45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) 12-14 December 2019 in Tokyo

The 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) was successfully held at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan on 13 December 2019.  The theme of the conference was “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN & Japan in the Face of New Global Trends”.

The Japanese side was led by Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of the 45th AJBM and Senior Advisor of Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Introduction by Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of the 45th AJBM and Senior Advisor of Mizuho Bank Ltd. at the Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Mr Keiichiro Hashimoto, Vice Chairman and President of Keizai Doyukai gave the Welcome Remarks.

2 special guests gave remarks.  They were:

  • Mr Norihiro Nakayama, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Mr Singtong Lapisatepun, Royal Thai Ambassador to Japan

Mr Norihiro Nakayama, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan

 

H.E. Mr Singtong Lapisatepun, Royal Thai Ambassador to Japan

Plenary Session I

The theme for the presentation by Softbank was “What Digitalization Brings to Asia; Business Model Transformation and New Opportunities in Asia”.

The presenters were:

  • Mr Yasuyuki Imai – Senior Vice Officer and COO
  • Mr Daichi Nozaki – VP & Head of Global Business Division

Mr Yasuyuki Imai – Senior Vice Officer and COO, Softbank

Mr Daichi Nozaki – VP & Head of Global Business Division, Softbank

Softbank presentation at the 45th AJBM:

 

The 2nd Keynote was presented Mr Yasuyuki Konuma, Director & Senior Executive Officer of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Mr Yasuyuki Konuma, Director & Senior Executive Officer of Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo Stock Exchange presentation:

 

ASEAN-Japan Startups Panel during Lunch Session

During lunch, 5 ASEAN/Japan Startup made a presentation to the AJBM members on their startup business.  These 5 startups were:

1. Mr Mitsuru Izumo, CEO & Founder of Euglena

Euglena is a microalgae.  Euglena is the world’s first biotechnology company that has succeeded to mass cultivate microalgae Euglena, in the outdoors, for food use.

2. Mr Yoshihiro Ota, Head of CEO Office, Axelspace Corporation

Axelspace specializes in space-related industries.  It offers solutions based on microsatellite technology designs and produce microsatellites and related components and all business related to microsatellite data.  Their vision is “Space within your reach”.

3. Mr Naoji Taniguchi, CEO & CTO, Holoeyes

Holoeyes is a data driven company providing surgeons with VR/AR/MR based communication, planning, navigation and education services for doctors and hospitals.

4. Mr Jeffrey Foo, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, LIV3LY Pte. Ltd.-Singapore

LIV3LY aims to empower generations of fitness, targeting youth to fitness and healthy lifestyles through the LIV3LY app that combines a fitness tracker, social media and market place platforms and healthy fitness event platform.

5. Mr Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is under the purview of the Ministry of Trade & Industry of Singapore.  Its mission is to grow stronger SME enterprises by building capabilities and accessing global opportunities, thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

Singapore business environment is friendly and has a conducive ecosystem for startups to thrive.

6. Mr Prasetio Erlimus, CEO, PT Compro Kotak Inovasi – Indonesia.

Compro is an Indonesian startup company with a mission to help companies/organisations to use technology through mobile apps to reach wider audience of customers, engaging sellers, distributions, resellers, influencers and ultimately consumers.

Mr Naoaki Mashita, CEO & Founder of V-Cube, moderated the lunch session

Mr Mitsuru Izumo, CEO & Founder of Euglena

Mr Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, Enterprise Singapore

(left to right) Mr Hashimoto Keiichiro, Vice Chairman and President, Keizai Doyukai. Mr Cecil Leong, Regional Director, Trade Consulting, Asia Pacific, K&L Gates Straits Las LLC, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President MAJECA, Mr Kusumo A Martoredjo, Chairman, PT. Hasdianka Sejahtera, Mr Shazali Suliman, Partner, Shazali & Partners and Mr Gerard Sanvictores, Chairman, Quantum Group/QRD Investors Inc. at the lunch session

 

3 Breakout Sessions were held.  They were:

  1. Connecting the Markets and enhancing Opportunities – Digital changes consumer market (E-commerce).
  2. Upgrading Industries – Digital changes industry infrastructure and value chains (manufacturing & human resources).
  3. Enhancing well-being for all – Smart, sustainable and quality solutions (smart city solutions, energy & environment, mobility).

