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36th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference on 6 November 2018 in Tokyo, Japan

JAMECA hosted the 36th JAMECA-MAJECA Joint Conference on 6 November 2018 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel, Japan.  JETRO was a co-organiser of this event.

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There were approximately 600 participants, with 82 Malaysian participants.  The Guest-of-Honour was YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia.  The Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Datuk Ahmad Izlan Idris, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs, YB Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and YB Ignatius Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade & Industry.



“JAMECA and MAJECA – Moving towards a Renewed Japan-Malaysia Collaboration for the Digital Economy”

Time & Date:

13:00-17:15, Tuesday, 6 November, 2018


Ho-o-no Ma, Tokyo Prince Hotel (3-3-1 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku Tokyo)


·         Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA),

·         Malaysia- Japan Economic Association (MAJECA),

·         Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Supported by:

·         Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI),

·         Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI),

·         ASEAN-JAPAN Centre


Japanese-English Simultaneous Interpretation



13:00-13:10 Opening Ceremony

Opening remarks

·         Mr Mikio Sasaki, President of JAMECA

·         Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President of MAJECA

Mr Mikio Sasaki

Tan Sri Azman Hashim

13:10-14:35 Plenary Session 1

Japan-Malaysia Collaboration towards Building a Strong Digital Innovation Ecosystem


“Landscape of the Digital Economy in Malaysia” by

Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)


Panel Discussion

Moderator:     Dr. Yuri Sato, Executive Vice Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


·         Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

·         Mr. Chong Kai Wooi, Managing Director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

·         Mr. Shohei Maekawa, Global Platform Development Division, Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.

·         Mr. Shozo Yamaguchi, CEO, UNLOCK DESIGN



L to R:  Dr Yuri Sato, Mr Shozo Yamaguchi, Mr. Shohei Maekawa, Mr. Chong Kai Wooi and Datuk Yasmin Mahmood



A closed-door private meeting was held upon the arrival of YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at 14:50.


Special Session


Address by Mr Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Address by Dr Toshiko Abe, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan

Tan Sri Azman Hashim introducing the Keynote Speaker, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


Keynote Speech

Current situation of Malaysia and expected investment from Japan by YAB Tun Dr Mahathir bin  Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia


Q & A Session with the Malaysian Prime Minister

Group photo with the Prime Minister

L to R: Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Mr Mikio Sasaki, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dr Toshiko Abe, Mr Hiroyuki Ishige, Mr Kazuo Ohmori and Dr Yuri Sato


Front row L to R:  Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Mr Mikio Sasaki, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dr Toshiko Abe, Mr Hiroyuki Ishige, Mr Kazuo Ohmori and Dr Yuri Sato.

Back row L to R: Datuk Jason Tai, Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Dato’ Yeoh Sock Kian, Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Dato’ Seri Ibrahim Haji Ahmad, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid.



Plenary Session 2

Japan-Malaysia Collaboration in Transforming Industries with Future Technologies for New Malaysia


Contribution and Expectation of Japanese companies in Malaysia toward Industrial Development by Mr. Masakuni Nakayama, Chairman of Trade and Investment Committee, The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM)


Fundamental manufacturing innovations toward Industry 4.0 by

Mr. Naoto Aiba, Manager, Global Promotion Department,

Manufacturing Training Institute, Innovation Promotion Sector, Panasonic Corporation


“Embracing 4th Industrial Revolution Through Partnership”

Datuk Yusoff Sulaiman, President & CEO, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)


Q&A Session


Closing Ceremony


Declaration & Signing of Joint Statement by the President of JAMECA and the President of MAJECA


Closing remarks by Mr Kazuo Ohmori, Vice-President of the Japan-Malaysia Economic Association (JAMECA)

Tan Sri Azman Hashim presented autographed copies of YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s book entitled “Doctor in the House” to Mr Mikio Sasaki and Mr Kazuo Ohmori.


Joint Statement


The event closed with dinner hosted by JAMECA.


The 37th MAJECA-JAMECA Joint Conference will be hosted by MAJECA in Kuala Lumpur in 2019.