Event Details

In early 2024, Japan was surpassed by Germany as the world's third-largest economy—a title the island nation held for half a century. Yet, this apparent setback was circumstantial, mainly due to the currently low value of the yen. Japan remains a mature and highly diversified economy, an industrial superpower, a world leader in high-end manufacturing and R&D capabilities, and increasingly a key player in regional security. Fifty per cent of all the world's companies older than two hundred years are Japanese. Its respected trading conglomerates, such as Mitsui and Itochu, have a worldwide presence across sectors and industries like none other—and they are favourites of the likes of Warren Buffet as sound, prevalent investments.

However, Japan is also embattled in a corporate tradition trying to catch up with modern trends, a declining population, a shrinking workforce, and one of the world's largest sovereign debts at over 250% of its GDP. Moreover, its currency has lost 30% of its value in two years, favouring exporters but hurting its consumers, who are net importers of food and energy. On the other hand, Japan's importance in the region is growing as geopolitical circumstances pressure companies and governments to choose their alliances carefully.

What is Japan's expected role as a regional investor in the near future? Will Japan Inc.'s presence in Southeast Asia increase in the coming years, especially as capital outflow from China grows? Given its highly trained workforce and high-tech know-how, is Japan a dark horse waiting to draw investment at an unprecedented rate?

EICN Tokyo's network director, Dr. Rodrigo González, will present an overview of the current state of Japan's economy and business landscape and to share important insights on Asia's second-largest economy.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to eicn_sea@economist.com.


08:00 - 08:30
Doors open and registration
08:30 - 09:00
Opening presentation
09:00 - 09:45
Panel discussion
09:45 - 10:00


  • Rodrigo González (Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Dr. Rodrigo González is a respected corporate advisor to some of Japan’s most prominent business leaders. He specialises in briefing corporate boards on economic and geopolitical conditions within the APAC region, offering invaluable insights into their potential impact across industries.

    With over a decade of experience residing and working in Japan, Rodrigo collaborates closely with C-suite executives of multinational firms, facilitating their comprehension of intricate market dynamics and the implications of public and economic policy. Beyond the boardroom, Rodrigo is a seasoned presenter, recognised for delivering impactful speeches and insights at numerous corporate engagements and on televised platforms.

    He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Japanese.

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

(Gallery 2, Level 8)
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you have any questions please contact EICN SEA

Contact Organizer

+65 65345177

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