2021 Sept (Thur) – Four Things You MUST Understand About Asia- A Geopolitical Discussion

Japan’s historic role in Asia as viewed from several significant global perspectives. The west, China, Korea, Taiwan, and ASEAN each view Japan and their relationships with her from very different view points, colored by their history with the country. And, Japan sees herself in an equally divergent way, also very much affected by her history and role in the region. These viewpoints color the relationships between these nations, and the way in which they trade, conduct diplomacy, and cooperate within international institutions. A quick flip of the map can help to understand how that came to be, and how it affects doing business in the region as a foreign party.

Four Things We Will Cover-

– How the world views Asia and Japan especially, based on their context in history.
– How Japan views the world and Asia especially, based on its context in history.
– How Taiwan got sandwiched in between these things.
– How all of this is shaping the march of current events, and the likelihood of a coming armed conflict in east Asia.

In this month’s CEO Insights lunch, we will welcome Robert Moss.  Robert is a former US navy officer and helicopter pilot.  Internationally experienced leader with extensive cross-cultural experience. Business Operations, program management, customer relations, business development and sales experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Extensive strategic planning, networking, team building, human resources, and personnel management skills developed over 30+ years in the Aerospace and Defense sector.

16 Sept, 1230PM to 1400PM

2021 Sept (Tues)- How Business Organizations Can Help Your Bottom Line- A Meeting With The CCIFJ

In CEO Insights, we hear a lot about the business issues of our members as well as outside guest c-levels in Japan and globally. One area that we’ve been wanting to cover was the role of business and professional organizations in winning business, influencing good governance and other areas.   Americans extensively used their embassy and chamber to get American cars and aerospace in Japan, the Brits have used their influence to promote UK military products and defense aerospace, and recently German universities have to promote and sell electric vehicle prototypes within Japan to Yamato.  How important are these professional organizations in winning the hearts and minds of new customers nationally?

In the Sept CI network lunch, we will welcome Mr. Nicolas Bonnardel, the Executive Director of the CCI France Japon (the French Chamber of Commerce In Japan).  It’s reported that the CCIFJ has just taken over as the largest foreign chamber organization in Japan.  In this closed door, open discussion with CI bosses, Mr. Bonnardel will share his thoughts on

  • Cases of what companies did to win business locally in their industries
  • How A Chamber can positively influence business
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the JP market

Join us for this time of better understanding how to get your business into positive flow as you interact with other market leaders.

14 Sept 2021, 1230PM to 1400PM

How The Hospitality Industry And The Hotel Business Is Changing In Japan

Mr Seth Sulkin

The astute c-level knows that if you’re not growing with your product in the market place, chances are, you will be left behind in the future.  Businesses have to be constantly enhancing their offerings to meet the needs of the clients, whether it is existing or anticipated.  The hospitality industry in Japan is not typical.  It has many players, mostly offering commodity products, whether it be small rooms of the business hotels, convenient but disconnected from P&L or the higher end luxury hotels that don’t invest in the tech to make themselves most efficient.  With more than 30M inbound tourists in Japan in 2018, it would seem to be a great chance for the hospitality industry is being missed.

In the November CEO Insights lunch (G3), we will welcome Mr. Seth Sulkin who has really set the tone in Real Estate development in energy, shopping malls, and now hospitality.  In our interactive discussion, Seth will share insights into how he is building a new business that takes advantage of the changed market and where he sees the hotel industry heading.

More on Mr. Sulkin-

Seth will share some of his insights on the Japan market, where it has come from and where it is going.  His firm, Pacifica Capital, is now focused on the hospitality industry. Pacifica is building and operating internationally-branded hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Date: 12 November 2019 (Tuesday) RSVP For Members here.

Aug OTR In Nihonbashi

We’ve finally put the abnormally long rainy season behind us.  The heat of summer has certainly hit us.  What a great time to enjoy some time networking with other CEOs.

In our Summer OTR evening, we will catch up for food and drinks in central Tokyo, Nihonbashi.  In this casual get together of Asia’s leading CEOs and other c-levels, you’ll be able to enjoy the quickly developing Nihonbashi area, fondly known as “Mitsui Mura” as Mitsui Fudosan owns so many buildings in the area.

We’ll enjoy the Septieme Restaurant with it’s bar and terrace looking out over the area.

As this is a casual meeting, bosses just need to show up sometime between 1830 and 1900PM and enjoy whatever you like as you catch up with your peers in upper management.  Leave whenever you like and just settle your bill for whatever you consumed when you leave.  We plan to close up between 2030PM and 2100PM.

