June C28 – Understanding Data Intensive Applications In Entertainment, Science, And Technology

“BIG DATA and Artificial Intelligence have become commonly used terms these days. We know that a huge share of all data consists of Netflix streams, Social Media messages, tracking of internet usage preferences, content in ERP and CRM systems. Autonomous driving will be also very data intensive.

The June CEO Insights luncheon will highlight few examples from different areas : Movie Industry, Life Science, Manufacturing Industries, and the Medical Field. Some applications blur the line between reality and science fiction.”  The discussion will be lead by Mr. Stefan Sacre, CEO of Carl Zeiss Japan.

More About Stefan

Trained as physicist and engineer he started his career as professor at Tokyo University. After a term as agent at the European Commission he joined industry- as CEO of sensor and automation companies. Now he is with ZEISS.

Date: 14 June 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

June OTR- A Private CEO Meeting In Ginza (Riedel)

Riedel Ginza

In our June OTR evening, we will assemble for catching up and drinks in central Tokyo, Ginza.  In this casual get together of Asia’s leading CEOs and other c-levels, you’ll be able to sample wine and other drinks at Riedel cool showroom and tasting in central Tokyo.

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

**Please note that there will be no food available at the show room.  Of course, plenty of wine and other drinks like our other OTR events

Nov G3 – The Future of the Japan Mega Companies

The Future Of The Japan Mega Companies

Japan pulled itself out of the ashes of a devastating world war to become the worlds second largest economy. This impressive achievement was not just from the hard work and team work of many people, it was also under girded by a number of powerful Japanese corporate groups made up of companies in trading, heavy equipment, real estate, consumer electronics, elevators, finance, and many other areas of business. Recently many foreign firms have come into the Japan market and diluted some of the mega company’s power. However, Japan-based firms still show their financial strength in transactions such as Nikkei’s acquisition of the UK-based Financial Times, and Takeda Pharmaceutical’s active buying of firms around the world.

In the November CEO Insights meeting, we will welcome Mr. Yoshihiko Kawamura, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, General Manager of Investment Strategy Division and Future Investment Division of Hitachi Ltd.  Mr. Kawamura has extensive experiences both in Japan and by representing large firms such as Mitsubishi Corporation and The World Bank in their global business development experiences as well.  He is a Cambridge University-educated economist, while finished AMP at Harvard Business School. 

Join us for this off the record discussion about the future of Japan Mega companies and a good discussion about the constantly moving global market place.

Date: 13 Nov 2018 (Tuesday)
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

Situation Room- Experience & Learn How To Interact Within a Crisis As CEO

Social media storms, investigative bloggers and fake news campaigns: With the advancement of technology and new communication channels, top management is facing a truly challenging environment – Japan is no exception to that.

Does the classic crisis manual work in the digital age? Is traditional, paper-and-pencil-based crisis training still sufficient? How can management teams of foreign firms in Japan be realistically prepared to deal with a major corporate issue today?

In this special CI members event, join Jochen Legewie, Partner at strategic communications consultancy CNC and Christoph Wegener, Developer of the CNC Situation Room, for an interactive session to experience the current trends of crisis management in the digital age and to receive an insight into the CNC Situation Room – a digital, fully interactive, real-time crisis simulation tool. Thrill, fun and lots of insights to take back and apply guaranteed.

Find out more about this tool in a short video here

Date: Friday, 27 Oct 2017, 12:30 – 14:00
Venue: Roppongi Hills Club – Proteus
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan



Nov C8 Luncheon- From Joint Venture To Adventure- Building A Direct Sales Team (Stokke)

When a company experiences success in it’s home market, it’s influence begins to spread. Foreigners visiting that market see the products and interest can spread via word of mouth or marketing efforts.

Many companies opt for selecting a company in foreign markets to promote, sell and service their products in a foreign country. This is how Stokke of Norway entered Japan almost 40 years ago with their by now iconic Tripp Trapp high chair.

In the November C8 meeting, we’ll have special guest Jan Steiner. He is the president of Stokke Japan, the baby goods brand who went from a joint venture relationship, to a direct sales operation in a matter of months. Mr. Steiner will share insights on items such as

-Learning how to influence the channels in Japan
-From old to new. HR issues and how to find the right people for Japan.
-Syncing a global brand with a local market

Mr. Steiner is not new to starting business in Japan. He’s one of the original 6 from Sweden who fired up the IKEA business in the land of the rising sun.

Date- Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 1230PM-1400PM
Roppongi Hills Club- Roppongi Hills Club- Italian Restaurant- La Cucina
51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan

C20 2013 Nov- Raising The Next Generation For Management Of The Business

Looking at the stock market of any country 50 years ago we see a very different set up companies then what we have now. In some cases, we see only 1 or 2 companies that continue on in business for multiple generations.

Businesses are not just about providing great products and services. They are also about experience for not only the customer, but also the employee. With a shrinking market of hard-working youth, the challenges could be amplified.

