The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) will hold the “IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit 2018 (GIVS 2018)” in Tokyo from October 5th to October 7th. A symposium will be held on the 1st day, inviting high-profile speakers from around the world from both public and private sectors including Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi (Minister, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), Mr. Oki Matsumoto (President & CEO, Monex), Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi (Chairman and Honorary CEO, Kikkoman) and Mr. Toshiya Hoshino (Japanese Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.)
Based around the theme of “The Spirit of Innovation: Inspirations from Japan,” the summit will feature in-depth discussions from industry leaders across a variety of fields, addressing the questions of “what is innovation?” “What is value?” and “What are innovation ecosystems?”. While Japan has faced challenges with a struggling economy, the country has a wealth of learnings garnered from unique models of innovation developed throughout its long history. The world’s companies that are 200 years old or older, that more than 50% are in Japan. 10% of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies in 2018 are from Japan. This summit aims to discover new insights into what truly drives innovation and value creation in Japan today, as well as identify the most important factors that will further enhance the impact of these both domestically and globally.
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a think tank founded in Nagoya, Japan, in 2009. IAFOR is dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research. This information exchange takes place through IAFOR’s academic events in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. IAFOR’s interdisciplinary conferences are diverse and inclusive network hubs, where academics come from all over the world to generate, share and nurture new knowledge and ideas.