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Introduction

The speed of innovation and disruptive innovations has drastically accelerated in the last 10 years on a global level. Small start-ups have started to challenge global players and reached evaluations or M&As in the range of billions of dollars.

Some questions we want to try to answer:

  • What are the real important points about innovating?
  • How can companies and governments drive innovation?
  • What does the future of innovation look like?

Japan is home to 40% of the top 100 innovative companies in the world and ranks number two globally in terms of patent filings. It is seen as the most creative country through the eyes of international creative and design professionals. At the same time, over 50% of all companies that are older than 200 years are also located In Japan. The country has found a unique way of combining tradition and innovation.

This is the first time ever to bring together start-ups, governments, innovation experts, traditional 200+ year old companies and big global players in one place and talk about the future of Innovation.

In addition to this, it brings the angle of value into the innovation discussion.

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What is the GIVS Summit?

GIVS stands for Global Innovation and Value Summit. It will be held for the first time from October 5th – 7th 2018.

This summit is about a new holistic (and sustainable) view on Innovation, based on heritage, which transcends traditions and borders and spans from start-ups to governments. The special angle on innovation is the creation of true, lasting value.

The Summit comprises both a powerful one-day open public business symposium, and a two-day in-depth academic conference with the aim of bringing together the best of business practice and research.

The Symposium will bring together several high-profile keynote speakers and presenters as well as plenary panels looking at questions of innovation and value.

The first panel will look at Heritage companies in Japan. The country offers excellent case studies of companies which have had to repeatedly innovate to survive. The next two panels will offer contrastive insights and perspectives from both big companies and start-ups, and the final panel will look at innovation from the side of government and education.

The attendees (300-400) will be senior managers from Japanese and international companies, key decision makers in the Japanese government, local and international start-up founders as well as foreign government representatives. The Symposium also includes several networking opportunities over lunch and coffee as well as a dedicated networking session at the end of the symposium.

The Conference will bring together 200-300 international researchers and academic professionals to discuss innovation and value with a focus on innovation ecosystems in the global, regional and local ecosystem of Japan.

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Symposium Speakers & Moderators*

  • Masao Hosoo
    Masao Hosoo
    President (11th Generation), Hosoo Corporation
  • H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino
    H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino
    Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
  • Masafumi Ishibashi
    Masafumi Ishibashi
    Senior Managing Executive Officer, Nestle Japan Ltd
  • Reverend Takafumi Kawakami
    Reverend Takafumi Kawakami
    Zen Priest & Vice Abbot, Shunkoin Temple, Kyoto, Japan
  • David Milstein
    David Milstein
    Partner, Head of Japan, Eight Roads Ventures
  • Rumiko Obata
    Rumiko Obata
    Executive Vice President, Obata Sake Brewery
  • Dr Sachio Semmoto
    Dr Sachio Semmoto
    Chairman, RENOVA, Inc.
  • Kei Shimada
    Kei Shimada
    Director of Innovation, IBM Innovation and Incubation Labs
  • Professor Philip Sugai
    Professor Philip Sugai
    Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

*There will be a total of over 35 high profile speakers and moderators at the symposium

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Who should attend?

  • Japanese business and executives interested in how to innovate and how reinvent themselves
  • International business and decision makers who want to learn about global innovation from Japan
  • Government delegates interested in creating and utilising innovation for solving social issues
  • Start-ups from Japan and abroad to learn about a new approaches of innovation
  • International Innovation experts who want to learn about creating innovation ecosystems
  • Local and international business professionals who want to connect with innovators
  • International and local media to learn and talk about new ways of innovation and value
  • Everyone who wants to build and be part of a global network of innovation experts

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Summit Locations

Day I Venue | Global Business Hub Tokyo

Global Business Hub Tokyo

Days II & III Venue | Toshi Center

Toshi Center Hotel

Toshi Center

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Summit at a Glance

GIVS Symposium – 1 Day Event

Date: October 5, 2018
Location: Global Business Hub Tokyo
Speakers: 35+ (incl. moderators)
Guests Total: 300-400
Audience: Senior members of bigger and smaller Japanese & foreign companies, government decision makers, start-up founders (Japan & Western)
Language: English with Japanese interpretation
Length: One Day