What can CEOs and the management team do to build the next generation of leadership? What ethics, operations, and business operations are necessary for creating a business that will last? What things must we stick to in our corporate culture, and what must we ditch?

This will prove to be a very enlightening discussion as the topic was chosen by you.

Date- Friday, 8 Nov 1230PM-1400PM
Bangkok Kitchen (Yurakucho)
Ginza Gurasse Building 8F
3-2-15 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Pls ask for C20/Private Room

2013 Fall CEO Forum- What Every CEO Must Know About The Protection of Confidential Business Information

Oakwood and AINEO Networks are pleased to sponsor the Fall CEO Forum of 2013.

The CEO Forum is a gathering of CEOs from the world’s leading companies running businesses in Asia and Australia connecting and sharing insights.

The event is on Wednesday, 23 October from 7PM. There is more information here.

Fall CEO Forum

What Every CEO Must Know About The Protection of Confidential Business Information

Countless of companies have learned the hard way about how important it is to protect confidential business information in China. Key team members have been stolen, company secrets have been leaked, and some companies have seen their products outright copied and just re-tagged with another brand-name. That’s China, but how about Japan?

Japan is a much easier country for Western companies to do business in, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of challenges. The CEO must have a knowledgeable team but also understand for themselves what they need to be doing to protect confidential information within their enterprise. The CEO must understand-

1) How to protect confidential information, IP, processes with the team

2) Keep your information out of the hands of the competitor

3) The extend of the law and practice for copyright and other intellectual property issues.

At the Fall CEO Forum, seasoned Japan-based international attorney Mr. Jean-Denis Marx will be presenting insights in these areas and kicking off a discussion at our exclusive event on insights of what every CEO must know about protecting confidential company information.

Join us at the Fall CEO Forum. Space is limited.

Registration is required and is online here.

Looking forward to another enlightening meeting.

C20 Meeting 2013 October- The Country That Japan Businesses Can’t Ignore

This month we will draw on our own expertise and dive into a topic no CEOs in Japan can ignore: China.

Every CEO has to deal with China in one way or the other; as a growing market, as an emerging competitor, the new focus of headquarters’ attention. Where do we stand in Japan?

Among all major countries, Japanese dislike and distrust China by far the most. On the other hand, Japanese firms are among the strongest investors in China. In 2012, Japanese firms bucked the trend of overall declining foreign investment into China by raising their investments from Japan by a hefty 16 percent.

At the C20, we’ll hear from member CEO businesses about the current state of relations between Japan and China. Things that will likely be covered are-

-Is the Senkaku issue really a threat for our business?
-Is there a downward revision in China’s economy and how does/will it affect us?
-What is the status of our personnel exchange between Japan and China?

Date- Friday, 11 October 2013

2F Washington Room
Tokyo American Club
2-1-2 Azabudai
Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8649

C8 Meeting 2013 October- Finding The Balance Between Motivating The Team And A Fun Environment

As a society that is very much post-industrial age and deeply into the digital age, many of the challenges for companies of yesteryear have changed for the firms of today.  However, for human resources, many of the challenges remain the same.  Finding good people, training them to be better, and keeping them in your business taking good care of the clients is essential..

In the October CEO Luncheon, we’ll be talking about what happens inside the office and how to keep the balance between motivating the team but also keeping the environment interesting so that you can retain a great team.  We’ll be discussing areas such as-

-Must have programs for building your team intuitively
-Identifying strong leaders, developing them and empowering them
-Corporate image- what to protect and what to eject

Date- Thursday, 10 October 2013 1230PM-1400PM
Roppongi Hills Club- Roppongi Hills Club- Italian Restaurant- La Cucina
51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan

C8 Meeting 2013 September- Insights On the Food Business In Japan

Japan has many sales points that attract interest from around the world.  The advanced cities, the hard working population, and the highly effecient transportation system are standouts.  But if you have spent much time in Tokyo, you know that food in Japan is usually top notch.  Japanese have high standards for what is grown, imported, or raised before it is put before them.

In the September CEO (C8 Meeting), one of our own CEOs will give us his insights of over 28 years in the Japanese food business.  Ernest Higa is well-known for bringing Domino Pizza to Japan.  However that is the tip of the iceberg for Ernie and his company Higa Industries.  He runs restaurants but he also imports various foods into Japan.  His family is well-versed in the industry from his Japanese American father in Hawaii to even his older sister who is running a food manufacturing business in Japan.

Ernie will share insights on
-What makes the Japanese business so different from the U.S.
-Current challenges for the industry
-Insights on his new Wendy’s hamburger venture which Higa Industries reopened in Month 2011.

Date- Thursday, 12 September 2013 1230PM-1400PM
Roppongi Hills Club- Roppongi Hills Club- Italian Restaurant- La Cucina
51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, 106-6151 Japan