists
    Yoichi Ochiai
    Yoichi Ochiai

    CEO, Pixie Dust Technologies

    Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba

    Student members of the Asahi Shimbun Dialog
    Student members of the Asahi Shimbun DIALOG
    Panel Discussion : Love is What We Should Pour into the "Future"—for a “Not-as-Bad” World
    What will happen to this country—and to humankind? In today’s world, many people feel vague anxiety about the future. A book titled Shin Nihon has been attracting attention since it proposes the way to draw a future that is “not as bad” in detail and dynamically. How should young people survive the age of AI? What sort of abilities should they acquire? What should adults do? “What kind of initiatives can change the future? It’s fun to think about the answer and make a move,” says the book’s author Kazuto Ataka, Yahoo Japan’s Chief Strategy Officer and Professor at Keio University. He will discuss this question with young people in this session.
    DAY5 19:00 ~ 20:00
    Panelists
    Kazuto Ataka
    Kazuto Ataka

    Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

    Chief Strategy Officer, Yahoo Japan Corporation

    Momoko Nojo
    Momoko Nojo
    Founding director of NO YOUTH NO JAPAN
    Hiroki Yoshida
    Hiroki Yoshida
    Sophomore, Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics
    Midori Iki
    Coordinator
    Midori Iki
    Staff Writer, City News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
  • Pondering a Post-COVID-19 Society
    To explore the way democracy, politics and society should be in the aftermath of the COVID-19 calamities.
    Panel Discussion : Humankind and Society in the Post-COVID-19 Era—Exploring "New Intellect" Now
    Is our competitive society that judges people by just their abilities deepening divides? We will invite political philosopher Michael Sandel, who sees excessive “meritocracy” behind the social divides—the COVID-19 calamities have further highlighted them—in his latest publication The Tyranny of Merit. Joining him in a dialogue will be molecular biologist Shinichi Fukuoka, who contends that exploring “new intellect” instead of overemphasis of knowledge and skills is necessary to overcome divides and survive this chaotic era. The two leading intellectuals in Japan and the United States will discuss how the society should be in the post-COVID-19 era from macroscopic perspectives transcending academic fields.
    DAY1 14:10 ~ 15:10 REPLAY :DAY2 18:40 ~ 19:40
    Panelists
    Michael Sandel
    Michael Sandel

    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University

    Political Philosopher

    Shinichi Fukuoka
    Shinichi Fukuoka

    Molecular Biologist

    Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

    Guest Investigator, Rockefeller University

    Tomoko Nagano
    Coordinator
    Tomoko Nagano

    Newscaster

    Journalist

    (Special Co-host: The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership)
    Panel Discussion : Altruism from Perspectives of Education and Disability Care
    With Molecular Biologist Shinichi Fukuoka, Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, as Commentator, two panelists will participate in this session: Professor Asa Ito, who is working on the "Altruism Project" at the Future of Humanity Research Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Tomoko Shirai, Representative Director of Japan Association of New Public, who has been proposing alternatives to the current Japanese school education. Various people live in our society. While the words such as “diversity” and “coexistence” have become rather overused, how should we face and engage with other people who are different from oneself? Ito, who studies the way bodies exit from the angle of disabilities, and Shiroi, who has been interacting with diverse children, will discuss how to relate to others, based on their respective experience.
    DAY1 15:30 ~ 16:30
    Panelists
    Shinichi Fukuoka
    Shinichi Fukuoka

    Molecular Biologist

    Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

    Guest Investigator, Rockefeller University

    Asa Ito
    Asa Ito
    Director, Future of Humanity Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Tomoko Shirai
    Tomoko Shirai
    Representative Director, Japan Association of New Public
    Akiko Suzuki
    Coordinator
    Akiko Suzuki
    Deputy Editor-in-Chief, the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE
    (Special Co-host: The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership)
    Panel Discussion : Let’s Discuss Democracy from Scratch Now
    Globalization has brought about exacerbated economic inequality and social divides in many countries around the world, leading to rampant populism in some cases. While this “crisis of democracy” had been called out for quite some time, the coronavirus pandemic, which broke out in early 2020 and has since swept through the world, and the often-draconian measures taken to address it, have made many people feel the crisis more imminently. In this session, Shigeki Uno, a prominent political scientist, and Colin Woodard, an American writer renowned for his book American Nations, will analyze what is going on with democracy in the two countries as well as globally and explore the ways to go.
    DAY3 13:20 ~ 14:20
    Panelists
    Colin Woodard
    Colin Woodard

