What are the attractions of Tokyo as a business city? Presented by: Masatoshi Kumagai and Akira Morikawa

  • Discussion 1

    Appeal of living in Tokyo

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  • Discussion 2

    Attractions of Tokyo as a city for business
    1. Tokyo from a global perspective
    2. Business opportunities towards 2020
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  • Discussion 3

    Your questions
    1. Issues for Tokyo to develop more as a city for business
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  • Discussion 4

    Ways of using &TOKYO

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Here we present some of the various opinions you posted on Twitter.

  • What are the disadvantages of doing business in Tokyo?

  • Do you think that companies not taking advantage of the broad talent in Tokyo? And do you think that companies are destroying all this talent for the sake of making profits?

Panelist Profiles

  • Masatoshi Kumagai

    Started the Internet-based business in 1995, the company went over-the-counter trading in 1999 and listed in First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2005. Under the slogan of "the Internet for everyone" he expanded 87 group companies including nine listed companies along with 4500 staff, providing web infrastructure service, online advertising and media services, online trading services, and mobile entertainment service.
    Among his most notable awards are Nikkei Venture "99 Venture of the Year" (initial public sector 2nd) in 2000, Entrepreneur Network "The 6th Entrepreneur Award and Net Infrastructure Award" in 2004,the United States Newsweek, Inc. "Super CEOs (10 innovative manager of the world)" in 2005, the 38th Economic World Grand Prix Excellent Management Award in 2013, etc. In addition, he serves as the new economy Federation Council. He is also the author of "Issatsu no techo de yume wa kanarazu kanau (a dream always come true with one journal) (Kanki Shuppan)", "Nijudai de hajimeru yume sekkei zu"(Start "dream blueprinting" in your 20s) (Daiwa Shobo), etc.

    Masatoshi Kumagai on the unique value of Tokyo


    Clothing, food, and shelter are all human necessities, but food is a particularly vital part of life and, more than that, it is enjoyable. Tokyo offers more choices for food than other cities. Some people say that Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. It also has many "B-class gourmet" casual restaurants that are inexpensive and delicious. I find the depth and variety of the food offerings in Tokyo to be one of its key attractions. I love soba and have eaten it around the world. Yet it really must be eaten in Japan. I'm not sure why.

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  • Akira Morikawa

    Graduated from University of Tsukuba in 1989, and joined Nippon Television Network Corporation.
    In 1999 graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University Graduate School of International Political Economy Research Department and received MBA.
    Then he joined Sony Corporation.
    In 2003, he joined Hangame Japan Co., Ltd., after serving as the Board of Directors, in October 2006, he became Executive Vice President.
    In October 2007, he became the president of (name changed from Hangame Japan) NHN Japan Co., Ltd.
    The same year in November, he became the CEO and president of NAVER Japan Co., Ltd. upon the establishment of the company.
    In April 2013, along with the change in corporate name of NHN Japan Corporation, he was appointed as the president and CEO of LINE Co., Ltd.
    In March 2015 he retired from the President and CEO.
    The same year in April, he was appointed as Representative Director of C Channel Co., Ltd

    Akira Morikawa on the unique value of Tokyo


    Tokyo has lots of serious people so it is attractive as a stable work environment. Trains come on time, power does not go out, and people keep their promises. People feel assured that when they make appointments, things will go smoothly. It is a very reliable city for business because of the rarity of sudden schedule changes. However, Tokyo is so tightly structured that it is difficult to enter from the outside because people from other countries are not accustomed to this type of stability. And business with Japanese companies does not progress much initially. However, once things ramp up, relationships often continue for a long time. This reliability and stability is what makes Tokyo so attractive.

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