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Today, June 12, I had an honor to give an overview of the Japan (!) to the group of business executives at the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit 2013. It is a major event with leaders of the consumer goods companies throughout the world.

I attended the  special sessions held in the morning as I finished Boot Camp #4 at KMD.  The sessions were interesting as the team of consulting companies and retailers/manufacturers  covered major  topics such as aging, localization etc.

The official opening began with the opening remarks by the Co-chair of the CGF and the key note speech by the Princess Takamado.  Then after the break was my turn.  My title was “Is Japan changing?” and I talked about the prospect of Abenomics, issues and opportunities as well as what to expect.  (I quoted some from Prime Minister Abe’s speech yesterday at the Japan Meeting of the World Economic Forum.)  After the talk, I responded to the questions frankly (probably a bit too provocative?) .

Presentations by Mr. Okada of Aeon and by Mr. Ozaki of Kao followed and the session ended with the key note speech by Prof. Yunus of Grameen bank.  It was the first time I heard Prof. Yunus in person and it was very impressive.

I felt so honored to be invited to speak at this type of major event and felt very relieved after I finished my talk.  (I thoroughly enjoyed wine and great food at the cocktail reception!)

Several people came to me to ask about Davos Experience in Tokyo as I referred to it in my presentation.  I did not explain it as fully as I should have, but it is for anybody (young or old, regardless of nationality etc.) that is interested in discussing/debating global issues in English.  The next event is on Friday June 21 and the registration is open.  The networking event is scheduled after the main session.  We also live stream the event so that those who cannot come to the venue can join our discussion online. I hope many will join us, either real or virtual.  Here is the link for the details and registration.

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