GIVS Conference – 2 Day Event

Dates: October 6 & 7, 2018
Location: Toshi Center, Tokyo
Speakers: 150+ from over 40 countries
Guests Total: 200-300
Audience: Academic researchers, academic teachers, students (Japanese & international)
Language: English
Length: Two days

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Media Partners

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Masao Hosoo
President (11th Generation), Hosoo Corporation

Biography

Born in Kyoto in 1953, Masao Hosoo graduated from Doshisha University’s School of Economics in 1975 and joined ITOCHU Corporation thereafter. After being seconded to Nortons in Milan, Italy in 1978, he returned to Japan and joined Hosoo Corporation in 1982. He took the posts of representative director and president of Hosoo Corporation in 2000. Mr Hosoo produced a kimono show at Japan Week in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2002 and he was involved in the planning of the Kyoto Premium project from its inception in 2005. He has displayed products every year at the Maison et Objet trade fair in Paris, France, from 2006 onward. He started a business in collaboration with the Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia in 2005.

Mr Hosoo took a lecturer’s post at Doshisha Business School from 2007. In 2011, he ramped up exports of textiles which make use of Nishijin-ori techniques and materials. In 2012, he opened a combined workshop and showroom in Kyoto called House of Hosoo, and he also opened a showroom in Soho, New York, in 2013. He holds the post of deputy chairman of the Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives.


細尾真生(ほそお まさお)

1953年京都市生まれ。75年同志社大学経済学部卒業後、伊藤忠商事㈱入社。
78年イタリア・ミラノのノートンズ社に出向。82年帰国後㈱細尾入社。2000年
㈱細尾代表取締役社長に就任。05年「京都プレミアム」プロジェクトに初年度より
参画し、06年よりパリの「メゾン・エ・オブジェ」見本市等に出品。海外市場展開を始める。11年から西陣織の技術と素材を活用した広幅織物の開発に成功し輸出事業を本格的に開始。12年織物工房とショールームが一体となった「HOUSE OF HOSOO」を開設。13年ニューヨーク・ソーホーにショールームを開設。織物の可能性を追求し、様々な先端技術との融合により商品開発を進め、世界に展開している。
(一社)京都経済同友会理事。

H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Biography

His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino is presently Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York.

Previous to his role at the UN, Professor Hoshino was on the faculty at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University), serving as Dean from 2011​ to ​2014, before being appointed Vice-President (International) of the University from 2014​ ​to 2016.

From August 2006 to August 2008, he served as a Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (UN). At the UN, he was a principal advisor to the Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when Japan assumed its chairmanship. He graduated from Sophia University, Japan, completed a Master’s at the University of Tokyo, and received his Doctorate (PhD) from Osaka University.

His previous positions​ have​ include​d​: Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; Guest Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow at Stanford Japan Center, Stanford University; Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; and ​Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States.

He is a specialist in UN peace and security policies (conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding), human security and humanitarian issues, security in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan-US relations.

Masafumi Ishibashi
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Nestle Japan Ltd

Biography

Masafumi Ishibashi joined Nestle Japan Ltd. in 1985 and started his career in the sales division. After two years experience at the Nestle Rowntree Div., Nestle UK, in 1992 he became Brand Manager in the Marketing Department for Nestle Mackintosh K.K (currently the Confectionery Business Group, Nestle Japan Ltd.). Subsequently, he spent two years in Switzerland at the Confectionery Strategic Business Unit, Nestle S.A. before taking the Marketing Manager's position in Nestle Confectionery K.K. in 2005, later making a success of the "KIT KAT Juken Campaign". In 2009, Masafumi Ishibashi took up the post of Managing Executive Officer, Communications & Marketing Excellence Division, Nestle Japan Ltd., and later moved to Chief Marketing Officer in 2012. From 2017, he has served as a Senior Managing Executive Officer.

Reverend Takafumi Kawakami
Zen Priest & Vice Abbot, Shunkoin Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Biography

Reverend Takafumi Kawakami is a Zen priest and the vice abbot at Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto. Currently, he teaches Zen philosophy and mindfulness to various groups, including business schools and corporations and conducts positive computing projects and developing well-being programs with biofeedback researchers and neuroscientists. He is also a devoted husband and father.

