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Oct 26, 2016

Japan, Asia & the World G1 Global Conference 2016 Photo Essay

The 6th G1 Global Conference was held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the GLOBIS Tokyo campus. More than 150 global business leaders, politicians, scholars, media members and MBA students joined and discussed the theme, "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable."

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have acknowledged the “unthinkable” that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept. Now, the only certainty for leaderships is that old norms are being replaced by a host of unthinkables.

How can we learn to "Think the Unthinkable?" I think this is a question every leader in this age must confront seriously. That is why I chose it as this year’s G1 Global Conference's main theme.

These discussions were all refreshing, open and worthwhile for the future. I am sharing you photos of the G1 Global from the tweets I posted. Please take a look. I hope you can feel the enthusiasm!

19:00 sharp on Friday, October 21
The G1 Global Conference 2016 begins! This year's theme is "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable." We will publish all the sessions on GLOBIS Insights. I gave the opening speech about my latest work "100 Actions."

[Keynote Speech] Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London

[Plenary Session 1] Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable
From left to right:
Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London
Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman
Taro Kono, Member of the House of Representatives, Former Chairperson of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission
Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

[Breakout Session]
[Business] Unthinkable Politics, Disruptive Innovation, Incredible Opportunities
From left to right:
Mio Takaoka, Executive Director, Monex Group, Inc.
Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive Managing Director, CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund
Scott Halliday, Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK

[Breakout Session]
[Technology] New Frontiers in AI, VR/AR, and Robotics
From left to right:
William Saito, Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Hiroaki Kitano, President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Meri Rosich, CMO, Marketing Business Intelligence, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc
Shinichi (Shin) Takamiya, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, GLOBIS Capital Partners
Tak Umezawa, Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney

[Breakout Session]
[Diplomacy] Globalization in Retreat? Opportunities for Japan?
From left to right:
Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Vannarith Chheang, Consultant, Nippon Foundation
Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Timothy Langley, President & Representative Director, Langley Esquire

[Plenary Session 2] Thinking the Unthinkable -100 Actions Special Session.
From left to right:
Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, Visiting Professor, King's College London
Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan KK
William Saito, Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

[Closing] Board members are on stage with Japanese traditional "happi” coat work wear.

G1 Global 2016 Sushi, Sake and Shamisen Night!
Breaking open a ceremonial sake barrel Kagamiwari!!

Kanpai! Cheers! Toast!

Shamisen performance by Mayu Sugai

Farewell greeting by William Saito: Thanks all so much!! See you next year!!

The name "G1" stands for "Group of One, Globe is One." Our G1
network has grown more and more. Please join us and strive to make the world a better place.

October 24, 2016
At my home, Ichibancho, Tokyo
Yoshito Hori

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