[Event Information]
The 6th GSDM International Symposium
“Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, Energy, and Innovation in East Asia”
27th Feb, 2019 13:00-17:30
(Fukutake Hall, Hongo campus, the University of Tokyo)


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Date : 13:00-17:30, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Venue : Fukutake Hall, Hongo campus, the University of Tokyo MAP
Admission : Free
Language : Japanese/English (Simultaneous interpretation)
Registration : Please register from here .
Hosted by : Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), the University of Tokyo
Purposes : East Asia is witnessing an epochal transformation. In a handful of decades it has risen as the center of the world’s manufacturing sector as well as the largest market for consumer goods, raw materials, and energy. Such transformation has been made possible by the massive improvements in human capital and governance, as well as investments, which have enabled the region to successfully make use of imported technologies first, and then proceed to develop new ones.
As Japan did in the past century, it is expected that East Asia as a whole will transition from being mainly an importer of technology to a major producer and exporter. Innovation is one of the key drivers of such a trend, but policy making and financial ingenuity will be equally influential. All these dynamics have already massively impacted the region’s geopolitical postures and are most likely to be even more transformative in the future.
The energy sector lies at the convergence between geopolitical competition, large-scale policy making, economic growth, innovation, and environmental protection. This Symposium intends to explore the nexus between energy, geopolitics, policy and innovation, with a realistic view on the chances for the improvement of cooperation and exchange in East Asia, as well as the role which educational institutions can play in this context.



• Opening and greetings
 Zheng HAN(GSDM student)
• Opening remarks
 Hiroo FUKUDA(Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo)
Scene Setting
• First keynote speech
 Akio TAKAHARA(Dean, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate
 Schools for Laws and Politics, the University of Tokyo)
• Second keynote speech
 Jin CHEN(Director, Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University
 / Professor, Tsinghua SEM)
• Third keynote speech
 Ryuji MATSUHASHI(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of
• Fourth keynote speech
 Ye QI(Professor of Public Policy and Director of Institute of Public Policy at Hong Kong
 University Science and Technology)
• Presentation by GSDM students
Panel Discussion A: Energy and Innovation
Moderator:Hideaki SHIROYAMA (GSDM Program Coordinator, Professor, Graduate
      Schools for Law and Politics / Graduate School of Public Policy, the
      University of Tokyo)
• Jin CHEN
• Takashi NAKANO (Counselor, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet
• Nobuo TANAKA (Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Former Executive
 Director, The International Energy Agency (IEA))
• Junyong XIANG (Senior Research Fellow, Acting Director of Economic and Social
 Research Division, Economic and Technology Research Institute,
 Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO))
Panel Discussion B: Energy and Geopolitics
Moderator:Nobuo Tanaka
• Masahito HIRATAKE (Deputy General Manager, Planning & Research Dept., Mitsubishi
• Kyunghan KIM (Minister, Korean Embassy in Japan)
• Ye QI
• Junyong XIANG
• Students’ view
 Sari KATO (GSDM student)
• Closing remarks
 Shigeo MARUYAMA(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of
 Tokyo, GSDM faculty)