2nd MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digital Creative Content Sector held on 27th January 2021 Via Zoom hosted by JAMECA

The 2nd MAJECA-JAMECA Webinar on Malaysia-Japan Collaboration on Digital Creative Content Sector, co-organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), supported by the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ), Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO) and the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), was held on 27th January 2021 over Zoom. The webinar garnered more than 330 registrants and 300 attended the webinar. These attendees came from various business sectors, organisations and agencies from Malaysia and Japan.

Leveraging the advances and opportunities of digitalisation and IR4.0, the Digital Creative Content sector continues to grow to reach a wider audience. This webinar was aimed at highlighting the value and expanding business potential of the digital creative content sector, along with available incentives and ongoing initiatives for businesses and its resultant opportunities along its entire value chain. The webinar brought together Japanese and Malaysian companies to share their journey, insights and experiences in the digital creative content sector. Participants of this webinar were able to appraise and realise the value creation possibilities of digital creative content sector based on the insights gained from our various speakers.

MATRADE in their presentation highlighted a few key areas of the digital creative content sector of Malaysia:

  • Malaysia’s Digital Exports totalled of RM 6.9 billion (ICTSA 2019). 
  • Malaysian video game market generated revenue of US$443 million in 2018, with a forecast CAGR of 4.8% to reach US$561 million by 2023. (PWC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019-2023). 
  • 20.1 million Malaysian gamers spending USD 673 million on Video Games alone in 2019. 
  • Local animation studios’ works have a translated export of RM 170 million and a presence in more than 120 countries.
  • 330 studios directly involved in various stages of production and development with 10,000 job created.
  • Malaysia is leader of IP creation in Southeast Asia and regional outsourcing destination for animation & video games.
  • Attractive location for business development and closer in terms of geography and animation/game culture as well cost efficiency.
  • Talent with multi-lingual background and cultural influences from both the East and West.
  • Less time difference.

The webinar programme was as follows:

Welcome Address

The video above is only available in Japanese.

Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General of Japan-Malaysia Economic Association
(JAMECA)
giving his welcome address. 

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association
(MAJECA)
delivering his opening speech.

Plenary Session 1

The theme for this session was “Overview and Initiatives for the Digital Creative Content Sectors in Malaysia and Japan”. Panelists from Malaysia comprised of the Mr Niqman Rafee M. Sahar, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Japan and Mr Mohan Low, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), while the panelists from Japan were Ms Miki Iwai, Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) and Mr Kentaro Tsuchida, Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO).

Topics and presenters:

1) Introduction of Malaysia-Japan Bilateral Trade and Opportunities in the Digital Creative Content Sector in the Region

– Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Japan

Presented by: Mr Niqman Rafee M. Sahar, Director

https://www.matrade.gov.my/en/

2) Malaysia as Heart of Southeast Asia: Digital Content, Animation, Games and More

– Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Presented by: Mr Mohan Low, Digital Creative Content Head

https://mdec.my/

3) Outline of Digital Content Market in Japan

– Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ)

Presented by: Ms Miki Iwai, Chief of Research Department

http://www.dcaj.or.jp/english/

4Introduction of VIPO and Japan Content Localisation and Distribution (J-LOD)

– Visual Industry Promotion Organisation (VIPO)

Presented by: Mr Kentaro Tsuchida, Deputy General Manager of Globalisation Support Dept. 

https://www.vipo.or.jp/en/

Plenary Session 2

The second half of the webinar was themed “Success Stories, Common Challenges, Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities”. Four companies shared their experiences these included, two Malaysian companies with a strong clientele in Japan and two world-renowned Japanese companies operating in Malaysia. The two Malaysian companies, Glow Production and Streamline Studios are also active participants in one of MATRADE’s trade promotion programmes, Tokyo Game Show (TGS). They also highlighted the effectiveness of participating in TGS to boost up their business expansion to Japan and the region.

This session was moderated by Mr Naim Abdul Rahman (pic below), Director of Electrical & Electronics, ICT and Machinery & Equipment Section, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). 

Mr Naim Abdul Rahman, the moderator for the session, introducing the speakers.

