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Technology and Happiness: Rakuten Executive Speaks to Young Japanese and American Professionals on February 12

Mizuki Okada




Takuya Kitagawa, managing executive officer and chief data officer, Rakuten Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the “Next Generation Roundtable in Tokyo” (NGRT) organized by America-Japan Society (AJS) on Wednesday, February 12. 


The all-English program will be held at the Roppongi Hills Club in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower overlooking the city of Tokyo. 


Using his background at Rakuten, Mr. Kitagawa will lead discussions on how to increase happiness using technology.


The AJS hosts about 10 meetings a year, co-organized by Mori Building Co., Ltd. They provide a forum for young Japanese and American professionals (40 and younger) to exchange views and ideas in English about a broad range of issues, from business and economy to politics, diplomacy, and culture.


At its previous event, AJS welcomed Yutaka Arima, deputy assistant minister of the North American Affairs Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the keynote speaker. He prompted a discussion of the security circumstances surrounding Japan and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, the Japan-U.S. alliance, and the Japan-U.S. Trade Agreement.


AJS president Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said, “NGRT is a place for Japanese and American young professionals to hold discussions in the center of Tokyo. Please come and join us.”


Additional Information

Event: America-Japan Society (AJS) Next Generation Roundtable in Tokyo 

Date: February 12, 2020

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

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Contact (Email: info@ajstokyo.org)


Author: Mizuki Okada


Mizuki Okada is a staff writer at the political news department of The Sankei Shimbun where she works on her coverage of the Kantei, the Japanese Prime Minister's office and the Japanese Ministry of Foregin Affairs. As a staff writer, she also works for JAPAN Forward. She previously covered the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at the economic news department. Before that, she posted international relations news covering mainly about the United States and Indo-Pacific region at the international news department of The Sankei Shimbun. Before joining journalism, she spent her career at a Japanese megabank as a corporate banking officer in Tokyo.