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Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2019 TOKYO


Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2019 TOKYO has ended.

The event enjoyed a strong turnout. Thank you very much.

We have prepared a diverse program including Keynote Speech, Special Speech, and Special Talks among other items, so please don't miss this opportunity!
We also have seminars and exhibition in a wide range of categories.

Speech / Business Sessions / SDGs Sessions


Speech October 17 (Thu.), 10:45-11:45

Social Innovation to Create Value through Digital Solutions

Keiichi Shiotsuka

Representative Executive Officer
Executive Vice President and Executive Officer
Assistant to the President (Systems & Services Business and Defense Systems Business)
Head of Systems & Services Business
General Manager of Systems & Services Business Division
Head of the Social Innovation Business Division
Hitachi, Ltd.

Recently, there has been an acceleration in global activities related to social issues, such as the SDGs implemented by the United Nations and Society 5.0 proposed by the Japanese government. At the same time, new services to improve the individual's QoL and level of happiness are being created with advanced digital technology.
As societies and industries are becoming more digitalized, Hitachi has begun to take on the challenge of solving social issues and deliver new richness to people's lives through our digital solutions and collaboration with our diverse customers and partners all over the world.
In this Speech, we will show our vision for future society through Hitachi's Social Innovation, by introducing use cases to realize our new cutting edge digital services.

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Business Session 1 October 17 (Thu.), 15:00-16:30

Future Mobility with Railway Innovation

Yuichiro Tokunaga

Executive Officer
Director General, In charge of MaaS Technology Innovation Headquarters
East Japan Railway Company

Shinya Mitsudomi

Vice President and Executive Officer
Managing Director of Japan/Asia Pacific
Railway Systems Business Unit
Hitachi, Ltd.

Shigetoshi Sameshima

General Manager
Center for Technology Innovation
Research & Development Group
Hitachi, Ltd.

As people's values are changing drastically, mobility too has reached a major turning point; such as the advancement of mobile services, driverless and multimodal transportation, and the spread of car sharing.
From the era of railways and automobiles individually pursuing performance and efficiency, we are changing to an era where we respond to the wishes and expectations of each person in the community and choose the most suitable transportation according to the situation of daily life.
We will talk about innovations in the railway field which will play a new role toward our vision of sustainable future mobility.


Business Session 2 October 17 (Thu.), 15:30-17:00

Revitalizing Japan with Regional Energy

Kiyoshi Hikino

Electricity Infrastructure Division
Electricity and Gas Industry Department
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Masaki Hara


Masahiro Takeda

Shikoku Alliance Capital Company Limited

Kenji Urase

Vice President and Executive Officer
CEO of Energy Business Unit
Hitachi, Ltd.

Hiroko Kiba

Freelance News Anchor,
Visiting Professor at Chiba University

The concept of “regional revitalization” is gaining attention as a means of solving key issues facing Japan, such as rapid population decline and super social aging. There are high hopes for Regional Energy Business as one kind of industry that will enable communities to develop independently by making use of their respective characteristics. We invite experts and specialists from various fields to discuss specific strategies, with a primary focus on the obvious key issues of environmental development and technological innovation; with the aims of creating stable employment in local areas, facilitating localized energy production and consumption by making use of local resources, and achieving regional revitalization and sustainable development of local towns and cities.


Business Session 3 October 18 (Fri.), 11:00-12:30

Business and Society Explored by IoT

Hiroyuki Kimura

General Manager,
Global ICT Business Division
Solution Business Sector

Akimichi Umigai

General Manager
Connected Planning Department
e-TOYOTA Division
Connected Company

Katsuya Nagano

Vice President and Executive Officer
CEO of Social Infrastructure Systems Business Unit
Hitachi, Ltd.

Yuriko Sawatani

NUCB Business School Professor

Due to rapidly advancing IoT technology, including AI and robotics etc., development of new services and innovation of business models are accelerating on a global scale.
In this session, we will survey new value created through the global IoT platform which is implemented upon various partnership at long-term standpoint. Furthermore, we will also discuss the prospects of new businesses, various experienced values gained from innovation upon wide collaborative creation, and more.


Business Session 4 October 18 (Fri.), 11:15-12:45

Urban Development by Digital Solutions
-Towards Healthy, Safe and Comfortable Living-

Kazuyoshi Nasuhara

Managing Officer

Hiro Katsuse


Dai Tamesue

Deportare Partners/
Former Professional Athlete

Hideki Osumi

General Manager
Smart Digital Solution Business Development Division
Smart Life Business Management Division
Hitachi, Ltd.

Yasuhiro Kawai

General Manager, Technology Media Bureau
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

In order to overcome social issues and increase each person's QoL while facing a serious population decline, we need an urban development that is closely related to human life and by which people can live healthy, work, rest and enjoy themselves. Smart City, Smart Therapy and Smart Mobility can be realized by making full use of rapidly evolving digital technology. Experts who work on advanced challenges in various fields will discuss the new value created by connecting them.


Business Session 5 October 18 (Fri.), 13:30-15:00

Preparing for a Megashift to Digital Service Innovation
-Imminent Changes Japanese Companies Face-

Keisuke Sasaki

Director, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Tsuyoshi Abe

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marketing Headquarters
Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Waichi Sekiguchi

MM Research Institute Ltd.

Jun Abe

Vice President and Executive Officer
CEO of Industry & Distribution Business Unit
Hitachi, Ltd.

Toshihide Yahiro

Hitachi Consulting Co., Ltd.

From the end of the 1990s to the 2000s, Japanese companies have lagged behind overseas companies in consumer businesses.
A megashift to an economy focusing on customer's values, such as MaaS, is rapidly progressing in all and across industries because of the rapid development of ICT and digitalization.
Since the source of value shifts more to the customer side, it is necessary for companies to find new KPIs in addition to the traditional management indicators and to accelerate their transformation in order to promote innovation toward the next society.
Industry experts will talk about what Japanese companies should immediately prepare for the ongoing megashift to digital service innovation.

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Business Session 6 October 18 (Fri.), 13:45-15:15

Hitachi's Initiative towards Collaborative Creation
-Electronic Payment Business in India and Cashless Payment in Japan-

Swaminathan J.

Deputy Managing Director (Strategy)
& Chief Digital Officer
State Bank of India.

Naveen Surya

Chairman Emeritus – Payments Council of India
Chairman – Fintech Convergence Council
Internet and Mobile Association of India

Tetsuya Yagi

Representative Director President
Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp.

Tsugio Yamamoto

Vice President and Executive Officer
CEO of Financial Institutions Business Unit
Hitachi, Ltd.

Toshiya Cho

Senior Evangelist
Financial Information Systems Sales Management Division
Hitachi, Ltd.

India is now experiencing significant economic growth and financial services show the rapid advancement by the progress of Financial Inclusion and Digital India led by the Indian government.
Hitachi is aiming at providing social, environmental and economic value through our Social Innovation Business on a global basis. As a part of our global initiatives, in India, State Bank of India and Hitachi have established a joint venture to expand acquiring business to accelerate cashless payment and contribute to Digital India.
During this session, we will discuss latest situation around electronic settlement system and cashless payment in India to gain insights for the expansion of the cashless payment in Japan and objectives and future direction of joint venture in India as a part of our global IT business for financial industry.


SDGs Sessions October 18 (Fri.), 16:40-18:00

Open Innovation Contributing to the Achievement of SDGs

Shizuko Ohmi

Head of ESG Department
Investment Management Division
Amundi Japan Ltd.

Suvendrini Kakuchi

Director of yunus‐yoshimoto Social Action Co., Ltd.

Asako Koike

General Manager
Technology Strategy Office
Research & Development Group
Hitachi, Ltd.

Mayumi Matsumoto

Visiting Associate Professor
Special Division of Environmental and Energy Science
Komaba Organization for Educational Excellence (KOMEX)
The University of Tokyo

In order to create a sustainable global society, efforts for achieving the SDGs have been accelerating. Creating social and environmental value through collaborative creation with multiple stakeholders is essential to overcome global social challenges.
In addition to the conventional industry-government-academia collaboration, what is important here is the connection with the communities and their people, and for that purpose, the key is to share the vision and the issues.
In this session, along with the evolution of R&D, which is the source of innovation, representatives of related sectors such as Social Innovation Business, academia and ESG investment will gather to discuss the prospect of open innovation.