The speakers and topics were as follows:

1) Cinematic Design

– Glow Production

Presented by: Mr Fong Siu Gi, Project Director

https://glow-production.com/

2Building and Maintaining Lasting Long Term Creative Partnerships

– Streamline Media Group

Presented by: Mr Richard Cheah, General Manager

https://www.streamline-mediagroup.com/

3PlayStation Studios Malaysia and the Opportunities for Growth

 Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Malaysia (PlayStation Studios Malaysia)

Presented by: Mr Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Head of Studio 

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/corporate/playstation-studios/

4Endeavour for Oversea Business in Game Development

– Bandai Namco Studios Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Presented by: Mr Nakamura Shoji, CEO, Bandai Namco Malaysia

https://www.bandainamcostudios.my/

The webinar proceeded with a Zoom poll and Q & A session moderated by Mr Naim Abdul Rahman, Director of Electrical & Electronics, ICT and Machinery & Equipment Section, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

Closing Remarks

The webinar ended with closing remarks (below) from Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA, and Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary General, JAMECA.

Closing Address by 
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA

Closing Address by 
Mr Kazuto Sasaki, Secretary-General, JAMECA

The video above is only available in Japanese.

MAJECA would like to place on record our utmost appreciation to our co-organisers JAMECA, MATRADE and MDEC, as well as our supporting organiser DCAJ, VIPO and PIKOM for their efforts in bringing about this successful webinar.

Upcoming Event: 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Virtual Conference on 17th March 2021, 12:30 – 18:30 Malaysian Time

Event Details

We are pleased to inform you that MAJECA, representing AJBM Malaysia, will be hosting the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) on 17 March 2021 (Virtual Conference) with our co-host Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives). The ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) is a multilateral, private-led forum between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The inaugural meeting was held in 1974 in Tokyo, Japan, on the initiative of Keizai Doyukai, one of the influential national business organizations in Japan.

The 46th AJBM will continue in this vein with a digital emphasis that is very urgently needed in the current economic scenario as the nations of the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses have to transform and digitalise their operations to survive.

H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN and Mr Takehiko Nakao, former President of the Asian Development Bank will give us their Keynote Addresses.  In addition, this conference will bring together key leaders and corporate luminaries across ASEAN and Japan to share their experiences and exchange insights under the yet prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of rebuilding, perseverance and innovation with a pivot to digitalization will be the backbone of the various Plenary Sessions.

This conference will be a virtual conference split across three value-enhancing plenary sessions discussing:

  • new opportunities in the “new normal” and, 
  • rebuilding the value chain in Asia in light of the pandemic, 
  • co-creating innovation for overcoming social issues.

This conference is not only an attractive opportunity for building partnerships between ASEAN and Japanese companies on business possibilities, industrial resilience and digitalisation. Further, the conference will continue fostering the exchange of insights between key stakeholders and role players by engaging its multilateral regional network of business leaders from ASEAN nations and Japan. Additionally, the 46th AJBM, in response to the momentum of last years’ conference, will also act as a bilateral and multilateral business promotion platform for business executives, solution providers and innovators, to bring together globalised stakeholders, business giants and start-ups in the current business trends.

The Latest Programme can be found here: 

Should you be interested in attending this inaugural conference, please contact us via email at majeca@masscorp.net.my & majecakl@gmail.com

11th Asian Business Summit (ABS) on 6th November 2020 hosted by Keidanren (via Zoom)

 

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The 11th Asian Business Summit (ABS) was held on 6th November 2020 over Zoom, with the participation of 14 business organizations representing 12 Asian Economies. Malaysia was represented by MAJECA through its three executives, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, with Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, Hon. Secretary in attendance.

 

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The 11th Asian Business Summit / Digital Conference Agenda (Final)

Date: November 6th, 2020

12:00-16:30 (Malaysian Time)

13:00 – 17:30 (Tokyo Time)

hosted by Keidanren, Japan

*Japanese / English simultaneous interpretation

Moderator: Mr. Masakazu Kubota, Director General, Keidanren


12:00-12:20 MYT

13:00-13:20 JT

Opening Session

Opening Remarks:  Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren

Guest Speech: Mr. Yasutoshi  Nishimura, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy and Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization

12:20-13:30 MYT

13:20-14:30 JT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenary Session I : Impact of COVID-19 & Challenges for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in member economies and Asia

 Session Moderator: Mr. Satoshi Mukuta, Senior Managing Director, Keidanren

Speakers:  5 Min / each

Mr. Nobuyuki Koga

Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren

Mr. Kalin Sarasin

Chairman, The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)

Mr. Zhang Shaogang

Vice  Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Mr. Uday Kotak

President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Mr. Rosan Perkasa Roeslani

Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

Mr. Tae-shin Kwon

Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

Tan Sri. Azman Hashim

President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

Mr. Aye Tun

Joint Secretary General, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores

