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Can Young Firms Rejuvenate an Aging Japan?

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free - $20

(Students Free)
Venue: Orrick | The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Japan is among the world’s fastest aging and shrinking societies. Japan’s successful transformation to a significantly older, smaller nation, while unprecedented in the history of mankind, is nonetheless doable, but not without reforms that increase overall productivity and especially returns to capital. Among its greatest challenges will be a severe depopulation of rural areas, the lack of successors to take over successful SMEs that remain the backbone of Japan’s economy, a lack of skilled IT workers and a paucity of entrepreneurs.

Come hear renowned Japan economic analyst Richard Katz discuss steps Japan could take to rejuvenate its business across the board, including by supporting more venture firms, improving the health of SMEs, pushing large Japanese firms to more aggressively divest underperforming divisions, actively promote inward foreign M&A and attract more foreign individuals (like IT specialists) and foreign firms, especially VC, PE and other financial service providers adept at spotting and funding successful innovation. Katz is currently working on a book on this topic. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this exciting conversation.


Richard B. Katz, Carnegie Council

Richard Katz is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. He is also a special correspondent at Weekly Toyo Keizai, a leading Japanese business weekly. His duties at the latter include writing a monthly opinion column on Japanese economics and politics. In order to write a new book, he is taking a sabbatical from his long-time role as Editor of The Oriental Economist Report, a monthly newsletter on Japan, as well as the semi-weekly TOE Alert e-mail service on Japan.

Mr. Katz previously authored two books on Japan. Japan: The System That Soured—The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Economic Miracle (1998) and Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival (2012). His forthcoming book will focus on the policies needed to rejuvenate the Japanese business world. He has taught about Japan as an adjunct professor in economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the New York University Stern School of Business. Mr. Katz received his M.A. in Economics from New York University in 1996.


  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking & Registration
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Presentation with audience Q&A
  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Networking & Reception

Light appetizers and drinks provided.

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  • No refunds after Thursday, March 1.
  • Online registration closes at 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 8.
  • Walk-Ins accepted at $25.00 per guest.

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March 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - $20


(415) 986-4383


The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street
San Francisco, 94105 United States
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