Investing for Social Impact and Social Entrepreneurship in Japan
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Investing for Social Impact and Social Entrepreneurship in Japan

Investing for Social Impact and Social Entrepreneurship in Japan.

Devin Stewart - Carnegie Council.

Reiji Yamanaka - GLOBIS Faculty.

Learn about the rise of impact investing and social entrepreneurship in Japan, with reference to examples in the Tohoku region, where numerous social ventures rose and have grown after the Great East-Japan Earthquake in 2011.

As a director of the KIBOW Foundation, GLOBIS faculty Reiji Yamanaka has been active in hands-on support for socially-oriented ventures in Tohoku. He will speak about impact investing and social entrepreneurs in the region. Our special guest moderator Devin Stewart, Senior Program Director at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, will then engage Mr. Yamanaka and the audience for lively exchange of views and opinions, in an inspiring, broad and open-ended dialogue.

According to Wikipedia, impact investing refers to "investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return." While it is somewhat new in Japan, it is growing as a force with potential to drive positive social change in the country.


AMChamGLOBIS Insights is the digital media platform of the Globis University Graduate School of Management, a graduate business school founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1992 by Japanese entrepreneur, Yoshito Hori. In 25 years, GLOBIS has grown to become Japan’s largest business school, training more than 100,000 business professionals – with five campuses in Japan and overseas offices in Singapore, Shanghai, and Bangkok. The GLOBIS Insights platform serves business leaders throughout Asia, providing, article, videos, and events related to management knowledge and a globalizing Japan.


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