Exploring paths Japanese companies should take as the knowledge economy advances to the next stage

The Japanese economy has lost momentum for the 30 years since the burst of the bubble, and the global presence of Japanese companies continues to recede. While Japanese companies are stagnant, the knowledge-based economy is entering a new phase triggered by recent technological advancement such as AI. It is a transition from "Knowledge Economy 1.0" to "Knowledge Economy 2.0".

Leading-edge global companies are playing a part in the creation of "Knowledge Economy 2.0" and are intensifying competition to ride the next wave of great economic benefits. Can Japanese companies seize this major environmental change, find business opportunities, and take advantage of them?

At this symposium, we will (1) understand "Knowledge Economy 2.0", (2) reveal the deep seated problems of Japanese companies that once succeeded in the industrial economy, and (3) explore possibilities of organizational structure and management methodology for Japanese companies to resurface and shine in the coming new era.

We look forward to the participation of the following managers and executives.

・ Large companies and medium-sized companies struggling to create new businesses

・ SMEs that want to put the company on the next stage of development

・ Startup companies that want to achieve rapid growth

General Information

Date​ & Time

​Wednesday, April 7, 2021

​10:00 〜 12:15  Japan Time  




English/ Japanese/ Chinese

​(Choose a simultaneously translated channel)


​Quantum Logik Consulting, LLC (Boston, USA)



​A zoom link information will be provided after registration


10:00 am ​ April 7, 2021

Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Partha S. Ghosh

Chairman, Quantum Logik Consulting, LLC

Managing Director, Partha S. Ghosh & Associates

Chairman, The Boston Pledge, 

Chairman, Water Analytics 

Chairman, InQube

Professor, Tufts University

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Member of the Board of Governors of Adamas University

A world-renowned thought leader, problem solver, futurist, and inspirer in the field of business and technology. Given his wide range of interests – Arts to Science, Philosophy to Philanthropy, Business to Economics, he is known as a modern day Renaissance man. Over four decades,  as a strategist, as a true global citizen, as a former Partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader of his own firm, he has served heads of businesses, multinationals and governments in close to thirty countries including Asia, Africa, EU, North America, South America. 

He has delivered more than 200 plus keynote addresses in various Leadership forums on, Strategy, Innovation, Nation Building Leadership and Knowledge Economy 2.0.  His clients view him as a “creative problem solver” and a “visionary leader.” Winner of many prestigious awards, and distinctive medals.

He has two advanced Engineering (MS) and Management (MBA) degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His undergraduate alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal, is establishing  a new school, first of the kind "Partha S. Ghosh Leadership Academy". The School integrates Eastern and Western wisdom to provide young students as well as senior executives with the opportunity to uncover their inner powers to influence positive outcomes on society. He mentors and guides several startups and CEOs around the world. An avid public servant, he is one of the founding members of The Boston Pledge, and is involved with multiple philanthropic initiatives around the world.

While in Japan for 16 years, Dr. Ghosh served significant business leaders in multiple sectors. He has a special passion and strong will to truly contribute to the future success of Japan.

Mr. Ruimin Zhang

Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Haier Group

Mr. Zhang Ruimin is the founder of Haier Group and has been selected by the Fortune magazine in the United States as one of the "50 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World" and is one of the most sought after entrepreneurs in the world. Always with an innovative entrepreneurial spirit and leading strategy, Mr. Zhang grew a small factory on the verge of bankruptcy into a giant global company. He has created one of the world's top 500 companies, three listed companies, five unicorn companies, and 37 gazelle companies.

One the way to success, Mr. Zhang has developed a management model “Rendanheyi” which has been adopted by companies around the world. Eliminating more than 10,000 middle managers, he transformed the whole company from a hierarchical organization to more than 4000 networked Micro Enterprises. We place employees very close to customers so that they can respond accurately and promptly to customer needs. We give employees the freedom to allocate management resources in all operations - "Everyone is his/her own CEO." This Micro Enterprise model succeeded in drawing innovation and vitality out of people, leading to great results. AQUA (formerly SANYO) in Japan, Fisher & Paykel in New Zealand, GEA (General Electric Appliance) in the United States, etc. have all adopted Rendanheyi and has generated great success regardless of their cultural boundaries.