Chairman, Philippine-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

Mr. Ho Meng Kit

Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

Dr. Huang Mao-Hsiung

Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan 

Dr. Vu Tien Loc, Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

13:30-14:00 MYT

14:30-15:00 JT

Break
14:00-15:00 MYT

15:00-16:00 JT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenary Session II : Challenges facing Asia

Session Moderator: Mr. Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren

Speakers:  4 minutes / each

1. Trade policy

Mr. Tae-shin Kwon

Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Datuk Seri. Mohamed Iqbal

Vice President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

Mr. Shigeru Hayakawa

Vice Chair, Keidanren

2. Infrastructure

Mr. Rosan Perkasa Roeslani

Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthree

Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries

Mr. Ye Min Aung

Vice President, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

Mr. Tatsuo Yasunaga

Vice Chair, Keidanren

3. Digitalization

Mr. Zhu Hongren

Standing Vice Chairman, China Enterprise Confederation (CEC)

Dr. Huang Mao-Hsiung

Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan

Mr. Ferdinand A. Ferrer

Treasurer, Philippine-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

Mr. Kobsak Duangdee
Secretary General, The Thai Bankers’ Association

Mr. Kenichiro Yamanishi

Vice Chair, Keidanren

4. Environment and Energy

Mr. Kao Kuo-Lun

Vice Chairman, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), Taiwan

Mr. Hitoshi Ochi

Vice Chair, Keidanren

15:00-16:20 MYT

16:00-17:20 JT

Exchange of Views

Session Moderator: Mr. Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren

16:20-16:30 MYT

17:20-17:30 JT

Joint Statement and Future Work
16:30 MYT

17:30 JT

Closing

Note:-  Please note above “MYT” denotes “Malaysian Time”  and “JT” denotes  “Tokyo Time”. 


3.    Opening Session 

Mr Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren giving his opening remarks.

Mr Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of State for Economics and Fiscal Policy and Minister in charge of Economic Revitalisation giving his guest speech via video message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Plenary Session 1

This session was titled “Impact of COVID-19 & Challenges for post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in member economies and Asia”.

Mr Satoshi Mukuta, Senior Managing Director, Keidanren moderated.

The presenters for this session were the following:

From top-left, clockwise:

  1. Mr Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren
  2. Mr Kalin Sarasin, Chairman, The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB)
  3. Mr Zhang Shaogang¸Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
  4. Mr Uday Kotak, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  5. Mr Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)
  6. Mr Tae-shin Kwon, Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

From top-left, clockwise:

7. Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

8. Mr Aye Tun, Joint Secretary General, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

9. Mr Gerard B. Sanvictores, Chairman, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

10. Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

11. Dr Huang Mao-Hsiung, Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEA), Taiwan

12. Dr Vu Tien Loc, Chairman & President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

 

The President of MAJECA, Tan Sri Azman Hashim sharing his insights.

 

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Plenary Session 2

The second plenary session was titled “Challenges facing Asia”, and was split into four parts which were: trade policy, infrastructure, digitalization, and, environment and energy respectively.

This session was moderated by Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren.

 

The speakers for each session were as follows:

  1. Trade Policy

From top-left, clockwise:

1.Mr Tae-shin Kwon, Vice Chairman & CEO, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

2.Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

3.Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal,Vice President, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA)

4.Mr Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice President of MAJECA speaking on the Trade Policy panel during Plenary Session 2.

 

 

2.Infrastructure

From top-left, clockwise:

1.Mr Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

2.Mr Chartchai Panichewa, Vice-Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries

3.Mr Ye Min Aung, Vice President, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI)

4.Mr Tatsuo Yasunaga, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

 

  1. Digitalization

From right to left:

1.Mr Zhu Hongren, Standing Vice Chairman, China Enterprise Confederation (CEC)

2.Dr Huang Mao-Hsiung, Honorary Chairman, Chinese East Asia Economic Association (CEAEC), Taiwan

3.Mr Ferdinand A. Ferrer, Treasurer, Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC)

4.Mr Kobsak Duangdee, Secretary General, The Thai Bankers’ Association

5.Mr Kenichiro Yamanishi, Vice Chair, Keidanren

 

  1. Environment and Energy
  2. Mr Kao Kuo-Lun, Vice Chairman, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), Taiwan

    Mr Hitoshi Ochi, Vice Chair, Keidanren

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Following the end of the plenary sessions, the summit proceeded with an exchange of views with Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren continuing as moderator.

