Day 4 of the 2022 CJEB Annual Tokyo Conference

Day 4 of the 2022 CJEB Annual Tokyo Conference

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(Live Webinar) Day 4, 2022 CJEB Annual Tokyo Conference - Japan in the Uncertain World

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2022 CJEB Annual Tokyo Conference

Japan in the Uncertain World: Security, Economic Security, Diversity, and Governance

Day 4

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:20 AM (Japan Time)

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:20 PM (EDT)

Language(s): Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and Japanese.

Panel - Board 3.0: A Vision for a New Board of Directors in America and Japan


Christina Ahmadjian

Specially Appointed Professor, Rikkyo University; Outside Director, Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.; Japan Exchange Group, Inc.; NEC Corporation; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Jeffrey N. Gordon

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School

Daisuke Hamaguchi

Outside Director, Chairperson of Compensation Committee, Member of Nomination Committee, and Member of Governance Committee, LIXIL Corporation

Sachiko Ichikawa

Partner, Tanabe & Partners; Statutory Auditor, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan


Alicia Ogawa

Project Director for Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship, Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship, CJEB

Closing Remarks:

David E. Weinstein

Director, CJEB; Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, Columbia University

About the Speakers:

Christina Ahmadjian is specially-appointed professor of Global Business at Rikkyo University and Emeritus Professor at Hitotsubashi University. She was assistant professor at Columbia Business School from 1995 to 2000 and joined the Hitotsubashi faculty in 2001 after moving to Japan to conduct research on Japanese corporate governance reforms. She served as the Dean of the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, and founded and directed the Shibusawa Scholar Program, a Hitotsubashi University program to develop socially responsible next-generation global leaders.

She currently serves as a non-executive director of NEC, Asahi Group Holdings, Japan Exchange Group (parent company of the Tokyo Stock Exchange), and Sumitomo Electric Industries. She has formerly served on boards of Eisai and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and on government committees associated with METI and the Cabinet Office. She has published widely on corporate governance in Japan and Asia, globalization and financial systems, Japanese management and organization, and interorganizational networks and business groups. She is particularly interested in how Japan’s system of corporate governance is changing and its effects on Japanese firms and economy.

She received an AB, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work experience includes positions at Bain & Company and Mitsubishi Electric. She first came to Japan in 1981 after graduating from college, and her work experience includes time as a tea-serving uniform-wearing office lady (OL). She is an American citizen and splits her time between Tokyo and an 80-year-old traditional Japanese house in Shiga Prefecture.

Jeffrey N. Gordon is co-director of Columbia Law School’s Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, as well as co-director of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy. He is also a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Gordon teaches and writes extensively on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, comparative corporate governance, and, more recently, the regulation of financial institutions. He is the co-author of Principles of Financial Regulation, Oxford University Press (2016), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on Corporate Law and Governance, Oxford University Press (2018). Articles include: “Is Corporate Governance a First Order Cause of the Current Malaise?”, 6 J. British Academy (Supp. Iss. 1) (Dec. 2018); and “Board 3.0 -- An Introduction” (2019 The Business Lawyer) (with Ronald Gilson).

Prior to entering academia, Gordon was a law clerk to Judge William E. Doyle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City, and an attorney at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Born in Richmond, Va., Gordon went to Yale and Harvard Law School. He is a Yankees fan.

Daisuke Hamaguchi is Outside Director, Chairperson of Compensation Committee, Member of Nomination Committee, and Member of Governance Committee of LIXIL Corporation, Japan. He also serves as adviser to several investment management companies.

From 2009 to 2019, he was Chief Investment Officer of Pension Fund Association (PFA), Japan, where he was responsible for managing its assets totaling US$110 billion. During that period, he was the director of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan as well as the director of the Institutional Investors Collective Engagement Forum of Japan. He also served as member of several councils of the ministries of the Japanese government.

Prior to these positions, he was Chief Investment Officer of Mitsubishi Corporation Pension Fund and worked for Mitsubishi’s Capital Markets Group for over 20 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, and an MBA from MIT, USA.

Sachiko Ichikawa is a Partner lawyer at the law firm Tanabe and Partners and is an independent director at two companies listed on the TSE Prime market. She is also a Statutory auditor at BDTI.

Ms. Ichikawa has been a lawyer at Tanabe and Partners since 1997, certified in Japan and the state of NY in the US. She graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1989 and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) in May 2004. She specializes in the representation of issuers in securities fraud litigations, matters regarding corporate governance, and the legal side of human resource management. She is a US CPA.

After she obtained firsthand experience in the impact of the failure of issuers’ internal control and board governance through securities fraud litigation, she joined the public interest organization, Board Directors Training Institute, which aims to provide high quality and practical training for board directors. She provides lectures to issuers’ board directors and officers about the importance of disclosure integrity, including ESG topics, and acquires firsthand understanding of their endeavors and challenges.

She has been serving as an independent board director beginning in 2015, when the Japanese Corporate Governance Code was introduced. She has experience serving under the three different types of corporate organizations defined by Japanese corporate law and understands the unique points and shared values of each.

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