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Japan’s Path Forward: Economical & Political Outlook 2024

February 8 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm JST

Japan's Path Forward Economical & Political Outlook 2024

As Japan stands at a crucial juncture of economic and political transformation, we have invited two renowned speakers to shed light on the intricacies of Japan’s evolving landscape for 2024. SCCJ invites you to an insightful evening of knowledge-sharing, discussion and networking.

Our keynote speakers, Mr. Jakob Edberg, President & CEO, of GR Japan and Mr. Philippe Avril, Senior Executive Officer at International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA) will share the stage this evening.


What are the potential economic impacts of a declining workforce participation rate coupled with anticipated shifts in monetary policy for 2024?

How does Japan’s status as a trade-dependent economy affect its relationships with key partners and its role in international trade agreements, particularly in navigating trade relations with major economies like the U.S., China, and the EU, and how does participation in regional trade agreements impact its economic performance?


What could be the consequences of the recent financial misconduct allegations, considering the sharp decline in the approval ratings of Kishida’s administration?

What are the key features of Japan’s 2024 political landscape, including parliamentary elections, defence and economic policy debates, climate change actions, and diplomatic engagements in the G7 and with global partners?

Our prominent keynote speakers will elaborate on these questions and give us some hints about what to expect in 2024. 

After the presentations, we invite you for networking and refreshments and light food to be served. 

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2024
Time: From 18:00h – 20:00h
Place: L’espace@CCIFJ, Nihonbashi Honcho Ys Building, 1F, 2 Chome-2-2 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023
Price: SpCCJ Members 3,000 JPY / Others 5,000 JPY   (+ processing fees)
Registration: Find a form below. If you do not see the form, please click here.
Registration & Cancellation Deadline: Friday, February 2nd 2024

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Japan’s Path Forward: Economical & Political Outlook 2024
Mr. Jakob Edberg

Before co-founding GR Japan, he was PJakob Edberg has been deeply immersed in Japan’s politics and policy-making for two decades.  As President & CEO of GR Japan, he works and helps clients solve complex political and regulatory challenges in a large variety of sectors and fields – retail, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, project financing, foreign policy, and trade just to mention a few.

Policy Director at the European Business Council in Japan, where he supervised government outreach and advocacy for over 300 companies in 29 sector committees.  He also served as a senior trade officer at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.  Representing international businesses’ interests on ministry and party committees, he has a wealth of experience with the Japanese administration and Diet, on everything from front-page trade issues and technical product standards, to successful campaigns for new legislation and financial regulation.  Jakob speaks impeccable Japanese, as well as English and Swedish, and complements degrees in political science and Japanese language with a Master’s in International Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba.

Mr. Philippe Avril

Philippe graduated with degrees in mathematics, physics, economics and political sciences from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris and the University of Paris-Dauphine before joining the financial services industry as a derivatives trader in Paris in 1985. He has spent a total of more than 30 years working in Japan and has also worked in Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York and Hong Kong for Banque Indosuez, Deutsche Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Commerzbank, Royal Bank of Scotland and BNP Paribas.

Recent positions
  • 2009-2017: CEO and Representative Director, BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited
  • 2017-2019: Chairman and Representative Director, BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited
  • 2012-2019: Chief Country Officer, BNP Paribas, Tokyo Branch
  • 2019-2022: Senior Advisor, BNP Paribas, Tokyo Branch
  • 2017-2022: Chairman, International Bankers Association of Japan

Author of several books and articles on Japanese equity derivatives and the Japanese financial industry.Awarded ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon’ (旭日中綬章) for his contribution to the development and internalization of the Japanese financial services industry.

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