"Why can’t Japan do startups?"
Taizo Son, Serial entrepreneur and investor
Antti Sonninen, CEO of Slush Asia
Yoshimitsu Kaji, Co-CMO of Slush Asia
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 15:00 - 16:00
In its latest Economic Survey of Japan, published on April 15, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) urged the country to "improve its innovation ecosystem," by adopting measures to improve the climate for new business ventures and startups.
To discuss why Japan has so few of the kinds of startups seen elsewhere, three "hands-on" start-up pioneers will come to the FCCJ to discuss their experience and ideas for the future.
Taizo Son (youngest brother of SoftBank magnate Masayoshi Son) describes himself as a "serial entrepreneur and investor." The founder of Mistletoe, a hub for startups and the MOVIDA Startup Studio, Son serves on the board of ETIC, an institute that provides young people with opportunities to develop as social entrepreneurs. He is also Chairman of online gaming company GungHo, which he founded in 2002.
Antti Sonninen, CEO of Slush Asia, aims to showcase the potential of Japan's startup scene to the world. In 2011, he co-founded a social media startup for developing aid NGOs called Aidbrella and launched Rovio Entertainment's Japan office. His time at Rovio Japan introduced Sonninen to Japanese startups and the global potential they were missing out on as well as the struggles of foreign companies entering Japan.
Yoshimitsu Kaji, Co-CMO of Slush Asia began his career at Coca-Cola (Japan) and later joined Time Warner, Inc. as Marketing Director before moving to Sony Pictures Entertainment. From 2011 through 2013, he worked for the Prime Minister's Office, as Counselor / Director of Global/IT Communications Strategy.