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The world is in a period of heightened geopolitical turmoil and uncertainty. Inequality, especially domestic inequality, has become an important driver of geopolitical tensions. Nationalism, populism, and anti-globalisation sentiments appear to be on the rise at a global scale.

Geopolitical risks are rapidly reshaping the world we knew at the turn of the century. Political uncertainty will persist and could potentially generate shocks that could affect global business negatively. They have the power to disrupt business activities in various ways, such as capital flight, currency devaluation, supply disruptions in energy and essential raw materials, trade regulations and partnerships, war, terrorism and others. A new scourge, "disinformation", has raised the bar for companies and consumers to navigate risk successfully.

At the board level, the increased complexity and uncertainty of geopolitics pose serious challenges in governance. Business leaders need to oversee and act upon geopolitical risks more actively than before. This means that they need to prepare their company well to manage the risks – by limiting the downside and seizing the upside of disruption.

To understand what is happening in regional and global geopolitics, what the risks are, and how to prepare and protect your business against these challenges, EICN offers a great opportunity to sit down with experts from academia, business and government, to discuss one of this year's most important topics for executives.


8:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Registration and Networking
8:20 AM - 9:30 AM


  • Glen Fukushima (Vice Chair, Securities Investor Protection Corporation and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress)

    Glen Fukushima

    Vice Chair, Securities Investor Protection Corporation and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

    Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations. On October 14, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden nominated him to serve as Vice Chair of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the Senate confirmed him for this position on April 6, 2022.

    From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was a senior business executive based in Asia representing several major multinational corporations: Vice President, AT&T Japan; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan. He was elected to serve for two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, then the largest American Chamber of Commerce outside the United States.

    Before his business career, he served in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. In 1993, he declined an offer to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.

    A native of California, Mr. Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He was a Stanford/Keio Exchange Scholar at Keio University and was a Fulbright Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo. He currently divides his time between Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Tokyo, and often speaks at conferences especially in Asia and Europe.

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  • The Honourable Taku Otsuka (Director, National Defense Division, Policy Research Council, the Liberal Democratic Party and Member of the House of Representatives)

    The Honourable Taku Otsuka

    Director, National Defense Division, Policy Research Council, the Liberal Democratic Party and Member of the House of Representatives

  • 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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Ballroom I & II, The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Minato City, Tokyo, Japan

If you have any questions please contact EICN North Asia

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