Mr. Jingguo Du

President & CEO, Haier Group Japan Region

After earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from Shandong University of Technology (currently Shandong University) and an EMBA from the Faculty of Business Administration, National University of Singapore, Mr. Du joined Qingdao Refrigerator Manufacturing Factory (currently Haier Group) in 1986. He has served as the head of company's technical department, after-sales service department, and marketing department.

In 2002, as a part of global expansion effort, he joined Haier Japan Sales, Co., Ltd. and started accelerating its operation in Japan. He then served as President and Representative Director of the joint venture between Haier and Sanyo Electric, and in 2011 acquired Sanyo Electric's white goods business and established Haier Asia International Co., Ltd. which later became Aqua Co., Ltd. developing the first double brands of Haier and Aqua. Out of 35 years of work at Haier, he has engaged as a top management in the Japanese region for more than 20 years. Mr. Du lives with Haier's management philosophy, and pioneered development of Haier businesses. He also has a deep understanding and vast experiences in global corporate management and cross-cultural fusion.

Ms. Izumi Kobayashi

Director, Chair of the Board,  Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

Member of the Board of Directors, Mitsui & Company, Ltd.

Member of the Board of Directors, ANA Holdings, Inc.

Member of the Board of Directors, Omron Corporation

After graduating from university, Ms. Kobayashi joined Mitsubishi Chemical Industries, Ltd. (currently Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.). In 1985, she joined Merrill Lynch in Japan, and served as President and Representative Director of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd. from 2001 to 2008, as the first woman to take the seat. In 2005, the Wall Street Journal selected Ms. Kobayashi as one of "50 Notable Women." From 2008 to 2013, she served as CEO and Executive Vice President of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group. Since 2013, she has been active as External Director and Advisor for multiple domestic and overseas corporations. She was External Director of Osaka Securities Exchange from 2002 to 2008, and Executive Director of Japan Association of Corporate Executives from 2007 to 2009 and from2015 to 2019. She also co-founded and served as Director of Phoenixi Co., Ltd.

Dr. Sachiko Kuno

Serial entrepreneur

Director, Kyoto University (part-time)

Founder & Chair, Halcyon 

Co-Founder & Director, Phoenixi Co., Ltd.

Co-Founder, President & CEO, S&R Foundation

Co-Founder & Managing Member, S&R Technology Holdings, LLC

Co-Founder & Board of Directors, RUSK Intellectual Reserve AG

Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Board of Directors, Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation

Advisory Board, THIS for Diplomats, Meridian International Center

Specially Appointed Professor, The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS), Kyoto University

Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

After earning her PhD in biochemistry from Kyoto University, Dr. Kuno conducted post-doctoral research at the Technische Universität München. She then co-founded R-Tech Ueno, Inc. in the 1980s and succeeded in commercializing the first proston-based glaucoma drug in 1994. Leveraging R-Tech’s success, she moved to the United States and co-founded Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and became the first CEO. Sucampo successfully developed new proston drugs for treating chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Having listed Sucampo in NASDAQ n 2012, she co-founded VLP Therapeutics, LLC to combat 21st century global public health problems through revolutionary i-αVLP Technology. He has received many awards such as "Avon Women's Annual Award 2016 Grand Prize" and "Harvard Business School Club of Japan Business Stateswoman of the Year for 2016". She was also named as one of Forbes Magazine's "Top 50 America’s Richest Self Made Women" (2015).

Ms. Yumiko Kamada

Representative Director & Creative Director, ONE・GLOCAL Co., Ltd.

External Director, Michinoku Bank, Ltd.

External Director, Taiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.