(left to right) Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice President of Amazon Japan moderated Breakout Session 1 with Mr Noriyoshi Fukuoka, Deputy Director Trade Promotion Division, Trade and Economic Corporation Bureau, METI, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Mr Shinya Fujii, Director-General, Digital Trade and New Industry Dept., JETRO and Mr Masaki Yamauchi, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC giving a presentation at Breakout Session 1

Session 2 was moderated by Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc.

(left to right) Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc., moderated Breakout Session 2 with Mr Takaaki Fuchu, Associate Director Singapore, Deloite, Mr Hideyuki Kurata, Senior Executive Officer & GM, Technology General Div., AGC, Mr Akihiro Ueda, CEO & Director of Asia EV Business, Terra Motors, Ms Miku Hirano, CEO, Cinnamon, Mr Ferdinand Ferrer, President, EMS Components Assembly Inc. and Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business Head- Asia Pacific , Persolkelly Consulting, Sdn Bhd

 

Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business
Head – Asia Pacific of Persolkelly Consulting Sdn Bhd

Session 3 was moderated by Mr Toshio Asano, Former President and CEO, Asahi Kasei Corporation.

 

Mr Takuya Kitamura, President of Sensyn Robotics presenting a paper at Breakout Session 3

Plenary Session 2

It was noted that E-commerce will definitely grow. Digitalization is already impacting the manufacturing industrial sector.  Manufacturing supply chains are changing, including the speed to change.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also changing the way how Human Resources are being identified, hired & trained or retrained.  Infrastructure requirements in the digital age is also changing, impacting existing business models.  The concept of infrastructure now includes ICT, software management and HR capital development.

Closing Remarks

The 45th AJBM discussed the new reality brought on by e-commerce and digitalization to changing business models and manufacturing value chains.  The meeting took cognizance of the need for ASEAN-Japan business partnerships to evolve beyond the traditional models.  The meeting acknowledged massive changes and disruptions brought on by globalizations and digitalization in the 10 different ASEAN economies and all 10 countries are experiencing changes at different levels and at different speeds.  The meeting also discussed the future model of ASEAN-Japan partnerships and mutual expectations with emphasis on the power of digitalization and the need to engage start-ups.  Japan acknowledged that there was a need to find a way to prosper together, develop deeper understanding, challenge and desire for win-win relationships.

MAJECA will host the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Malaysia in 2020.




Amazon Japan Kawasaki Fulfillment Center

Keizai Doyukai facilitated a visit to Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kawasaki for the AJBM delegates on 14 December 2019.

Participants visited the Amazon Japan Kawasaki Fulfillment Centre in Kawasaki




45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM)

PICTURES GALLERY

(right) Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Mr Kengo Sakurada, Chairman of Keizai Doyukai and (left) Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oil Mills, Inc.

(left) Tan Sri Azman Hashim with Mr Nobuhide Hayashi, Chairman of 45th AJBM

Tan Sri Azman Hashim giving a thank you speech at the dinner

(left) Mr Sae Tong Phu, President/CEO of ANCO Brothers Co., Ltd., Mr Supong Chayutsahakij, Executive Director, Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited and Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Tan Sri Azman Hashim with the Malaysian team at the 45th AJBM in Tokyo, Japan

Tan Sri Azman Hashim (3rd from left to right), Datuk Jason Tai Hee, Ms Ng Su Fun
and JAGAM members participating at the 45th AJBM

Seated, left to right – Mr Hideyuki Kurata, Senior Executive Officer & General Manager of
Technology General Div. AGC and Ms Fujiyo Ishiguro, President & CEO, Netyear Group
Corporation (Standing, left to right) Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice-President, Amazon
Japan G.K. and Mr Keiichiro Hashimoto, Vice Chairman & President, Keizai Doyukai

Left to right : Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary MAJECA, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Michael Yeoh Oon
Kheng, MAJECA Honorary Secretary, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, MAJECA President, Dato’ Ng Wan
Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC and Datuk Jason Tai Hee, MAJECA Vice-President

Mr Yeonhang Chuah, EXCO member MAJECA and Datuk Jason Tai Hee, MAJECA Vice-President

Mr Kazufumi Watanabe, Vice-President, Amazon Japan G.K. and Dato’ Ng Wan Peng,
Chief Operating Officer of MDEC

Mr Fuminao Hachiuma, President & CEO, J-Oils, Inc., and Mr Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director & Business Head – Asia Pacific, Persolkelly Consulting Sdn Bhd

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