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Where Japan has led, the western world has largely followed, with manufacturing losing competitiveness, financial sectors hitting trouble, technological change challenging old industries, and ageing demographies imposing heavy burdens on public finances and productivity. But Japan's early experience of these changes also means that some Japanese corporations and sectors have already begun the process of adapting.
What is the potential for Japan in today's world? In this program, a group of prominent panel members including former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bill Emmott, discusses the future role and strengths of Japan in this new global economy.
Bill Emmott(Journalist; former Editor-in-Chief, The Economist)
International journalist and economist based in London. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist for 13 years from 1993. Prior to that, in the 1980s, he served as a bureau chief in Tokyo. He has written extensively on Japan's economy such as "The Sun Also Sets" (1989) and "The Sun Also Rises" (2005). Now, writing a book on how to revive western societies, including Japan.
Jesper Koll(Japan Strategist)
Jesper Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. He has been serving as chief economist and Japan strategist for several investment banks and asset managers. He has been consistently ranked as one of Japan's top strategists and has served in several government advisory committees. He has written two books in Japanese, has given several TEDx talks and has been a regular commentator for Japanese and international TV news programs. Mr Koll is also a member of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan association of corporate executives.
Hiroyuki Fujita(Founder, President & CEO, Quality Electrodynamics)
Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita is Founder, President and CEO of Quality Electrodynamics (QED) in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2006, Dr. Fujita founded QED, a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art MRI radiofrequency antennas/coils. In 2009, Forbes magazine named QED 11th on the list of the most promising top 20 companies in America.
In recognition of growing a successful high-tech manufacturing company in the U.S., President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Dr. Fujita to be an honored guest in the First Lady's Box at the 2012 State-of-the-Union Address. He received the 2013 Presidential Award for Export (President's E-Award) from the U.S. Department of Commerce and is now the Co-Chair of the subcommittee on Energy Policy within the U.S. Manufacturing Council for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Frederick H. Katayama(Journalist, Anchor/ Producer of Reuters Television, Board Director of the U.S.-Japan Council and Japan Society)