Leaders of Business, Policy and Academia Examine Japan's Global Standing in PwC Study: Panel

Revitalizing Corporate Japan: A Prescription for Growth – Embracing Change in Corporate Japan

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:30-7:00 pm, at Japan Society

New York, NY -- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recently sat down with over 60 Japanese senior business leaders, political leaders and academics to learn how they are responding to an increasingly complex global environment.

Released in Tokyo on September 4, 2012, the resulting study "Revitalizing Corporate Japan: A Prescription for Growth" revealed that as Japan continues on the path to recovery from the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, it must manage simultaneous pressures of an aging society, energy security, resource scarcity and fierce competition from Asian nations. Traditional industry structures and boundaries are also reconfiguring; automotive, energy, electronics, retail and consumer, manufacturing, and financial services are examples of leading sectors in Japan whose definition no longer conforms to familiar economic norms. The study concludes that Japanese organizations and their leaders now need to make new connections across business and functional and geographical boundaries to identify and respond to opportunities and risks.

In Revitalizing Corporate Japan: A Prescription for Growth – Embracing Change in Corporate Japan, co-organized by PwC and Japan Society, a panel of experts share findings from the study and address strategic priorities facing today’s leaders. Hosted by PwC Chairman Robert Moritz and Vice Chairman Juan Pujadas, and Japan Society President Motoatsu Sakurai, the discussion takes place Thursday, October 11, 3:30 pm, at Japan Society.

Agenda: 3:30, registration; 4:00, opening remarks; 4:15, presentation; 5:00, panel 6:00, reception.

Admission: This is a free event open to the public; pre-registration is mandatory. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. To register or for more information, please contact Tracy Dedes of PwC at 646-471-1718 or visit


David Jansen is PwC’s lead U.S. partner responsible for driving a range of business development and thought leadership activities designed to strengthen and stimulate PwC’s Advisory business in Japan. Over the past year Jansen has organized and participated in several Tokyo-based PwC seminars on the economic recovery and future of Japan, and he has led efforts to generate original research and analysis examining the impact of the 3/11 triple disaster on the international business community. For the last six months Jansen has been leading the Tokyo-based “Future of Japan” research team and its in-depth study “Revitalizing Corporate Japan”. Jansen is an experienced partner with significant international exposure (two tours of duty in Tokyo), and has advised a range of clients from multinational corporations to international governments, heads of state and, previously, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Fred Katayama is an award-winning anchor for Reuters Television. In his career spanning print, television and new media, he has covered breaking news events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 attacks, the Kobe earthquake and the Enron collapse. Earlier, he worked as an anchor and correspondent at CNN, a business and general news reporter for CBS's Seattle affiliate, KIRO-TV, and a correspondent at Japan Business Today, an NHK production that aired on CNBC. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japan Society and the U.S.-Japan Council. He has won AAJA’s national award for reporting and newsroom leadership award, the Maxwell Media Award, the National Magazine Award as part of a Fortune reporting team, and Overseas Press Club of America citation.

Bob Moritz is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the U.S. firm of PwC, after having been elected by the U.S. partnership to serve a four-year term. Prior to that, Moritz served as the Assurance Leader of the firm from 2006 to 2009; and from 2004 to 2006 was the Managing Partner of the New York office and Metro Region. Moritz joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. He served a three-year tour in PwC Tokyo, providing audit and advisory services to numerous European and US-based financial services organizations operating in Japan.

Juan Pujadas is the Global Leader of Advisory services for PwC, an appointment he took up in July 2008. Prior to taking over the leadership of the Global Advisory Practice, Pujadas led the U.S. firm's Advisory Practice for six years. He has also held a number of senior management positions in the U.S. firm, including leading the Global Risk Management Solutions (GRMS) practice for the Americas, the Financial Services GRMS practice, and the global Financial Risk Management Group.

Born in California, William Saito took up commercial software programming at age 10 and by 27 was fast becoming one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, authentication and biometric technologies. He led the development of the world’s first biometric authentication system and licensed the core technology (BAPI) to over 160 companies worldwide. In 2005 he moved to Tokyo and founded Intecur, a consultancy that helps companies worldwide to identify and market innovative technologies. Recently, Saito was named a council member on National Strategy and Policy for the National Policy Unit, a new Cabinet-level organization that reports directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. He was also an advisor and CTO of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC), the first such commission ever appointed by Japan’s national legislature.

Motoatsu Sakurai was appointed President of Japan Society in April 2009. He served as Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York from March 2006 through March 2009, and was the first business executive to ever serve in this diplomatic capacity. Sakurai entered the private sector at Mitsubishi Corporation in 1968. In 1978 he served as a Loan Officer with the World Bank and as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. After serving in several senior managerial capacities for Mitsubishi International Corporation in New York and D.C., he returned to Tokyo and rose to President and CEO in 2004. Simultaneously, he was named President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York.

Former Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs (Global Communications) for Japan’s Prime Minster, Noriyuki Shikata’s experiences include working for the Embassy of Japan in the U.S. (U.S. Press), Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD (Energy Regulatory Reform), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan – Status of U.S. Forces Agreement Division, Internal Press Division, Second North America Division (Japan-U.S./Canada Economic) and Economic Treaties Division.

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This event is co-organized by PwC.

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