    Historian and Journalist

    Shigeki Uno
    Shigeki Uno

    Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo

    Kengo Sakajiri
    Coordinator
    Kengo Sakajiri

    Political News Editor of the Asahi Shimbun

    Panel Discussion : Where is America Heading?—Tomohiro Machiyama's Report from Frontline
    Even after the start of the Biden Administration, the United States has continued to be wobbling with the coronavirus calamity, confrontation with China, the situation in Afghanistan, resurgence of former President Trump’s political activities, and so on and so forth. How are Americans going about their business? In this session, we will hear reports on voices of people on the street regarding wide-ranging issues including COVID-19 vaccination, movies, music, and sports, and discuss social divides, which Japan cannot dissociate itself from.
    DAY4 13:20 ~ 14:20
    Panelists
    Tomohiro Machiyama
    Tomohiro Machiyama

    Movie Critic

    Columnist

    Mineko Nomachi
    Mineko Nomachi
    Writer
    Yu Miyaji
    Coordinator
    Yu Miyaji
    Staff Writer, City News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
    Dialogue : Taiwan, Digital Technology, and Democracy
    Audrey Tang has been serving as Taiwan’s Digital Minister since 2016, when she was appointed at the age of 35. An openly transgender “civil hacker”, she has made an enormous contribution to Taiwan’s democracy, utilizing digital technologies in policymaking in an open and inclusive manner, including a platform called Pol.is. In this session, we will ask her to talk about wide-ranging issues such as Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19, the relationship between AI and human society, and diversity and inclusion. Surely, there will be so much Japan can learn from.
    DAY4 19:25 ~ 20:25 REPLAY :DAY5 16:40 ~ 17:40
    Guest
    Audrey Tang
    Audrey Tang
    Digital Minister of Taiwan
    Keiko Yoshioka
    Moderator
    Keiko Yoshioka
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Osaka/Kansai Expo—How will it Draw the Future Society?
    The Osaka/Kansai Expo will be held in 2025 with the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives". Pavilions (exhibition halls) of various countries of the world and corporations will line up, showcasing new technologies such as flying cars. The Expo is also considered as an opportunity to check the progress towards achieving SDGs (the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals) and to accelerate the efforts thereon. What kind of programs are being planned? Is there any way for us to get involved? Can we leave legacies for the future? We will check the latest state with the two panelists, who are involved in the preparations of the event, and discuss the significance and the potential of World Expos.
    DAY5 14:45 ~ 15:30
    Panelists
    Yoshimasa Sakai
    Yoshimasa Sakai

    Public Relations Strategy Bureau Policy and Planning Bureau Director-General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

