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Japan's Path Forward: Economical & Political Outlook 2024

  • 08 February 2024 18:00 - 20:00

  • L’espace@CCIFJ Nihonbashi Honcho Ys Building


As Japan stands at a crucial juncture of economic and political transformation, we have invited two well-renowned speakers to share light on the intricacies of Japan's evolving landscape for 2024. SCCJ invites you to an insightful evening of knowledge sharing, discussion and networking.

Our keynote speakers, Mr. Jakob Edberg, President & CEO, GR Japan and Mr. Philippe Avril, Senior Executive Officer, International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA) will be sharing the stage this evening.


What are the potential economic impacts of a declining workforce participation rate coupled with anticipated shifts in monetary policy for the year 2024?

How does Japan's status as a trade-dependent economy affect its relationships with key partners and its role in international trade agreements, particularly in navigating trade relations with major economies like the U.S., China, and the EU, and how does participation in regional trade agreements impact its economic performance?


What could be the consequences of the recent financial misconduct allegations, considering the sharp decline in the approval ratings of Kishida's administration?

What are the key features of Japan's 2024 political landscape, including parliamentary elections, defense and economic policy debates, climate change actions, and diplomatic engagements in the G7 and with global partners?

Our prominent key note speakers will elaborate on these questions and give us some hints of what to expect of 2024. After the presentations we invite you for networking and refreshments and light food to be served.


Mr. Jakob Edberg

President & CEO, GR Japan

President & CEO, GR Japan Before co-founding GR Japan, he was Jakob Edberg has been deeply immersed in Japan’s politics and policy-making for two decades.  As President & CEO of GR Japan, he works and helps clients solve complex political and regulatory challenges in a large variety of sectors and fields - retail, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, project financing, foreign policy, and trade just to mention a few.

Policy Director at the European Business Council in Japan, where he supervised government outreach and advocacy for over 300 companies in 29 sector committees.  He also served as a senior trade officer at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.  Representing international businesses' interests on ministry and party committees, he has a wealth of experience with the Japanese administration and Diet, on everything from front-page trade issues and technical product standards, to successful campaigns for new legislation and financial regulation.  Jakob speaks impeccable Japanese, as well as English and Swedish, and complements degrees in political science and Japanese language with a Masters in International Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba.

Mr. Philippe Avril
Senior Executive Officer, International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA)

Philippe graduated with degrees in mathematics, physics, economics and political sciences from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris and the University of Paris-Dauphine before joining the financial services industry as a derivatives trader in Paris in 1985. He has spent a total of more than 30 years working in Japan and has also worked in Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York and Hong Kong for Banque Indosuez, Deutsche Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Commerzbank, Royal Bank of Scotland and BNP Paribas.

Recent positions:

2009-2017: CEO and Representative Director, BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited

2017-2019: Chairman and Representative Director, BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited

2012-2019: Chief Country Officer, BNP Paribas, Tokyo Branch

2019-2022: Senior Advisor, BNP Paribas, Tokyo Branch

2017-2022: Chairman, International Bankers Association of Japan Author of several books and articles on Japanese equity derivatives and the Japanese financial industry. Awarded ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon' (旭日中綬章) for his contribution to the development and internalization of the Japanese financial services industry.

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欧州ビジネス協会・在日欧州商工会議所ではポリシー・ディレクターを務め、29のセクター委員会に所属する300社以上の政府への働きかけとアドボカシー活動を統括した。 また、在日スウェーデン大使館で特別補佐官を務めた。 省庁や政党の委員会で国際企業の利益を代表し、日本の行政や国会において、主要な貿易問題や製品規格の技術的な問題から、新しい法律や金融規制のためのキャンペーンの成功に至るまで、豊富な経験を有する。 非の打ちどころのない日本語、英語、スウェーデン語を操り、政治学と日本語の学位に加え、筑波大学で国際政治経済学の修士号を取得。

日本国際銀行協会(IBA) シニアエグゼキュティブオフィサー

エコール・ポリテクニック、フランス国立統計経済行政学院大学、パリ政治学院、パリ大学にて、数学・物理・経済・政治学を修了。1985年 デリバティブトレーダーを皮切りに、Banque Indosuez, Deutsche Bank, 第一勧業銀行, Commerzbank, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribasで勤務。 パリ、フランクフルト、ロンドン、ニューヨーク、香港のほか、日本での勤務は30年余りに及ぶ。


2009-2017: BNPパリバ証券株式会社代表取締役社長

2017-2019: BNPパリバ証券株式会社代表取締役会長

2012-2019: BNPパリバ銀行東京支店在日代表

2019-2022: BNPパリバ銀行東京支店シニアアドバイザー

2017-2022: 国際銀行協会(IBA)会長



  • Thursday February 8th, 18:00 - 20:00

  • L’espace@CCIFJ Nihonbashi Honcho Ys Building

  • 2 -2-2 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023

  • SCCJ Members & Their Guests: JPY 3,000, Non-member: JPY 5,000

  • SCCJ Members & Their Guests: JPY 3,000, Non-member: JPY 5,000

  • Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration and cancellation must be done before February 2 at the latest. Please bring two business cards for registration.