Our gatherings


We have several types of gatherings:
Our Salons help members understand politics and economics, in Japan & globally.
Our Custom Member Lunches are set up for members who request to meet one particular person to discuss one particular topic.
Our CEO Summits combine peer mentoring and best practice sharing for specific, practical topics, such as improving B2B sales in Japan, or understanding digitalization. It’s the right and privilege of a DN member to request any of the above meeting types.
We are discontinuing the practice of listing of event, as WP is not useer-friendly.
Instead, we have a have shareable calendar you can access on request, to get a sense of what we do.
Please email dan@thedelphinetwork.com for access.

LOCATION CHANGE For better social distancing due to a bigger than expected turnout, we are moving to a large private room in the Andaz Hotel Toranomon Hills. If you have already clicked yes, you do not need to do so again. “PPE Wars” with Tomo Hasegawa, CEO Medline Japan December 17, 8am – 930am. Location: private room (Kitchen Table, a private room inside the Tavern Grill & Lounge, 51F Andaz Hotel, Toranomon.) Map link:...

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Sub-title: Michael Penn, Tokyo’s foremost independent political commentator, will explain what to expect. (Guerrilla Salons are what we cal very short notice meetings to respond to urgent events). Intro: Not only have we not gone back to normal after 2020’s ‘Annus Horribilis’, the situation has actually gotten worse. How did we get here? How do we get out of it? Michael Penn will discuss the 2021 State of Emergency, and contrast it to...

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DELPHI F2F SALON (limited attendance) Title: Business and Economic Outlook for 2021 w/Franz Waldenberger, Director, DIJ Sub-title: How well are Japanese businesses and the country’s economy responding to COVID 19? Intro: Our speaker combines expertise in both the macro economy and Japanese business. He will give an entertaining and essential overview of Japan Inc’s strategy to cope with the pandemic. Japan’s economy is powerful enough...

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Delphi Salon with Sven Palys co-CEO of Yuzukyodai October 9, 3pm Zoom “These are subtle concepts but it’s clear that it’s the foreign CEOs that actually grasp them that will storm ahead in the coming years” There are many books (I am reading “How We Lived then” by Norman Longmate) about how people change their habits profoundly during a crisis. Thus, practices and character traits Brits think of as typically “English” such as orderly...

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When: 3pm on Zoom As foreign residents of Japan, we are of course interested in ‘understanding’ Japan (leaving aside whether that’s even possible). But one aspect of Japan which makes this difficult is the glossing over of Japan’s experience in its Long War from 1931-1945 – more than a decade of horrors, culminating in the mushroom clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With public discourse on its recent past stifled for practical...

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October 16, 3pm on Zoom One of the challenges for foreign CEOs in Japan is dealing with Japanese companies. The consequences of getting the relationship wrong are severe: suppliers stop supplying, buyers stop buying, distributors stop distributing. If the situation deteriorates badly enough, foreign companies might get a visit from the Fair Trade Commision or the tax authorities. Japanese business is an ecosystem, and issues with one...

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Dear Mobility Maniacs, once known as Petrolheads! This is our MONTHLY f2f meeting. UPDATING WITH LOCATION & COST 4,000 yen, to be paid by Paypal. (If you need to pay on the day, let me know). This gets you a full Western breakfast (juice, coffee, toast, eggs & bacon, yoghurt and fruit).We may get this cheaper going forward. We are currently: 1/ Me 2/ Alejandro Espada (Faurecia) 3/ Fabio Casablanca (Brembo) 4/ Michael Line...

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You are welcome to come to the FCCJ for the F2F component. Please let me know, and I will meet you on the 5F of the FCCJ We will keep the meeting short and sharp, only 45 minutes. The meeting follows Chatham House rules. NEW INFORMATION: Somebody asked if there was going to be a speaker. The answer is ‘no’. This is a roundtable discussion for benchmarking/threat anticipation/best practice sharing. This retail group...

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What Next? We have just lost Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. What next? Hopefully, Japan does not go back to the pre-Abe era, characterised by debt, deflation and demographic crisis, not to mention a ‘revolving door’ of mediocre and interchangeable prime ministers. But in the short term, we must worry about deputy-PM Taro Aso taking over as interim leader. He is a fiscal hawk under the sway of the Ministry of...

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For this talk, we are lucky to have one of the finest journalists of his generation, as well as one who has tracked the President’s every move for years. Please note that VOA is rigorously non-partisan and journalists are under strict instructions not to twist the facts to suit their own biases. Guests can look forward to a neutral, lucid and insightful discussion. Is President Trump the Zombie President? In Zombie movies, the dead...

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