    Yumi Kijima
    Yumi Kijima

    President of WAKAZO

    Medical student at Tokyo Medical and Dental University

    Shinji Hakotani
    Coordinator
    Shinji Hakotani
    Staff Writer, Economic News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
  • COVID-19 and Medical Care
    To review the background of the explosive increase in COVID-19 infection amid warning of “collapse of the medical care system” and to think about how things should be in the future.
    Panel Discussion : Let’s Review Japanese Medical Care Squeezed by Novel Coronavirus
    With the spread of COVID-19, multiple cases were reported where the patients were not admitted to hospital and died at home. The number of beds did not keep up with the speed of spreading infection and the number of competent medical staff was insufficient, too. Failure in smoothly transferring recovered patients to other hospitals was also a factor. In this session, a physician who is specialized in medical policy and medical economy, a physician who treated COVID-19 patients on the front line at an early stage of the emergence of the disease, and a nurse who engaged in patient treatment in various parts of the country will sort out issues and discuss what we can do now and what we can improve on to prepare for the next pandemic.
    DAY2 19:45 ~ 20:45 REPLAY: DAY3 16:40 ~ 17:40
    Panelists
    Satoshi Kutsuna
    Satoshi Kutsuna
    Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
    Ryu Niki
    Ryu Niki
    Professor Emeritus, Nihon Fukushi University
    Rika Miyata
    Rika Miyata
    Japanheart Global Human Resources Department Nurse
    Tokiko Tsuji
    Coordinator
    Tokiko Tsuji
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Coronavirus Calamity and Civilization
    Many of new communicable diseases, including COVID-19, are considered to come from unknown viruses held by wild animals. Degradation of natural environment, including tropical forests, has shortened the distance between wild animals and humans. Behind this is a food system that creates monocultural farmland by destroying nature in order to produce food cheaply and deliver it to dining tables. The coronavirus calamity has revealed the flaws of modern civilization such as excessive emphasis on economic efficiency and inequality. This session will explore how we should build a society in the future.
    DAY5 13:20 ~ 14:20
    Panelists
    Koichi Goka
    Koichi Goka
    National Institute for Environmental Studies, Biodiversity Division(Ecological Risk Assessment and Control Section)/Head
    Tatsushi Fujiwara
    Tatsushi Fujiwara
    Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
    Akemi Kanda
    Coordinator
    Akemi Kanda
    Staff Writer, Science and Medical News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
  • Facing up to Global Environment
    To imagine one step ahead what the global environment will be like and to discuss the vision and action required of us now.
    Panel Discussion : Our Home "Earth" that We Want Pass on to Our Children
    The effects of climate change, such as heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts, are starting to be visibly observed. What will become of the Earth, humankind’s “home”. Is there anything we, who live on the Earth today, can do to ensure that the generations of our children and grandchildren all over the world will be able to continue to enjoy the blessings of nature? This session’s panelists will be kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, who has been actively engaging in tree-planting activities out of his interest in environmental issues; Taikan Oki, a special advisor to President of the University of Tokyo and a renowned hydrologist; and Anne McDonald, Professor at Sophia University, who is well versed in the cultures of farming, mountain and fishing villages. They will talk about the current environmental issues and the prospects from their own perspectives.
    DAY1 18:00 ~ 19:00 REPLAY :DAY2 15:55 ~ 16:55
    Panelists
    Ebizo Ichikawa
    Ebizo Ichikawa
    Kabuki Actor
    Anne McDonald
    Anne McDonald
    Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University
    Taikan Oki
    Taikan Oki
    Hydrologist
    Ryo Yamagishi
    Coordinator
    Ryo Yamagishi
    Reporter, Asahi Broadcasting Nagano Co.,Ltd.
    Panel Discussion : Climate Security and Geopolitics
    In recent years, damage caused by typhoons, heavy rains, and floods in the Japanese archipelago has intensified. Such abnormal weather is considered to be related to climate change and has become evident overseas as well. It sometimes causes famine and refugee outflows, leading to the idea of “climate security” gaining popularity in the circles of international politics. Rapid spread of renewable energy has brought about geopolitical changes, too. In this session, which comes right ahead of the COP 26 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in the UK in November, a researcher who noticed the importance of climate security at an early stage and the Asahi Shimbun’s correspondents in Europe and China will discuss the rapidly changing situation in the world and explore the directions Japan should take.
    DAY2 13:20 ~ 14:20
    Panelists
    Yasuko Kameyama
    Yasuko Kameyama
    Director, Social Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies
    Atsushi Okudera
    Atsushi Okudera
    Asahi Shimbun Hong Kong / Guangzhou Bureau Chief
    Ryuichi Kanari
    Ryuichi Kanari
    Asahi Shimbun London based correspondent
    Shinji Inada
    Coordinator
    Shinji Inada
    Former Editor in Chief of the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE
    Panel Discussion : Age of Climate Crisis—What Can We Do to Change the “There’s Still Time” Attitude?
    There is a growing sense of crisis, more than ever, about climate change. We have been observing floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall almost every year in Japan. What will happen in a few years’ time or in decades? While such anxiety is spreading, efforts towards a carbon-free society have been accelerating. This topic has been gradually moving to the center stage at international conferences by political leaders and in corporate activities. Nonetheless, the main player to build a carbon-free society and to live there is each of us. How can we come to regard this large-scale issue as our own matter and change our lifestyle accordingly? You should find some tips in this session.
    DAY3 14:25 ~ 15:10
    Panelist
    Takuya Shimamura
    Takuya Shimamura

    Member of the Board, Chairman, AGC Inc.

