Globinar Japan Megatrends and Market Update

Date: May 14, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ZOOM Virtual
Contact: Global Chamber

Globinar Japan Megatrends and Market Update

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Our globalized world is one of rapid changes, and business global opportunities are changing right before our eyes. Despite the trouble cause by the pandemic, some markets and industries are finding their ways forward, including in Japan.

Global Chamber® is pleased to host three experts on the Japanese market who will share perspectives from their unique viewpoints as long-term foreign residents and business leaders there. The discussion is on Japan... join us to hear about the ongoing mega-trends, how these are changing (or not!) in light of COVID-19, and how companies – both large and small – are faring.

Join us! Zoom in from anywhere... on May 14th at 3:30 pm US Pacific, 6:30 pm US Eastern, and May 15th at 7:30 am Tokyo


00:00 – Multi-Metro Globinar begins

  • Debbie Howard - Chairman at The Carter Group
  • Deborah Hayden - Managing Director at Finsbury
  • Catherine O'Connell - Founder and Principal at Catherine O'Connell Law

00:30 – Q&A Session

01:00 - End

Speaker Biographies

Debbie Howard - Chairman at The Carter Group-Japan Market Resource Network. Debbie has lived and worked in Japan for over 30 years, and founded Japan Market Resource Network (JMRN) in 1989. Debbie is a specialist in translating qualitative research into clear strategic direction for international clients, and over her career has worked with most major brands that have entered Japan.

She served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) in 2004 and 2005, Chairman in 2006 and 2007, and continues to serve as ACCJ President Emeritus.

Howard has addressed international marketing and business development audiences in the U.S., Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand, and has facilitated executive-level ideation and strategy development workshops for multi-national companies
such as Daimler-Chrysler, Burberry and American Express. 

Deborah Hayden - Managing Director at Finsbury. Deborah brings over 30 years’ experience in financial and corporate communications to Finsbury, a leading global corporate and financial communications agency. She is a widely recognized expert on communications issues in Japan and Asia.

She joined Finsbury in 2019 from Edelman Japan, where she was responsible for Financial, M&A and Capital Markets Communications. She played a significant role in evolving Edelman’s capabilities in Financial Communications in Japan and the Asia Region, working on cross-border transactions, investor relations, corporate profile-raising and crisis management assignments. 

Deborah is a vice-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Alternative Investment and Women in Business Committees, and she is a senior advisor to the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Beachhead Committee which advises companies on Japan market entry.

Catherine O'Connell - Founder and Principal at Catherine O'Connell Law. Catherine has lived and worked in Japan for over 17 years, and is the first foreign female lawyer to launch a law firm in Japan. As a bilingual (English & Japanese) lawyer, she has a deep knowledge of Japanese business culture and practices.

Utilizing both her corporate and private practice experience, she supports corporations - both multi-national and Japanese - with services ranging from General Counsel to ad-hoc or project-based advisory.

She serves as Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and also as Legal Services & IP Committee Chair for the ACCJ, and also as a Vice President for Women in Law Japan.


Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®Doug is an international entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® reach new markets across metros and borders more successfully. He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of collaborating international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah, an EMBA from Michigan State University and 5 patents. He lives in the Western U.S.

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