A collage of various role players exchanging their views and insights.

(from top-left, clockwise): Mr Ken Kobayashi, Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren; Chair of the Japan-Indonesia Economic Committee & Japan-Myanmar Economic Committee; Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mr Tatsuo Yasunaga, Vice Chair, Keidanren; President and CEO, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., Mr Shinya Katanozaka, Vice Chair, Keidanren; President & CEO, ANA Holdings Inc.,  Mr Ichiro Hara, Managing Director, Keidanren, Mr Kenichiro Yamanishi, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Executive Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mr Takashi Yamauchi, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Chairman, Member of the Board, Taisei Corporation, Mr Nobuyuki Hirano, Vice Chair, Keidanren; Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., and Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO, Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

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The 11th Asian Business Summit reached its conclusion with the presentation of the Joint Statement and a group photo of the remaining members.

The 11th Asian Business Summit Joint Statement

On November 6, 2020, the 11th Asian Business Summit was held online with the participation of 14 business organizations representing 12 Asian Economies.

The global coronavirus pandemic has stifled business activities and created a set of extremely challenging conditions for the world economy. At this time, all members of the Asian business community should work closely and collaboratively with their governments and multilateral institutions to address and overcome these challenges. It was with this backdrop in mind that participants in the 11th Asian Business Summit gathered to discuss economic and industrial strategies for the current and post-pandemic eras as well as issues on regional cooperation in Asia.

The Summit began with a series of presentations by participating business organizations, which shared information on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in each economy and the countermeasures which their governments, business communities, and corporate sectors have implemented in response.

In the interest of protecting the lives, jobs, and livelihoods of their citizens, as well as their economies, we call on the governments of Asian economies to take prudent action aimed at balancing economic activities with measures to halt the expansion of the pandemic through the establishment of robust frameworks for the provision of needed medical care, stable delivery of medical supplies, and enhancement of support for businesses and workers. As members of the Asian business community, we are committed to assuming an active role, fully utilizing the resources at our command, and working together to achieve sustained business operations and employment levels as well as diversify and reinforce our supply chains.

It is imperative that we build from that foundation and transform the harsh realities of the current and post-pandemic eras into opportunities for further sustained growth. This Summit provided a forum to deepen our discussions on trade policy, infrastructure development, digitalization, environment, energy, and other issues confronting the Asian economy in the sphere of cooperation. As an outcome of that discussion, we arrived at a consensus on the importance of the following.

First, it is vital that we sustain and strengthen the free and open international economic system. To that end, efforts should be made to promote regional economic integration through early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement and the expansion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It is necessary to re-establish and enhance connectivity within the region disrupted by the pandemic through both qualitative and quantitative advances in infrastructure development. Furthermore, we will need progress in digital transformation (DX) through data free flow with trust and other growth strategies adapted to the “new normal” as well as promotion of RD&D and finance on environmental and energy technologies aimed at transition to a decarbonized society. To address these challenges, we are committed to speeding up our efforts through cooperation and call for measures in inter- and intra-governmental coordination.

Moving forward, we will continue to utilize the Asian Business Summit platform to discuss the issues facing Asia in fostering sustainable development and facilitate realization of the “Society 5.0 for SDGs” concept.

https://www.keidanren.or.jp/en/policy/2020/106.html

A group photo of various role players taken at the end of the summit.

Webinar on Cloud Computing: “The Best Time to Leverage on Cloud Technology: Take Your Business to Greater Heights” on 26 August 2020

 


Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA), in collaboration with Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA), Alphaus Cloud and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) hosted a webinar on Cloud Computing which was attended by various members from MAJECA and MASSA. MAJECA and MASSA was represented by Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA and MASSA.

The webinar was entitled ‘The Best Time to Leverage on Cloud Technology: Take Your Business to Greater Heights’. This non-technical webinar aimed to equip decision-makers to use cloud technology for their business growth by optimizing the technology to their needs.

The Speakers at the webinar were:

  1. Mr Mohd Atasha Alias, Director of Alphaus Cloud Sdn Bhd
  2. Mr Tan Tze Meng, Head of Cloud and Data Centers at MDEC

Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA and MASSA gave the Welcome Address at the webinar.

Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary MAJECA and MASSA giving the Welcome Address

Mr Mohd Atasha Alias, is a Director of Alphaus Cloud, a leading software provider of Cloud Cost Management in Japan.  Alphaus Cloud Sdn Bhd is a company founded in Malaysia, and it is from this business base that it is expanding across the Asia Pacific.  He advises business leaders on how to thrive in the Digital Era, and helps business transform digitally from ‘brick and mortar’ to ‘click and mortar’ by leveraging his myriad connections along the digital value-chain of tools and services.

Mr Atasha’s presentation centred on answering the question – ‘What is Cloud’, and he also argued for cloud’s adoption as part of the new entrepreneurial mindset.

Mr Mohd Atasha Alias, Director fo Alphaus Cloud introducing cloud technology and arguing the case for adopting it

The second speaker was Mr Tan Tze Meng.  He presented the comparison of advantages using Cloud technology vs. on-premise infrastructure and the total cost of ownership for decision-makers.

Mr Tan has been in the IT industry since 1986, and has an extensive portfolio in the field.  His beginnings can be traced to his time at Telekom Malaysia, where he played a key role in launching TMNet in 1996. Mr Tan is the Head of Cloud and Data Centers at MDEC.  His department is responsible for the ecosystem development in the digital economy.

MDEC’s Head of Cloud and Data Centers, Mr Tan Tze Meng’s case for adopting cloud technology by presenting the comparisons of the total cost of ownership for an IT project using cloud technology versus on-premise infrastructure.

After the presentations, the webinar held a series of polls, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Ms Rishanty Navaratnam of Alphaus Cloud.

To cap off the webinar, a virtual group photo session was held with the speakers, the webinar’s team and, the audience.
The webinar’s team (from left to right) Mr Mohd Atasha Alias – Alphaus Cloud, the MAJECA-MASSA team, Ms Rishanty Navaratnam – Alphaus Cloud and, Mr Tan Tze Meng – MDEC

2020 News and Events

Webinar on “How Drones are Changing the Business World” on 28 July 2020

 


The Selangor Human Resources Development Centre in partnership with Drone Academy Asia, Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Malaysia South-South Association (MASSA) hosted a webinar on 28 July 2020.  MAJECA and MASSA was represented by Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA and MASSA.

The title of the webinar – ‘How Drones are Changing the Business World’, was directed at increasing awareness about the potential benefits of using drone technology to aid business to achieve sustainability and weathering the ‘new normal’.

34 participants from members from MAJECA and MASSA together with MITI, USM, SIRIM, MPOB, MIGHT, MIMOS as well as representatives from Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BMCCI) and JAGAM members attended the webinar.

The Speakers at the webinar were:

1. Mr. Alvin Tan, Manager from the Drone Academy Asia

2. Mr. Ken Khoo, Head of Marketing from Poladrone

Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA gave a Welcome Address at the start of the webinar.

Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary of MAJECA giving the Welcome Address at the webinar

The presentation by Mr Alvin Tan, Manager of Drone Academy Asia, an enterprise drones training academy centred on the webinar’s theme. He is a firm believer in the usage of drones and is enthusiastic in the capabilities and application of drones in the 21st century and aims to co-develop and deliver drone course modules that empower participants to implement them into their workflow for greater efficiency and safety practices.

Mr Alvin Tan, Manager of Drone Academy Asia sharing on the commercial applications of drone technology

Mr Ken Khoo, Head of Marketing from Poladrone, an all-in-one drone solutions provider spoke about ‘Sustainability & Saving Lives: Drone in the New Normal”.  Poladrone’s goal is to create greater awareness and conversations about the ways drones can be used to enrich our everyday lives, both personally & professionally.

Mr Ken Khoo, Head of Marketing of Poladrone, giving his presentation on the role of drones and how they enable sustainable industrial workflows
(from top left, clockwise) Mr Ken Khoo – Poladrone, Mr Alvin Tan – Drone Academy Asia, Ms Khoo Yi Lin – SHRDC, Ms Erin Hoo – Drone Academy Asia and Ms Ng Su Fun – representing MAJECA and MASSA

43rd Annual General Meeting of MAJECA held on 24 June 2020

The 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) was convened on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 at the Boardroom, 26th Floor, Bangunan Ambank Group, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

In order to comply with the Government’s and/or relevant authorities’ directives and guidelines on public gatherings, meetings and events, arising from the measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Recovery Movement Control Order, the 43rd AGM was convened via a hybrid of in-person as well as virtual participation.

The following were elected to the Executive Committee of MAJECA for the new term 2020-2021.           

Office Bearers

President:     YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim

Vice Presidents:

YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Hamid Egoh

YBhg Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid

YBhg Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal

YBhg Datuk Jason Tai Hee

Honorary Secretary:    YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng

Honorary Treasurer:    Mr Yeonhang Chuah

 

Executive Committee Members

Dato’ Seri Ibrahim bin Haji Ahmad

Dato’ Yeoh Sock Kian

Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa

Mr Steven Tee Shin Yau

Mr Ravindran Kurusamy

 

clockwise from top: Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin bin Wok Kamaruddin waiting for the AGM to start.

MAJECA AGM – Hybrid meeting in the new normal with virtual attendees on the screen

 

AGM Attendees in-person

 

Clockwise:  Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin bin Wok Kamaruddin, Dr Vince See Eng Teong, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Tan Sri Azman Hashim (Chairman), Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh (partly hidden) Mr Yeonhang Chuah,  Dato’ Seri Ibrahim Hj Ahmad Badawi, Tan Sri Rastam bin Mohd Isa

 

Mr Goh Peng Ooi (top) and other virtual attendees on the left of the screen.  In-person attendees on the right of the screen

 

Mr Steven Tee (top left) speaking at the AGM

 

R-L: Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Dato’ Md Taib Abdul Hamid and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin bin Wok Kamaruddin

 

Clockwise from left: Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh, , Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Dato’ Seri Ibrahim Hj Ahmad, Tan Sri Rastam bin Mohd Isa, Ms Florence Khoo, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Iqbal. Back row: Mr Anthony Raja Michel Devadoss. Auditors: Mr. Sharil Sharif and Ms Sam Siow Cheng

 

(L-R) Ms Ng Su Fun, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Mr Gary Tang Kok Lian, Mr Yeonhang Chuah, Mr Wan Muhammad Hanif bin Wan Abd Hamid

 

L-R: Mr Chong Wooi Kong and Dr Vince See Eng Teong.

 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim closed the meeting and waved goodbye to the virtual attendees

 

(L-R) Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Mr Anthony Raja Michel Devadoss, Mr Chong Wooi Kong, Mr Gary Tang Kok Lian, Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Dr Vince See Eng Teong

 

 

 

The 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) Co-organizers’ Virtual Meeting on 28 May 2020

AJBM Malaysia, represented by MAJECA, will be hosting the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) in Kuala Lumpur, tentatively scheduled to take place in early December 2020. The Coordination Teams from Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and MAJECA held a virtual meeting on 28 May 2020.

Attendees from AJBM Malaysia Committee:

  • Tan Sri Azman Hashim, President, MAJECA.
  • Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Vice-President, MAJECA
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng
  • Ms Ng Su Fun, Executive Secretary, MAJECA

Attendees from Keizai Doyukai:

  • Nobuhide Hayashi, AJBM Co-Chairman, Chairman of ASIA-Japan Relations PT, Keizai Doyukai
  • Keiichiro Hashimoto, President and Vice Chairman, Keizai Doyukai
  • Yasuyuki Ishii, Vice President, Keizai Doyukai
  • Makiko Higuchi, Senior Manager, Policy Studies Department, Keizai Doyukai
  • Katsumi Miyazaki, Manager, Policy Studies Department, Keizai Doyukai
  • Masahiro Sato, Manager, Global Corporate Coordination Department, Planning Team, Mizuho Financial Group

(L-R) Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng, Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Ms Ng Su Fun at the virtual meeting with Keizai Doyukai.

Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi and other representatives from Keizai Doyukai at the virtual meeting.

 

 

The meeting discussed the outcome of last year’s 45th AJBM held in Japan and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Japan and Malaysia.  The virtual discussion covered the following:

  • The 46th AJBM will continue to discuss “Digitalization and Start-up” as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and challenges for each country, and for ASEAN-Japan Relations.
  • Issues emerging under the COVID-19 crisis are diverse, but for the meeting of business leaders, emphasis will be on the impacts and consequences of the current crisis in the areas of resilience and continuity of business and people’s livelihood.
  • Topics could include: restructuring of manufacturing supply chains across Japan and ASEAN, economic and industrial impacts (tourism, health care and medicine), employment issues, roles expected to startups and technologies, acceleration of digitalization etc.
  • Keizai Doyukai will proceed with the planning of the next conference, taking into consideration actual conditions and prospects regarding the aforementioned issues and the possibility of Japan-ASEAN cooperation.
  • Keizai Doyukai will engage with other ASEAN AJBM Committees and will make recommendations for the convening of the 46th AJBM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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