    Chairman, The Asahi Glass Foundation

    Takushi Izawa
    Takushi Izawa

    QuizPlayer

    Aska Hamakawa
    Aska Hamakawa

    Earth Company Co-Founder

    Masatoshi Toda
    Coordinator
    Masatoshi Toda

    Staff Writer, Political News Section of the Asahi Shimbun

    Panel Discussion : It’s Not Just Climate Change That Matters!
    <Part1> How to incorporate the perspective of biodiversity
    With six years having passed since the Paris Agreement was adopted, the world has begun its move towards decarbonization. The crisis we face, however, is not just climate change. In particular, degeneration of biodiversity due to human activities, which is said to be a factor in emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, threatens the foundation of our life. Since climate change and biodiversity loss are in a relationship of negative chain reaction, simultaneous resolution of both is required. We will explore what we can do to avert what would become the sixth “Period of Mass Extinction” in the history of Earth.
    DAY4 14:25 ~ 15:25 REPLAY :DAY5 17:55 ~ 18:55
    Panelists
    Yukari Takamura
    Yukari Takamura
    Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
    Virginie Derue
    Virginie Derue

    Head of ESG Research, AXA Investment Managers

    Shizuka Hashimoto
    Shizuka Hashimoto
    Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo
    Katrin Funk
    Katrin Funk

    Climate Activist

    Sustainability Promotion Department NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.

    Toru Ishii
    Coordinator
    Toru Ishii
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    (Special Co-host: Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo)
    Panel Discussion : It’s Not Just Climate Change That Matters!
    <Part2> Creating a Sustainable Future through Business
    Biodiversity issues, like climate change, are a risk factor, but can be at the same time an opportunity for business. The economic value ecosystem services bring to human society through clothing, food, housing, etc. is estimated to be over 3,000 trillion yen per annum. The role of business is crucially important in maintaining a sustainable society without losing the blessings of nature that we currently enjoy. What are the latest moves of corporations and financial institutions in this area? We will consider this question with people in business.
    DAY4 15:50 ~ 16:50
    Panelists
    Minoru Matsubara
    Minoru Matsubara
    Executive Officer of Resona Asset Management
    Kahori Miyake
    Kahori Miyake

    AEON Chief Sustainability Officer

     Toru Ishii
    Toru Ishii
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Yukari Takamura
    Coordinator
    Yukari Takamura
    Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
    (Special Co-host: Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo)
  • Engaging in SDGs
    To explore “what we can do” and “what we are likely able to do” in a mountain of things we should do.
    Panel Discussion : Changing Aged Care Scene by Awareness Reform and Technology
    The number of Japan’s elderly people aged 65 and over is projected to reach a peak of 39.21 million in FY2040, more than a third of the total population, exacerbating the shortage of aged care workers. The COVID-19 calamities have bluntly made us realize that aged care is an “essential job” that is indispensable to support society and that enhancement of human resources in this area is urgently required. We will discuss how to do it with Yoshimi Ui, aba CEO, and Keiko Kawaguchi, Professor at Osaka Junior College of Social Health and Welfare, who has long engaged in nurturing aged care workers and studies the background of their shortage.
    DAY2 17:00~17:45
    Panelists
    Yoshimi Ui
    Yoshimi Ui
    aba CEO
    Keiko Kawaguchi
    Keiko Kawaguchi
    Professor、Osaka Junior College of Social Health and Welfare
    Akira Fukuzawa
    Akira Fukuzawa
    Broadcaster
    Misako Takahashi
    Coordinator
    Misako Takahashi
    Staff Writer, Culuture and Lifestyle News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
    Dialogue : Sisterhood for Survival—Women and Politics Today and Future Prospects
    Recently, females have become political leaders one after another around the world. Chancellor Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand have drawn much attention for the leadership they demonstrated in countering the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, on the other hand, there’s no sign of significant increase in the number of women in the political arena with little prospect of a female Prime Minister in the foreseeable future. How can we increase the number of female politicians? And how can women become more related to politics? We will ask these questions to Mikako Brady, who explored the skills exercised by female politicians in her book Women’s Politics and discussed gender issues in her latest publication Putting on Someone Else’s Shoes, with “sisterhood” as a keyword.
    DAY3 15:35 ~ 16:35 REPLAY :DAY4 18:20 ~ 19:20
    Guest
    Mikako Brady
    Mikako Brady

