Quarterly Business Forum Series

The Quarterly Business Forum Series is an ongoing occasion to network and learn about the economic and business environment in Japan. The typical event agenda is as follows:
12:00pm Lunch and networking
12:25pm Presentation
1:30pm END (mingling afterward) 

  Series supported by the Corporate Friendship Committee of the Japan Society of Boston

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    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Havana Room at Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge MA 02142
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    Japan/Boston Business Forum Presents

    Building the Bridge Between Japan and Boston

    Hirotaka Takeuchi

    Professor of Management Practice in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School

      Series supported by the Corporate Friendship Committee of the Japan Society of Boston

    Light Lunch and Business Insight 
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Japan Society of Boston
    Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor "Havana"
    One Broadway, Cambridge MA 02142 
    *Please check-in with photo id at the reception desk 

    Event Agenda 

    12:00pm Lunch and networking 

    12:25pm Presentation / Moderated Discussion 

    1:30pm END (mingling afterward)

    "When I was six years old, my mission in life, I was told, was to become the bridge between the United States and Japan."

    Event Summary:

    Hirotaka Takeuchi, Harvard Business School professor and Japan Society board member, will talk about his recent engagements which include Fast Retailing (operator of UNIQLO), Mitsui, Honda, Suntory, as well as start-ups, NPOs and government agencies. He will be discussing how his work has helped strengthen the bridge between Japan and the U.S.

    More about Professor Takeuchi:

    Hirotaka Takeuchi is a Professor of Management Practice in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where he currently teaches courses in the MBA and Executive Education programs. Professor Takeuchi's research has focused on the knowledge creation process within organizations, the competitiveness of Japanese firms in global industries, and the link between strategy and innovation. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation co-authored with Ikujiro Nonaka (which won the 1995 Best New Book of the Year Award in the business and management category from the Association of American Publishers), Can Japan Compete? co-authored with Michael Porter, and Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World's Best Manufacturer co-authored with Hitotsubashi professors Emi Osono and Norihiko Shimizu (which won the Best 30 Business Books by Soundview Executive Book Summaries in 2008). His recent Harvard Business Review articles are The Wise Leader (May 2011) and Embracing Agile (May 2016).
    Bio from Harvard Business School

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Past Speakers and Topics

Ken Hokugo,  Director, Head of Corporate Governance, Director, Hedge Fund Investments of the  Pension Fund Association of Japan
Japanese Management Practice Today: Is Japan Inc relevant?   

Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute, in Washington D.C.
The US Outlook for Economic Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region


Masahiro Mori, Chief Representative of GPIF America, in New York
GPIF's Leadership Role in ESG


Kosuke Motani, Chief Senior Economist at the Japan Research Institute
The Future of the Japanese Economy in a Dynamic Political Environment

Presented in partnership by the Japan Society of Boston and the Japanese Business Bureau of Boston


Glen S. Fukushima
, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China Former Presid
ent, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
U.S./Japan Business Relations in the Trump/Abe Era


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