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(Hybrid Event) Creating Corporate Value in Japan through ESG

August 3, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

*Hybrid Event

Prime Minister Abe’s Third Arrow for economic revitalization emphasized improving corporate governance to attract foreign investment into Japan. Six years after the introduction of Japan’s Corporate Governance Code, the Nikkei 225 reached 30,000 for the first time in three decades. Have improvements in corporate governance been the source of value creation? What about other environmental and social factors? What is the outlook for the Japanese market?

This panel featuring Dr. Ryohei Yanagi, a legend in Japan who has completed more than 3,000 meetings with investors over his career, will share the current sentiment of investors and his world-renowned “Yanagi Model.” Joining Dr. Yanagi will be Drew Edwards, Head of Japan Value Equities at GMO. Drew will share insights gained from investing in and actively engaging with Japanese companies to create value for two decades. Join us to learn how Japan can create a strong economy for the next generation through ESG.


Date and Time:
U.S.: Wednesday, August 3rd 2022 at 5:00 P.M. (PDT)
Japan: Thursday, August 4th, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. (JST)
*For in-person participants, registration begins at 4:30 P.M.


Agenda (Pacific Time):
4:30-5:00 PM: Registration and Networking
5:00-5:05 PM: Introduction and Opening Remark : Tracy Gopal | Founder, Third Arrow Strategies LLC & Executive Board Director of the Japan Society of Northern California
5:05-5:20 PM: Drew Edwards | Head at GMO Usonian Japan Equity Team
5:20-5:30 PM: Dr. Ryohei Yanagi | Visiting Professor with Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy
5:30-5:45 PM: Panel Discussion : Moderator Tracy Gopal
5:45-6:00 PM: Audience Q&A
6:00-6:05 PM: Closing Remarks, Takahide Akiyama | President, Japan Society of Northern California
6:05-6:30 PM: Networking (In person participants)


Joining us in person? We are excited to see you! (Only 50 seats!)
Venue: DG717 | 717 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

*Masks are strongly encouraged.
**Light food and drinks will be provided.
***To the participants joining us in person at DG717: Thank you for registering and we are excited to see you at the event! Since we only have 50 seats available, please let us know in advance if you cannot attend by emailing us at the address below. Additionally, you can email us if we reach the maximum number of in-person participants and would like to join the waiting list.

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Dr. Ryohei Yanagi | Visiting Professor with Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy

Dr. Ryohei Yanagi is a Visiting Professor with Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy. He is the former CFO of Eisai and is world-renowned for his ESG-PBR Model which promotes value creation in Japan through ESG. He was a key author of METI’s “Ito Review,” which preceded Japan’s Corporate Governance Code. He was selected as the BEST CFO in Japan’s healthcare sector by Institutional Investor. Notable books include: Corporate Governance and Value Creation in Japan”, Springer 2018. (English) & CFO Policy: financial & non-financial strategies for value creation Chuo Keizai January, 2020.




Drew Edwards | Head at GMO Usonian Japan Equity Team

Drew Edwards is the Head of GMO’s Usonian Japan Equity team. Prior to joining GMO in 2020, he served as Portfolio Manager, Chief Investment Officer (CIO), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Usonian Investments LLC. Prior to founding Usonian, he was involved with Advisory Research, Inc. and Taiyo Pacific Partners. He has dedicated his career to investing in Japanese companies. As an active investor, he meets with companies in Japan regularly to discuss strategy and value-creation. Drew is also a board director of the Japan Society of Northern California.





Tracy Gopal

Tracy Gopal | Founder, Third Arrow Strategies LLC & Executive Board Director of the Japan Society of Northern California

Tracy Gopal is an Executive Board Director of the Japan Society of Northern California. She is the Founder of Third Arrow Strategies LLC, a corporate governance training and advisory boutique focused on improving corporate governance, stewardship, and workforce diversity in Japan. She is also the Founder of the Japan Board Diversity Network, the most influential network of board directors, executive officers and senior leaders dedicated to empowering senior women in their pursuit of impact and excellence and promoting the merits of board diversity in Japan for the country’s long-term sustainable economic growth.






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August 3, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


717 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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