LIGHTHOUSE FOR INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS

WHO WE ARE

Executive Committee

William H. Saito
Chair, Co-Founder
Founder & CEO, Intecur, K.K.
Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Director, Co-Founder
Professor, National Gra
uate Institute for Policy Studies Chairman, Health Policy Institute, Japan Governor, Japan Chapter, American College of Physicians Professor, Emeritus of the University of Tokyo

Directors

Daisuke Kotegawa Director Former Executive Director for Japan, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Kazuhiko Toyama Director CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.

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Daisuke Kotegawa
Director

Former Executive Director for Japan, International Monetary Fund (IMF) MBA Stanford University 1979 BA in Law, University of Tokyo 1975 Mr. Daisuke Kotegawa was the Executive Director for Japan at the IMF from July 2007 to His assignment outside the MOF includes Senior Financial Economist in the World Bank (in August 2010. In this capacity he was in charge of the unprecedented level of cut of the budget and the staff numbers of the IMF, approved various new measures of the IMF to tackle the world economic crisis. Among other things he chaired the last meeting of the New Arrangements to Borrow, which successfully raised $ 600 billion for the IMF. Since late 1990s he was in charge of dealing with financial crisis in Japan, including; (i) the liquidation of Yamaichi Securities, Sanyo Securities in 1997 in the Securities Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, (ii) the nationalization of LTCB, NCB in 1998 in the Financial Supervisory Authority and , (iii) the establishment of the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan in 2003, as well as, (iv) the creation of business recovery funds in the Development Bank of Japan. He was also involved in various international negotiations, including US-Japan Framework Consultation, WTO Negotiation on Financial Services (Counterparts were Prof. Summers and Tim Geitner), US-Japan Negotiation on the Structural Impediments Initiatives, World Bank Group Capital Increase which raised the Japan’s status from No 5 to No 2, Yen-$ Committee and OECD Guidelines on Transfer Pricing. He served as the vice chairman of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs at OECD and initiated the committee on Tax Competition which established the Black List. He also worked in Minister’s Secretariat, Budget Bureau, Tax Bureau, Finance Bureau and International Bureau in the MOF. Currently he works as the reseach director at the CANON Institute for Global Studies, as well as an advisor for several major companies in Japan. His assignment outside the MOF includes Senior Financial Economist in the World Bank (in charge of IDA negotiation and design of new financial instruments) and the Deputy Vice Governor of Yamagata prefecture. Recently he has been invited for presentation by Harvard Business School, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business at Beijing University, Fudan University in Shanghai, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, National University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Vanderbilt University, American University in Washington DC, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and Asia Innovation Initiative. A native of Usuki city in Oita prefecture, his extracurricular activities include Russian interpreter for Soviet artists while as a student of the University of Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese, English, and good in Russian and German.

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Kazuhiko Toyama
Director

CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. Graduated from the University of Tokyo (BA in Law) in 1985. Passed the national bar examination in 1984. Joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1985. In 1986, joined establishment of Corporate Directions, Inc. and assumed an executive role of overseeing operations including strategic planning, development of client service concepts, implementations and monitoring, etc., for a wide range of industries. Completed MBA and Public Management Program at Stanford University in 1992. In 2001, became CEO of Corporate Directions, Inc. Extensively experienced revitalization planning and implementations ranging from large-scale failure cases such as former Nippon Lease to medium-sized companies. In April 2003 appointed Executive Managing Director and COO of Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan, a government-backed restructuring agency, whose primary mission is to facilitate coherent revitalization of industrial and financial sectors as well as promote the development of business revitalization market in Japan. In 2007, he established Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. which aims to support our clients to achieve long-term and sustainable enhancement of enterprise value. Vice Chairperson of KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) Expert member of Council on Economic Fiscal Policy(MOF), Member of The Tax Commission (CAO), Member of Committee for National University Corporation Evaluation, Department of Innovation Program (MEXT). Outside director of OMRON Corporation and Pia Corporation. Outside corporate auditor of NEXCO Central.


Honorary Chair

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John V. Roos, U.S. Former Ambassador to Japan
Honorary Chair

Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States
of America to Japan

In announcing Former Ambassador Roos’s selection, President Obama said, “A partnership between the United States and Japan is one of tremendous interest. The person who I thought could best do this is somebody with superb judgment, somebody with an outstanding intellect, somebody who is a very close friend of mine and a close advisor, somebody who has worked both in the private sector with cutting-edge technologies, but also is somebody who has a deep interest in public service. He is somebody who I’m confident is going to be able to help to strengthen both the regional and the global relationship between the United States and Japan.” Former Ambassador Roos was sworn into office on August 16, 2009.

Since his arrival in Tokyo, Former Ambassador Roos has built relationships and established a rich and active dialogue with government leaders, businesspeople, media and students over the course of his travels across more than half of Japan’s prefectures. In addition to addressing the security, economic, and global challenges that Japan and the United States face, Former Ambassador Roos has drawn a specific focus on areas of cooperation that include people to people connections, innovation and entrepreneurship, renewable energy, educational exchange, and trade issues. He also works closely with Japan on issues related to the Hague Convention. On August 6, 2010 he became the first U.S. official ever to attend the commemoration ceremony of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

Prior to his appointment, Former Ambassador Roos served as Chief Executive Officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the leading law firm in the U.S. in the representation of technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies. There he helped lead his firm during the waves of innovation in Silicon Valley, from the growth of software and communications, to the Internet Age and the emergence of biotechnology, to today’s focus on clean technology and renewable energy.

Throughout his career, Former Ambassador Roos has been active in public service, serving on a public school board in California from 1991 to 1999 and in politics, where he worked on presidential campaigns for Walter Mondale, Bill Bradley and John Kerry before joining President Obama’s campaign. Prior to becoming Former Ambassador to Japan, Former Ambassador Roos served on the Stanford School of Education Dean’s Advisory Board and on the Law School Dean’s Advisory Council. He was elected to membership in the Stanford Associates for his long-standing volunteer service to the University.

Former Ambassador Roos grew up in San Francisco and attended Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors and Distinction, and Stanford Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in 1980, achieving Order of the Coif. He and his wife Susie have two children living in California, their daughter, Lauren, a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and their son, David, a student at Stanford.


Organizational Structure

Honorary Chair
John V. Roos
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan

Board Member
Executive Committee
Chair
William H. Saito
Director, Co-Founder
Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Director
Daisuke Kotegawa
Former Executive Director for Japan, IMF
Director
Kazuhiko Toyama
CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.

 


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