We will have some c-levels who are not CI Network members also join.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Venue details here

2019 Aug CEO Round Table (G3)

CEO Insights C-Level Network

Most of this year we’ve had some excellent speakers and topics that we have developed regarding marketing, legal, human resources, and other areas of interest for the CEO and the c-level. In August, we’ll do something a bit different.  We’ll be having our members only Round Table.  Round table means we’ll have a list of significant topics, issues, and upcoming market changes to discuss where we’ll gain insights from each other on the latest information.  In the August CEO Insights lunch, we plan (but are not) limited to discuss

  • The latest of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, less that a year away!
  • Predictions for the next rise in consumption tax and it’s affect on the economy as well as our clients in consumer and corporate spending
  • JKC!  (Japan, China, and Korea) What is on the horizon for trade in North Asia and greater Asia?  Will we see another Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong?  Will they get away with claiming remote islands in other territories?  Will Korea and Japan ever figure out their differences?

Join us for an unparalleled chance of getting insights for other industry c-levels

Date: 13 August 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Venue: Roppongi Hills Club

51F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, 106-6151

2019 Aug CEO Round Table (C28)

CEO Insights

Most of this year we’ve had some excellent speakers and topics that we have developed regarding marketing, legal, human resources, and other areas of interest for the CEO and the c-level. In August, we’ll do something a bit different.  We’ll be having our members only Round Table.  Round table means we’ll have a list of significant topics, issues, and upcoming market changes to discuss where we’ll gain insights from each other on the latest information.  In the August CEO Insights lunch, we plan (but are not) limited to discuss

  • The latest of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, less that a year away!
  • Predictions for the next rise in consumption tax and it’s affect on the economy as well as our clients in consumer and corporate spending
  • JKC!  (Japan, China, and Korea) What is on the horizon for trade in North Asia and greater Asia?  Will we see another Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong?  Will they get away with claiming remote islands in other territories?  Will Korea and Japan ever figure out their differences?

Join us for an unparalleled chance of getting insights for other industry c-levels

Date: 9 August 2019 (Friday)

Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Venue: Roppongi Hills Club – the horizon room

51F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, 106-6151

2019 Sayonara Summer – BBQ @ Azabu Gardens (SSBBQ)

Life is not just about knowing people, it’s about knowing good people. There’s no beating the quality of CEO Insights members and our guests around a table. As an executive, it can be lonely at the top and CI fills that void. As we close out and say “sayonara” to summer 2019, we want to give an extra opportunity for our CI groups to get to know each other. The evening of September 26th, we will break away from our regular luncheons and OTRs and have arranged a special event.

This evening of strictly food and networking gives members a chance to catch up with fellow CEOs after a relaxing summer break.

For the evening, real estate developer Pembroke welcomes us back for special outdoor barbecue reception at their luxurious Azabu Gardens property’s Rooftop

Terrace. The catering is by Soul Food House in Azabu. Please sign up early as space is limited to the first 25 CEOs to sign up.

CEO Insights – Sayonara Summer Barbecue (SS BBQ)

When: Thursday, September 26th, 7pm – 9pm.
Where: Azabu Gardens West (Behind Roppongi Hills)
Cost: 9,700 yen / person
RSVP: CI Support Team

*Payments shall be made via credit card (PayPal). Due to booking with the catering, no cancellations or refunds after 5pm on 19 Sept (Thursday).

Special thanks to Azabu Gardens for Hosting this event.

2019 July C28 Red Pill or Blue, How Deep Does The Rabbit Hole Go?

Red Pill or Blue, How Deep Does The Rabbit Hole Go?

Down The Rabbit Hole

Conspiracy theory or truth?

With mainstream media ratings reaching new lows, alternative media, truth seekers and “conspiracy theorists” have gained mind share for some.

  • How do we know what is true and what is “fake news”?
  • Who controls the mainstream media?
  • Who are we giving our personal information to?
  • Was the 2016 election hacked by Russians?
  • Why is Donald Trump orange?
  • “The Truth is Out There”

In July, we’ll take you on a different type of journey, away from P&L, HR, transfer pricing, and other c-level issues.  We’ll have two guests who are heavily involved in internet based services and dabble a bit in the associated cyber security.  You will leave the lunch with insights and more accurate realization of what may or may not be happening around us, and how that affects our business.  Join Brent & Andy in a journey down the rabbit hole as they explore theories from the past and present.

