December 6, 2018 | Tokyo

The Year Ahead

For global CEOs, 2019 will see their investment opportunities defined by the ongoing tectonic shifts in the global economy. With Japan set to be at the center of these developments, Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead will come to Tokyo for the first time this December.

What’s next. Right now.

From Donald Trump’s America First trade policy, to China asserting itself more on the global stage, and the disruption created by the expanding deployment of A.I., the issues for global CEOs to consider are myriad.

With Japan set to be at the center of these developments, Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead will come to Tokyo for the first time this December. Join us for this globally focused summit, as market-moving CEOs from across the world help shape the conversation around the most important trends and challenges facing every executive in the year ahead.

December 6 - Thursday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Morning Refreshments

8:55 am

Welcoming Remarks


9:00 am

The Year Ahead - TPP11 and Japan-US Trade Negotiations


9:25 am

The End of the Old Order? Impact on Alliances & Markets

At the end of an eventful 2018, we chart the year ahead for global politics and business.


In conversation with

9:50 am

Spotlight: Mitsui & Co.

CEO Yasunaga shares his vision for one of Japan’s largest trading houses.


In conversation with

10:10 am

More Women, More Robots, Less Jobs

3 leading women share their personal career stories and look to a future shaped by increasingly effective diversity and inclusion efforts and the dawn of ubiquitous A.I.


In conversation with

10:40 am

The Greatest Show on Earth: Tokyo 2020

We talk to the Governor to hear her vision for Tokyo and check in on
Olympic Games preparations tested early by the 2019 Rugby World


In conversation with

11:00 am

The Year in Review & The Year Ahead

David Dwyer profiles companies that face unusual challenges in the coming year or are poised to release products or services with blockbuster potential.


  • David Dwyer

    Global Director of Research, Bloomberg Intelligence

11:10 am

Networking Break

11:30 am

The Robot & The Human: Creating the Right Balance

How do we strike the right balance between human-to-human interactions and artificial intelligence in business and society?


In conversation with

12:00 pm

Spotlight: Japan Post Holdings

President Nagato gives us insight into the future of one of the largest companies in the world by assets.


In conversation with

12:20 pm

Japan's New Corporate Governance Champions

We sit down with the executives helping Japan Inc. regain its global reputation for good corporate governance and innovative corporate cultures.


  • Takumi Shibata

    President & CEO, Nikko Asset Management

  • Miki Tsusaka

    Senior Partner & Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Boston Consulting Group

In conversation with

12:45 pm

Spotlight: Miwako Date

President Date shares her outlook for tourism in Japan, the future of Mori Trust, and her role as one of Japan’s most prominent female executives.


In conversation with

1:05 pm

The Future of Banking

We hear how technology will continue to change the industry and identify other trends that will emerge in the year ahead and beyond.


  • Tetsuya Kodama

    Chairman, Barclays Securities Japan Limited & Barclays Bank PLC Tokyo Branch

1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:55 pm

The Future of Fun: Integrated Resorts in Japan

Potential entrants into Japan’s new IR industry give their roadmap to being fully open and operational.


In conversation with

2:20 pm

The Year Ahead for Finance & Markets: 2019 Outlook

Leading investors offer their competing visions for the sectors and nations you should invest in next year.


In conversation with

2:50 pm

Solving the Wave-Power Puzzle

This scuba diving physicist tells us how he plans to create perpetual wave power, 24 hours a day.


3:00 pm

Bloomberg Businessweek The Year Ahead Issue

The editor of Bloomberg Businessweek on the major trends, innovations, disruptions and cultural shifts that will define the year ahead – plus the players to watch out for in politics and business.


3:10 pm

Spotlight: The Year Ahead for Global Automakers

We quiz Nissan’s chief designer on the future of design within the
global auto industry.


In conversation with

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks



Davide Agnelli

Managing Director IDEO

Alfonso Albaisa

Senior Vice President, Global Design Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Eva Chen

CEO and Co-founder Trend Micro

Miwako Date

President and CEO Mori Trust Co., Ltd.

David Dwyer

Global Director of Research Bloomberg Intelligence

Ichiro Fujisaki

President and CEO Nakasone Peace Institute

William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV

U.S. Ambassador to Japan United States of America

Yoshihiro Hidaka

President & CEO Yamaha Motor

Lawrence Ho

Chairman and CEO Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Yoko Ishikura

Professor Emeritus Hitotsubashi University

Masahiro Kasuya

CEO Meltin MMI

Kinji Kato

Executive Managing Director, North Asia and CEO Natixis Investment Managers Japan Co. Ltd

Tetsuya Kodama

Chairman Barclays Securities Japan Limited & Barclays Bank PLC Tokyo Branch

Yuriko Koike

Governor Tokyo

Bo Young Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Uber

Virginie Maisonneuve

Chief Investment Officer Eastspring Investments

Kathy Matsui

Vice Chair Goldman Sachs Japan

Toshimitsu Motegi

Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Japan

Jim Murren

Chairman & CEO MGM Resorts International

Masatsugu Nagato

President & CEO Japan Post Holdings

Akiko Naka

Founder & CEO Wantedly

Katherine Rabin

CEO Glass Lewis

Takumi Shibata

President & CEO Nikko Asset Management

Tsumoru Shintake

Professor of Physics Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology

Miki Tsusaka

Senior Partner & Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer Boston Consulting Group

Tatsuo Yasunaga

President & CEO Mitsui & Co., Ltd

Editorial Hosts

Tracy Alloway

Executive Editor, Asia News Desk Bloomberg

Peter Elstrom

Executive Editor, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Stephen Engle

Chief North Asia Correspondent Bloomberg Television

Yuki Hagiwara

Reporter, Tokyo Bloomberg

Kae Inoue

Senior Reporter Bloomberg

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Mark Miller

Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Isabel Reynolds

Government Reporter, Tokyo Bloomberg

Marty Schenker

Chief Content Officer Bloomberg

Kazunori Takada

Managing Editor, Japan and Korea Bloomberg

Joel Weber

Editor Bloomberg Businessweek


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