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First Wednesday is a place for intellectual sparring among business leaders. It is an opportunity for members who are involved in global management to have an honest discussion with each other. We contribute to solving social issues by sharing management knowledge.

First Wednesday is a place for intellectual sparring among business leaders.
It is an opportunity for members who are involved in global management to have an honest discussion with each other.

We contribute to solving social issues by sharing management knowledge.

  • 2022年6月12日
  • 2022年10月16日

Mr. Junro Ito, Director, Managing Executive Officer Seven & i Holdings Co.

I remember when Mr. Kishi, the leader of First Wednesday, and Mr. Kishi's father, Mr. Momose, came to me through an introduction by Mr. Hatakeyama, a former Nikkei Newspaper alumnus of Mr. Kishi and myself, and asked me if I would be interested in joining their study group. It seems like only a few days ago that Mr. Momose asked me to become a member of his study group. From the beginning, Mr. Momose invited excellent business leaders as speakers through his personal connections, and I remember it was a very stimulating study group where members could ask questions and express their opinions, rather than just listening to the lecturers one-sidedly. I also have a good memory that in the early days of the meeting, I was invited to give a lecture on "7-Eleven's Business Model" and my father (Mr. Masatoshi Ito, Honorary Chairman of Seven & i HD) also gave a lecture. Since then, First Wednesday has continued to invite excellent speakers not only from the business world but also from the political, government, and academic worlds through the personal connections of Mr. Momose, Mr. Kishi, and all the members, and has continued to provide interactive and richly contented meetings. I would like to congratulate you on your 20th anniversary.

  • 2022年6月3日
  • 2022年10月16日

Mr. Hisaoki Kamei, Former Director General, National Land Agency

The advancement and development of information and communication technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, and blockchain have changed social life considerably. True information is not something that can be obtained only through information and communication technology, but rather, it is something that can be conveyed when people meet each other. I believe that meeting people is the most important thing when considering "intelligence" rather than mere "information. First Wednesday is a time for people who are active in various fields to exchange information and opinions, and I believe that this will not only be useful for work, but will also lead to the development of society as a whole. I sincerely hope that First Wednesday will become more and more popular in order for Japanese society to definitely move in the right direction.

  • 2022年5月20日
  • 2022年10月16日

Mr. Osamu Tosaka, Outside Director, Kureha Corporation, Former Executive Vice President and Representative Director, Ajinomoto Co.

I learned at First Wednesday that the rise and fall of an organization depends solely on the development of its people. I would like to learn what real leaders have gone through to get to where they are today, and I would like to get as close to them as possible. Through First Wednesday, I would also like to pursue what Japanese-style management is all about. I am convinced that Japan has the wisdom to create a world where various countries and ethnic groups can coexist in harmony in the midst of globalization. As a Japanese citizen, I would like to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world in any way I can.

  • 2022年5月19日
  • 2022年10月16日

Mr. Tatsuo Tanaka, Former Chairman of the Board, Current Senior Advisor, Citigroup Japan Holdings LLC, Former Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

First Wednesday, I have spoken twice and I think it is a really fun and wonderful meeting. A limited number of leaders discuss freely, seriously, and honestly, and get to the heart of the matter. This is very valuable in many Japanese gatherings that tend to fall into formalism. The agenda setting is also excellent. Mr. Kishi, please continue your cheerful and enjoyable efforts with the high pride of "changing the course of Japan."

  • 2022年5月3日
  • 2022年10月18日

Mr. Kazuyuki Tanaka, Honorary Senior Advisor, Showa Denko Materials Co., Ltd. (Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.)

The greatest attraction of "First Wednesday" is the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of speakers from politics, academia, and the business world, and to engage in frank discussions. The lecturers provided us with new perspectives and high-level opinions, and we were able to apply the hints we gained from them to our actual business management.

  • 2022年5月3日
  • 2022年10月18日

Mr. Raizo Sakoda, President, Hitachi Academy Co., Ltd.

In a world where "society," "politics," and "technology" will continue to change dramatically, it is important for business managers to acquire knowledge and constantly relearn. "First Wednesday" is a valuable opportunity to hear from business leaders and experts in a live setting.