PHILJEC and PJS representatives participated in the 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) last March 17, 2021 held in an online webinar platform. This year’s meeting will be the first time to be conducted online. The conference was supposed to be held last November 2020, but due to the Pandemic COVID-19, AJBM was postponed and was held online.

The 46th AJBM was hosted by Malaysia – Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), with the theme: “The New Relationship between ASEAN and Japan in the “New Normal” post COVID-19”.

The meeting started with the Steering Committee Meeting. Panelists, moderators and leaders of ASEAN and Japan Chapters exchanged greetings and briefly discussed the current news and trends in their country.

The opening session was moderated by Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, Co-Chairman of 46th AJBM. Mr. Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman of 46th AJBM and Mr. Kengo Sakurada of Keizai Doyukai delivered their welcome greetings and speeches. Two keynote speakers presented their speeches, H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN and Mr. Takehiko Nakao, Former President, the Asian Development Bank.

Shortly after the opening session, the first plenary session focuses on the New opportunities in the “new normal”: New industry & business possibilities responding to social challenges. It was moderated by Mr. Datuk Seri Iqbal. The panelists are as follow:

  • Dr. Nobuhiro Endo, Chairman, NEC Corporation
  • Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President, Ayala Corporation
  • Mr. Taro Shimada, Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, Toshiba Corporation
  • Mr. Patrick Tang, Vice President, APAC, SIGOS Post COVID19 – the case for shifting to digital sales channels

After the Networking session, continuing to plenary session 2. On this plenary session, the discussion about “Rebuilding the value chain in Asia during/after COVID19” lead by Mr Shazali Sulaiman. Sub-topics were discussed as follows:

  • Japanese companies’ value chain strategy in Asia
    • Mr. Hiroki Totoki, Executive Deputy President & CFO, Sony Corporation
    • Mr. Joji Tagawa, Senior vice president & Chief sustainability officer, Nissan Motor Corporation
  • New regional strategy of ASEAN companies
    • Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Group Berhad
    • Mr. Kettivit Sittisoontornwong, CEO, LEO Global Logistics Public Company Limited

Several Breakout Sessions were held after session 2. Reverting back to Plenary Session 3, seven speakers presented their ideas on the following topics:

Co-creating innovation for overcoming social issues (pitching session)

  • Supporting the resilience of society (infrastructure, disaster prevention)
  • Supplying sustainable energy (renewable energy)
  • Enhancing social inclusion & access to opportunities (finance, fintech)
  • Supporting people’s health and well-being (medical/healthcare)

Moderated by Mr. Naoaki Mashita, the speakers of this session are:

  • Mr. Goh Peng Ooi, Chairman, Silverlake Axis Sdn Bhd: Digitalisation’s Role in RCEP
  • Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Executive Director, National Innovation Agency of Thailand: Japan and Thailand Innovation Diplomacy
  • Dr. Anand Prasad, Founder & CEO, wenovator: 5G Era Cybersecurity: Holistic Security for a Connected Society
  • Mr. Yoshinobu Osaka, Member of the Board, Director of Challenergy Inc.: renewable energy (Magnus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine)
  • Dr. Tatsuhiro Nomaguchi, Manager, International Business Department, Metabologenomics, Inc. and President CEO, Metagen Singapore Pte. Ltd.: health (Gut Design for Stratified Health Care)
  • Mr. Ryuhei Sadoshima, CEO and Founder of Safie Inc.: Infrastructure (Cloud-Recording system)
  • Mr. Yoshitaka Yamamuro, Director, Asia Digital Transformation Policy Office Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Following the traditional wrap-up of AJBM, a short speech from the Chairman of the next hosting country was delivered. Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores, Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) acceptance speech for the 47th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting which will be held on 2022 – hoping of an in-person conference by that time.


46th AJBM Program

MAJECA Post-Event Article

46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting

This year’s 46th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) is hosted by the Malaysian-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) with coordination from Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives).

The theme for this meeting is “New Relationship between ASEAN and Japan in the “New Normal” post COVID-19″, which presents an attractive opportunity for renewing business ties, forging new partnerships between ASEAN and Japanese companies. The Japanese companies participating in these AJBM meetings comprise of top-level business executives under its membership with Keizai Doyukai. The 46th AJBM also acts as a bilateral and multilateral business promotion platform to bring together solution providers, innovators, business giants and start-ups.

This conference will bring together key leaders and corporate luminaries across ASEAN and Japan to share their experiences and exchange insights under the yet prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of rebuilding, perseverance and innovation with a pivot to digitalization will be the backbone of the various Plenary Sessions. The latest Programme is attached herewith for your reference.

Date: 17 March 2021, Wednesday
Time: 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM (MNL Time)
Venue: Online Conference Platform*
*Link will be sent before the day of the meeting

To register, please accomplished this FORM on or before 10 March 2021, Wednesday. The admission is FREE.

