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.


December 5 - Thursday

8:00 am

Registration Opens and Welcome Refreshments

8:20 am

Welcoming Remarks


8:25 am

Bloomberg Intelligence Presents: 50 Companies to Watch

Bloomberg Intelligence – which tracks more than 1,900 companies in industries including technology, energy, retail, and finance – presents on the 50 companies to watch in the year ahead.


8:35 am

Into the Next Decade

A conversation about the macro trends that will define global business and investor sentiment in 2020 and beyond.


In conversation with

9:00 am

Revolution 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution is here. We explore the new technologies that will push global business and societies forward.

Panel speakers

  • Miku Hirano

    CEO and Founder, Cinnamon

  • James Riney

    Founding Partner and CEO, Coral Capital

  • Lila Tretikov

    Corporate Vice President of Customer & Product, AI Perception and Mixed Reality, Microsoft

In conversation with

9:25 am

Spotlight Interview


  • Jun Ohta

    Director President and Group CEO, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

In conversation with

9:45 am

Spotlight Interview


In conversation with

10:05 am

What’s the Alternative?

Global renewable energy development is accelerating in the push to lower carbon emissions and keep within the Paris Agreement. What will the future global energy mix look like?

Panel speakers

In conversation with

10:30 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

Spotlight Interview


In conversation with

11:20 am

The Olympics and the Legacy

We get an update on 2020 preparations and how the games will transform Japanese business and society.

Panel speakers

In conversation with

11:45 am

The Rise and Rise of ESG

It’s becoming imperative for companies to work on environmental, social and governance issue to attract investment and remain competitive. Who is leading the way?

Panel speakers

  • Lawrence Ho

    Chairman and CEO, Melco Resorts & Entertainment

  • Keiko Tashiro

    Deputy President, Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

  • Shoei Yamana

    President and CEO, Representative Executive Officer, Konica Minolta, Inc.

In conversation with

12:10 pm

Half the Sky

A candid conversation about the role of women in Japanese society.

Panel speakers

In conversation with

12:35 pm

Spotlight Interview


  • James Kuffner

    CEO, Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD)

In conversation with

12:55 pm

Closing Remarks


1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

Close of Summit


Takashi Anamizu

Representative Director, Executive Vice President Tokyo Gas

Peter Elstrom

Executive Editor, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Yuki Hagiwara

Reporter, Tokyo Bloomberg

Miku Hirano

CEO and Founder Cinnamon

Yasuhito Hirota

President and COO, Representative Director ASICS Corporation

Lawrence Ho

Chairman and CEO Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Grace Huang

Reporter Bloomberg

Kae Inoue

Senior Reporter Bloomberg

Yumi Ishikawa

Actress, Model, Writer Founder of #KuToo

Shinya Katanozaka

President and CEO, ANA HOLDINGS INC. Chairman, All Nippon Airways Co.,Ltd

Yuriko Koike

Governor Tokyo

James Kuffner

CEO Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD)

Miho Kurosaki

Head of Japan and Korea Research BloombergNEF

Kathy Matsui

Vice Chair Goldman Sachs Japan

Yusuke Miyazawa

Breaking News Leader, North Asia Bloomberg

Yumiko Murakami

Head of OECD Tokyo Centre OECD

Kana Nishizawa

Tokyo Bureau Chief Bloomberg

Jun Ohta

Director President and Group CEO Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Masachika Oku

Mayor of Nagi Town Japan

Satoshi Onoda

President JERA Co., Inc.

James Riney

Founding Partner and CEO Coral Capital

Anoop Sagoo

Group Operating Officer, Growth Markets Accenture

Jun Sawada

President and CEO NTT

Erik Schatzker

Editor-at-Large Bloomberg Television

Kazunori Takada

Managing Editor, Japan and Korea Bloomberg

Kazuhiro Takeuchi

Representative Director, President and CEO Japan Renewable Energy Corporation

Keiko Tashiro

Deputy President Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.

Lila Tretikov

Corporate Vice President of Customer & Product, AI Perception and Mixed Reality Microsoft

Shoei Yamana

President and CEO, Representative Executive Officer Konica Minolta, Inc.

Masahiro Wakasugi

Technology Sector Analyst Bloomberg Intelligence


The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing Members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections: High-quality, practical information related to doing business between Australia/New Zealand and Japan; robust and effective advocacy of Australian and New Zealand business interests to the Japanese government; promoting a positive perception of Australian and New Zealand business to the wider Japanese and international business community, and enhancing understanding of the benefits of doing business with Japan among the Australian/New Zealand communities. Business networking opportunities among Australian/New Zealand and Japanese business through a range of forums and social events and through business referrals.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan is a private sector, not-for-profit business organization founded in 1975 to promote the development of commerce between Canada and Japan.

Representing some 35 business sectors, the CCCJ is a member-driven, member-focused organization and is the longest serving Canadian Chamber in Asia. With over 400 member representatives, the CCCJ represents a broad cross-section of businesspersons and entrepreneurs from Canada, Japan and other countries. Membership is comprised of Canadian companies and individuals with ties to Japan and Japanese companies and individuals with ties to Canada.

The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) is the trade policy arm of 16 European National Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations in Japan and has been working to improve the trade and investment environment for European companies in Japan since 1972. The EBC was registered with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2008 as the European (EU) Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

The EBC currently works for around 2,500 local European corporate and individual members through fees paid via their respective national chamber of commerce. Some 350 companies participate directly in one or more of the EBC’s 24 industry committees, whose work covers a wide variety of economic sectors.

In a nutshell, EBC committees identify the issues keeping the companies from achieving their full potential in Japan and use the vast array of EBC’s lobbying tools, including the annual EBC Report on the Business Environment, to bring change by eliminating the problems.

The EBC works closely with the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, the national European Embassies, and other business organisations to co-ordinate policy proposals and make suggestions to the Japanese Government on how to create an open environment for trade and investment in Japan.

The U.S.-Japan Council develops and connects diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. Founded by Japanese Americans, the Council brings together leaders of the United States and Japan from across backgrounds, sectors, and generations to partner for a better future for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Participation is by invitation only.


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