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ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill

Tuesday 27 September 2022 / 12:00pm
Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill

Tuesday 27 September 2022
12.00 - 1.00pm (BST)
8.00 - 9.00pm (JST)
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Join us for the second in our new regular quarterly webinar on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill in which our chairman Bill Emmott teams up with Jesper Koll, longtime Tokyo resident and one of the most keenly watched economists and investment strategists in that town, to discuss what's new in the Japanese economy, business, financial markets and more.

Each quarter, Jesper and Bill open with a conversation about the latest trends that have caught their attention, and then welcome a special guest to focus on a topic of the moment. All the while, they will be interacting with questions from the audience. These webinars are run in association with Asia Society Tokyo.

In this session, we are delighted to welcome as our special guest Tatsuya Terazawa, chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). In his message on taking up the role in July 2021, Mr Terazawa noted ‘Energy and climate change issues are two sides of the same coin. Applying the guiding policy principle of 3Es plus S – energy security, economic efficiency and environmental conservation plus safety, Japan is facing a very urgent need to find a realistic pathway to carbon neutrality’.

This need has only become more urgent as we all grapple with the current  global energy crisis, while not forgetting agreed carbon emissions reduction targets. With Tatsuya Terazawa’s help, Jesper and Bill will unpick Prime Minister Kishida’s announcement of plans to restart existing nuclear reactors and consider a new building programme for next-generation reactors, alongside policies for the expansion of the development of storage batteries and promotion of renewable sources such as offshore wind.

Jesper Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Over the past two decades, Jesper has been consistently recognized as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, having worked as Chief Strategist and Head of Research for U.S. investment banks J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. He currently serves as Expert Director for the Monex Group and the Japan Catalyst Fund (Japan’s 1st retail investor based corporate engagement/activist fund). His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government and corporate advisory committees, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s Advisory Board. Jesper serves as Board Director of OIST, the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology and is a Founder and Board Director of the Asia Society Japan and heads their Policy Committee. He is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives; and serves on the board of several Japan-based start-ups. He has written three books in Japanese and, in 2021, created the acclaimed video/pod-cast series Japan - Capitalism that works. Jesper is an economist, angel-investor, patron; and yes, a Japan Optimist.

Tatsuya Terazawa is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). Previous to this he served as Senior Advisor the the Cabinet Office on Covid-19 response measures and the formulation of the Growth Strategy including Japan’s version of the ‘Green New Deal’.  He served as Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) until July 2019, leading METI’s international policy operation and cross-border economic dialogues including on the broader use of hydrogen. I advised then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on industrial and energy policy. He played a senior role in coordinating the communique, including on trade and global climate change issues, for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit, and led negotiations on behalf of the Japanese Government before the 2015 COP21 meeting in Paris.

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