For downloadable Programme Agenda, please CLICK HERE.

For information in sponsorship, CLICK HERE. Submission of materials and payment is on or before March 3, 2021

For inquiries, you may send an email to Ms. Frei Tan at or contact us at (+632) 8892-4916 to 19.

Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

Due to the uncertainty of how the issues regarding COVID-19 might develop in the Philippines, PHILJEC would like to inform all interested participants that the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC scheduled on March 12, 2020, at New World Hotel Makati is postponed.

Registration for the event is also temporarily suspended. The PHILJEC secretariat will provide updates regarding the new date of the Joint Meeting as soon as it’s available and process requests for registration fee and sponsorship refund.

Posted here is the formal announcement from PHILJEC Chairman, Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores.

POSTPONED: PHILJEC & JPECC 38th Joint Meeting to Focus on Innovation and Digitalization

Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) will take place on March 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New World Makati Hotel. 

This year’s theme is “Promoting Philippines-Japan business through Innovation and Digitalization” and will welcome executives and representatives from top Filipino and Japanese companies. Hon. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Ayala Corporation, are scheduled to deliver their keynote addresses during the event. It will be followed by a short Q&A. 

There will be two plenary sessions focusing on different industries. Session 1, Instituting Innovation in Industries,” will focus on logistics, finance, real estate, and retail. Session 2, Promoting the Development of other Industries,” will focus on human resource training. It will also present updates on the development of smart cities like the New Clark City and will also tackle the issue of increasing the number and value of investments in manufacturing industries. 

Guest speakers include, among others, Mr. Edwin Bautista, President, Union Bank; Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, Senior Advisor, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; and Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho, President & CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies. 

Visit The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committees event website to register.

For more information or inquiries, you may contact the PHILJEC secretariat at (+632) 8892-4916 to 19 or at

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PHILJEC & PJS Members Attend 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting in Tokyo

Headed by Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores, the Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc., PHILJEC and PJS delegates attended the 45th ASEAN-Japan Business Meeting held at The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo from December 12 to 14, 2019. This year’s meeting, hosted by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), focused on the theme “New Reality and Opportunity for ASEAN and Japan in the Face of New Global Trends.” More than 150 business leaders with diverse backgrounds gathered to discuss the impact of digitalization on industries and the new opportunities arising from such disruptive changes.

The meeting officially started with a welcome dinner on December 12 with greetings from Mr. Hashimoto Keiichiro, Vice Chairman and President, Keizai Doyukai. Mr. Hiyashi Nobuhide, the 45th AJBM Chairman, gave the welcome toast to guests that evening.

The first plenary session, held on the morning of December 13, presented two keynote speeches. Mr. Imai Yasuyuki, Senior Vice Officer and COO, Softbank (Softbank Business Development Strategy in Asia), talked about “Technology Utilization Japan’s New Challenge—Position and Relationship with ASEAN.” After Mr. Yasuyuki’s presentation, Mr. Konuma Yasuyuki, Director & Senior Executive Officer, Tokyo Stock Exchange gave his speech on “Market Cooperation and Mutual Growth of Japan and ASEAN.” A Q&A followed each keynote presentation.

Shortly after lunch was served, the discussion among ASEAN-Japan Startups commenced. Officially titled “Growth Strategy of ASEAN – Japan Startups Expanding Globally,” the panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Mashita Naoaki, CEO & Founder, V-Cube and included panelists:

  • Mr. Izumo Mitsuru, CEO & founder, Euglena
  • Mr. Ota Yoshihiro, Head of CEO Office, Axelspace Corporation
  • Mr. Taniguchi Naoji, CEO & CTO, Holoeyes
  • Mr. Jeffrey Foo, CEO & Mr. Sean Ong, Regional Group Director for Japan & Korea, LIV3LY
  • Mr. Prasetio Erlimus, CEO, PT Compro Kotak Inovasi
  • Mr. Honma Masahiko, General Partner, Incubate Fund

Several Breakout Sessions were held from two to four in the afternoon. Mr. Watanabe Kazufumi, Vice President, Amazon Japan, moderated the session “Connecting the Markets and Enhancing Opportunities—Digital changes consumer marketE-commerce).” Mr. Hachiuma Fuminao, President & CEO, J-OIL MILLS, INC. led the session “Upgrading Industries—Digital Changes Industry Infrastructure and Value Chains (manufacturing & human resources), while Dr. Asano Toshio, Former President and CEO, Asahi Kasei Corporation, moderated the session “Enhancing Well-Being for All—Smart, Sustainable and Quality Solutionssmart city solutions, energy & environment, mobility.”

The second plenary session followed the Breakout Sessions and provided reports from those sessions and the opportunity for a Q&A. Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Hashimoto gave the wrap up and closing remarks. A closing dinner and cocktails followed, which also served as a networking opportunity for the participants.

December 14 was reserved for the AJBM Steering Committee Meeting.

45th AJBM Program

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