December 5, 2019 | Tokyo

The Year Ahead

For global CEOs, 2020 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 again this December.

Change is constant

Change is the one constant that unifies global CEOs — and the pace of change only seems to be quickening. Which is why Bloomberg convenes The Year Ahead Summit, an invitation-only event creating a 360-degree view of the most urgent topics facing every executive in the coming year. The issues are myriad, from ongoing geopolitical uncertainty to the next generation of cyber security challenges to the radically changing nature of work in the age of A.I. to the most promising new global investment opportunities. Join Bloomberg this fall to help shape the conversation around the most important trends, issues and challenges every executive will need to consider in 2020 and beyond.

2018 Agenda

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


2018 Speakers

Davide Agnelli

IDEO Managing Director

Alfonso Albaisa

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

Eva Chen

Trend Micro CEO and Co-founder

Miwako Date

Mori Trust Co., Ltd. President and CEO

David Dwyer

Bloomberg Intelligence Global Director of Research

Ichiro Fujisaki

Nakasone Peace Institute President and CEO

William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV

United States of America U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Yoshihiro Hidaka

Yamaha Motor President & CEO

Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman & CEO

Yoko Ishikura

Hitotsubashi University Professor Emeritus

Masahiro Kasuya

Meltin MMI CEO

Kinji Kato

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

Tetsuya Kodama

Barclays Securities Japan Limited & Barclays Bank PLC Tokyo Branch Chairman

Yuriko Koike

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Governor of Tokyo

Bo Young Lee

Uber Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Virginie Maisonneuve

Eastspring Investments Chief Investment Officer

Kathy Matsui

Goldman Sachs Japan Vice Chair

Toshimitsu Motegi

Japan Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy

Jim Murren

MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO

Masatsugu Nagato

Japan Post Holdings President & CEO

Akiko Naka

Wantedly Founder & CEO

Katherine Rabin

Glass Lewis CEO

Takumi Shibata

Nikko Asset Management President & CEO

Tsumoru Shintake

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology Professor of Physics

Miki Tsusaka

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

Tatsuo Yasunaga

Mitsui & Co., Ltd President & CEO

Editorial Hosts

Tracy Alloway

Bloomberg Executive Editor, Asia News Desk

Peter Elstrom

Bloomberg Executive Editor, Asia Technology

Stephen Engle

Bloomberg Television Chief North Asia Correspondent

Yuki Hagiwara

Bloomberg Finance Reporter, Tokyo

Kae Inoue

Bloomberg Senior Editor

Mallika Kapur

Bloomberg Live Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

Mark Miller

Bloomberg Live Global Editor

Isabel Reynolds

Bloomberg Government Reporter, Tokyo

Marty Schenker

Bloomberg Chief Content Officer

Kazunori Takada

Bloomberg Managing Editor, Japan and Korea

Joel Weber

Bloomberg Businessweek Editor

Participation is by invitation only.


To request an invitation or inquire for more details, please email