Online Symposium
Future Society after the Pandemic, Expectations for EXPO 2025, and the Potential of the Osaka Kansai Region

In addition to climate change, environmental issues and economic disparity, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has become a prominent global challenge. In this symposium, we will discuss how EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai can contribute to the resolution of these issues.

In the first part of the symposium, we will review the role and significance of EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai in addition to predictions for the near future after the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second part of the symposium, we will focus on the ecosystem and innovation function of the Kansai region.

Outline of symposium

Date Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time 14:00-16:30 (JST)
Place Online (Zoom live stream)
※The webinar details will be sent prior to the symposium to those who register for the event.
※You can review the symposium on demand at : Web Seminar(Japanese)

The program may change without notice.

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Hiroyuki Ishige (5 min), Secretary-General, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
    2. Nobuhiko Sasaki (5 min), Chairman and CEO, JETRO
  2. Keynote Speech
    1. "The future is unknowable but inevitable – cooperation is the solution” (30 min)

      Richard Baldwin
      Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva

    2. "Working toward Human-robot Symbiosis World Expo for 'Expanding Lives'" (30 min)

      Hiroshi Ishiguro, Professor, Osaka University
      Visiting Director, ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories
      Moonshot Project Manager
      Thematic Project Producers for the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

  3. Presentations & Panel Discussion
    1. Presentation 1: "Innovation and the SDGs" (10 min)

      Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, UNOPS

    2. Presentation 2: "A Living Laboratory Model to Co-create Sustainable Innovations” (15 min)

      Matt van Leeuwen, Chief Innovation Officer, SUNWAY group

    3. Panel Discussion: “As an Open-innovation Platform, how the Kansai Region Collaborates with Global Society and Contributes to the Achievement of SDGs” (50 min)
    • Yasuo Kitaoka,

      Executive Assistant to the Director, Co-creation Bureau, Osaka University
      Director, Innovation Division
      Professor, Center for Open Innovation Research and Education, Graduate School of Engineering

    • Yoshimasa Sakai,

      Director-General of Public Relations Strategy Bureau,
      Director-General Extraordinary of General Affairs Bureau,
      Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

    • Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, UNOPS
    • Chikara Takagishi,

      Senior General Manager of urban Management Division, Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp.

    • Shogoro Fujiki, Founder&CEO, Biome Inc.

    Hiroyuki Nemoto,

    Director-General for Kansai & Hokuriku, JETRO
    Director-General, JETRO Osaka

  4. Closing Remarks
    Takeshi Yonemura (5 min),
    Director-General, Kansai Bureau of Economy Trade and Industry
Language Japanese, English (Simultaneous interpretation)
Organizers Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
Co-Organizer The Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Supported by Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Kyoto City, Osaka City, Kobe City, Kansai Economic Federation, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Cooperation by Kyoto Startup Ecosystem Promotion Council, Osaka Startup Ecosystem Consortium, Hyogo Kobe Startup Ecosystem Consortium
Admission Free Registration
Notes Please refer to JETRO's Terms of ServicePDFファイル(292KB) on Webinar before you make your registration.

※ Registration is to be made individually.
※ Register by: Monday, March 1, 2021, 23:59 (JST)