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11:00 - 12:10

GovTech session

GovTech session

Myojo Waraku, a tabloid produced to mark the 10th anniversary of its publication, expectes “GovTech,” which was a major theme in this magazine become even more active in the future. Mr. Kan, who has been appointed as the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party, has also established a Digital Agency.

Each foregin country where GovTech is advancing has its own historical and social background, and this is the reason for its promotion.
What is the current state of GovTech in Japan? We will look at the current state of affairs in Japan objectively and discuss future developments, taking up the case of Fukuoka City and others in Japan.


Soichiro Takashima

Mayor of Fukuoka City

Born on November 1, 1974.
He joined KBC Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting in 1997. As the face of the morning in Fukuoka, he anchors show programs and environmental programs.
He was appointed mayor of Fukuoka city in December 2010.
Re-elected in both the 2014 and 2018 elections with the most votes in history, and is now in his third term.

The city has developed a variety of measures in line with the basic strategy of urban management: "Creating a virtuous cycle of urban growth and quality of life".
The number of tourists, the number of business locations, and municipal tax revenues have increased, and the city's reputation for livability and trust in the city government have improved, making it one of the top ten most livable cities in the world.
In March 2014, the city was awarded a special national strategic zone, with a particular focus on supporting business start-ups. The city has been working tirelessly to create an environment for the creation of new value through regulatory reform and other measures.

Fukuoka City is now doing its best to accelerate the "virtuous circle" set forth in its basic strategy and promote "Fukuoka NEXT", a challenge to push the city to the next stage, to realize "Asia's leader in terms of harmony between people, environment and urban vitality".

Shuhei Ishimaru

Director General of Fukuoka Directive Council

After working for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and others, he became Director General of tFukuoka Directive Council (FDC) in April 2015. He has been a visiting associate professor at Kyushu University. He is the author of “Hyper Growing City Fukuoka” -The world pays attention to the Secret of the innovation mechanism. (Nikkei Business Publication).

Masaru Ikeda

Co-founder and Senior editor in BRIDGE

Born in 1973 in Osaka, . He strated researching IT companies in Silicon Valley and Asia at the dawn of the Internet. He Engages in system development, technology advising and VC due diligence.

In 2011, he launched a media to report on startups. He is a frequent speaker at overseas conferences to keep up with the global startup scene.

Shintaro Eguchi

Representative of TOKYObeta Ltd.

Representative of TOKYObeta. He has been working on a wide range of projects including regional economic development, business creation, and branding, with the theme of "creating a society where everyone can live in their own way through the editing of cities and lives. He is the author of "Learning from Practice: Local Economy and Regional Finance" (Gakugei Shuppan-Sha), "Isolated Cities, Connected Cities" (Nikkei Publishing), and "Japan's Civic Economy" (Film Art Publishing).