Tokyo Summit

Conference Sessions

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The Worldwide ERC® full-day event in Tokyo will bring perspectives from industry, academic, HR and government agency sources together to inform attendee discussions and allow delegates to collaborate on current challenges and opportunities. Product demos, information and programming will focus on such core workforce-related areas as legal, technological, demographic, and cultural developments.


Keynote by a Government Official: Transforming Talent in Japan

Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45

A rapidly aging and shrinking population is prompting Japanese businesses and political leaders to seek new and innovative ways to fill talent gaps. With a designated-skills visa program designed to bring in some 500,000 new workers by 2025, its workforce is radically and rapidly transforming.

Starting next year, immigration rules will be relaxed for foreigners looking to work in Japan. The move is aimed at alleviating the country’s severe labor shortages, but economists say it likely would not be enough to mitigate the phenomenon of a shrinking working-age population.  Many are also wary of the impact more foreign labor will have on Japan’s homogeneous society.

In this session, we hear from a government official who will share insight on the visa programs designed to recruit a wide variety of global talent; how these will impact immigration, tax and wage and how has the implementation been so far. 


Mr Atsushi Sato
Associate Commissioner for General Coordination
Immigration Services Agency


Plenary Discussion: The Talent Agility Factor

Thursday, 11:15 to 12:45

The pressures of globalization and competition mean Japanese companies will have to look farther afield for talent.

The gig economy will also continue to place pressure on HR leaders, HR policies and HR processes to become more agile so that they can accommodate the kind of turbulence now being created by contingent workers as a growing element of their talent pool.

In this session, we hear real case studies from a panel of HR practitioners on their talent strategies, how they use technology, connectivity and learning tools to attract, develop and retain young talent. 

The panel will also share insights on the programs undertaken by their organizations to integrate foreign talent into a historically homogenous society, their efforts to cultivate, engage a global, inclusive team.  We will also hear the steps which they are taking to build future leadership pipelines and to bridge gaps on gender, sexual orientation and pay issues.

Moderated by:

Ms. Kana Kumoshita
Enplus Inc., Global Relocation Services

Speakers :

Ms. Aiko Watanabe
Vice President, Global Mobility Japan, Human Resources Department
Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Mr. Yoshiya Hara
Head of Human Capital Development
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited

Mr. Henry Seals 
VP of HR, GA and Compliance
Paidy, Inc.


Educational Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, 14:00 to 15:30


Closing Session: Going Global; The Road Ahead 

Thursday, 16:00 to 17:00

Japan today is arguably better placed to expand its role on the global stage than at any time in its postwar history. At the recent G20 Summit held in June in Osaka, it attracted unprecedented attention and gave Japan the opportunity to exert leadership and influence the world. 

In coming weeks and months, Japan will be hosting several large-scale international sports events, including the Rugby World Cup 2019 in October 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  All these offer opportunities for Japan to showcase itself as a world leader, ignite its potential economic power and to help drive growth to its economy.

In this session, we have a dialogue conducted by a leader from the mobility industry with a corporate leader who is managing an international operation, recognizes the potential of going global, lead the transformation, examine what Japan is doing with its global moment and will share his perspectives on how they confront uncertainty in their business strategies. 

In conversation by:

Mr. Steve Burson
Relo Network Asia


Mr. Yasuji Shimizu
Director, Global Business Development
Relo Group, Inc.