2022 Update on Japan: From Business to The Economy

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Nigel Blakeway, Chairman & CEO, OMRON Management Center of America, Inc.
OMRON: Creating Social Value through Business and Contributing to Society
Nigel Blakeway, Chairman & CEO OMRON Management Center of America, will share how the OMRON Group has evolved its core capabilities and has become a global factory automation and healthcare business. He will speak about the significance of OMRON’s corporate philosophy, and share how the organization is shaping the future and addressing the emerging social issues that will lead to OMRON’s own growth and leap forward in the next 10 years.

Topics/themes covered include: Blending in seamlessly within communities along OMRON’s global footprint, OMRON’s social responsibility, external and internal environment changes and their challenges, strategies to sustain the future and preparing future ready professionals, and building trust around ESG and sustainability with long-term investors.

Edward J. Lincoln, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
The Future of the Japanese Economy
The big story about the Japanese economy is all about demographics. The population is falling while the share of people over 65 in the total population is rising rapidly and the share of working-age people is shrinking. This creates a number of big challenges for Japanese society as a whole and for Japanese corporations. Dr. Lincoln will explore the population trends and their implications for companies like Omron.

About the Speaker

Nigel Blakeway currently holds titles as Chairman & CEO, OMRON Management Center of America, Inc.; Managing Executive Officer, OMRON Corporation, Kyoto HQ; Chairman, OMRON Management Center of Europe and Chairman, OMRON Management Center of Asia Pacific. Mr. Blakeway previously worked for 12 years at Panasonic in Japan, responsible for “Global Customers” and as EU General Manager.

Edward J. Lincoln is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on the Japanese economy. In addition, he is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on East Asian economies. At Columbia, Professor Lincoln is also a Research Associate of the Center for the Japanese Economy and Business. From 2006 to 2011, he was director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies and professor of economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Lincoln’s research interests include contemporary structure and change in the Japanese economy, East Asian economic integration, and U.S. economic policy toward Japan and East Asia. He is the author of nine books and monographs, including Winners Without Losers: Why Americans Should Care More About Global Economic Policy (Cornell University Press, 2007), East Asian Economic Regionalism (The Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, 2004), Arthritic Japan: The Slow Pace of Economic Reform (Brookings, 2001), and Troubled Times: U.S.-Japan Economic Relations in the 1990s (Brookings, 1998). An earlier book, Japan Facing Economic Maturity (Brookings, 1988) received the Masayoshi Ohira Award for outstanding books on the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier in his career, Professor Lincoln was a senior fellow at both the Brookings Institution (1984-1993 and 1996-2001) and the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2006). In the mid-1990s, he served as Special Economic Advisor to Ambassador Walter Mondale at the American Embassy in Tokyo.

Professor Lincoln received his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, his M.A. in both economics and East Asian Studies at Yale University, and his Ph.D. in economics also at Yale University.

This event is part of the NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series sponsored by the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Keizai Koho Center.



March 31, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Japan America Society Of Chicago
(312) 263-3049
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