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Business and economic conditions after Covid – where are we headed?

Tuesday 02 Mar | 12.00 - 13.00

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Online

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Members: ¥0

Non Members: ¥1,500

Written by Sanae Samata

Dare we start to think of a post-Covid world? It dominated 2020 and as we start 2021 in lockdown, Covid is still very much with us, and even with vaccination programmes and lockdowns, is proving a stubborn enemy. But life has gone on – a new PM in Japan, and a new President in the US, as well as progress in the UK`s relationship with Europe. Away from politics, it has not all been miserable news – there’s an impressive resilience to many businesses, and indeed to the Japanese, regional and global economies. So many changes and so much turbulence – but there are some conclusions which can be drawn and predictions to be made.

To make sense of all this, and attempt to set out where we may be headed, we are delighted to welcome Chamber member and expert commentators Takuji Okubo, Director, Economist Corporate Network, North Asia, and Dimitry Rakin, Associate Director, Economist Corporate Network, North Asia, who will provide their informed insights on the current state of play in Japan and the prospects for the economy, business and politics in Japan and around the world. Moderating and shedding further light in this insightful session, we will also welcome Yoshinao Tahara, Managing Director, Head of Transaction Banking Japan at Standard Chartered Bank.

 

Speakers

Takuji Okubo | North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network

Takuji is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

Takuji is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

Dimitry Rakin | Associate Director, Economist Corporate Network, North Asia

Dimitry is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

Dimitry is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

Yoshinao Tahara | Managing Director, Head of Transaction Banking Japan, Standard Chartered Bank

Yoshinao Tahara joined the Bank in 2011, and was promoted to Head of Transaction Banking in Japan in 2014. He also has experience of working at Regional Transaction Banking, Greater China & North Asia, based in Hong Kong. In 2019, he was appointed as group Managing Director for further roles and responsibilities.

In his assigned role, he was instrumental in delivering a number of new global banking business as well as in driving asset origination & distribution business, and took the lead in business development for the bank, with his capability of 1) strategic business planning and execution as well as 2) trusted advisor for client coverage and origination, in establishing various new projects and initiatives, including 1) global network origination model, 2) corporate treasury solutions and 3) Fintech/digital banking services as country manager.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, he was engaged in various senior roles at MUFG (Former UFJ Bank) and HSBC in Japan, New York and London, as senior manager of structured finance and corporate finance at MUFG, as well as Head of Trade, Head of Commercial Banking and Osaka branch manager at HSBC respectively.

Yoshinao Tahara joined the Bank in 2011, and was promoted to Head of Transaction Banking in Japan in 2014. He also has experience of working at Regional Transaction Banking, Greater China & North Asia, based in Hong Kong. In 2019, he was appointed as group Managing Director for further roles and responsibilities.

In his assigned role, he was instrumental in delivering a number of new global banking business as well as in driving asset origination & distribution business, and took the lead in business development for the bank, with his capability of 1) strategic business planning and execution as well as 2) trusted advisor for client coverage and origination, in establishing various new projects and initiatives, including 1) global network origination model, 2) corporate treasury solutions and 3) Fintech/digital banking services as country manager.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, he was engaged in various senior roles at MUFG (Former UFJ Bank) and HSBC in Japan, New York and London, as senior manager of structured finance and corporate finance at MUFG, as well as Head of Trade, Head of Commercial Banking and Osaka branch manager at HSBC respectively.