Director, LUMINE Co., Ltd. (part-time)

Member, NHK International Program Deliberation Committee

Joining East Japan Railway (JR East) in 1989. Ms. Kamada played the central role in the creation of Ekinaka (in-station) businesses known as “ecute” and became President of JR East Station Retailing in 2001. She then launched a new project at JR East Headquarters rediscovering regional regional treasures in Japan creating new products and developing new distribution channels for local produce as exemplified by Aomori’s A-FACTORY and NOMONO. From 2015, Ms. Kamada served as Senior Executive Officer of Calbee, and in 2019, she founded ONE・GLOCAL to redesign local towns and jointly co-produce businesses based on attractive resources in the local area. She studied at Royal College of Art in London to enhance her design capabilities and created an E-Commerce business “One-by-one – a story of the local and its hidden assets.” Ms. Kamada also serves as committee members of national and regional governments, including Ambassador of Ibaraki Prefecture. A recent book includes “Yosomono ga Nihon wo Kaeru” – Strangers will change Japan – from Nikkei BP. 

Dr. Shin Ito

Associate Partner, Quantum Logic Consulting, LLC.

Founder & CEO, iKoyoo, Inc.

Co-Founder & COO, XBorder Innovations, Inc.

Senior Visiting Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC

Visiting Researcher & Instructor, AI Research Institute, Musashino University

Dr. Ito started his career as an engineer at Ricoh developing software and moved on to AMD Japan as a semiconductor application engineer. After obtaining an MBA, he joined Motorola’s US HQ and managed business initiatives creating new product categories in cellular infrastructure for the US and European markets. He then took a position in Product Management at 3Com HQ in Silicon Valley, managing mobile business portfolio on a global scale. He later created an internal startup business based on VoIP technology making it a viable business. Dr. Ito returned to Japan to join Dream Incubator managing strategy consulting business for large enterprises as well as investing in startup companies helping them to succeed. He then joined Intellectual Ventures as a core member of a new fund investing in Intellectual Properties. As a Director, he was instrumental in fund raising, formulating strategies, and managing all aspects of businesses. He founded a boutique consulting firm iKoyoo to actively engage wtih global startups and large enterprises on new business initiatives. He has served as CEOs and Representative Directors of multiple startups in Japan and the United States.

Dr. Ito earned BSEE from School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, BS in mathematics from Arcadia University, MBA from Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago, and PhD in Media and Governance from Keio University.



Openning & MC     Dr. Shin Ito


Keynote     Mr. Ken Shibusawa

MADE WITH JAPAN ―A New Model for the New ERA


Keynote     Dr. Partha S. Ghosh

Exploring New Frontiers of Knowledge Economy 2.0: An Opportunity to Leap Frog Forward?


Special Speech     Mr. Ruimin Zhang

Rendanheyi - Haier's Micro Enterprise model that achieved the world's No.1 share in while appliance 12 times consecutively

Special Speech     Mr. Jingguo Du

Success and Challenges of Rendanheyi Practice in Japan


Panel Discussion

What Japanese Companies Should do to Jump Start in the New Era


  Ms. Izumi Kobayashi

  Dr. Sachiko Kuno  

  Ms. Yumiko Kamada

  Mr. Ken Shibusawa

  Dr. Partha S. Ghosh

  Mr. Jingguo Du


​  Dr. Shin Ito



  Dr. Partha S. Ghosh

  Dr. Shin Ito

Mr. Ken Shibusawa

Representative Director, Shibusawa and Company

Chairman and Director, Commons Asset Management, Inc.

Officer, Japan Association of Corporate Executives

Committee Member, ​ UNDP SDG Impact Steering Group

Mr. Shibusawa graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas in 1983. After working at the Japan Center for International Exchange, he earned an MBA from Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. He then engaged in market operations at US investment banks such as JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, joined a major US hedge fund in 1996, and from the following year, became the Representative of its Tokyo Office. Mr. Shibusawa founded Shibusawa and Company, Inc. in 2001 and Commons, Inc. in 2007, which was renamed to Commons Asset Management, Inc. in 2008 and since then has served as Chairman.

International Management Symposium
​April 7, 2021   10:00 - 12:15

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