    Writer

    Columnist

    Noriko Akiyama
    Moderator
    Noriko Akiyama
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Thinking about Child Labor through Chocolate
    One in four children around the world is said to be trapped in child labor. This issue has in fact much to do with the affluent and convenient life in developed countries. Chocolate is a good example to show the linkage. In this session, we will seek solutions to the issue by inviting Tomoko Shiroki, Executive Director of ACE, an NGO engaging in activities to reduce child labor in rural villages in Ghana, from which most of Japan’s cacao imports come; and Wataru Ikuta, Board Director of Tachibana & Co., Ltd. (trading company), who spends over 100 days in cacao growing areas, trying to achieve fairer shares for cacao farmers. We will also play a video message from Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his activities to rescue children from illegal labor.
    DAY3 17:45 ~ 18:45
    Video Message
    Kailash Satyarthi
    Kailash Satyarthi

    Child Rights Activist

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

    Panelists
    Tomoko Shiroki
    Tomoko Shiroki

    Managing Director, ACE

    WATARU IKUTA
    WATARU IKUTA

    Director, Tachibana & CO., LTD

    Managing Director, Tachibana international Pte Ltd

    Miyuki Hokugo
    Coordinator
    Miyuki Hokugo

    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun

  • Overcoming Issue Confronting You
    To ask how people tackled and overcame difficulties that blocked the way to achieving their dreams.
    Panel Discussion : Space Exploration and Development—What Kind of Future Should We Envisage?
    Last December, the unmanned space probe “Hayabusa 2” delivered to the Earth a capsule containing sand collected on an asteroid. It was the second successful sample-return mission following the first-generation Hayabusa’s, making Japan a leader in asteroid exploration. On the other hand, leading space powers, the U.S., Russia, and China have extended their exploration to the moon and Mars, and their competition has become heated. When it comes to exploration and development of space, it is necessary to discuss their issues and future prospects from legal and ethical angles as well as from scientific viewpoints. In this session, we will invite a scientist who has set his eyes on deep space exploration and a legal scholar who is involved in the rule making for resources development and discuss social and international issues underlying the dream of space exploration.
    DAY1 16:35 ~ 17:35 REPLAY :DAY3 19:55 ~ 20:55
    Panelists
    Yuichi Tsuda
    Yuichi Tsuda

    Professor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

    Hayabusa2 Project Manager

    Setsuko Aoki
    Setsuko Aoki
    Professor of Law, Keio University Law School
    Tetsuya Ishikura
    Coordinator
    Tetsuya Ishikura
    Staff Writer, Science & Medical News Section of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Do It Right with Space from the Beginning
    Humankind has polluted the Earth. Wherever humans conduct activities, they pollute the place. That’s what we have learned. It is then the power of nature that cleans the polluted Earth. That power of nature, however, gives humans power to conduct activities in space, which in turn may well pollute space. To avoid such a situation, efforts have been made to get rid of space debris. Let’s raise awareness on the issue of space pollution with two experts and Tomoe Shinohara, who belonged to the astronomy club at high school and is now known as an astronomy enthusiast.
    DAY2 14:25 ~ 15:10
    Panelists
    Nobu Okada
    Nobu Okada
    Founder and CEO, Astroscale Holdings Inc.
    Tomoe Shinohara
    Tomoe Shinohara

