Welcome remarks
Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, WatersTechnology


Strategy panel: Responding to the opportunities and challenges ahead

Join a panel of IT and data executives on a journey to discover the top technological trends that will shape the future of Japan's financial industry. Based on the following key topic areas, the panel will examine how financial institutions should act now to get prepared for these future strategic developments:

  • Build or buy? Taking full advantage of IT outsourcing to modernize legacy infrastructure
  • Restructuring IT and data functions to become more business driven
  • Adopting new operating model as Japanese institutions are expanding overseas
  • The role of Distributed ledger technology in process automation

Moderator: Makoto Shibata, Principal Analyst and Head of Global Innovation Team Digital Transformation Division, MUFG BANK LTD
Liam Griffith, Chief Information Officer, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Yoshiyuki Hoshino, President, BROADRIDGE JAPAN
Chin-Jen Chang, Head of Global Fund Data Management Department, NIKKO ASSET MANAGEMENT

Get involved and contribute! You can now submit your questions to [email protected] for our panelists will address your pressing issues.


Presentation: Insight for current Financial institution’s data governance

  • The role and purpose of establishing intelligence centers
  • Optimising data repository
  • Cleaning up and untangle disorganised data
  • Maintain and ensure data security

Takeshi Urago, Director, MICROSTRATEGY JAPAN


Morning Break


Panel: Artificial Intelligence - the "do or die" battle

  • Current state of play in AI adoption - a proven competitive advantage?
  • Applying AI technologies to analyze, consolidate and standardize data for trade
  • How does AI obtain relevant sources of "dark data" internally, or external alternative/unstructured data?
  • Natural Language Generation techniques - transforming structured data into explanatory language
  • Training the machine - a differentiating factor for creating unique trading (and business) strategies over time?

Moderator: Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, WatersTechnology
David DeGraw, Head of Algorithmic Trading, DAIWA SECURITIES
Tatsuo Ichikawa, Managing Director, Head of Quant Team in Investment Division, JAPAN POST BANK


Special announcement : RIMES Technologies Corporation and Nomura Research Institute’s strategic partnership

Hideo Komuro, General Manager, Investment Information Systems Business Department, NOMURA RESEARCH INSTITUTE


Networking Lunch – Sponsored by RIMES and Nomura Research Institute


Start-up showcase: Who is the true innovator in the fintech arm race?

This showcase session provides an opportunity for you to hear from a line-up of carefully selected fintech start-ups that have committed to provide a one-of-a-kind solution to automate business operations, improve customer experience and enhance risk management.

Each participating start-up will be given 5 minutes to pitch about their solutions. Audience will be allowed to vote based on innovation and practicality in making a difference to the financial industry.

Judging panelist:
Makoto Shibata
, Principal Analyst and Head of Global Innovation Team Digital Transformation Division, MUFG BANK LTD
Yuki Hirate, Deputy Manager, IT Innovation Development Department, SMBC FINANCIAL GROUP
Ken Takamiya, Global Research, Equity Research Department, Head of Pan Asia Bank and Financial Research / Managing Director, NOMURA SECURITIES

Fintech start-ups:
Atsuyoshi Shimazu
, Founder & CEO, CAULIS
Miku Hirano, CEO, CINNAMON
Yuichiro Minato, CEO, MDR


Panel: Embracing innovation in post-trade operation models

  • Driving forces behind the demand for post-trade market innovation?
  • How has the industry responded to the upgrade of Japanese Government Bonds (JGB) clearing system
  • Examining various IT sourcing models for post-trade operations
  • Case study: A shift from a closed and in-house approach to an innovative and open model
  • How non-financial entities, including startups, are playing in part in the post-trade revolution?

Moderator: Eiichiro Yanagawa, Senior Analyst, Financial Services, CELENT
James Marsden, Managing Director, APAC Business Development & Strategy, BROADRIDGE JAPAN
Ken Utsunomiya, Chief Operating Officer, SOCIETE GENERALE
Allan Reyes, Managing Director-Head of the Technology Solutions, NIKKO ASSET MANAGEMENT

15:00 Fintech start-up winner announcement


Afternoon Break


Presentation: Identification of risks in the age of Fintech

  • Outlook on a more connected, fast-changing and higher automated global financial market enabled by Fintech
  • Underlying risks of being “Too complex” and “Too fast”
  • Challenges for central banks and financial regulators
  • Examples of emerging new tools from the tech world

Yutaka Soejima, Deputy Director-General, Head of FinTech Center, Payment and Settlement Systems Department, BANK OF JAPAN


Panel: Getting ready for the API evolution

Emerging technologies have blurred the boundaries between providers of financial services and technology startups compete directly with traditional financial institutions. Open API, which discloses methods for connecting with banking systems to other companies, was enacted in May 2017. A panel of experts will discuss:

  • What new services will emerge as the utilization of Banking APIs is in full swing?
  • How would this benefit trading, investment and risk functions?
  • How should IT functions adapt to the introduction API?
  • How would banks' deposit business evolve if the market is opened up to competition from nonbanks? What are the consequences?
  • Top predictions: the path to open banking and open innovation

Moderator: Eiichiro Yanagawa, Senior Analyst, Financial Services, CELENT
Eiichi Kashiwagi, President & CEO, JIBUN BANK CORPORATION
Norifumi Yoshimoto, General Manager, SBI SUMISHIN NET BANK LTD
Suguru Yamasaki, Senior Digital Strategist, SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP


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