August 27, 2018
On August 23 (Thur.), 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a collaboration promotion event between business owners of startups selected as the J-Startups and large companies, aiming to enhance ties between these owners.
1. Purpose of the event
Since June 11, 2018, METI has been presenting and promoting a variety of programs, collectively called “J-Startup Program,” under which METI selects promising startups as “J-Startups,” that experts have nominated, and the public and private sectors will unite their efforts to provide J-Startups with intensive support measures, including those for their business development overseas.
As part of this program, in cooperation with Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), METI held a collaboration promotion event to enhance ties between business owners of J-Startups and large companies.
2. Details of the event
The event brought together Mr. Hirohige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and industrial leaders as shown below. These participants proactively exchanged views in a roundtable format on certain subjects, including the expected future of important fields, such as IoT, AI, finance and fintech, efforts for and challenges in innovations, and efforts which startups and large companies wish to carry out with each other, thereby enhancing their networking.
- Dr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairman, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
- Mr. Kohey Takashima, Representative Director and CEO, Oisix ra daichi Inc.
- Mr. Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Executive Director, Venture Café Tokyo/Associate Professor, Babson College
- Thirty-five representatives from J-Startups, including: Mr. Toru Nishikawa, Founder/CEO, Preferred Networks, Inc.; Mr. Yosuke Tsuji, Founder and CEO, Money Forward, Inc.; Mr. Satoshi Sugie, President/CEO, WHILL, Inc.; and Mr. Yuji Mizoguchi, Founder/CEO, FiNC Inc.
Eighteen representatives from large companies associated with Japan Association of Corporate Executives, including: Mr. Toshiyuki Shiga, Member of the Board of Directors, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Mr. Kengo Sakurada, President/CEO, Sompo Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Kazuhiko Ishimura, Chairman, AGC Inc.; Mr. Yoshikazu Tanaka, Founder, Chairman/CEO, GREE, Inc.; Mr. Genichi Tamatsuka, President/CEO, Digital Hearts Holdings Co., Ltd.; and Ms. Teiko Kudo, Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
Division in Charge
Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau