Tokyo, Japan — October 21, 2016 

Event: Japan Summit: Future Works                 


In 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. As many predicted, global markets reacted poorly. The EU looks like it could splinter further, and around the world, calls for a retreat from integration abound. The World Trade Organization recently warned that protectionist trade measures in the G20 are multiplying at their fastest rate since 2008. Free traders’ gloom may deepen further if Donald Trump claims victory in this year’s United States presidential election.

This retreat from globalization, and general economic uncertainty, has created an anxious climate for investors and business leaders. Japanese companies with large manufacturing or service-based operations across the UK and Europe are reviewing their strategies. At the same time, Japan is still striving for a comprehensive trade deal with the rest of Europe, while looking to strengthen ties with regional neighbors in Asia and trade partners in developing Africa and South America.

Is the era of globalization over? If so, how will Japan’s economy react? How should Japanese corporations alter their strategies abroad to protect their foreign enterprises and interests? What steps can businesses take to shield themselves from future political risks? Panelists include: Ray Fujii, partner and representative director, L.E.K. Consulting; Robert Dujarric, director, Institute of Asian Studies, Temple University; Jesper Koll, chief executive officer, Wisdom Tree Japan.

Date/Location: October 21, 2016 - Hotel Okura - Tokyo, Japan

Time: 11:20 am — Noon  

About Ray Fujii:    

Ray Fujii is a Partner and the Representative Director of L.E.K. Consulting’s Japan practice. He has more than 16 years of experience directing consulting engagements focused on corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, operational and organizational issues, and performance improvement. Ray has advised a diverse range of clients across a broad range of industries that include pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, diagnostics, consumer products, financial sponsors and manufacturing.

Prior to joining L.E.K., Ray was a financial advisor with Lazard Frères and Lehman Brothers. He started his career as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and joined Johnson & Johnson as a manager after completing his MBA program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and he also received his Master of Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is a native of Japan and fluent in English and Japanese.

About Japan Summit: Future Works

Japan Summit: Future Works will explore the coming changes to the world of work and discuss how these might help re-boot Japan’s growth. This event will bring together the country’s opinion leaders for a day of debate and high-level discussion.

About L.E.K. Consulting:

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private and public sector organizations, private equity firms and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded more than 30 years ago, L.E.K. employs more than 1,200 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, go to