    Designer

    Artist

    Akira Fujishima
    Akira Fujishima
    Distinguished Professor, Tokyo University of Science
    Takashi Nakajima
    Coordinator
    Takashi Nakajima
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Shift Your Perspectives—For Tomorrow's Regional Areas
    “Has lost steam…”. Isn’t that what many of you feel when you visit your hometown and take a close look? It has been 13 years since Japan’s population started to decline. The rate of decline is higher in regions than in urban areas. There’s a shortage of workers, successors of family business, and even bearers of portable shrines. Vacant houses and shops have increased, leading to security concerns. Furthermore, the novel coronavirus calamity has reduced the flow of people and goods to and from urban areas, jeopardizing regional economies. Is there any way to overcome such issues regional areas face? Let’s ask experts for tips. There seem to be workable solutions if you can change a little bit of your perspectives and values.
    DAY2 17:50 ~ 18:35
    Panelists
    Shogo Fujiuchi
    Shogo Fujiuchi

    General Manager,Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Division, Japan Tobacco Inc.

    Rethink PROJECT Promotion Officer

    Miai Kobayashi
    Miai Kobayashi
    CEO, HITOBITO.inc
    Kazumasa Sashide
    Kazumasa Sashide
    Editor-in-chief of Sotokoto magazine
    Noriyoshi Otsuki
    Coordinator
    Noriyoshi Otsuki
    Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun
    Panel Discussion : Metabolism of Japan’s Economy
    Japanese companies have long operated in a male-centered manner and lacked mobility in their human resources. While there are loud calls for "innovation" and "DX", the conventional thinking of competing for survival is still dominant, just like being aboard a sinking Titanic. Unless we change this way, the world will leave us behind, and there is little hope for the future. Isn’t it start-ups that are to take the lead in raising the Japanese economy? In this session, Tomoko Namba, Founder of DeNA, exchanges views with young entrepreneurs Yuka Iwasaki and Hibiki Nozawa to explore concrete tips, new ideas, and aims for realizing genuine metabolism in the Japanese economy.
    DAY5 15:35 ~ 16:35
    Panelists
    Tomoko Namba
    Tomoko Namba

    DeNA Co., Ltd. Founder & Executive Chairman

    KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) Vice Chair

    Yuka Iwasaki
    Yuka Iwasaki
    YOUTRUST Inc.President
    Hibiki Nozawa
    Hibiki Nozawa

    ZENKIGEN Inc. CEO

    Yukako Ito
    Coordinator
    Yukako Ito
    Economic News Editor of the Asahi Shimbun,Tokyo
Register
100 registrants will win a draw to receive an Asahi World Forum 2021 original QUO Card (worth 1,000 yen) . Only winners will be notified by delivery of the prize.

Outline for 2021

[To be Held Online]
  • Day1 October 17 (Sun), 2021 13:00~
  • Day2 October 18 (Mon), 2021 13:00~
  • Day3 October 19 (Tue), 2021 13:00~
  • Day4 October 20 (Wed), 2021 13:00~
  • Day5 October 21 (Thu), 2021 13:00~
Host The Asahi Shimbun Company
Co-host TV Asahi Corporation
Special Partners The Asahi Glass Foundation, Aderans Co., Ltd., AEON Environmental Foundation, Suntory Holdings Ltd., Japan Tobacco Inc., Taiwan External Trade Development Council
Partners SUMITOMO FORESTRY CO., LTD.
Special Cooperation Imperial Hotel, Ltd., TV Asahi Productions Co., Ltd.
Cooperation Global Compact Network Japan, Japan Marketing Association, The Asahi Gakusei Shimbun Company, CNET Japan, HuffPost Japan
Special Co-host The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership; Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
Endorsement from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Ministry of the Environment
PROGRAM
Some of the Speakers in 2021
  • Ebizo Ichikawa

  • Michael Sandel

  • non

  • Tomoko Namba

  • Audrey Tang

  • Koichi Goka

  • Yukari Takamura

  • Mikako Brady

Archives
Notice
All program contents including time, dates, and panelists are subject to change. Please check the latest information.
Special Partners
  • The Asahi Glass Foundation
  • Aderans Company Limited
  • AEON Environmental Foundation
  • Suntory Holdings Ltd.
  • JT
  • Taiwan External Trade Development Council
Partners
  • SUMITOMO FORESTRY CO., LTD.

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