March 16, 2021(Tue) 15:00-18:30*<SGT, Tentative>
NIKKEI FORUM INNOVATIVE ASIA
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
MM Research Institute, Nikkei Inc.
Secretariat of Global Forum on AI Network Society
9:30-9:35 Opening Remarks
9:35-10:05 Keynote Lecture
10:05-10:40 Keynote Dialogue
10:40-12:00 Panel Discussion 1: Data Economy Spurred by Artificial Intelligence
13:00-13:20 Honor Lecture
13:20-13:50 Special Lecture 1
13:50-14:20 Special Lecture 2
14:20-15:40 Panel Discussion 2: Expectations for AI in the ‘New Normal’
15:55-16:15 Lecture 1
16:15-16:35 Lecture 2
16:35-17:55 Panel Discussion 3: Governing the Future of AI-Ready Society
17:55-18:00 Closing remarks
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications (TBC)
State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications (TBC)
Robert J. GORDON
Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Economics,
Robert J. Gordon is one of the world’s leading experts on inflation, unemployment, and long-term economic growth. His recent work on the rise and fall of American economic growth and the widening of the U. S. income distribution have been widely cited, and in 2016 he was named as one of Bloomberg’s top 50 most influential people in the world. Gordon is author of “The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the US Standard of Living Since the Civil War” (published in January 2016 by the Princeton University Press). He is also author of “Macroeconomics”, twelfth edition, and of “The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices, The American Business Cycle”, and “The Economics of New Goods”. Gordon is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and a Fellow of both the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Japan Center for Economic Research
Graduated from the Department of Regional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo in 1970; joined the Economic Planning Agency (which later became Cabinet Office); Department of Economics and Statistics, OECD (Paris) in 1976; became Professor of the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo in 1996; Director General in charge of economic assessment and policy analysis at the Cabinet Office in 2001; named Deputy Governor, Bank of Japan in 2003; President, Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office in 2008; President, Japan Center for Economic Research, from 2010. Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo.
Specializes in Economics, International Finance, and Monetary Policy.
Recent publications are “Negative Interest Rate Policy*” (Nikkei Publishing Inc., co-authored, 2016), “Dilemma of Monetary Policy Normalization*” (Nikkei Publishing Inc., co-authored, 2018), and “2060 Digital & Global Economy*” (Nikkei Publishing Inc., co-authored, 2019) * all written in Japanese.
Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy,
Professor of Economics,
The University of Tokyo
Hiroshi Ohashi’s areas of research include industrial organization, competition policy, and science and technology policy. he previously taught as Assistant Professor at Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prof. Ohashi has been a Chief Researcher at Competition Policy Research Center at Japan Fair Trade Commission, and a Faculty Fellow and Program Director at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry. He is also a Council member for Promotion of Regulatory Reform at the Cabinet Office of Japan.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and B.A. from the University of Tokyo.
Professor, College of Economics,
Aoyama Gakuin University
Banri Ito received a B.A., a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics (2009) from Keio University. His research interests include international trade and investment, digital economy and cross-border data transfer, protectionism, and technology transfer and intellectual property rights. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Economics at Aoyama Gakuin University (2016-19) and Senshu University (2009-15), a Visiting Scholar in the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University (2014-15), Fellow(Adjunct), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (2009-14), a Visiting Fellow, Economic and Social Research Institute Cabinet Office (2007-11), a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (2007-09), and a Research Associate at the Global Security Research Institute in Keio University (2005-07).
He has published articles in “Research Policy, Review of International Economics, Review of World Economics”, among others.
Chair, Sub-Committee on Digital Economy,
Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN)
After graduating from Rikkyo University's Department of Sociology, Shinichi Urakawa worked as systems Chief and Director at IBM Japan Ltd., managing major projects for financial institutions. He joined the boards of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. and Nipponkoa Insurance Co.,Ltd. in 2013. He has been President & CEO of Sompo System Inc. since 2014, and Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. since 2020.
Currently, Urakawa is leading Sompo's project of transforming its mission-critical systems. In addition, he is active in a number of other organizations, serving as the planning chairperson of the Japan Business Federation’s Committee on Digital Economy; the chairperson of the taskforce of the JBF's Council on Digital Transformation; a member of the Cabinet Committee on the Principles of Human-Centric AI Society; director of the Systems Innovation Center (SIC); a member of the NEDO Technical Committee; the comptroller of the Society of Project Management; and a board member of the Computer Software Association of Japan (CSAJ).
Founder and CEO,
Having developed DMPs, MA tools, and other systems that utilize personal data on a company-centered basis, and felt the limits of data collection and utilization in an opaque state that individuals cannot control, and established DataSign to ensure transparency in data utilization and to realize fair data distribution centered on individuals. The "paspit" developed by DataSign is the first to receive regular certification as an information bank (TPDMS).