His travels and talks have brought him to the likes of MIT, Brown University, TEDxKyoto & Ideo.

David Milstein
Partner, Head of Japan, Eight Roads Ventures

Biography

David re-joined Eight Roads Ventures in 2012 to build the venture capital business for FIL in Japan. Previously, from 2005 to 2012, as Vice President of the Interactive Media Group at the Walt Disney Company in Japan, he wrote the business plan, started and then led the team that created the Disney Mobile on Softbank MVNO (mobile carrier business). Following this, he was promoted to General Manager of the Interactive Media Group where he was responsible for Disney Mobile. As GM, he oversaw the expansion of Disney Mobile to include Docomo. Earlier in his career David was a founding partner at Japan Transaction Partners, and worked in finance and business development at Asahi Glass.

Rumiko Obata
Executive Vice President, Obata Sake Brewery

Biography

Born in 1965, Rumiko Obata is a fifth generation sake brewer of Sado Island’s famed Manotsuru sake. After graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Law, she remained in Tokyo to join Nippon Herald Pictures (now known as Kadokawa) in its Promotion Division and oversaw promotions for Hollywood films including Basic Instinct and Léon: The Professional. In 1995 she returned to Sado to work for the family brewery. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Obata Shuzo and is the mother of two daughters. In 2014, she started the School Brewery Project which has brought life back to an abandoned elementary school on Sado Island. In May 2017, she was nominated for Forbes Japan’s Local Innovator Award 2017. In December 2017, she appeared on NHK World’s “Direct Talk”. She is a Mistress of Sake Tasting (appointed by the Brewing Society of Japan), a member of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association’s Demand Development Committee, and has sat on the The Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies (a temporary appointment). She is also the author of a book about the School Brewery Project titled, Gakko Gura no Tokubetsu Jugyou – Sado kara kangaeru Shimaguni Nippon no Mirai (Nikkei Business Publications).

「真野鶴」五代目蔵元。
1965年、佐渡の「真野鶴」蔵元の二女として生まれる。
佐渡高校、慶応大学法学部卒業。
大学卒業後は、東京に残り日本ヘラルド映画(当時)の宣伝部に所属。ハリウッド映画「氷の微笑」「レオン」などの宣伝プロデュースを担当。
1995年、帰郷し故郷の蔵を継ぐ。
現在、尾畑酒造・専務取締役。二女の母。
2014年から佐渡の廃校を仕込み蔵として再生させた「学校蔵プロジェクト」をスタート。
2017年5月『Forbes Japan』により「ローカルイノベーター55人」に選ばれる。
2017年12月NHKワールド「Direct Talk」に出演。
きき酒マイスター(公益財団法人日本醸造協会主催)
日本酒造組合中央会・需要開発委員
農水省食料・農業・農村政策審議会臨時委員
著書『学校蔵の特別授業~佐渡から考える島国ニッポンの未来』
(日経BP社)

Dr Sachio Semmoto
Chairman, RENOVA, Inc.

Biography

Dr Semmoto joined RENOVA as an External Board Member in 2014, becoming Chairman in 2015. Prior to RENOVA, he founded four leading telecom companies including KDDI and eAccess. He has served on a number of boards internationally, including NetApp, Inc. (USA), and Reuters (UK), the world's leading international news agency.

Dr Semmoto has also been a full professor at Keio University, and a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Florida. Dr Semmoto is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Science.

Kei Shimada
Director of Innovation, IBM Innovation and Incubation Labs

Biography

For close to 20 years, Kei has devoted his time to helping Japanese companies with their mobile product and service strategies in expanding across borders and has likewise supported international companies as an expert at their market entry in Japan. As a long-term Director of Global Business Development at Dentsu, he focussed on both initiating and leading a group-wide innovation, going beyond the traditional advertising business to cultivate new business models. In 2017, he joined IBM as Director of Innovation and now heads the global Innovation & Incubation Labs.

Professor Philip Sugai
Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Biography

Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Center at Osaka University. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015–2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.

Dr Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group.

He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University and his MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.