[Information] WSJ Future Leaders Seminar: Data and Security as the U.S. and China Face Off - A Conversation with Keio University (May 10, 2023)


Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI) aims to promote international research and educational exchange and invites those working in the forefront of research and education in Japan and overseas to join our virtual seminar.

This time, we are honoured to invite a former Cabinet Minister, joined by experts from The Wall Street Journal and Keio University to share their thoughts on data security.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 18:30-19:30
Format: Zoom
Language: English
Registration: Click here to register

As tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, data security is a hot-button issue. Some in the U.S. are banning Chinese-developed TikTok from government devices, citing security concerns. The emergence of powerful artificial-intelligence programs suggests that whoever controls the most data may control the future of business. Mutual suspicion is rising, along with efforts to restrict the transfer of any technology deemed sensitive.

How should Japan and other Asian countries navigate the heightened tensions? Is Japan doing enough to protect its own data and respond to intrusions? Can countries build rules of the road that would limit the mistrust and allow data to be used for the common good? Join the experts at Keio University and The Wall Street Journal for a timely discussion.

1. Karen Makishima
Member of the Japanese House of Representatives
Karen Makishima is a member of the House of Representatives in Japan from the Kanagawa 17th district, and a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. She previously served as the Minister for Digital, Minister in charge of Administrative Reform, Minister of State for Regulatory Reform, and Minister of State in charge of affairs concerning the Cybersecurity Strategic Headquarters. Before entering politics, she worked at the Washington D.C. office of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) as a coordinator for documentary programs. Dr. Makishima is the author of the Japanese books, "Politics Becomes 'Song'" and "Can Japan Become a Digital Advanced Nation?" She holds a Ph.D from the Graduate School of International Christian University, and an M.A. from George Washington University.

2. Jiro Kokuryo
Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Jiro Kokuryo is a Professor at Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management and the Graduate School of Media and Governance. Dr. Kokuryo joined Keio in 1993 as an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was appointed professor in 2000. He became Executive Director of the Keio Research Institute at SFC in 2005, and Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management in 2009. In 2013, he was appointed Vice President for International Collaboration, and became Vice President for Information Infrastructure in 2017. As a member of a council of the Prime Minister's IT Strategic Headquarters, he has been playing a central role in formulating Japan's information technology policies. He was commended by the Minister of Internal Affairs for his distinguished service to the development of regional societies. His public role includes being a member of the Digital Agency's Digital Society Planning Council.

3. Josh Chin
Deputy Bureau Chief, China, The Wall Street Journal
Josh Chin is deputy bureau chief responsible for politics and general news in The Wall Street Journal's China bureau. He was previously a politics reporter in China covering law, civil society, and government use of technology. He was named a National Fellow at New America in 2020 and is a recipient of the Dan Bolles Medal, awarded to investigative journalists who have exhibited courage in the face of intimidation. He led an investigative team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting in 2018 for a series exposing the Chinese government's pioneering experiments with digital surveillance. He is the co-author of "Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control." Josh started reporting for the Journal in 2008 as a freelance video journalist in Beijing and also spent several years editing the newspaper's China blog.

Moderator: Peter Landers
Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Peter has nearly 20 years of experience at The Wall Street Journal as a reporter, editor and bureau chief. He joined the Journal as a Tokyo correspondent in 1999 and moved to the U.S. in 2002, where he served as a page-one staff editor in New York and assistant bureau chief in Washington, among other positions. He assumed his present post in February 2014. Peter is a graduate of Yale, where he studied classics and Japanese. With colleagues, he shared the National Press Foundation's online journalism award for coverage of the Supreme Court's 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act and the Society for American Business Writers and Editors explanatory journalism award for coverage of the Fukushima nuclear accident. He is fluent in Japanese and serves as a guest commentator on the Tokyo Broadcasting System Saturday evening program "ShinJoho7days Newscaster.

Reading List from The Wall Street Journal:
China to Create New Top Regulator for Data Governance
Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China
U.S. Arrests Two, Charges Dozens for Alleged Illegal U.S. Activities by Chinese Security Agents
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