And also a member of following; - MyData Japan (Board Member), - Trusted Web Promotion Council, Cabinet Secretariat, - ISO/TC 307 Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies Domestic Deliberation Committee, - Study Group for Ideal Approaches to a Certification Scheme Concerning Functions of Information Trust, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Executive Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer,
Taro Shimada joined Toshiba in October 2018 as Corporate Digital Business Chief Strategy Officer. He serves as Chief Digital Officer, responsible for supporting Toshiba’s digital transformation and spearheading strategic business creation and promotion since April 2019. He was appointed CEO & Representative Director of Toshiba Data Corporation in February 2020 and President and CEO of Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation in April 2020. He has also contributed to the activities of Industrie 4.0 in Germany and Connected Industries in Japan.
Mr. Shimada began his career in1990 at ShinMaywa Industries Kobe, where he worked on aircraft for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In 1999 he joined Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, a part of Siemens, and took on a series of progressively senior post at Siemens KK, and at Siemens HQ in Germany. Immediately prior to joining Toshiba, Mr. Shimada was Executive Operating Officer at Siemens K.K. He has been a guest professor at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, since April 2020.
Dean, Graduate School of Economics,
Professor of Economics,
The University of Tokyo
Before joining the University of Tokyo in October 2011, Tsutomu Watanabe was professor at Hitotsubashi University (1999-2011) and senior economist at the bank of Japan (1982-1999). He has held visiting positions at various universities, including Kyoto University, Bocconi University, and Colombia University. He received his Ph.D in economics from Harvard University in 1992 and did his undergraduate work at the University of Tokyo. Watanabe’s main research area is monetary policy and inflation dynamics. He is known for his series of papers on monetary policy when nominal interest rates bounded at zero. In particular, his paper on optimal monetary policy at the zero lower bound is widely recognized as the first paper to provide a simple description of the liquidity trap in dynamic stochastic general equilibrium setting and to characterize the optimal policy response to it. He is the author of many books and more than 60 academic journal articles on monetary policy, inflation dynamics, and international finance. He has developed the Nikkei-UTokyo Daily Price Index® with Kota Watanabe, and is principal founder of Nowcast Inc.
Professor, Faculty of Global Informatics,
Project Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies,
The University of Tokyo
Sudo Osamu graduated from Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo, Ph.D. He had served as Professor at the University of Tokyo since April 1999 after completing his assignments as Associate Professor and serving in other capacities there. He also worked as The Dean of GSIII, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo (2012–2015) , the Director of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education at the University of Tokyo (2016-March 2020).
Public Posts: Chair of Council on AI Network Society, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (2016–Present), Chair of Council on the Human Centric AI Society, Cabinet Office (2018–Present)，Japanese Member of the AI Group of experts, OECD (2018–2019)，Japanese Member of High-level Conference on AI, UNESCO (2019).
Member of the OECD Network of AI Experts (ONE AI)（2020-）,Member of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the preparation of a draft text of a recommendation on the ethics of AI, UNESCO (2020), Member of WG : Responsible AI in Global Partnership on AI(G-PAI)（2020）.
Other than decorating him with the aforementioned honors, in 2016, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications bestowed upon him an award for his contribution to the world's first implementation of 4K high-definition test broadcasting.
Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Professor of Technology, Operations and Statistics
New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business
Arun Sundararajan’s research studies how digital technologies transform business, government and civil society, with a recent focus on artificial intelligence, corporate venture capital, digital governance, platform power and the future of work. His best-selling book, “The Sharing Economy,” published by the MIT Press, has been translated into many languages including Japanese.
Prof. Sundararajan has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils on Technology, Values and Policy, and on the New Economic Agenda, and an advisor to or board member of organizations that include the City of New York, the City of Seoul, Walmart Corporation and the Carnegie Council. He holds degrees in electrical engineering, applied economics and management science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester. He is an occasional angel investor.
Professor, Department of Biomedical Data Intelligence, Graduate School of Medicine,
Born on June 17, 1970 in Osaka, Japan
Education: Pharm D., Kyoto University (2000)
2003 Associate professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
2008 – 2013 Program-specific professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
2013 -present Senior visiting scientist, RIKEN Center for Computational Science (additional post）
2014 – 2015 Program-specific professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
2014 – 2020 Senior visiting scientist, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
2015 -present Visiting Director, Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe, Center for Cluster Development and Coordination（additional post）
2016 -present Professor, Department of Biomedical Data Intelligence, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
2017 -present Deputy Program Director, Medical Sciences Innovation Hub Program Cluster for Science, Technology and Innovation Hub, RIKEN（additional post）
MM Research Institute
Former Editorial Writer, Nikkei, Inc.
