Event Details

The world is eagerly awaiting for the arrival of smart mobility. What shape will it take in Japan? In the rural area, providing cost-efficient and convenient mode of transportation for the aging and fragile population is the key challenge. In the urban area, reduction in congestion, pollution and redundant space and hardware are the key issues for smart mobility to solve. As a country with some of the strongest incumbents in providing mobility, Japan has a large stake in taking a leadership in shaping how smart mobility will look like in the coming years.

In this panel, we like to discuss how smart mobility is expected to help solve Japan's unique issues and how manufacturers are working with new technology entrants to bring about the era of new mobility.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Registration and Networking
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Discussion and Lunch


The Peninsula Tokyo, Grand Ballroom (3F)

1-8-1 Yurakucho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

If you have any questions please contact ECN North Asia

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  • Kazuhiro Doi (Corporate Vice President,  Alliance Global VP, Nissan Research Center at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.)

    Kazuhiro Doi

    Corporate Vice President, Alliance Global VP, Nissan Research Center at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

    Kazuhiro Doi joined Nissan Motor after graduating the master’s program at the department of Instrumentation Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Keio University in 1985.

    After 20 years of experiences at research and advanced engineering departments including two years experience at Penn State, he became General Manager for Technology Planning Department in 2005, where he managed the development of technology strategy that is the basis for competitive advantage today. Nissan’s advanced technologies were communicated by Technology Marketing Department he newly established in 2007. He also became a Segment Chief Product Specialist for Product Planning Department where he contributed to the launch of NISSAN compact segment, MICRA, NOTE, SUNNY etc.

    In April 2012, he became Research Director for Renault. In April 2015, he was appointed as Vice President and Alliance Global Director for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
    In August 2020, he was appointed as Corporate Vice President to direct the research on future strategic fields, “Beyond Mobility” in Nissan.

    In a career spanning more than 30 years for Nissan and Renault, he has been at the forefront of research and development for the automotive driving and electrification.

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  • Klaus Meder (President and Representative Director of Bosch Corporation, Japan)

    Klaus Meder

    President and Representative Director of Bosch Corporation, Japan

    Klaus Meder has held the post of the President and Representative Director Bosch Corporation, Tokyo, Japan since 2017. He is responsible for Japan as a country manager with about 7000 associates and about 4 bn Euro turnover including several activities in Thailand as well.

    Klaus entered Bosch Corporation in 1987 and held numerous positions in the company, including Vice President and Director ASCO Corporation (joint venture with Bosch Corporation), Tomioka, Japan and Board Member of Division Chassis Systems Control, Abstatt, Germany. From 2012 to 2017 he was the President of Division Automotive Electronics, Reutlingen, Germany where he was responsible for strategic planning for one of the biggest divisions of Bosch with close to 30000 employees and 8 production sites.

    He was awarded a degree in telecommunications and electronics from University of Darmstadt in 1987. In addition to native German, he is proficient in English and Japanese languages.

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  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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