Tokyo Forum 2023 Shaping Future

NewsletterNovember 19, 2023
Cultivating Humanity amid Social Divisions and Digital Transformation

Here is an overview of all the programs at this year’s Tokyo Forum. See you in about two weeks at the Yasuda Auditorium.

Keynote Addresses


DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Surichai WUN'GAEO
Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Alison GOPNIK *online
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Professor, UTokyo Institute for Future Initiatives and Special Advisor to the President, Chiba University

Plenary Talk Session

DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Professor and Deputy-Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Business Leaders’ Session

Business Leaders' Session

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset Together

DAY 1 Thu. Nov. 30 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Right now, the world needs cooperation across national borders, and to take a bold step towards a sustainable future. In this session, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, investors, and university researchers from South Korea and Japan gather to start dialogue between businesses and academic institutions on how to shape tomorrow. While exchanging candid opinions on what path the future of the East Asia region should take, academic institutions and the economic world will work together to think of a message for the next generation.


FUJII Teruo(Moderator)
President, The University of Tokyo

CHEY Tae-Won(Special Remarks)
Chairman, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Chairman, SK Group

KOBAYASHI Ken(Special Remarks)
Chairman, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation

Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation (TMI), Graduate School of Engineering | Deputy Director General, Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR) The University of Tokyo

SATO Yasuhiro
Senior Advisor, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

KIM Yoon
Managing Partner, Saehan Ventures

Founder & CEO, Women's Startup Lab

KIM Yoon
Chairman, Korea Japan Economic Association | Chairman, Samyan Group

Panel Discussion 1

Panel Discussion 1

Why Are Robots Questioning Humanity?

DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Robots were designed to perform repetitive tasks for humans, but modern robots possess a level of intelligence and autonomy that blurs the lines between human and machine. Why do robots now challenge our definition of humanity? Speakers from robotics, philosophy and the performing arts will discuss.


Gentiane VENTURE(Moderator)
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Dominique LESTEL
Associate Professor, École Normale Supérieure Paris

Performance Artist

Robotics Scientist, Professor (Distinguished Professor), Graduate School of Engineering Science, Department of Systems Innovation, Osaka University

YOO Chang Dong
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST

Youth Session

Youth Session

DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 1:05pm - 2:05pm

In line with this year’s theme, 10 students from universities in South Korea and the University of Tokyo will share fresh perspectives and opinions on the issues of particular interest, such as the relationships between AI and humanities, low birth rates in South Korea and Japan, and environmental injustice.

University Presidents’ Session

University Presidents' Session

The Role of Universities in the Era of Digital Transformation

DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

How should we approach digital technologies, such as evolving AI? What can we do when disparity and division are on the rise? What is the future of universities as they face change? Leaders of prestigious academic institutions in South Korea and Japan exchange prospects on the role and ideal future of higher education in rapidly-changing modern-day society.


FUJII Teruo(Moderator)
President, The University of Tokyo

RYU Hong Lim
President, Seoul National University

KIM Eun Mee
President, Ewha Womans University

President, Tsuda University

Tshilidzi MARWALA *online
Rector, United Nations University

Panel Discussion 2

Panel Discussion 2

Bridging the Social Divide: How to Safeguard the Global Commons and Rebuild Humanity

DAY 2 Fri. Dec. 1 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Our world suffers from increasing social divisions. Even multilateral cooperation lacks its effectiveness in maintaining the international order. Is there a way to bridge these divisions through digital platforms, rules, and business practices? Join us in this dialogue to safeguard the global commons and rebuild humanity.


KAJIKAWA Yuya(Moderator)
Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, Center for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo

HU Mei-Chih *online
Professor, Institute of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University

CHA Meeyoung
Associate Professor, School of Computing, KAIST | Chief Investigator, IBS

Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK



Admission: Free
*Registration required.