Waichi Sekiguchi is president of MM research Institute, a Japanese research and consulting firm for information technology and he used to an editorial writer for Nikkei, the largest economic daily in the world. He joined Nikkei in 1982 and has been covering the IT industry and cyberspace issues for over 30 years. As a Washington correspondent during the Bush and Clinton Administrations in the early 90s, Sekiguchi covered US trade and government policies. He was a Fulbright fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in the late 80s and was a chief writer for the English edition of the Nikkei. Sekiguchi served as a news commentator for a NHK World TV program "Nikkei Japan Report" in 2009-2012 and as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo in 2015-2019. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University. He is currently a visiting professor at Hosei University Business School and the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) at the International University of Japan.
Professor, Graduate School Of Media Design,
Nanako Ishido graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo and conducted research as a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab. Ishido later founded and became the president of CANVAS, Digital Ehon and Learning of Tomorrow. She currently serves as a professor at Keio University.
She is a member of many Ministry Committees including Information and Communications Council of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). She concurrently servers as a member of NHK Central Broadcast Programs Council and is the director of Digital Signage Consortium. Ph.D. in Media and Governance.
Her publications include “What is Programming Education? 45 questions that parents want to know”, “Children’s Creativity Switch!” and “Digital Education Manifesto” and more. To date, she has delivered 3,000 workshops to approximately 500,000 children. Children’s creative workshop exhibition "Workshop Collection", which Ishido serves as a committee chairperson, draws a large crowd with 100,000 people visiting the event in just two days.
President and CEO,
Visiting Professor, Shizuoka University, Visiting Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo. Former Director at Recruit Institute of Technology and Executive Manager of R&D at Recruit Holdings.
Fellow, Head of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Dr. Seishi Okamoto joined Fujitsu Laboratories Limited in 1991. Since then, he has been engaged in research and development of artificial intelligence such as machine learning, reasoning, natural language processing, and knowledge retrieval. Worked on development of new big data businesses and training of data scientists for three years from 2011 at Fujitsu Limited. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Research Representative (From 2005 to 2008). Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo (From 2008 to 2013). JST ERATO panel member (2019). Ph.D. (Science).
Artificial Intelligence Research Group Team Leader in Society,
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)
Hiroshi Nakagawa graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1975 and completed doctoral course at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (Doctor of Engineering) in 1980. He worked at Yokohama National University Faculty of Engineering (1980-1999). Professor, Information Technology Center, the University of Tokyo (1999), Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo (2018), Artificial Intelligence Research Group Team Leader in Society, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Research (2018-present).
His areas of expertise are artificial intelligence, privacy protection, artificial intelligence ethics, how to apply artificial intelligence in society, digital heritage and personal AI agents.
Major books: "Historical History of AI Research, Artificial Intelligence and Humans / Society" (partial writing, Keiso Shobo, 2020), “AI threats, history, ethics seen from the back side'' (Modern Science 2019), "Introduction to Privacy Protection -Legal System and Technology-".(Keiso Shobo. 2016), "The University of Tokyo Engineering Course Information Engineering" Machine Learning "(Maruzen 2015).
Founder and CEO, Institution for a Global Society
Project Professor, Keio University
Masahiro Fukuhara is the CEO and Founder of Institution for a Global Society. Before IGS, he was with MUFG and then with Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), where he became the youngest managing director. After establishing the IGS in 2010, he has developed a range of HR-Tech and Ed-Tech solutions, GROW, making use of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Bias-free technology to systematically assess personality traits and competencies (soft-skills) of students and professionals. Today, GROW applications ranges from predictive recruitment to growth monitoring, on various scales, from individual to organization-wide or industry-wide analysis projects.
Mr. Fukuhara majored in statistics and econometrics at Keio University. He obtained his MBA from INSEAD, a Master’s degree in International Finance from HEC, and Ph.D. from Tsukuba University.
Andrew W. WYCKOFF
OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Andrew W. Wyckoff oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas.
His experience prior to the OECD includes being a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications and Commerce program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and a programmer at The Brookings Institution.
He has served as an expert on various advisory groups and panels which include joining the Global Board of Trustees of Digital Future Society (DFS), being a Commissioner on the Lancet/FT Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission, the International Advisory Board of the Research Council of Norway and Head of OECD’s Delegation at the G20 and G7 meetings on ICT and Digital Economy.
Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Global Informatics,
Doctor (Pol’ Stud.) 2007, Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan); LL.M. 1990, Cornell University (Ithaca, New York); and LL.B. 1984, Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan). Admitted New York State Bar in and after Apr. 1991. He has been professor of law (tenured) since 2004 at Chuo University. He was the founder of the Faculty of Global Informatics and has been Dean thereof since its foundation in Apr. 2019. Before that he had been Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies since 2013 till 2019. Before he became the tenured professor at Chuo University, he had been General Counsel, Legal Department, NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). He wrote, “inter alia, ROBOT LAW “ (2nd ed. 2019, Kobundo, in Japanese), “AMERICAN CONTRACTS (2009, Chuo Univ. Press, in Japanese), “AMERICAN TORTS “(2006, Chuo Univ. Press, in Japanese) and “ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND CYBER LAW” (1999, NTT Press, in Japanese). He has been active in the field of ELSI of AI including, but not limited to: a member of AIGO (AI expert Group at Oecd)(Paris, France); a member of Council for Social Principles of Human-centric AI, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan; and Chairperson, Committee on AI R&D Principles, Conference toward AI Network Society, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (MIC).
Principal Executive Advisor,
NTT DATA Corporation
Toshio Iwamoto graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo and started his career in 1976 at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, currently NTT Corporation.
Early in his career, as a system engineer, and later, a project manager, he oversaw a number of large-scale projects for the central government, the Bank of Japan, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, contributing significantly to the development of Japan’s information technology sector.
He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NTT DATA Corporation between 2012 and 2018. In this role, he aggressively promoted business growth both domestically and internationally.
He serves as Principal Executive Advisor of NTT DATA Corporation.
Mr. Iwamoto is the author of IT Kofuku-ron (2013) or The Never-Ending Progress - How Information Technology is Making the World a Better Place, a book on how IT can assist corporate management and contribute to creating a better society. In 2018 he published his most recent book, “Working for Yourself”, sharing his views on how to turn your life into something of value.
Professor of law,
Ph.D. in law (Tokyo University), LL.B. (Tokyo University). Prof. Kozuka has been teaching at Gakushuin University since 2010, after having taught at Chiba University (Chiba) and Sophia University (Tokyo). He specialises in commercial and corporate law, and has researched, among others, the commercial law aspect of technologies, such as the artificial intelligence and space exploration.
His recent publications in Japanese include: The Law in the Era of AI (2019, Iwanami Shoten), Introduction to Space Law for Space Entrepreneurs (second edition, 2018, Yuhikaku. Co-edited by M. Sato), and The Law on Payment Systems (third edition, 2018, Shojihomu. Co-authored by H. Morita). As publication in English, he edited: S. Kozuka (ed.), Implementing the Cape Town Convention and the Domestic Laws on Secured Transactions (Springer, 2017).
Prof. Kozuka is the Chair of the Panel of Legal Experts of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and is correspondent of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit).
Guest Professor, Research Center on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues,
Mr. Sanbe graduated from Waseda University, and earned LL.M. from Columbia Law School.
He is an attorney-at-law admitted in Japan and New York, and is a partner with Atsumi & Sakai.
Mr. Sanbe provides legal services for innovative fields including AI, blockchain and smart cities, and is in charge of governance and risk management of companies in such fields.
He is also acting as a member of the Committee on AI Governance of the “Conference toward AI Network Society” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and of committees set up by other ministries.
Mr. Sanbe concurrently serves as a Guest Professor of the Research Center on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues which was established by Osaka University in April 2020, where he engages in study of how we may practically resolve ethical, legal and social issues of emerging science and technology.
Professor, the Faculty of Policy Studies
Toshiya Jitsuzumi holds an LLB from the University of Tokyo, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a DSc from the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University.
Before joining Chuo University, he was a professor at the Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University. Previously, he worked for 18 years at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (now Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications [MIC]), Japan. During 2007-2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, as an Abe Fellow sponsored by the Social Science Research Council/Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. His research interests include telecommunications/Internet policy, and current focus is on net neutrality and platform regulation. He has been a member of MIC'S committees on AI network and net neutrality. He served as a vice-chair of OECD Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy in 2017, as a vice-chair of the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy from 2018 to 2019, as a WG steering member of Global Partnership on AI.
VP, Senior Chief Researcher, AI Collaboration Office,
Director, Sony AI
Masahiro Fujita graduated from Waseda University in 1981 and received a Master's degree (MSEE) from University of California Irvine in 1989. In 1981, he joined Sony Corporation and developed the entertainment robot AIBO and the small humanoid QRIO. Afterwards, he studied a new approach to realize self-development intelligence focusing embodiment and dynamics. In 2018, he became Senior Chief Researcher and started some new project such as gastronomy projects and AI Ethics project. In 2020, he will become a Director of Sony AI whose mission is to unleash human imagination and creativity with AI including Gastronomy project. In 2018, he worked to release Sony Group AI Ethics Guidelines and in 2019, to establish Sony Group AI Ethics Committee, and he is the head of Secretariate.