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The Father of Japan’s Modern Economy and Capitalism, Eiichi Shibusawa: His Timeless Vision, Philosophy, and Legacy

03/26/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Ken Shibusawa
Chief Executive Officer, Shibusawa and Company, Inc.

Founder and Chairman, Commons Asset Management


David E. Weinstein

Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB), Columbia Business School; Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, Columbia University

What you’ll learn:

• Mr. Eiichi Shibusawa’s life as a champion of civil society from the late nineteenth through the early decades of the twentieth century who contributed to the modern Japanese economic system through his founding of some 500 companies, some of which exist today, as well as 600 social enterprises, such as universities, hospitals, social welfare organizations, and NPO/NGOs

• The everlasting relevance of Mr. Shibusawa’s concepts from over 100 years ago, such as corporate governance, stakeholder capitalism, and profit-sharing, in light of recent increased attention to corporate and social obligations in Japan

• When translated into present-day language, Mr. Shibusawa’s message resonates with present-day initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and impact investing

• The stage is set for Japan to enter into a new era with DX (not just Digital, but Demographic Transformation)

About the speaker:

Ken Shibusawa founded in 2001, Shibusawa and Company, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for alternative investments, ESG/SDGs alignment and human resource development. He also founded in 2008, Commons Asset Management, a mutual fund dedicated to delivering long term investment opportunities to the Japanese household. He has extensive market experience at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs as well as Moore Capital, a global macro hedge fund, where he was the representative managing director of the Tokyo Office. He is also director of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and a steering committee member of UNDP SDG Impact.

He is also a published author and writes frequently in magazines, journals, and internet media.

He was educated in the United States from second grade elementary through college (University of Texas, BS Chemical Engineering, 1983), and then returned again for graduate school (University of California Los Angeles, MBA, 1987).

Admission and Contact:

This is a free event. You must register for the webinar to receive the login details. Registrants will receive a link to access the live webinar upon registration.

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