INVESTING IN THE NEW JAPAN Japan and the Future of the Global Online B2B Marketplace

February 27, 2001
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Corporate Program past event

Corporate Luncheon/Panel Discussion
12 – 2:30 pm

Companies are increasingly turning to the Internet and the business-to-business (B2B) e-marketplace in the hopes of lowering costs, increasing efficiency and boosting production. In Japan, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications predicts that Japan’s B2B marketplace will grow to ¥103.4 trillion by 2005, from ¥14.43 trillion in 1999. Globally, Japanese companies lead the way in cultivating the Internet for B2B transactions. But will B2B e-commerce be able to live up to its potential? What are the opportunities for non-Japanese firms in the B2B market in Japan? How are Japanese companies developing global expertise in B2B in the United States and elsewhere? A panel of experts explores these and other questions about the B2B marketplace.

Kurt Cavano is Chairman and CEO of TradeCard Inc., a business-to-business e-commerce network backed by Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Softbank that enables buyers and sellers to initiate, conduct and settle international trade transactions securely over the Internet.

Yoshinori Warashina is SVP of the IT and Aerospace Division at ITOCHU Corporation, one of Japan’s leading trading companies. ITOCHU has a prominent worldwide presence in the information technology industry through its subsidiaries, joint ventures, marketing partners and investment activities.

Joseph Kim is President & CEO of ICG Japan K.K., the 100 percent Japanese subsidiary of U.S.-based Internet Capital Group (ICG). Since its establishment in 1996, ICG has been driving B2B e-commerce businesses and currently holds interests in over 80 B2B companies worldwide.

John Ferreira is Co-Leader, B2B Initiative, at Deloitte Consulting, one of the world’s leading e-Business consulting firms, providing services in all aspects of enterprise transformation, from strategy and processes to information technology and human resources.

Tickets for lunch and lecture: $55, Japan Society members $45.


  • Tuesday, February 27, 2001
  • 12:00 pm