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To understand how real the threat of cybercrime is to private companies, one need only look at Notpeya, an impish piece of malware hidden in a seemingly innocuous tax software package. The virus struck Ukraine in 2017, knocking out federal agencies, transport systems, cash machines—even the radiation monitors at Chernobyl. It then went rogue.

Notpeya wormed its way from the computers of multinational firms with local outposts in Ukraine to their global operations, causing collateral damage to victims ranging from Maersk and Saint-Gobain, to American drugmaker Merck, the last of which lost 40,000 computers in the blink of an eye and was forced to halt manufacturing of its human-papillomavirus vaccine. The total damage caused by the hit was put at $10bn, making it the costliest such attack ever.

Japan has not been spared the stress or the cost. In 2022 Toyota's supply management system was hacked, forcing it to shutdown all 14 domestic factories for the first time in its history and at the cost of 13,000 cars of output. In September, the official Japanese government's website e-gov was breached, allegedly by Killnet, a Russian hacker entity. One month later, a government-affiliated hospital in Osaka was hit by a ransomware attack. Whether the ransom was paid is not clear, but by December the hospital was still filling patients' charts by hand.

According to MIC (総務省), 54% of Japanese firms fell victim to some sort of cyberattack in 2020. For any company, the threat of cyber crime weighs heavily on corporate management and its presence riles executives. But are companies in Japan doing enough to protect themselves? What are the new threats to be faced in 2023? How much are companies allocating to cyber protection, and how much should they? At this event, we bring together experts with an engineering background who understand and can explain the technical complexities of cyber threats, as well as representatives from the corporate world and public policy, who can update our network on the key challenges for one of this year's most critical topics.


4:30 PM - 4:40 PM
4:40 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo : 2F Grand Ballroom

Tokyo Midtown
9-7-1 Akasaka

Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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  • The Honarable Takuya Hirai (Japan's first Minister of Digital)

    The Honarable Takuya Hirai

    Japan's first Minister of Digital

    Takuya Hirai has a long political career with Japan’s LDP and currently serves as a member of the House of Representatives. He is a native of Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture, and graduated from Sophia University in 1980. He was elected to the House for the first time in 2000 and since then he has served eight consecutive terms.

    Mr Hirai was appointed Japan’s first Minister for Digital by Prime Minister Suga in 2021. During his term as minister he was the architect of the Digital Agency making him possibly the most knowledgeable politician in Japan’s government.

    Among his many titles, Mr Hirai has served as Minister for Digital, Minister for Digital Transformation, Minister in charge of of Information Technology Policy Minister of State for the Social Security and Tax Number System, Chairperson at the Digital Nation LDP Special Committee, Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy, Minister of State for "Cool Japan" Strategy, Minister of State for the Intellectual Property Strategy, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Minister of State for Space Policy and others.

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  • Joichi

    Joichi "Joi" Ito

    Co-founder and board member at Digital Garage

    Joichi "Joi" Ito is a digital architect, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, writer, and scholar focusing on the transformation of society and technology. He works to respond to complex challenges such as our democracy and governance, climate change, and redesigning systems of scholarship and science. He served as director of the MIT Media Lab from 2011 to 2019 where he lead the establishment of the Digital Currency Initiative in 2015. He was the board chair and chief executive of Creative Commons and has served on numerous other boards, including at The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, The Mozilla Foundation, The Open Source Initiative, ICANN and The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). With his podcast Road to Henkaku he communicates how Web3 could relates to society based on broad view points including architecture, technology, and philosophy. He is currently engaged in a web3 community development projects.

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  • Cartan McLaughlin (Founder and CEO of Nihon Cyber Defence)

    Cartan McLaughlin

    Founder and CEO of Nihon Cyber Defence

    Cartan McLaughlin is the founder and CEO of Nihon Cyber Defence (NCD); a Japan based cyber security company. NCD brings US and UK cyber expertise to the Cyber market in Japan/Asia.

    Cartan has worked for 30 years in Japan in the Financial Technology and Cyber Security Sectors. He started as a programmer working on strategic projects such as the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchange moves to electronic trading. He then moved into the financial sector, delivering secure applications in banking systems and has developed expertise in the security technology surrounding SWIFT and international payments systems.

    He has worked with nearly all the major Japanese financial groups both in head offices and their international branches, implementing technology solutions across the world.

    His strength lies in his ability to merge technology expertise with industry insight, especially in the financial and government sectors – he has deep knowledge of banking technology, cyber security, AML and KYC. He believes that the future of corporate governance lies in bringing together financial technology, regulatory technology and cyber security. He is seen as a thought leader in these areas.

    He has an BSc honors degree in Computer Science from Queen’s University Belfast.

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  • Vivian Tokai (Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Vivian Tokai

    Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Vivian Tokai is the North Asia Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network based in Tokyo and covering Japan and South Korea. She is responsible for programme development and client engagement. She works closely with c-level executives on key economic and political issues and industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the region.

    Vivian is a government affairs and public policy professional with 25 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors, including energy, environment, aviation, transportation, defense, IT and digital economy. She has extensive senior leadership experience with a wide range of blue-chip multinational businesses in Japan. Prior to joining the Economist Group, she led Japan government relations activities at UPS, GE, Facebook, eBay and Honeywell. She was responsible for developing and executing strategic lobbying approaches, and ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.

    Vivian has been active in a number of business organisations. She is a member of the Keizai Doyukai, Japan Association of Corporate Executives, and has held various board roles with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. She has also been a visiting professor and lecturer at a number of Japanese universities including Chuo University and Showa Women’s University.

    Her personal commitment is female empowerment. She served as Chief Diversity Officer at Citigroup in Japan and was selected as Women’s Leadership member at GE.

    Vivian also possesses extensive experience in the media. She anchored a sports news segment of a daily evening news program at NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She earned a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from School of Journalism, College of Communication, Boston University. She can speak Japanese and English, and introductory Chinese, Korean and French.

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