More About Our Guests- 

Information security veterans Brent & Andy  founded Blueshift Data Protection in 2004.  Over the past few decades they have participated in the evolution of security technology and chronicled the various attacks on business and individuals.

Date: 12 July 2019 (Friday)

Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Venue: Roppongi Hills Club – La Cucina

51F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, 106-6151

2019 July G3 How Brands Can Stay Relevant In A Market Moving Towards Cynicism (Japan)

Japan Consumer

Over the past decade, the brand consultancy RISKYBRAND INC. has been taking the pulse of Japanese consumers through its annual nationwide surveys.  In this relatively short span of time, they have witnessed subtle but significant changes in the Japanese’s attitudes, beliefs and purchase behavior, with an on-going shift towards what they call a ‘cynical mindset’.

Understanding what’s driving this shift will be fundamental to help brands maintain their appeal. In the July CI Network lunch, RISKYBRAND CEO Mr. Kazuteru Tasaki will share on the major trends that are expected to affect the future of marketing in Japan and provide practical insights into what can make Japanese consumers tick in the age of cynicism.

Date – Tuesday, 9 July 2019 1230PM-1400PM

Venue –

Roppongi Hills Club: Roppongi Hills Club- la cucina

51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,

6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,

Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan

More About Our Guests

-Kazuteru Tasaki is the CEO and co-founder of RISKYBRAND.

With over 30 years’ experience in market research, Kazuteru is one of the pioneers of psychographic research in Japan. He founded RISKYBRAND in 2001 with Sony top designer Noriaki Kozuka. The agency’s proprietary research engine MINDVOICE®, that gathers data across the values, beliefs and lifestyle of the Japanese, was born from Kazuteru’s strong belief in a more holistic approach to research that apprehends customers not only as consumers, but as individuals, revealing more meaningful layers of insight into what makes them tick. Today RISKYBRAND has evolved into a multi-cultural strategic branding agency that combines deep insights with the power of design to bring beautiful breakthrough to major domestic and international brands, from Toyota to Hilton group.

-Born in a French-Japanese family, Apolline Coat graduated from HEC Business School

in France. After working in various marketing roles between Paris and Tokyo including two years at Evian Japan, she joined RISKYBRAND in January 2018 as a research and strategy planner.

C-Level Summer Networking Event @ Miele in Aoyama

With the start of the Summer, we’re celebrating an evening @ CEO Insights. CEO Insights Members and other guest c-levels are gathering for an evening of food, drink, and networking at CI member company Miele. Miele is a famous whitegoods and electronics manufacturer based in Gütersloh, Germany. Miele offers their appliances about 100 countries around the world. Miele makes appliances including laundry appliances; vacuum cleaners; dishwashers; cooking appliances; and much more. It was recognized in 2015 being the best corporate brand in Germany that year. In 2018, Miele participated in the highly reputable ‘Great Place To Work’ benchmark project, and won first place.

The evening will begin with a welcome from CI chair Spencer Wolfe. CEOs are always wanting to learn about each other’s experiences. Miele Japan, Managing Director, Hideki Matsubara will introduce the Miele brand and its business. The rest of the evening will give CI members and their guests a chance to catch up at the start of the Summer. We are also planning for a special surprise guest. More to come on that.

UPDATE!!

Special Guest- Harry Hill- Getting A Hit In the Japan Market

We are pleased to welcome serial entrepreneur, Mr. Harry Hill as our special guest. Harry has started businesses in real estate, eCommerce, and television shopping.

A passionate and dynamic business and civic leader. Hill served as President and CEO of Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. for 11.5 years from 2006 until 2017. During Hill’s tenure, the company grew from ¥15 billion to ¥68 billion in sales while creating numerous hit products that become household names. Doing business to the consumer as Shop Japan, the company created several long selling product brands, creating new niche categories such contour overlay mattresses, home fitness, ceramic cookware and steam cleaning.

His latest endeavor is starting a new business that is a JV between Gold’s Gym that intregrates fitness and education throughout Japan.

Mr. Hill will be sharing briefly on making hit products in the Japan market.

Event Details:
Date: 13. Jun(Thus) 18:30-20:30 (18:00 Doors Open)
Venue : Miele Center Omotesando
4-23-8 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, TOKYO, 107-0062 JAPAN
Payment: 8,000 yen Sign up here!

(Please sign up by 6 June before 5PM. Space is limited. No refunds or cancellations after 7 June.  Your EA will be contacted for payments will via credit card or bank transfer prior to event).