Our gatherings


We have several types of gatherings:
Our Salons help you 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.

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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Speaker: To enable the speaker to discuss his ideas freely, his/her identity will be kept secret until the event. S/he is a sophisticated macro-economist who speaks fluent Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English. He is familiar with the business, cultures, politics and economics of the key Asian economies. The event will be run according to Chatham House Rules. Fee: 2,000 yen for members; 5,000 for non members. “If you want to invest in...

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A while ago, Delphi members and guests brainstormed about ‘e-commerce’. We decided to assume e-commerce referred to physical goods, so the event attracted CEOs from companies selling perfume, couture, shoes and so on. Scott however, left unsatisfied. What happens if you run a company selling back-office and business expansion services like Tricor? What about if you are selling PR, banking, insurance, education and consulting? As is...

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At this DN Salon, two of Tokyo’s top international journalists, Régis Arnaud and Yann Rousseau, will bring the mallet down on the guilt or innocence of Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of Nissan. Indeed, the team recently completed one of the best investigations to date into the Ghosn Case, entitled “Le Fugitif: Les Secrets De Carlos Ghosn”. (Details below, French & Japanese only). They interview dozens of people, trace the...

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